Stylish letterpress social stationery

San Francisco, California 3156 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (784)


Stylish letterpress social stationery

San Francisco, California | 3156 Sales

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Note from shop owner Missive's Etsy boutique is closed for a short break—be back soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 17, 2020

Missive's Etsy boutique is closed for a short break—be back soon!

Lisa Willis

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Lisa Willis


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So many new letterpress cards in our shop now, including our Dream Big Card, just in time for graduation season. Take advantage of our 5 for $20 deal and stock up now!
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Our Sunburst Initial letterpress stationery is perfect to have on hand for everyday note writing. These are made to order on your choice of initial and color in just 3 to 5 days! They also make the perfect gift for moms and grads.
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About missive

Sales 3,156
On Etsy since 2009

Missive Letterpress & Design

MISSIVE is a San Francisco Bay Area letterpress studio founded by designer Lisa Willis in 2008, when a creative outlet became a passion. With a mission to bring stylish correspondence to mailboxes everywhere, the offerings have expanded to include greeting cards, social stationery, announcements and more.

Each piece is hand-printed on vintage presses, using luxurious cotton and recycled content papers. With a less-is-more aesthetic and a focus on elegant letterforms, vintage imagery and classic design, our collection of charming letterpress cards and social stationery is intended to delight both the writer and the recipient.

Why Missive? Missive is an old word, dating from the 15th century. From its etymology in Medieval Latin "mittere"—to send—it has come to mean a note or written message and evokes both intrigue and romance, a fitting term for the art of letterpress.

Shop members

  • Lisa


Shop policies

Last updated on December 17, 2019
All of our letterpress goods are hand-printed on one of our vintage platen presses. We print mostly on reclaimed cotton papers, that are not only beautiful, but sustainable. Please read the FAQs section for more information about this centuries old printing process.

All designs and images copyright © Missive. All rights reserved.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept 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
We want you to be completely happy with your letterpress goods, so please read the item descriptions carefully. We accept returns of salable items within 7 days (unused and in original packaging). You are responsible for return shipping costs. Due to the nature of custom letterpress items, they cannot be returned.

If your package is damaged in transit, please notify us immediately upon receipt so we can take steps to remedy the situation.
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. Orders paid via PayPal eCheck will not ship until the eCheck has cleared. Sales tax applies to all orders shipped within California.
Non-custom orders are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail typically within 1-3 business days of payment (it may be slightly longer during high volume order times such as holidays). For custom items, please refer to individual item descriptions for shipping estimates as these items are printed to order.

Please double check that your shipping address is correct BEFORE checking out. If you have entered an "unconfirmed address" or incorrect address, we will have to cancel and refund your order. You may elect to repurchase the item with a corrected address.

We strive to keep shipping/mailing costs low and pass the savings on to you. Shipping prices may include nominal fees for packaging materials.

As of July 2016, we no longer ship internationally. Unfortunately, too many packages have gone missing with no way of tracing their whereabouts once they have left the U.S.
Additional policies and FAQs
About letterpress:
Letterpress has a lovely tactile quality, unique from any other printing method. For those unfamiliar with the process of letterpress printing, a raised printing plate is inked and then an impression is made on paper, resulting in a relief image. Due to the hand-printed process, there may be subtle variations in ink coverage, impression and/or registration, unmistakable characteristics which lend charm and authenticity to the printed piece.

More information

Last updated on Oct 18, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

If you are a retailer interested in our line of handcrafted letterpress goods for your shop, contact us at wholesale@missivepress.com for order minimums, terms and policies. We look forward to working with you!

Custom and personalized orders

Everyone deserves something extra special sometimes. If you are interested in another color, quantity, or adding personalization to an item you see in the shop, contact us at hello [!at] missivepress.com for details order minimums and pricing. Custom and bulk orders cannot be returned or credited.