Letterpress

173 articles tagged as Letterpress
Adriana + James

the Adrianna suite was created as a proof for another client that ended up going in a different design direction but we just loved it so much I couldn’t help but developing it out for our collection. Inspired by sweet lace and sentiments, this casual wedding suite utilizes blushes and peaches to help welcome a spring wedding’s guests. Thanks to one of my design interns, Rachel for taking the invitation design and expanding it out into additional pieces. Rachel’s task was to stay consistent with the design feel but give the suite alternation and variation within the individual papers. I LOVE how she tied in the delicate nature of the lace border into all the rest of the suite without over-doing it! How do you guys think she did?

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sUPER excited about these. While the bride ended up going in a different design direction, they will be printed as a split-fountain on Gmund Savanna Limba paper (its pre-embossed with a fabulous wood grain). I think my favorite from this round has to be the oak with custom typographic swashes. You?

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?

Wes Joyce

i love the pattern on these, so clever! Letterpress printed with reflex blue and black ink on 220# bright white lettra paper. Something to note when printing a pattern is ink coverage and detail of pattern. Like a flood print, a large pattern area requires more ink than simple imagery or type. For good coverage and saturation you need to be aware of the amount of tint base (transparent white) in your color mix as well as how heavily inked the press is. Sometimes a large pattern can be more tricky to print because it has fine line work requiring sparse inkage to keep from flooding and filling in, however there is also the area consideration. Too little of ink and you will lose saturation.

This pattern worked well because the typography and pattern were similar in sizing as well as weight. We were able to get consistent coverage and avoid over inking quite well. Stay tuned for other patterns we’ve printed. More to come this week!

These cards were designed and printed by Emily who worked for me this last year on press and in the studio, who is now doing more project managing now that she has left us for Denver and the hubby’s internship. As Emily described it, she wanted to explore overlay printing before she left and thought a manly plaid would fit well since her husband Chris, also a graphic designer,  was a pro at sporting plaid shirts everywhere he could. What turned out as a happy mistake (those that you don’t intend to make but end up being really cool) was the fact that these were printed as 2×3.5″ business cards. However when trimming (it was the end of a very long day), half of the stack was flipped and trimmed wrong. Talk about heart-attack moment! After talking it over and looking at …

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First off – apology for dropping off last week. There were some issues with scheduled blog posts (namely this one) wanting to post draft versions or previous versions. It was something that couldn’t be attended to until the weekend so blogging sort of dropped off for the week. BUT as always time to fix and move on! Martha is traveling to the lovely Palm Springs this week and took the Monday off to prep for more posts and to also enjoy the warm weather. I can’t say I blame her – this week is panning out to be one of those serious winter blues weeks around here. Hard not to be depressed about another 6″ of new snow. Will it ever end?! With the rambling done, time to move on. FLOORING! This is a big determining factor for most first time exhibitors. To …

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This one may seem like a no-brainer, but traveling to NYC can get expensive fast! I could give you a list of great hotels, or link up to Travel + Leisure but instead I’m going to discuss weather, comfort and planning ahead. A few things to know before you attend. Book Early As soon as that deposit is paid to GLM for your NSS booth you can head on over and hit up TPHousing which is the travel planners for most, if not all, GLM sponsored trade shows. After really searching on my own I came to the conclusion that if you are going to hotel – book through TPHousing. You get discounts much more affordable than booking on a discount travel site like expedia, hot-wire or kayak. First and foremost, if you have card-member rewards, bonus! Use those for your travel. …

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These cards were letterpress printed on 220# arturo with Pantone match and matte metallic gold inks as a 1/1 business card for Phoebe. Phoebe is an excellent graphic designer and designed these cards for her branding collateral as an extension of her already awesome website. I am a big fan of chevrons lately and am totally digging these wide set ones on the back of Phoebe’s card, how about you? Edge painted with a custom mix strawberry ink, thanks Phoebe for being so excellent to work with! I loved how these turned out.

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