Frequently Asked Questions

Letterpress is a form of relief printing dating back to the 15th century. Letterpress previously relied on hand set wood and metal types, along with specially made engravings. Nowadays, however, modern polymer plates allow us to print artwork from digital files. These printing plates use an adhesive backing and mount to an aluminum base in order to bring the relief plate to the proper height of historically used wood and metal types. This allows us to fuse our digital graphic design skills with a very old, hand printing method to produce outstanding results.
The best paper for creating a letterpress impression is thick, spongy paper. We tend to print on a 100% cotton Lettra paper, a stock created just for the letterpress craft. The lowest thickness of paper for greeting cards we like to use is 110 lb. This is a very heavy stock, and allows for visual and tactile impressions to be pressed into the paper. This gives our work a very high quality look and feel that cannot be imitated using modern printing techniques.
We print using oil-based Pantone inks. By using the Pantone color system, we’re able to custom mix virtually any color for your project! When we’re designing your project, we’ll choose a color together from the Pantone library. Note that metallic and certain other colors such as neon cannot be mixed and need to be custom ordered.
We accept VISA, Mastercard, cash, Bitcoin and checks. We require a 50% down payment at the time of order.
Once we get your order and the 50% deposit, it usually takes about two weeks to complete our process. We can always rush your order for an extra fee.
It depends. Please contact us to discuss this further, as we may be offering printing services such as this on a case-by-case basis.
Fill out our project request form or contact us in another way to receive a price quote. We may contact you to clarify the scope of your project, then have a quote prepared for you within 2-3 days.

1. Consultation & Concept

From your original vision to design collaboration, this is a hands-on process for both us, the designers, and you, the client. Whether you’re near or far, the choices are fun and easy to make! Let’s start with paper and ink.

2. Design

We follow traditional graphic design principles and utilize industry-leading software to complete your designs. Our strengths are with traditional typography and an intense attention to every detail.

3. Printing & Finishing

Once we get your stamp of approval on the proof, printing begins! We’ll hand mix your ink colors, set the design and press the project on our antique machine. Finishing services are also available, such as adding photos, cutting, folding, foiling and other neat embellishments.

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