Ink-its Letterplates by Sizzix are a fun alternative to traditional stamping and embossing. It's the best of both worlds! Create an elegant, unique design in an instant. The Festive Swirls Ink-its Letterpress Plate is easy to use and stylish. It will look fantastic on any card, invitation or layout. Sizzix Ink-its leave an ink-debossed impression on your project. Each Letterpress Plate measures 3" x 8" and is 1/8" thick. It's the ideal size to create a border on an A7-sized card. The completed Festive Swirls design is 5 3/8" x 7/8". To use, cover the Plate with ink from any ink pad, and then place your paper on top. It's recommended that watercolor paper be used. Paper should be at least a medium weight or heavier (100 lbs or more) to achieve the optimum effect. Then, run the plate through a BIGkick, Big Shot or Vagabond machine with a set of Cutting Pads and the machine's Platform (all items sold separately). For more options, craft metal can also be used with the Letterpress Plates. This product should not be used with shiny or non-porous materials, as the ink will not dry. Please note: if you are using regular cardstock and are not achieving the results you would like, use a narrow piece of craft foam in your sandwich, placed between the top Cutting Pad and the paper. To clean: use water and a paper towel to rub off the majority of the ink. Sizzix suggests using a stamp cleaner to clean the plates for troublesome spots.