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