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Aug 14 2017

This is How We Do It

OK, so it's not how we do all of it. But here's a sneak peek into the production of a letterpress wedding invitation. Letterpress projects tend to be fairly straight-forward in the shop. Pick the paper, pick the colors, order the supplies and print.When we add more unconventional materials or exotic processes, everything gets a little more complicated - more on that in an upcoming film.But for now, enjoy this little behind the scenes. Watch...

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Aug 07 2017

There’s No Such Thing as Thinking Too Big

Last week, one of my favorite stationers called me out of the blue. It was a wonderful surprise.I'd like to tell you that I'm always chatting it up with my friends in the industry. The truth is, aside from a couple close friends (and facebook group discussions), I don't take enough opportunities to talk shop with colleagues.This incredibly talented friend called about a concept she wanted to propose to a client and she knew that...

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Jul 24 2017

On the Importance of Family

What's your relationship with time?Are you one of those people who feels like it's moving waaaay too fast or are you in the "embrace the moment" camp?I'd like to think of myself as being pretty good at experiencing the moment I'm in and sponging up as much as I can into my grey matter, converting it into memories that will serve me as long as my brain holds out.Ask my wife and she'd probably tell...

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Aug 08 2016

Show City Pride with your Wedding Invitations

Got major city pride? Love the place you live? Want to celebrate your hometown while you celebrate your nuptials? Let's do what Raubdruckerin do and do a  little found-object printing as a part of your wedding invitation suite![gallery size="medium" ids="21163,21162,21161"]The collective uses a city's infrastructure - manhole covers, grates, etc - as printing plates for relief printing on fabric.We could do the same to print a background pattern on your invitations. Or a custom print your guests can...

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Jun 28 2016

How (not) to Start a Relationship With Your Letterpress Printer

Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong people.I hope that's all it is.It's a product of youth and inexperience, but I'm seeing it creep into more seasoned designers, too. Creatives who've forgotten the golden rule.[bctt tweet="Value the work of other creatives as you would have others value yours." username="afinepress"]It comes in some blatant forms:  "I need a reasonably priced [printer, photographer, etc.]" "That's too expensive" "Are you kidding me" But the most insidious form is this: "I've got a ton...

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Jun 21 2016

CMYK Letterpress Postcard Save the Dates

There's not much more "vintage" than a 600-year-old technology.One of my favorite things about letterpress printing is its versatility - depending on the design, it can feel very vintage or downright futuristic.The reason letterpress is still around (aside from the wonderful tactility of deep-impression printing) is because it downright excels at a spot-color text and line designs.But, for decades, letterpress was the only option for everything from black text to full-color images.It's the fact that...

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Jun 17 2016

On Lemons and Lemonade

I can't say with certainty that I've ever had a panic attack.But if I have, it was a Monday morning in mid-February.I had to put the finishing touches on some stationery for a Kristen Weaver styled shoot. I made my way to the print shop (a separate space from my office/assembly space) to grab a few supplies. My mind racing on the day ahead, my own internal autopilot guided me - from the car to...

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Jun 13 2016

Starting Your Stationery Project Right

You know what? I can't for the life of me remember envelope sizes.Sure - A7 inserts are 5x7 and 4bar are 3.5x5 (or is it 3.5x4.875?), but the rest? I've got nothing.Having to try to remember or, worse yet, look these things up at the start of a project must be some sort of decision fatigue, right?So, instead, I've automated the creation of artboards for design projects with templates. It has saved me an incredible amount...

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Jun 03 2016

How Much Do Letterpress Business Cards Cost?

That's a great question! There's plenty of letterpress eye candy out there, but not a ton of answers about how much that eye candy costs. You might even be frustrated by round-about answers from printers who want to see your art before committing to a number.Today, you'll have your answer! But first, a little history. A lot has changed in the world of letterpress printing. Presses that were once the center of every print shop in America suffered neglect...

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May 31 2016

How Thick are Letterpress Invitations and Business Card Papers?

I think letterpress papers have three characteristics (aside from color): Thickness, Texture, + Heft Heft is a combination of stiffness and weight. It's an important characteristic, for sure. So is texture - some textures just play nicer with some designs.But, far and away, the characteristic most people care about is thickness. And I'm here to tell you this:[bctt tweet="Most of what you know about paper weights is useless." username="afinepress"]Describing a paper by its weight is of very little use to...

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