This card, printed with shining, starry, silver foil, is the invitation for the “proper party” mentioned in this announcement for a surprise wedding that we printed earlier in the year. Silver foil looks especially great on darker stock, especially this cobalt-colored paper from Colorplan. The elegant–and really fun–evening cocktail party was not only the wedding reception for Paul and Andrea, but it was also a great way to welcome new year.
It’s safe to say that 2014 went by almost too fast. We built a new print shop (or had one built–post on that to come), moved shop with only a few days down-time, bought new presses, worked on a lot of great projects, and spent some quality time with family, friends, and customers. Every year we’re keeping these presses’ wheels turning makes me grateful to be in this business and working for all of you letterpress-lovers–so thanks again for a great year.
Just like that, December is upon us. How did this happen? Part of the reason it seems to have blindsided me is the fact that it’s still been so warm–any snow that dares fall is gone the next day. Speaking of blind, how about these business cards with a blind-deboss? The first one, from Fueled by Coffee design in Norway, shows the textural side of a blind impression. With lots of detail, the delicate scrolls of the pattern lend texture to the card without cluttering it up. The card for designer Joey Vestal uses the best possible (probably) typeface for a blind-deboss: big, bold, easy to read.
We love printing and designing books, but since the pleasure is a pretty rare one bringing this chapbook together was a treat. Poet Mark Jackley wanted us to create a keepsake edition of his collected poems, letterpress-printing not only the cover (which is far more common), but all the text pages as well. Entitled Appalachian Night, the chapbook contains more than twenty poems, set in Mrs Eaves and printed in crisp black ink on creamy, soft white Mohawk Superfine paper. To keep the production costs of the edition affordable, we had the books perfect-bound by local bookbinder Bindery Associates.
We’ll be at the second-annual Letterpress Printers’ Fair in downtown Lancaster, PA, this Sunday from 11-5. It’s the only printers’ fair in the area, and it’s a good one. We’ll be representing Ladies of Letterpress, and will be selling t-shirts, printers’ aprons, baby onesies, iron-on patches, and more. The fair is held behind Building Character, a neat old factory replete with antiques, crafts, as well as local printing outfit the .918 Club’s historical print shop. Food trucks will be there too! Come on out, enjoy the fall weather, and meet some real-live printers. Sounds good to me.
We love the designs over at A Printable Press. Their letterpress-ready invitations are a great way to get a custom-looking invitation at a less-than-custom price. This hand-drawn invitation for Christine is no exception. The mix of hand-drawn typefaces, digital typography, wreathes and arrows would look great on kraft paper, or on Pearl White Lettra, as shown here. There’s an increasing number of digital typefaces available that mimic hand-lettering and even calligraphy. And while we certainly don’t recommend replacing a skilled artisan with a machine (ahem), sometimes a healthy mix makes a beautiful invitation.
It’s been a busy spring and summer: we moved our entire shop in late June to a brand-new building which is, thankfully, just about finished. I’ll post pictures of our new space in the coming weeks–hopefully while it is still clean and pristine, and before it starts looking like a busy print shop again.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on these clean and pristine three-color invitations printed recently for a Utah couple. Designed by the groom, the invitation has bold, declarative typography framed by banners. The event details have been set apart in their own spaces, and the ceremony details appear on a special card of their own. Cool gray, teal, and green are perfect choices for a summer event, and pop when printed on bright white cotton stock. These three-color invitations are well balanced enough that it’s hard to imagine them any other way.
One of the good things about our location is that we’re surrounded by a huge variety of local food and small farms; this menu we made for a recent local food dinner attests to that. The dinner benefited another great local program, L.E.A.F., which seeks to help local youngsters learn about organic farming. We printed this three-color card of deliciousness on tree-free, cotton stock in ecru, and included a tiny letterpress micro-green for the occasion. We were happy to contribute a small thing to the farmers and groups who do so much for so many!