Posts Tagged ‘letterpress printing’

Letterpress Holiday Cards

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Wow! Time flies when you’re busy! Here’s some cards we printed back in December for CSX. We were absolutely delighted to print these. They were designed by the Robin Sheperd Group. We custom Pantone matched all ink colors, including the 2 metallic inks on the white card.

The first card is a nice 4 color train illustration. This card is printed on 110lb Lettra in Ecru. We printed 4 colors on the front, one color inside, a CSX logo on the back, scored, and trimmed to size. This design has a nice hand drawn feel to it, and registration wasn’t as key as it was for the next card.

The second card features a nicely designed 2 color pattern with CSX trains inside snowflakes. This type of design calls for accurate, hairline registration. With meticulous care, attentional to detail, and a lot of patience, hairline registration is not a problem. Once the plate is in register, it’s a piece of cake. Though it can definitely stress you out in the process.

I really like how well these cards came out, and I really like the designs RSG came up with for CSX. We look forward to printing more! If you’re interested in having company greeting cards printed up, let us know! Also make sure to plan ahead and contact us well before the deadline. As with anything awesome, it takes time to make it. 🙂

Creative Letterpress Business Cards

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Julie Martini of Martini Creative approached us looking for a letterpress business card to match what she had already going with her brand. Although, she was a bit stuck with design of the business cards. As we all can get sometimes when designing something for yourself. So, we designed this card for her and then gave her the file to use on other projects.

These cards are printed two color, brown and lime green, on Reich Savoy 118lb in Natural White. This print required some really good registration. Although, I did design the plates with some overprint on the edges of the logo to prevent any white space, we still have to make sure the registration was dead on. Everything went like clockwork.

Letterpress Business Cards on French

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This is one of my favorite cards at the moment. Peter Gaillard did a wonderful job designing these cards and selecting colors that work perfect together. He also does some pretty snazzy design and photography as well. Be sure to check out his site.

These cards are printed on a custom duplexed 200lb French Construction in Steel Blue. It’s a two color print, dark brown and red. These cards also have teal edge painting, which really makes them pop.

Navy Letterpress Business Cards

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Photographers love letterpress business cards. We have probably had more photographer clients than any other. And well, we think that rocks! Because it means the stuff we make is working for them. It’s helping them convey the thoughts of care and quality to their clients or potential clients. Matching the same care and quality they pour into their own work.

Rayne Pulmano’s cards here are simple in nature, yet classic, clean, and powerful as if he just stepped off a 50ft yacht with Mark IV in hand. They were printed with silver ink on Crane’s Palette at 134lb in Navy Blue.

Plike Letterpress Cards

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Say hi to Yumi Asai. Yumi is a designer, and a pretty awesome one, I might add. Does some sweet work for Nooka too. Yumi designed these cards and wanted to use Plike for it’s rubbery plastic feel. If you haven’t used or felt Plike before, you should order some samples from Gruppo Cordenons. It’s a pretty unique paper. It doesn’t accept the best impression in the world as it does have a rubbery character, but it’s perfect when you’re looking for a different feel. Almost as if it’s supposed to be a part of Batman’s utility belt, or some futuristic Navy Seal suit. That could possibly be a little too far fetched, but you get the idea. It just feels cool.

These cards are printed one color, black, on 244lb Plike in White, a custom duplex.

Lotus Design Letterpress Cards

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Lotus Design is an art, sculpture, and framing company with an eye for exquisite taste. They approached us to design a simple and elegant business card using their lotus flower icon. The lotus flower icon works well in a negative box with letterpress printing. Which allows the flower to be raised from it’s background. An outline stroke was then used on the same icon which was then duplicated in a circular fashion to create the top view of a lotus flower that is used for the blind impression.

We letterpress printed these cards on Bright White Reich Savoy 118lb cover with a light brown ink. Followed up with a blind impression (printing without ink). I love them, they love them, and I’m sure the people on the receiving end will love them too.

Hannabi Marketing Business Cards

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Chanie Kaminker approached us looking for a unique business card. The font had already been decided, the paper color was to be purple, and there was to be some kind of pattern on the back. We whipped a few drafts and after a couple of rounds of revisions we had produced exactly what was expected: yet another unique letterpress business card.

We used some 80lb purple cover stock. Each side was printed individually to allow for the most impression possible on 80lb paper, and then we duplexed it together to bring it up to 160lb. I was initially worried about the paper thickness, but the 80lb duplex worked quite wonderfully. The end result was very good quality and sturdy business card. The front is printed 1 color with silver metallic ink. The back is printed with a clear varnish to present a tonal tint using the paper’s natural color. Which produced a very clean and subtle look.

Every good print is polished off with a good cut. These particular cards were die-cut with 1/8″ rounded corner die. We find that corner rounders really don’t do anything but mutilate the papers edge. Especially with the cotton paper. I didn’t want to ruin these cards, so we opted to die-cut in order to produce 4 clean and perfect corners on each and every card.

Interisland Terminal meets letterpress

Friday, December 18th, 2009

We were approached, quite a while back, by Interisland Terminal to print their beautifully designed cards, but we have been quite busy and have neglected the blog. We loved the design and knew they would be a perfect candidate for letterpress. The cards are 1 color in a nice charcoal grey paired with a blind impression for the logo. The combination provides a unique business card with just a bit of mystery because of the blind impression.

This job is a perfect example of how you can save costs with letterpress by printing more than 1 set at a time. We were able to run these cards 6-up, which reduces the press time and therefore reducing the cost to the customer.

Slip & Soda Letterpress Business Cards

Friday, September 18th, 2009

When we first heard from Slip & Soda, a ceramics company in New Mexico, asking about some new business cards, we instantly loved the look they were going for. It was clean, classic, and it was square. The logo translates perfectly into letterpress with nice thick fluid letters and those wonderful small little circles. We printed these cards on 111lb 20% cotton stock. It provides a nice firm impression, with a beautiful texture over the whole paper. We pantone matched the inks where we printed 1 color on the front, and then 1 color with a blind impression on the back.

We really enjoy working with other designers to print their artwork. If anybody has a design they might want quoted for letterpress printing, please feel free to ask! We are here to help and with our obsession for design, we love to see what other designers can come up with.

Vertical business cards are the new black

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Commercial Real Estate agent Eric Rafia e-mailed us with a pretty sweet business card design he already had and said ‘I want something new’. On the first reply e-mail, my finger tapped the ‘A’ key after his name, and I hit send before I noticed it. Yes, I called Eric a woman right off the bat without noticing it. Luckily he was a good sport and didn’t run off. We worked with him and redesigned his business card and we think we did a pretty good job. We flipped the standard orientation on its side which created a unique card that people will certainly remember. He really liked the ‘blind impression’ he had seen on a few other cards, and he wanted that tied into his own card. We printed his cards with 1 color and then 1 blind impression on the oh-so-lovely Crane Lettra in the extra sturdy 220# weight in Flo White. This allowed for an amazing sculptural impression without any show through on the back of the card.