This list is based on the questions I receive from people who are curious about letterpress stationery. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me!
WHAT IS LETTERPRESS PRINTING?Letterpress Printing is the process of using plates with a raised image on it and pressing it into paper, creating an impression. The results are beautiful, textured, unique paper product.
WHAT KIND OF PAPER DO YOU USE? My standard paper stock is 110lb cotton paper. I can also print on a heavier 140lb or deluxe 220lb stock if you'd like a card with more weight. I recommend using the heavier 140lb or deluxe 220lb stock for double-sided cards because the impression from front to back is less visible when using the thicker paper. You can chose from the colors and weights I keep stocked or you can chose your own custom paper for an additional cost.
HOW MANY COLORS CAN YOU PRINT? The more colors for a project, the longer and more challenging the job. I also hand mix every ink color specifically for each job. I charge my letterpress projects per color process, so the more colors, the more you'll pay. The maximum amount of color processes is three.
CAN YOU PRINT DOUBLE-SIDED?The printing process involves pressing the raised surface of a plate into the paper, resulting in a debossed impression. As previously mentioned, there is some show through from the front to the back of the cards. I always recommend single sided printing if you use a lighter paper stock so I can print a little deeper and the impression is crisper. If your design requires doublesided printing, I recommend using a heavier weight paper stock.
CAN YOU BLIND EMBOSS?Blind embossing is printing with no ink resulting in a subtle, debossed impression. I think that blind embossing can be lovely. If you're looking for something a little less subtle, a tinted embossing can also have an interesting effect.
CAN YOU PRINT LARGE AREAS OF COLOR?Large solid areas of color do not print well on my press. It tends to look a patchy and uneven.
CAN YOU PRINT LIGHT INK ON DARK PAPER? Letterpress ink is not 100% opaque so printing a white or light colored ink on darker paper can be difficult as it will not look as white and crisp as people would usually like. I have found that metallic silver ink on dark or black paper often looks like white and pops off the paper better than white ink. Printing darker in on lighter paper is always your best bet.
CAN YOU PRINT METALLIC INK? I have silver and gold metallic ink. This ink has some sparkle to it but it isn't as shiny as foil printing. Unfortunately I do not offer foil printing at this time.
CAN YOU DO ANY OTHER TYPES PRINTING? Yes! Digital printing is less expensive than letterpress and you have a bit more freedom when it comes to colors you can use. You can also print more detailed designs (a watercolor effect, for example).