constellationco

Heartfelt Typographic Letterpress Stationery & Gifts

Seattle, Washington · 1947 Sales

constellationco

Heartfelt Typographic Letterpress Stationery & Gifts

Seattle, Washington 1947 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(441)
Sara McNally

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Sara McNally

I’d Face Sasquatch For You - Letterpress Card
$6.00
WHOA - You're really old now. Happy birthday!
$5.00
I love telling you about stuff I found on reddit.
$5.00
I love talking about podcasts with you.
$5.00
There's no one i'd rather introvert with.
$5.00
You are ... to me (The Tinfoil Hat Card)
$6.00
BAH HUMBUG - or whatever
$5.00
HO HO HO - and other general holiday cheer
$5.00
Fa la la la la - and other general holiday cheer
$5.00
Your Butt is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Madison is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Wisconsin is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Baltimore is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Denver is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Richmond is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Kitsap is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Bremerton is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
Washington is Awesome - Letterpress Card
$5.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(441)
Faye Richardson

Faye Richardson on Nov 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are beautiful. I gave them to Thanksgiving dinner guests, who were very touched.

Mackenzie Orr

Mackenzie Orr on Nov 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This card was even cuter in person than the pictures! It arrived extremely fast and even the packaging was adorable. Everything was beyond perfect!

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Updates

The smell of fresh ink is my favorite. Fresh You & Me cards, getting printed right now! #letterpress

About

Using ink and paper to connect people.

About
Everything we do is inspired by conviction, craftsmanship, and community. Yeah, we make beautiful things, but our inmost desire is to facilitate meaningful connections, to use the time-honored tradition of letterpress to bring people together. We celebrate tailor-made over generic, heritage over novelty, and process over expediency.

Every day I walk into the studio, flip the light switch, tie my apron, and get to work. The studio is a special space—it is the fruition of a lot of dreams and hopes and hard work. It's a place that feels like home. It's a place infused with heritage. Our building is rich with history—it’s ornate & strong, built in the wave of new construction after the 1889 Seattle fire. I love the exposed brick, the aged wood floors, and the huge window and the natural light it lets in. But what I love most are the possibilities that this place holds. This is why I do what I love—and every day here is a blessing.

We take this blessing seriously. Our work is truly a manifestation of our philosophy: to use ink and paper to connect people.

Process
We bring old school to another level. This is Gutenberg. This is the eighteenth century. This is corsets and petticoats and embroidery. All of our products are letterpress printed by hand. Our equipment is time-tested and well-worn, but we have restored everything with love—from rust and grime back to pristine printing condition. All of our presses are foot or hand powered and completely hand fed. Each sheet of paper goes through the press one at a time, and once through for each color printed. Same goes for type setting. We use traditional wood and lead type and carefully hand set one letter at a time. To say this is a labor of love is an understatement—but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let me introduce you to two of our prized presses:

Meet Wendy, a 20th Century Reliance Washington-Style Iron Handpress from late 1800s, manufactured by Paul Shneidewend & Co. in Chicago, Illinois. She’s over six feet tall, and is perfect for poster & broadside printing. She was purchased in Vancouver, BC and part of a dramatic border crossing story. As our largest and newest press, she is our pride and joy.

And there is also Josephine, an 8x12 New Style Chandler & Price platen press from early 1900s. She has a big, beautiful flywheel (rotating mechanical device that is used to store rotational energy), and spins in perpetual motion while I print. Josephine was our first full-sized press, and she is essential to our story as a company—we built the business on her back. She was in terrible shape when we bought her. It took countless hours with wire brushes & WD40 to scrub out the rust and bring Josephine back to printing shape.

Products
We like to think of our cards as no matter what, no matter when cards. These sentiments transcend occasions. You are home to me. You’re my favorite. I like you. These are anytime cards. Additionally, our cards are ripe for framing. We like to think of them as very portable, very affordable, handmade art.

Many of our products feature traditional wood engravings by Sara. A majority of our products are printed with hand-set wood & lead type.

All of our products are designed and produced with the environment in mind, using a selection of 100% recycled and high recycled content papers and envelopes. Each of our individual cards are packaged in clear sleeves to protect them from handling while allowing a clear view of the letterpress quality of each piece. Our boxed sets are packaged in recycled content kraft paper boxes.

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Shop members

  • Sara

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Letterpress Printer

    This whole thing was my kooky dream. I’m the owner/operator, graphic designer, letterpress printer, and jack-of-all things that need to get done.

  • Chelsa

    Shipper

    I prep and ship orders for our awesome customers! My favorite part is choosing fun tape and writing sweet notes.

  • Brad

    Owner, Designer

    I am co-founder, husband, designer, letterpress printer, and secret art director. I help out with design, critiques, and moving heavy things.

  • Suzi

    Bookkeeper, Shipping

    As in every small business, I wear a variety of different hats. I'm the bookkeeper/accountant and also help with packaging, shipping and monitoring the Etsy store.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 10, 2014
Everything we do is inspired by conviction, craftsmanship, and community. We love to make beautiful things, but our inmost desire is to facilitate meaningful connections, to use the time-honored tradition of letterpress to bring people together.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We accept credit cards, Paypal, and Etsy Gift Cards. Sales tax will be collected for shoppers in Washington state. We typically ship orders in 1 business day.
Shipping
All of our items ship USPS First Class Mail (3-5 days) to keep shipping costs down for you, the shopper! If you need something to arrive more quickly, please contact us by Etsy conversation at the time of your order so that we can assess a Priority or Express shipping rate.

International Shoppers:

All of our products ship internationally via USPS First Class Mail. Arrival times vary based on where you are in the world. If you need something to arrive quickly, contact us by Etsy conversation at the time of your order and we can assess an express shipping rate for you. If you are planning to order more than one item, please message us and we can calculate a more precise payment for shipping. We can then put together a custom order for you to ensure that you won't be overpaying for shipping.

When you place an order, please double check your shipping address to make sure it is correct. We unfortunately can't accept responsibility for replacing items and additional shipping costs. If you find that you have ordered an item with an incorrect shipping address, please contact us as soon as possible. If a shipment is returned to us due to an incorrect address, and the order needs to be reshipped, an additional shipping and handling rate (equal to the original shipping rate) will be required. If the shipping error cannot be resolved or we don’t hear back from you within 5 business days, we will cancel the order and refund the initial purchase amount minus all shipping charges.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your item arrives damaged, please contact us by Etsy conversation with photos of the damage to the package and the item. We will ship a new item out to you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale orders are welcomed! Please e-mail wholesale AT constellationco.com for our wholesale catalog & pricing.

Shoppers from Seattle: use the coupon code "seattle" for free shipping, and contact us to pick up your order! We have a storefront space at 1900 W. Nickerson Street, Suite 101, in Seattle.