Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Something Blue




Hello letterpress lovers! I hope this post finds you enjoying the summer months – can you believe it's almost August? We've had good weather here in Vancouver for the most part, with the exception of a couple of rainy and colder days last week – but overall we can't complain!

Above are a few photos of a new design we created specifically for weddings. We had a very popular "Something Blue" card in our greeting card line for some time now; but it is a more symmetrical and square design. I wanted to do something new with "Something Blue" that was more organic and light. So, here it is - as a letterpress greeting card (for all those wedding gifts or maybe to congratulate someone's engagement), and as an art print at 5" x 7" and in a larger size at 8.5" x 11". The larger size letterpress print has a decent amount of room around the edges, so the print could easily be placed on a table for wedding guests to sign in the white space, and then framed after the wedding as a keepsake (i.e. instead of or in addition to a traditional guest book).

Since July is our quietest month of the year, I have been spending some time putting together some new card designs and art prints, and thinking up some new product ideas for the fall and holiday season. I am trying to follow my intuition more and design pieces that I love, rather than necessarily just try to design things that will sell. This year I've really felt torn about where I am going with my business, and where I see things in 5 years, and I'm trying to get back to my own style and develop it further.

I've also come to the decision that we need to officially offer digital printing options for our clients. When I started this business, letterpress was experiencing a true revival and I was, and continue to be, happy to participate in and promote this period of renewal of traditional printing. Letterpress is in my veins (my great-grandfather was also a printer) and it will always be my first love; however, I realize that by not offering a mainstream printing option as well, I am losing potential clients and missing out on the opportunity to create pieces that cannot be accommodated by letterpress printing. In some ways I feel like a traitor to my craft (holy guilt complex!), but I am excited and enthusiastic about offering new options for our clients.

We are in the middle of redesigning our website and blog, and creating a new online shop to serve you better. You will be able to order both our letterpress goods and digitally-printed stationery and invitations in our new online shop soon. I look forward to sharing it with you!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

$40 Off Custom Calligraphy Letterpress Business Cards | Discount Code




We recently finished putting together some custom calligraphy letterpress business card designs that you can customize and order for yourself or as a beautiful handmade gift for someone special. There are three calligraphy styles to choose from and a variety of ink colors available; and we can also custom mix a color or Pantone match for you if you prefer.

Available in sets of 100 cards, all orders are printed on super thick white 140 lb. cover. Order before July 5th, 2014, using COUPON CODE "CALLIGRAPHY" and take $40 off your order! This sale will not happen again this year, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Letterpress Note Card Design | Heart Arrow



Do you love arrows as much as I do? Sometimes when I'm on the phone I sit and doodle arrows (among other things); but I threw a heart into this one and I quite liked how it looked. After scanning, tracing in Illustrator, and then converting for printing plates, I finally had a chance to lay some robin's egg blue ink on this little symbol and print it on some A2 note cards. You can purchase your own set of letterpress heart arrow notecards from our Etsy shop here.

Because I spend most of my time designing letterpress wedding invitations and letterpress business stationery for clients, I don't get as much time as I would like to work on my own illustration or new card designs, or refining my own "style". This is something I think about often and am hoping to find more time to spend on. There are so many stationers and designers that have a unique aesthetic (i.e. Rifle Paper Co., Emily McDowell Inc.) where you see one of their products and know instantly whose work it is. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm there yet, and it's challenging. It's ironic how sometimes the "cobbler's children have no shoes" when it comes to designing for yourself, and I know I'm not the only designer that feels this way. I'm hoping to carve out some time over the next few months to start some of the design projects I have been thinking about for years, and also find the time to finish up some of the projects I've started but have had sitting on the back burner for some time now (like our website redesign - ugh.).

What design work for yourself have you been putting off? 


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Discount Code – Letterpress Lovers Club Monthly Subscriptions


Did you leave your Mother's Day gift until the last minute? Maybe the mother in your life has everything and you can't possibly come up with a unique idea by tomorrow? Worry not! The Letterpress Lovers Club is here! How does it work?

Letterpress treats delivered monthly to your mailbox! Choose a three, six, or twelve-month membership for Mom. Join our Letterpress Lovers Club - a stationery-of-the month club where the recipient receives unique letterpress stationery items once a month for the duration of their membership.Each month the items are different and includes an assortment of stationery such as notecard or greeting card sets, art prints, gift tags, letterpress printed packaging items, seasonal stationery pieces, and more! Now you will always have cards on hand for special occasions!Buy a membership for yourself or as a unique gift for someone special! A gift membership makes a lovely high-end, handcrafted, multipurpose gift!

 This letterpress stationery-of-the-month club is fun, exciting, and a gift that brings joy every four weeks!

  • a variety of stationery items in a variety of sizes and styles, from traditional to modern
  • all pieces are letterpress printed using our vintage Chandler & Price press (circa 1900)
  • stationery is printed on ultra-luxe papers (including Crane Lettra and French Papers) with hand-mixed letterpress inks
  • mailings include beautiful hand-selected envelopes and accessories
  • all mailings are beautifully presented and tied with ribbon
  • your first month will ship at the beginning of the month following purchase (i.e. buy in April and your first mailing will ship at the beginning of May)
  • mailings are sent at the beginning of the month - value of each mailing is between $14-$20 USD

{ GIFTS }
If your order is a gift for someone else, please be sure to specify their mailing address in the "NOTES TO SELLER". A membership card will be sent to your recipient with each mailing noting your name as the sender of the monthly gift.

{ SHIPPING }
All our unique designs are shipped at the beginning of each month of your membership in a carefully wrapped bubble-pack mailer. 

{ AS SEEN IN }
Poppytalk, Wedluxe Magazine, HOW Design Magazine, The Food Network, and more!

{ HAPPY SUBSCRIBERS SAY }
"Please renew my letterpress lovers club for another year. Your workmanship is impeccable and your designs are great! I look forward to receiving your treasures in paper every month."
- Barbara F., Pennsylvania

{ WHY OUR CLUB? }
Our stationery is designed and printed in-house (we don't farm out our printing!) using the highest-quality materials with experienced craftsmanship. Our mailings are not seconds, flawed pieces or remnants - they are all made for the Letterpress Lovers Club. Each member has their own record of mailings, so you will never receive the same item twice.

So there you have it! Until May 12th, use discount code "MOM2014" to receive 10% off your membership for your mother, special someone, or for yourself! Enjoy!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Custom Letterpress Invitations | Inspired by W.W.





We recently designed and printed the above custom letterpress invitations above for Mary and Daniel from Ontario, Canada. If you follow this blog, you know I just love it when a couple wants to incorporate something special about their relationship into their wedding stationery – like a quote that they love, a graphic reference to a trip they took or the place where they met, a vintage family crest, or incorporating a grandmother's wedding dress lace as a motif on an invitation. These details are a part of your history, and should absolutely be brought to life in your wedding stationery.

Walt Whitman's "Among the Multitude" from his famous Leaves of Grass was a special poem for the couple – here is a snippet:

    Among the men and women, the multitude,
    I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs, 
    Acknowledging none else – not parent, wife, husband, brother, child, any nearer than I am;
    Some are baffled – but that one is not – that one knows me.

For the 3rd edition of Leaves of Grass, a copper plate was used to deboss the leather cover. We put together a reverse image of the plate for letterpress printing, and also used an Art Nouveau font for the bride and groom's names. A dark warm green was used for the custom ink color.

(Coincidentally, when I received this custom letterpress wedding stationery order a few months ago, my husband and I were in the midst of a few very intense binge viewing sessions to finish up Breaking Bad. If you are a fan, you know how Walt Whitman poetry plays a part in the series – especially the bathroom scene towards the end! This scene is probably the only thing I have ever watched on television in my life that has made me get out of my chair and throw my hands up in frustration. I was so angry at Walt for being so careless! Gah! It still makes me angry!)

In any case, these invitations were a pleasure to produce – and we wish all the joys of married life to Mary and Daniel!

If you would like to find out more about having your own custom letterpress wedding invitations designed and printed by Sunlit Letterpress,contact us today! Bookings for Summer and Fall weddings are filling up fast, so don't miss your spot!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Letterpress Giveaway (Closed) | "Love Is" Art Print




Hello Letterpress Lovers!

Has Spring sprung where you live? I was away for a few weeks on vacation and returned home to a much greener Spring than when I left (and luckily managed to skip the worst of my allergy season while away – thank goodness!).

This Spring we are putting together a few letterpress art prints; something new for Sunlit Letterpress. Up until now we've focused primarily on custom stationery and letterpress wedding invitations, and some ready-to-wear stationery products. I'm not sure why I've never ventured into art prints until now, maybe a lack of time to sit and put something together?

I wanted our first art print offering to incorporate a passage that was important to me. This is a very well-known Bible passage; probably because it is so often used as a reading in Christian weddings. But if you really study the reading you see how it truly is a road map for unconditional love – no matter your faith. Our patience is often tested by our significant others, our children, our family members – and yet we must learn to stay the course and be kind. True love does not insist on having things go our way all the time – sometimes we have to embrace compromise and sacrifice our wants and needs for others. True love endures the most difficult challenges of everyday life and the struggles of difficult times of sickness and loss. True love has no limits and never fails.

This piece was printed on our Chandler & Price press using black and a light pink ink on Crane Lettra 110 lb. 100% (tree-free) cotton cover and measures 5" x 7".

We are giving away one of these prints to a lucky reader! To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us where you would place this print in your home. Entries must be posted by May 5, 2014, at 7 PM (Pacific) and one winner will be chosen at random. Open to entries worldwide. Winner will be announced as an update to this post after the draw. Sorry, personal friends and family of Sunlit Letterpress are not eligible. 

This print is also available in out Etsy shop for purchase – makes a great wedding gift, or addition to your gallery wall! If you are a wedding industry vendor, this print would make a great thank you gift for your clients.

Enjoy!

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