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!

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

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.

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

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"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

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!

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