We love putting ink on paper!
We use a historic method of printing known today as letterpress. Before the use of computers and digital printing, type was printed using metal or wooden typefaces that would be arranged by hand and printed using a letterpress style printing press. We started our shop by resurrecting one of these old letterpresses. A 1947 Kluge to be exact. After weeks of cleaning and replacing worn out parts, we were able to get our Kluge up and printing again. Its a marvel to see in action. We have started a small collection of metal and wood typefaces, but we can also make printing plates from a computer generated file. A modern advancement that they didn’t have in 1947. These plates have a relief similar to the metal type which allows us to press into the paper. This impression lets you know its letterpress.
With letterpress, we have the option of using a wider range of paper, including handmade, organic, and tree-free. The classic feel and finish of letterpress papers takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other printing methods.
The best designs for letterpress highlight its strengths using crisp lines, patterns and typography.
We enjoyed printing these business cards for Element Motif. Printed on Savoy 236# bright white paper. We printed them with a really nice, bright green ink. Then, we complemented the green with some straight varnish mixed with the smallest amount of leftover green ink. Send us an email thru our contact page if you would like a quote on some really nice business cards!