Letterpress invitations, stationery, magical things

Birmingham, Michigan · 366 Sales


Letterpress invitations, stationery, magical things

Birmingham, Michigan 366 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Welcome... feel free to visit my website elfpress.com! Please reach out to me with any questions about custom design work or timeline.


Last updated on May 16, 2016

Welcome... feel free to visit my website elfpress.com! Please reach out to me with any questions about custom design work or timeline.

Melissa Baldwin

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Melissa Baldwin

Letterpressed Dog Cards
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Letterpressed Initial Cards - Set of 10
Letterpressed Thank You Notes
Letterpressed Wedding Invitations - Tux
Letterpressed Wedding Invitations - Arbor
Letterpressed Chickadee Cards
Letterpressed Wedding Invitations - Nikki
Letterpressed Hello Cards
Letterpressed Moleskine Journal
Letterpressed Birdie Notes
Letterpress Wine Tags
Letterpressed Wedding Invitations - Birch
Letterpressed Pussycat Cards
Letterpressed Gift Tags
Letterpressed Baby Announcements - Zoo
Letterpressed "Joyeux Noel" Banner
Round Letterpress Ornament Cards - Set of 5
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Dan Hawes

Dan Hawes on Jan 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My wife loves these cards!

Dan Hawes

Dan Hawes on Jan 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect gift for the boss.

Dan Hawes

Dan Hawes on Jan 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful craftsmanship! Love the copy.

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings on Jan 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These were nice to have for holiday entertaining.

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The Elf and the Pearl

I was working as an Art Director in advertising when I discovered letterpress in 2006. I was planning my wedding. I had a hard time finding a local printshop with a letterpress, and once I did, I couldn’t find anyone that wanted to print my own design. So, I started lurking around some letterpress forums and eventually tracked down a guy in my area with lots of letterpresses. So many, in fact, he needed to sell a few to make room. Knowing virtually nothing about the letterpress printing process, I purchased a Golding Pearl Improved from him. Luckily, the press broke down into three somewhat manageable pieces and my husband and two of his unlucky friends hauled it into our basement.

I bought a book on letterpress printing. And I continued to lurk around the forums. Over the next year, I taught myself how to print. I won’t say well, because when I look back at the first thing I successfully printed – and I use that term loosely – it was garbage. Unfortunately, the first thing I ever printed was my wedding invitations. I guess it was good the theme of the wedding was ‘rustic’ because that’s what the invitations implied.

I quit my job in 2008 to stay home with my daughter. Best. Decision. Ever. It allowed me more time with my daughter and more time to devote to growing my letterpress business. Over the next five years, I have learned from my mistakes and improved my technique. I have to say that I am so proud when I ship a job and it looks amazing.

I can’t believe I figured the damn thing out.


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  • Melissa Baldwin


    Hello! I’m elf (AKA Melissa.) I am mama to two spirited, no-nonsense, bossy girls. I like to cook, clean and listen to music. I also live to read. I cannot function without coffee. I enjoy wine. A lot.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2011
Elf Letterpress (formerly Blackbird Press) is a one-woman print shop located in Birmingham, Michigan. Birmingham is about 10 miles north of Detroit. I print on a Golding Pearl New Style Improved - dated 1911. Visit my old shop at: etsy.com/shop/blackbirdpress to see my feedback history. Also, please note that much of my invitation design + printing is not done through etsy - you can convo me for references if you are interested in more specific feedback from clients regarding wedding designs.

Listed in my shop are some designs I've done for other clients. I work one-on-one with each client to create a unique and very personal design, so please consider these listings as a place to start... I will work with you to find your own look using details from your event as well as your own personal style and input. I don't charge a custom design fee and will customize any of my current designs at no charge as well. And I will do as many rounds of proofs as i need to to make sure you are loving your design! See below for custom order information and timing.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Paypal, personal check - although I will need to wait for your check to clear before I can ship your order.
I ship using USPS - usually priority. Samples ship first-class. All custom/bridal/large orders will be insured. For personalized stationery orders, please allow 1 week for me to make up the order. All other orders will ship within 2 days of your payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
UNDERSTANDING ARTISINAL PRINTING: I print on a cast-iron letterpress that was built in 1911. I hand-feed the press and use hand-mixed inks that vary slightly from batch to batch. Letterpress is a historic printing method. Each piece that I print will be subtly unique. Letterpress printing is not an exact science so subtle variations in inking, color, impression and position are to be expected. These small variations are part of what makes letterpress beautiful. I am fully committed to providing the highest quality invitations and announcements, and I stand by the quality of my product. If you are not satisfied with my product for any reason within my control, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDER PROCESS - A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to start your job. A PDF will be sent to you for FINAL APPROVAL. It is very important to double-check spelling, alignment, spacing, ink, and fonts. Please note that colors shown on the PDF files are approximate, not exact, and your invitations will NOT perfectly match the color you see on your computer screen. Once I have your approval, plates will be ordered. Plates usually take 7-10 days to process and ship. Expedited shipping and plate-making are available, please inquire about additional costs. Printing your order will take up to one week. Once it is completed, I will bill you for the balance due plus shipping. Once this payment is received, your order will ship USPS Priority mail - insured.