Cleckheaton, United Kingdom | 1334 Sales



Cleckheaton, United Kingdom 1334 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Hand-printed cards and gifts made using a vintage 1950s Adana eight-five letterpress and Cropper Peerless No.2 treadle-press c1910. I only use traditional metal and wood type and printing blocks - text is hand-set using movable type. All items are unique - no two items will be exactly the same. This is the charm of the letterpress process.

Handmade. In Yorkshire. With love.


Last updated on Nov 30, 2015

Hand-printed cards and gifts made using a vintage 1950s Adana eight-five letterpress and Cropper Peerless No.2 treadle-press c1910. I only use traditional metal and wood type and printing blocks - text is hand-set using movable type. All items are unique - no two items will be exactly the same. This is the charm of the letterpress process.

Handmade. In Yorkshire. With love.

Imelda Kay

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Having spent years tied to an Apple mac as a professional graphic designer, I felt the urge to be more 'hands-on' and print my own designs. I bought a vintage 1950s Adana eight-five letterpress printing machine and have enjoyed creating and printing my unique designs for greetings cards, bookmarks and posters.

All items are handmade in the heart of Yorkshire using traditional metal movable type and wood blocks.

What is Letterpress printing?

It is a technique of relief printing using metal or wooden type. A worker composes and locks the type into the bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper. This often gives an indentation giving items printed using this method a very tactile feel. Other forms of relief printing can also be used on a letterpress printer, such as wood engravings and linoleum blocks.

Letterpress printing was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. Letterpress printing remained the primary way to print and distribute information until the twentieth century, when offset printing was developed, which largely supplanted its role in printing books and newspapers.

Why do we like it? In this modern fast pace of life, it’s nice to craft something which takes time and care. No two printed pieces are the same. With such a hands-on process, there will always be tiny differences because of the ink coverage, pressure on the paper and even the weather, so every item is unique. This information sheet is a standard inkjet print so you can see and feel the difference.

Feel it. Love it. We do.

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  • Imelda Kay

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I have been a professional graphic designer for over 30 years, specialising in the museums and galleries sector. After years tied to a mac, I have a yearning to create unique items and print them myself on a vintage letterpress machine.

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Last updated on March 8, 2019
Hello and thank you for visiting my shop!

I love getting my fingers inky and creating unique designs which often raise a giggle although never rude.

All my items are hand made by me personally and printed using traditional letterpress techniques. I use vintage metal and wood blocks and individual type letters which are set by hand.

I have two printing presses - a tabletop 1950s Adana 8x5 for small items and a beefier Cropper Peerless No.2 treadle press c1910 for larger items or for when a deeper impression is desired.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I hope you are pleased with your purchase. All my letterpress items are hand-printed individually so there will always be slight differences in colour and density of the ink. This is normal with letterpress but if you are unhappy with your purchase please convo me before leaving a review.
PAYPAL is the standard payment method

If you decide that you would like something and you would like to pay with a credit or debit card, choose the PayPal option in checkout. PayPal is a third party credit card processor that keeps all of your transaction information secure. You do *not* need your own PayPal account to use the service.
I will aim to post your order the same day it is purchased however this is not always possible. This processing time varies on the type of item and whether it is a bespoke or personalised item. If the item is required for a particular event please contact me and I will endeavour to process it as a priority order.

Why is the International postage so expensive for just a pack of gift tags or paper bookmark that weigh hardly anything?
The UK postage charges are no longer based on just weight but on thickness as well. The packs of gift tags might be small and very light in weight but they are thicker than the 'letter' rate of 5mm because of the knotted string and so have to be posted at the more expensive 'large letter' rate.

When will I get my item?
For deliveries in mainland UK it usually takes between 3 and 5 days for delivery after the processing time stated on each listing. Highlands and Islands can take a little longer. Europe mail estimated 7-10 days and US about 10-14 days. Australia and Canada may take a little longer 10-20 days. These are estimates only and beyond my control. Sometimes they arrive sooner but. All are sent via Royal Mail and their own policies state that UK post can take up 12 working days, EU up 25 working days & the rest if the world up 32 working days. Parcels with not be classed as late / loss until after this time has past & therefore no refund can be given until the allotted time frame has past.

Returns and Refunds
If you need to return an item from outside the UK, especially from USA, Canada and Australia, please return it in the original packaging with the original CN22 label clearly visible and write 'RETURNING ITEM'. Otherwise the returned item might be subject to import tax if the value of the item is over £15 which I cannot repay as part of the refund.

VAT and customs fees
If there are any customs duties or VAT to pay in your country, you are liable to pay this. Easy should automatically sort the VAT but you might be liable to pay customs import duty relevant to your country.

Christmas deliveries
Both Etsy and Royal Mail have been quoting unrealistic post delivery times which has resulted in many customers wondering where there item is when the 'estimated' delivery time has passed. I am sorry about any delays during this busy time and ask that you be patient as this is beyond my control. I offer an option to upgrade to a tracked service which should be quicker but still not guaranteed. Post to the US and Canada is particularly delayed at the moment due to disputes within the US and Canada mail service.
Additional policies and FAQs
Some of my items can be created as a custom order, such as printing a message inside a card or bespoke gift tags such as for a wedding. These are not personalised with individual names or messages but will all be printed with the same message such as a moving house, birthday party or Christmas card. There is a minimum order of 20 items which must all have the same message. Wedding tags can be ordered with your names and/or date but must be all the same text - please send a convo with your requirements and I will work out a cost. There is a minimum quantity of 50 for tags and they must all have the same message.

My cards are hand set using individual metal type and so it is not possible to add names or personalisation on individual cards using the letterpress process.

Although I generally only use traditional metal and my growing collection of wood printing blocks, it is possible to get a polymer plate made of your own design for bespoke orders such as party/wedding invitations or decorations.
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewellery, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
1) as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
2) when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
3) if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as i) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and ii) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
1) Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
2) Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
3) Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
4) Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

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Last updated on May 18, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

My items are hand-set using traditional metal type and as such cannot be personalised individually like you could with laser printed cards. For orders of 20 I can print a message inside the card but it must be all the same text such as a Christmas greeting.