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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?

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Dear Jane, You have officially inspired me to try red again in my hair. I hope your Valentine’s is a wonderful one, because those locks are RED HOT! Hopefully my husband thinks mine are red hot too… Your wannabe, Adrienne Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone or with Jane, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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Having a mother that catered many gourmet meals and fantastic wedding cakes during my childhood, it was inevitable that an affable bond with dish ware would grow in her only daughter. When my mom would do large parties she was always on the hunt for something that had the right amount of presentation but still left the food as the central focal point. We were always hunting antique stores for the next platter or tea cup or pitcher. She was a master at food art. Her table settings at home still are nothing short of amazing. The irony of it all is that among her Spode, Lennox, Dansk, Fiestaware, and Waterford Crystal – a piece of pyrex did not exist. Even more ironic is that I’ve somehow fallen in love with the domestic staple of household casseroles – the Pyrex in all …

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Don’t these buttons look absolutely delicious? I mean, they could totally pass for candy – WAIT, they are candy!  Which is why after deliciously drooling over these, I might just have to find some button molds and make “cute as a button” Valentine’s with the kids for their Valentine’s Day class parties. What do you think? Overly ambitious? Found on: Pinterest Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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You may remember these that we showed back as a sneak peek in October. And then of course I was slow to getting around to blogging the full set of photos! Fifi is from Australia and a recent grad and contacted us in hopes that 1) we shipped internationally, and 2) We accepted designed files for press. Lucky for her, we do both and were super excited to print these cards for her. Letterpress printed on 220# Arturo as a 2/1 card, I love the softness of the blushy-pink pantone match paired with the sophisticated black ink/black edge paint. Sized at 2×3.5″ and printed as an initial set of 250 (our minimum opening order for a set of custom or client submitted files) you can get an estimate for yourself here - we are already booking the press for March and April!

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I love the subtlety of a matte metallic ink, it gives a perfect shimmer when caught in the right light but isn’t too blingy. While all things that glitter can be lovely, for an invitation suite, the subtle shimmer paired with a metallic envelope give a great gradation of texture and variation to a piece without having it be too matchy. I don’t even think blingy and matchy are words, my wordpress is wanting to autocorrect me.  Often when translating metallic color schemes over to letterpress you have to find a matte hue that you can mix with silver or gold ink. The other options is to order a coated metallic custom pantone can of ink, and accept that on an uncoated, highly absorbent cotton paper, you will loose most of the high-gloss. Moving on, all of the colors in this palette would …

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Not only have we gotten over 4 feet of snow in the last 3 days, but I’m finally turning the corner on what was a nasty head cold. Thank you hubby for braving the drifts in your truck to get me a zpac when all the roads were technically closed in the valley. I feel much better today, 12 hours into the meds. Now if only the plow would come! This photo on Flickr made my morning and so I thought I’d share a smudge of ink with you today, because next week is going to be awesome! Martha (my mama) is coming back to blog on Monday’s about all things delicious, followed by the launch of Tradeshow Tuesday. Have a fabulous weekend, I know I will once this cold is kicked!

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Tilted Sky is a business by couple Lindsey & Stephen who shoot some pretty awesome wedding filmography for your big day. Lindsey approached us with a seemingly challenging project in that she wanted  the look of a gradient/split-fountain in a very small print area. Easy for flat printing, challenging for letterpress printing. After working long and hard on her files and the concept she was going for, we finally decided to go with the solution to have the gradient sky printed via flat printing on our 110# paper, and then ran it through our presses for the final print run with a light silver ink for their business info. Above and below are two pre-press proofs that we pulled for Lindsey so she could compare the color of the gradient, the value of the line screen clouds (which were hard to photograph …

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These letterpress business cards were designed by the client and were a fun project to work on. I LOVE die-cuts! Below is a great example of a flood print. In our artwork approval (your contract that you sign before we head to press) it outlines a few variables that are important with letterpress printing to note. One is color variation between prints. On our presses we print and re-ink between every 25 impressions on floods. This helps keep color consistent, however it can still be tricky. While we strive for perfect consistency, our product is part of an antique printing process. Unlike offset presses, our presses do not have digital inking fountains so all our print runs are done by comparison. Here is a sample “fan” of Elliott’s cards that we felt were a match to his pantone specification, and shows slight …

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