April 2012

8 articles in April 2012
Natasha Cusiel, letterpress business cards

these cards shipped out the last quarter of 2012 for a recent graduate who was looking for tasteful business cards to launch her career as well as portfolio. Natasha provided files to us and we advised about how it could go on press. Because of the reverse print area and the largeness of the negative space, sometimes when we reverse print larger imagery it creates a faux emboss where the white (negative area) actually raises up out of the paper, because the rest of the printed material is pushed into the paper. Now, not all reverse prints will give this look. Fine linework or small and scaled artwork may not even be noticeable and the print will result in a much flatter look because of the coverage area involved. The great part about a large faux emboss though is that unlike embossing plates, there is no show through on the back side of the card with letterpress faux emboss.

What do you think? Faux emboss or simple flat print area?

Hannah Maple Studios

these business cards were printed for Hannah a few months back. She had submitted design files and specs for letterpress and we recommended based off the design. The stock we used for these cards were Gmund’s 110# cover in Pine duplexed to 110# black. The black side of the cards had a blind impression with a varnish printed in the pattern of a snake skin and then over-printed with studio info in a light tan as well.

For extra saturation we printed the information side in registration black so the pine paper didn’t show through (black tends to want to be extra transparent sometimes).

I love how these cards, paired with the edge painting, look like two almost completely different cards because of the two paper colors. Beautiful contrast, thanks Hannah for being so awesome to work with!


If you are interested in letterpress business cards, we can design and print them as well as commercially print your own designs. Head over here to get an estimate and some samples! We’d love to see what you’ve got up your sleeve or hear about your vision!

Kate and William

just giving you a heads up, our wedding album is COMPLETE with 25 wedding suites and ready to launch at the National Stationery Show. Below is one of our new designs we’ll be presenting – What do you think? I myself am partial this year to tangerine tango and fuchsia!

This suite is printed on 110# Lettra as a Tea wedding invitation (4×9″). Envelopes paired with the suite are Tangelo from Flavours Gourmet and Fuchsia from Waste Not Paper. Soon available in a brick & mortar near you!

Come see us at NSS booth #2063, can you believe it?!! It’s almost here!


Hi friends,

I haven’t forgotten about you – its just crazy busy this week with NSS prep and my wonderful clients. We are slightly behind schedule due to some press maintenance that needed to be done so hold tight!

For those of you wondering about the giveaways we did a few weeks back, I’m working on it. I promise I’ll have winners posted soon for both the A6 notes as well as the wedding suite!


Dingbat Press Design and Illustration templates

many of you have been asking for design templates for personal stationery and small business startups – it is about time we deliver! Below is the blank set of all the pieces that will be included. What you’ll get is to pick from any of our new social stationery templates (the first 5 to be launched in the next two weeks) and check out with a full file for tweaking and adjusting to your heart’s content. While we love letterpress printing, we understand the need to have the option to order budget friendly personalized stationery. We’ll upload 5 new designs in the shop each month, all priced at $16. By selling just the designs this gives you the flexibility to print these with your offset printer of choice.

These stationery sets will be available for personal use, or personal business use to expand your brand collateral. Re-selling templates or derivatives from the template you purchased will be prohibited. Included in the $16 will be digital files. You’ll select the format you wish to download the files in (AI, PDF or PSD) and files will arrive in your inbox as editable files for you to tweak and adjust colors. Each “family” will have variations between the different pieces so you can get the maximum use out of the template.

We also will have a BUYOUT option. If you absolutely love one of our templates and want to gain exclusive rights for your business, you can opt to purchase the template at a higher price for exclusivity and we’ll retire the design from continued sales.

Lastly, (I NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE) let us know in the comments what you want to see (genre, pattern, typography, style etc.) and we’ll be sure to make templates that you will want to buy.


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this was a letterpress business card designed by the client which we had the opportunity to print a few months back. It amazes me how subtle colors can be still so visual and hold their own. Letterpress printed on 110# soft white paper with blush and gravel inks. 1/4″ rounded corners really finish this piece off well. I’d love to see each of these printed in a slight pastel color alternate, you?

In addition to printing our own design work we also commercially print client submitted files. Request an estimate and take 15% off your order if placed in the month of April.