notable letterpress cards & more!

Brooklyn, New York

Top shop for gifts.

Buyers bought gifts from this shop and gave them 5-star reviews!

pepperpressny is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello!

Thank you for your message. We are temporarily closed and will reopen on August 1st.

Thank you!
Pepper Press

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 24, 2021


Thank you for your message. We are temporarily closed and will reopen on August 1st.

Thank you!
Pepper Press


Contact shop owner



Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
See reviews that mention:
Quality 72 Shipping 96 Customer service 38

About pepperpressny

Sales 1,186
On Etsy since 2011

Tactile letterpress printing wins heart of digital graphic designer

Being able to express myself creatively manifested itself at an early age - when I was 3 or 4 years old, I covered my family's living room wall with a wax crayon mural when no one was paying attention. It was exquisite, so I didn't understand why the wall got repainted in a fresh coat of white.

I pressed on, looking for other surfaces to cover and decorate over the years. Not surprisingly, I ended up becoming a graphic designer, working for design studios and magazines, designing logos and branding materials, magazines, packaging ideas for variety of products, as well as window displays. Over the years, working primarily on the computer, I have been drawn to the tangible and dimensional: things that I can make with my hands.

Upon a friend's recommendation I signed up for an evening letterpress class at Cooper Union (taught by Dan Morris of The Arm Letterpress), as an outlet to 'get my hands dirty'. Long story short - something just clicked, it felt so right! I found what I was looking for! The letterpress printing process, despite being so old, feels very new in the age of all things digital. I find lots of enjoyment in mixing inks by hand, tinkering with the machine, adjusting the pressure, checking the rollers, and cranking the handle to get the paper to meed the ink. The convergence of graphic design and true hands-on process is a perfect combination - it doesn't cease to fascinate me.

I'm also an avid outdoors person (and a guide with a local outdoor adventure company on the weekends), so it's no surprise that the elements of nature subconsciously pour into my work. With the environment on my mind, I use earth-friendly materials: the cotton paper is made from recycled cotton linters of the garment industry (you'd never know, it's feels that luxurious), as well as recycled and post-consumer content recycled kraft papers and envelopes. The cellophane bags that I use for packaging are biodegradable, made from plants not plastics. The smaller impact on the earth, the better.

These days, you will find me working in my own letterpress design studio with 2 presses in it, still in amazement and gratitude that I can actually do this, and that you (yes, you, my awesome customer!) keep coming back to my shop for my tactile creations! In addition to the items that you see in my shop, I also work on custom projects: save the dates & wedding invitation suites, announcements, business cards, and every other kind of letterpress printed ephemera. I'd love to work with you on your next printing project!

p.s. If you'd like to find out even more about my studio & process, check out this recent interview I did for the EtsyNY Team blog!

Shop members

  • Ursula Hershey

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hello! I am a designer, letterpress printer, nature fanatic, urban explorer, outdoor adventure guide, travel affictionado, snorkeler extraordinaire, map collector, cyclist, coffee addict... to name a few... Nice to meet you!

Shop policies

Last updated on October 29, 2015
Welcome! Thanks for stopping by the Pepper Press Etsy shop!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
While this is a rare occurrence, refunds and exchanges are handled on a case by case basis. But I certainly want to be sure you are happy with your purchase!

Be aware that computer monitors differ slightly in color representation, and the colors you see could be slightly different in person. As my work is hand printed, please expect small differences between what is pictured and what you may receive.
Payment is by Etsy Direct Checkout or PayPal only and is due at time of purchase.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You don’t need a Pay Pal account to purchase items through Pay Pal. After you click the “Pay Now” button, you simply scroll down and you’ll see the option to pay with a credit or debit card without having to sign up for an account.

If you have any problems with the transaction, please contact me and I'll try my best to help you out.

NY residents will be charged the NY tax rate of 8.875%.
Items are shipped generally 1-3 days after purchase date, via first class mail. Please be assured that your card(s) will travel safely in a sturdy mailer-envelope to prevent bending.
Additional policies and FAQs
Yes, I do take wholesale orders, custom work, etc - please inquire via messaging to get info & get the process started.

As the artist/designer, I retain all rights to my work. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of any works, and the buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.

Or any time you want to show your support for Pepper Press in general, I'd be excited to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!