rxletterpress

the most horrible, adorable cards around

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    So excited that some of my retailers are managing to reopen safely and brighten their corners of the world! Here is a list of shops that carry my cards and other goodies; maybe you'll be lucky enough to be near one, so you can support both of us at the same time!

[AUSTRALIA]
G'Day Kitty, Thornbury, Victoria

[ARIZONA]
Black Sheep Imports, Bisbee

[CALIFORNIA]
California Supply Company, San Mateo
Songbird Boutique, Long Beach

[COLORADO]
Drift & Amble, Salida

[MONTANA]
Shakespeare & Co., Missoula
Wheatgrass Gifts & Green Door Gallery, Livingston

[OREGON]
By the Bunch, Portland
Cargo, Portland
Citizen Ruth, Portland
Crafty Wonderland, Portland
Ernie & Gray, Salem
Herbivore, Portland
Letterpress PDX, Portland
Radius Art Studio, Portland
T-SPOT, Manzanita
Union Rose, Portland
Westwind Frame & Gallery, The Dalles

[WASHINGTON]
Alair, Seattle
Camelion Design, Seattle
King's Books, Tacoma
Proctor Mercantile, Tacoma
Seattle Art Museum Shop, Seattle
The Nifty Knitter, Issaquah
The Standard Goods, Seattle

[NEW YORK]
The Homebody Boutique, Brooklyn

[WISCONSIN]
Anthology, Madison

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 19, 2020

So excited that some of my retailers are managing to reopen safely and brighten their corners of the world! Here is a list of shops that carry my cards and other goodies; maybe you'll be lucky enough to be near one, so you can support both of us at the same time!

[AUSTRALIA]
G'Day Kitty, Thornbury, Victoria

[ARIZONA]
Black Sheep Imports, Bisbee

[CALIFORNIA]
California Supply Company, San Mateo
Songbird Boutique, Long Beach

[COLORADO]
Drift & Amble, Salida

[MONTANA]
Shakespeare & Co., Missoula
Wheatgrass Gifts & Green Door Gallery, Livingston

[OREGON]
By the Bunch, Portland
Cargo, Portland
Citizen Ruth, Portland
Crafty Wonderland, Portland
Ernie & Gray, Salem
Herbivore, Portland
Letterpress PDX, Portland
Radius Art Studio, Portland
T-SPOT, Manzanita
Union Rose, Portland
Westwind Frame & Gallery, The Dalles

[WASHINGTON]
Alair, Seattle
Camelion Design, Seattle
King's Books, Tacoma
Proctor Mercantile, Tacoma
Seattle Art Museum Shop, Seattle
The Nifty Knitter, Issaquah
The Standard Goods, Seattle

[NEW YORK]
The Homebody Boutique, Brooklyn

[WISCONSIN]
Anthology, Madison

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Emily Riley

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Emily Riley

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About rxletterpress

Sales 5,988
On Etsy since 2010

The Most Horrible, Adorable Cards Around!

I moved to Portland in early 2008 and found myself working at Oblation Papers & Press. Although I had a BFA in Printmaking, I knew virtually nothing about letterpress printing -- and I hated greeting cards and didn't believe in marriage! This would all change in the years to come. Well, I'm still suspicious about the institution of marriage. But I discovered a world of stationery beyond the awful Hallmark and Carlton Cards I'd known, and an old-fashioned way of making it by hand that delighted me.

In 2009, my aunt sold me her motorized 1907 Chandler & Price 7x11 letterpress. Nancy Riley had printed for a Mendocino company called Studio Z for a number of years, then for her own company, Riley Creek Press, in Fort Bragg. She finally decided she was done printing, and wanted to travel more and free up the space in her home. I traveled down Highway 101 and adopted my first antique letterpress, Hamilton type cabinet, and Challenge paper cutter.

Over the years, I've learned about typography and graphic design by watching friends and co-workers and challenged myself to print increasingly large or complex designs. I greatly expanded my equipment collection in late 2014 by purchasing a treadle-powered 1907 Chandler & Price 10x15 press and type cabinet from my then-studio-mate, Gabe Weiss. I've made smaller but still substantial additions to my type collection in late 2014 when I purchased a galley full of gorgeous fonts, including families of Old English and Gallia, from local collector Doug Haning, and in late 2015 when I purchased an extensive family of Stymie from local artist Keegan Onefoot as he dissolved his much-admired printing business, KeeganMeegan & Co.

I'm currently settling in to a different, larger studio space in my building. Most of my time is going to painting and other renovations, as well as organizing the space and equipment. I'm looking forward to finishing this huge project and getting back to developing and printing more of my thousand ideas!

Shop members

  • Emily Riley

    Owner

    I spend most of my time toiling away in the printmaking dungeons, but I also love talking to strangers and fussing over cats & dogs & babies. If you're in Portland and want to visit me and my studio, message me! It would be a pleasure to meet you!

Production partners

  • Morel Ink

    Portland, OR

    This small northeast Portland company prints my designs on mugs for me! I letterpress print gift boxes for each one by hand.

  • Rx Skulls

    Oregon City, OR

    Rx Skulls pulls screens by hand on waterproof vinyl to create crisp and resilient stickers that weather all conditions.

  • Shirt Nerdery

    Milwaukie, OR

    My friend, Rob Campbell of Shirt Nerdery, screen prints my original designs on gray shirts in small batches!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 19, 2021
Hello, there! Years of experience selling on Etsy and eBay, as well as my real life retail background, will help me provide sensible, prompt, and friendly service to you!

I love making things, and I hope you might love the things I make!

Thank you so much for visiting my little shop!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept payment through Etsy Payments, and that allows you to use all the following, several of which I have no understanding at all, because I'm a typically provincial citizen of the United States!

Credit cards
Debit/bank cards
Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
PayPal
Apple Pay
Google Pay
Klarna Invoice payments (Germany)
iDEAL (the Netherlands)
Sofort (Austria and Germany)
Shipping
I ship small purchases by stamped envelope via USPS First Class Mail. ***This does not include a tracking number, unless you purchase the add-on for one.*** These small purchases include:

1 - 5 Greeting Cards
1 - 2 Magnets
1 Set of Coasters
1 Art Print
Stickers

I send larger purchases as USPS First Class Packages with tracking numbers. These include:

6+ Greeting Cards
3+ Magnets
2+ Sets of Coasters
2+ Art Prints

Consider purchasing insurance, because I can't guarantee that goods will be safe once in the hands of the US Postal Service. Let me know of your interest in insurance before paying and I will add it to your invoice. Unfortunately, insurance is not available to packages shipped internationally.

While I'm happy to ship internationally, you will still be responsible for any customs fees or taxes. Sorry!
Additional policies and FAQs
All goods listed are created entirely by yours truly!

I am delighted to set up wholesale accounts with retailers! Please contact me for pricing.