Letterpress Gift Tags

Loving Letterpress | lovely letters

Dear Friend,

I love letterpress. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Doesn’t everyone love letterpress??

There has been an incredible resurgence of antique printing techniques in the past handful of years. Cards and stationery and invitations and all the good paper things are being taken over by letterpress. This is a printing style that you can see and feel and fall in love with immediately. More letterpress!!

I had the great joy of dropping in on the ladies (Andria and Jessica) of Lillikoi Design + Letterpress last Wednesday. They were hosting a holiday tag making workshop for a little group of us girls, which put the cherry on top of my humpday. Andria and Jessica took us through Lillikoi’s history and process and sustainability practices. They showed us their inks and their paper supply. It was amazing. Then, they introduced us to Peach, their stunning 1889 Chandler & Price letterpress. Peach! She was just lovely.

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{that’s Peach}

Now that we had the basics, we could get started. As a very cohesive and cooperative group, we all chose rose gold ink (duh) and an incredible raised image of a reindeer head/antlers tangled in Christmas lights to press into the light grey paper. We each had our turn to work with Peach and press our own ten tags. Just like learning to ride a bike or how to jump rope, pressing with Peach was very rhythmic and once you get it, you get it.

The highlight of the night for me, after meeting such a stunning group of ladies, was printing ten tags in a row with no break. This might mean very little to those of you who haven’t stood at the helm of a printing press. Let me be the one to tell you that this was a serious feat for me. Peach is intimidating when she’s up and running. There’s a lot of moving parts and there’s wet ink and there’s the need to take out and replace the paper. It goes a little something like this…

Set first piece of paper.

Push big wheel to wake Peach up.

Pump the foot pedal to keep Peach running.

After ink rollers coat the print, pull the lever to allow the print to hit the paper.

Remove printed paper with left hand.

Set new paper with right hand while ink rollers re-coat the print.

Print!

Remove!

Replace!

And so on until you run out of paper.

If any of you have the opportunity to attend a letterpress class, do it! It was so fun and so unique. I can’t wait until I get to press again!

xx Katie

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{Peach’s parts}

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{the rose gold ink, old wood printing pieces}

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{perfect centerpiece, the corner rounder}

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{letterpress calendars from 2009, the reindeer tags I made!}

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{Bobbie, the pro}

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{Peach at work}

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8 thoughts on “Letterpress Gift Tags

  1. Letterpress, can’t go wrong with it. One day when I’m fancy and want to fork out money for more expensive business cards, I’m SO going with letterpress. I have a business card from my Dad’s old work (he’s a retired architect) and his cards were letterpressed in the 70’s/80’s. It still has this designery feel to it. So fancy. It’s been too long since we’ve seen each other. We need to reconnect buddy!!!!!

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