primrosepress

Letterpress Stationery & Artists' Books

California, United States · 81 Sales

primrosepress

Letterpress Stationery & Artists' Books

California, United States 81 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(16)

Announcement   Environmentally-friendly letterpress stationery that connects sender and recipient in a meaningful and personal way. Each card is printed individually on an antique press.

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Last updated on Dec 16, 2015

Environmentally-friendly letterpress stationery that connects sender and recipient in a meaningful and personal way. Each card is printed individually on an antique press.

Primrose Press

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5 out of 5 stars
(16)
astrowade

astrowade on Dec 16, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These cards are a good, large size, the printing is good, and they come nicely packaged with string and some ribbon.

cydniiwildeharris

cydniiwildeharris on Mar 13, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful script, solid card stock :)

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About

What I love of letterpress stationery & what the heck is letterpress anyway?

First things first: What is letterpress? I get asked this all the time. And I find that once you see it, touch it, the response is always the same: ooooooooohhh.

Letterpress means simply that the characters are pressed into the paper. You see the letters or image, also you can feel it. If you run your fingers across it, you feel that bite into the paper.

Letterpress entails printing on an antique printing press. I usually opt for my adorable 1907 Sigwalt or a versatile Vandercook. Text is assembled one character at a time using antique metal or wood type. Once text is set with at times a myriad adjustments and the press is inked, each card is printed one at a time. Each ink color represents a separate pass through the press.


What I love about letterpress?

{I love that bite or punch into the paper. That tactility is seductive.}

{I love using rich, velvety papers like cotton (say it with me people: tree-free) and handmade ones.}

{I love mixing rich ink colors and then adjusting them ever so slightly.}

{I love the freedom to experiment on the press.}

{And as I am sure you can tell by looking at my Etsy shop, I kinda adore overlays. Overlays of text upon text, text and image. You get the picture.}

Is this whole process time consuming? Sure. Let me say it one last time: I love the process and most importantly that tactile little missive that is the end result. Trust me there is plenty of time to admire it after I finish cleaning the press and the ink on it has dried.

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  • Tia Blassingame

    Owner, Printmaker, Book Artist

    As many childhood friends can attest, I have been obsessed with stationery and correspondence since I was a kid. There is nothing like receiving a missive via snail mail to remind you that someone cares.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 18, 2014
Printing letterpress notecards, stationery, invitations, announcements, and business cards one piece at a time on an antique Sigwalt letterpress and Vandercook.

Increasingly environmentally-friendly. All paper is 100% cotton, handmade, or made of recycled post-consumer content.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Credit cards and paypal accepted.
Shipping
USA: We ship in 3-5 business days.
International: Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery.
Refunds and Exchanges
No returns accepted
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale orders are welcome.
Due to the nature of letterpress printing, there are slight variations between items.