Posts Tagged ‘one color letterpress printing’

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.

Executive Letterpress Business Cards

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Meet Michael Allen. Michael is over at allensearch.com. An executive search firm located in Ohio. Michael approached us looking for a business card that really stood out from an ordinary business card, but captured the simplistic, minimalistic style of his brand mixed with the company’s elite and professional character. Michael, meet the letterpress business card.

These letterpress business cards were designed here at Fresh Impression, using a simple grid or spacing pattern and the Helvetica typeface. They were designed to match the character of allensearch.com. We had originally proposed a charcoal gray paper with silver metallic ink, but Michael was drawn to the thickness and texture of Lettra. As most are. So, we printed these in one color, black, on Crane’s 220lb Lettra in white. The cards were then edge painted black.

These are great looking letterpress business cards, and I believe they capture the ideology of his business very well. We’re brewing up some other projects with Michael. So stay tuned.

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.

Custom Cut Wedding Invites

Friday, October 9th, 2009

This wedding invitation set was designed by the bride-to-be herself, Silvan Harnik. She kept the design simple and affordable with a 1 color print, but added a nice flare with the custom oval die-cut that really makes the set stand out.

The wedding invitations are 2 sided. We printed the front and back separately on 110lb white 100% cotton paper, duplexed, and then die-cut. The response cards are 1 sided on 110lb white 100% cotton. The envelopes are matching cotton stock with the return address printed on the flap for the invitations, and the mailing address printed on the front for the response card envelopes.

Letterpress wedding invitations are a classical and unique approach. The tactile response and heavier weight from letterpress invites adds a special buzz to your special day. Keeping the design 1 color is a great way to keep the costs under budget.

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.

Center Stage the Letterpress Way

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Eric is an ultra minimalist at heart. He came to us seeking a classic yet powerful letterpress business card. Anything classic definitely calls for an off-white paper. Eric chose the font, Copperplate Gothic. Which is absolutely a classic font, especially for letterpress, that dates back to 1901. It has a strong chiseled look that produces a crisp image when printed on a letterpress.

We printed these cards on 220lb Pearl Lettra, a 100% cotton paper, and inked it with 100% pure black. These cards may be super simple, but it’s a classic look that really lets the beauty and character of letterpress printing shine bright. And hey, it’s also very cost efficient. 1 color letterpress printing isn’t going to make your wallet shrivel up, and your design can range from super simple to complex. Although, sometimes you don’t need a fancy design or the triple duplexed, double run, 4 color, 2 sided, painted edged, custom die-cut card with Star Wars hologram to get your point across (though I am actually working on the hologram part as we speak).┬áThese cards, with their simple, clean, and classic look, get the job done just as well.

Grant Michaels Goes Blind

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I don’t think there is a word that better describes this client than Renaissance Man. If I get all of these right, he is a photographer, kitchen/bath designer, CAD engineer, and web developer. Needless to say, he keeps busy.
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