Unique

Spinning Wedding Program

Spinning wedding program and site map

We love to create fun pieces like this spinning wedding program. We printed flat sheets then die-cut the pieces using custom dies. Hand-assembly with eyelets finished the programs. We were sure to take care to let the wheel spin freely. It was a great way to show the guests where each event was happening and what time they should be there as well as giving them a fun keepsake to take with them. The design was created by Ezster Rabin (rabbitfootdesign.com).

Notes: Printed in 2 colors on 250 gsm Stonehenge Warm White with the inner wheel printed in 1 color.


The Hand-Written Print

Preparing hand-written or hand-drawn artwork for letterpress printing is not as difficult or intimidating as many may think. Hand-drawn artwork can take on an entirely new charm when letterpress printed, and we have had some great results. Calligraphy is especially pleasing when relief printed. A follow-up post will go into more detail explaining one of the methods to prepare hand-drawn images, but while we put that together, here are some photos to illustrate the type of hand-drawn art that works well for letterpress printing.

Hand-written hand-drawn letterpress invitations

hand-written letterpress wedding invitation detailHand-written calligraphy letterpress wedding invitation

Calligraphy letterpress wedding invitationHand-written letterpress wedding invitation


Weideman/Wright wedding invitation

This beautiful wedding suite featured calligraphy and illustration by the groom.  We assisted in formatting the files for printing and resizing artwork to best fit the envelopes.  It was a deeply personal invitation to a special and unique event, ably coordinated by Nicole Sillapere and Rosemary Hattenbach.

Notes:  Printed in three colors on 110# Lettra Pearl White, using matching Lettra Marquis envelopes


Tooth Fairy

We love these unique tooth keepers from Notion Farm, a project of our friends at Rubber Design.  Award winning!  Get one for the tooth-dropping kid in your life.

Notes:  Two colors in three passes on 110# Crane Lettra Pearl White.


Magic Ray and Mystic Pen | Musée Mécanique

The Musée Mécanique is a San Francisco treasure, a private collection of arcade games, folk art animatronic dioramas, fortune telling machines and photo booths.  Don’t miss the world’s only steam powered motorcycle!  We are proud to be the printer for the fortune cards that come out of some of the fortune telling machines.  These historic designs came with the machines, and we replicated the artwork from scans of past printings.

The antique vending machines require cards of a specific thickness in order to vend properly, which means they have to be printed with a letterpress.  The biggest logistical challenge to printing these fortunes is collating the thousands of cards so that the same fortune doesn’t ever get delivered twice in a row.

Milling bases for printing plates

Dan Zelinsky, proprietor of the Musee, milled us some fortune-sized blocks to mount the plates on in the MM machine shop.  We form a Useful Machine Admiration Society, new members are welcome.

Notes:  Two-sided printing on poster board.