Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stop Wishing For It | Letterpress Art Print

We've had a couple of emails about the print from our last post, so I just wanted to let you know that the "Stop Wishing for It" print is available for purchase here. Enjoy!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A New Pure Cotton Letterpress Paper & Letterpress Giveaway

For as long as I can remember, finding a great paper to use for letterpress printing has been a challenge. Don't get me wrong, there are thousands of papers that work well for letterpress, but there are few (very few!) that were created specifically for us and our special requirements. It is important that a letterpress paper be able to take varying degrees of impression without cracking, tearing, or bending; all the while retaining a soft, fabric-like texture that most of our clients are looking for. When clients spend on letterpress stationery, they want it printed on a truly fine paper that offers the tactile sensation they are looking for.

I was recently contacted by Mohawk, an American paper mill (est. 1892 - roughly the same time as our presses!) that recently released a new line of papers for letterpress printers: the Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress paper line. The Pure Cotton Letterpress line was designed to emulate the look and feel of handmade papers, and to my delight is available in not only Ultimate (Bright) and Soft White, but also in a Smoke Gray and Chino (a kraft brown). The only thing harder to find than a good letterpress paper is a colored one! Am I right?

Mohawk sent a variety of samples to us and I was excited to test them out. The Pure Cotton Letterpress line is available in 20 pt. and 40 pt. for letterpress printing, and I chose to test the 20 pt. sample first, since this is the weight I would use for most of our stationery work (with the 40 pt. being for clients and brides wanting to make a statement with a thicker stock). The 20 pt. cut nicely:
Next came the ink mixing – for the print I was going to make I decided on a light pink:

Next up was placement of our photopolymer plates from our friends at Boxcar Press, inking up, and registration:

And here is one of our prints on the sample sheet:

As you can see, the 20 pt. takes a nice impression, and the paper has a great texture. This is the Ultimate (bright) White sheet, which is their cooler white option. For invitation work, I would probably opt for the Soft White option, which is a more natural white (but not quite ivory or ecru).

A close-up of the impression and paper texture:

Overall, I am really impressed with the Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress paper. I think what I like most about it is that it seems to be a bit more resilient than some of the other papers we keep in stock. How can a paper be resilient? That sounds weird! But it is. We use another mill's letterpress paper for most of our projects these days, with the odd alternative thrown in here and there – but if you even look at our house paper the wrong way, it dents or marks. I love our house paper, but it's more moody and delicate, and needs special attention when moving it around the studio, cutting it, etc. The Strathmore Letterpress stock feels like it can withstand handling better – which is a big plus. And the extra strength does not come at the expense of the paper's texture, because it is still luxurious and fabric-like.

The new letterpress line also includes envelopes in 80 text to match the various paper colors, and are available with square or Euro (pointed) flaps. You can check out all the paper and envelope options listed in the Pure Cotton Letterpress information sheet. Orders for the Pure Cotton Letterpress line can be made online at or through your local paper merchant.

Our friends at Mohawk have provided us with beautiful sets of cards printed on their letterpress paper that feature variations on the signature Strathmore thistle mark (printed on the different colored papers from the line) for a giveaway here on Adventures in Letterpress.

We will choose 5 winners (!) at random on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 – winners will receive packages of the card sets above (including envelopes). To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us who you'd send these gorgeous cards to if you won. Please note, this giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA only. Please do not leave your email address in the comments section – we will contact the winners for mailing addresses after the contest closes.

Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by Mohawk; however, all opinions expressed are our own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

Monday, August 18, 2014

One-Month Trial Letterpress Stationery Subscription Now Available + Giveaway | Letterpress Lovers Club

Are you a letterpress lover, or know someone who loves a good piece of stationery? Maybe you've heard of our Letterpress Lovers Club (our monthly letterpress stationery subscription service), but you're a bit of a commitment-phobe or are just not sure you want to sign-up long term (36, or 12-month subscription) without checking out a sample mailing first. You can now sign-up for a one-month trial of our Letterpress Lovers Club membership to check out a delivery for yourself.

And yes, we ship worldwide! You don't have to be a resident of Canada or the US to receive letterpress stationery treats each month in your snail mailbox!

We are so excited about worldwide shipping that we're offering one one-month trial delivery as a giveaway! Enter by posting a comment below and telling us about the best piece of snail mail you ever received – was it a letter from your grandmother, your college acceptance letter, a love note? What made the mail so special? Deadline for entries is August 25th, 2014, at 12 AM Pacific. Open to letterpress lovers worldwide (except friends/family of Sunlit Letterpress or employees)! Please do not leave your email address in the comments section – we will contact winner for mailing address after contest closes.

Good luck!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Upcoming Show | Etsy Made In Canada

Have you heard about Vancouver's upcoming Etsy Made in Canada Day event? Check it out:

We'll be at our booth on the lower level (where the ice rink normally is in the winter). Be sure to come and visit us on September 27th - to say hi, to shop, to discuss your questions about wedding invitations or your custom stationery ideas. We are looking forward to meeting you! (And...don't forget to mention our Adventures in Letterpress blog for a little free stationery gift!).

We'll be debuting some of our new cards and art prints, and can't wait to show you our new work! Here is just a small preview of some of our new cards (click the images to buy now from our Etsy shop):

Be sure to come and see us and your other favorite Vancouver-based Etsy sellers! We are looking forward to this exciting event!

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!

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