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Tactile Wedding Invitations

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Letterpress QR Code

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Mark Dowsett of Stranger Studio came to blush°° for some quality letterpress printing. Mark’s postcard features a large QR code that you can scan and feel. Once scanned on a smartphone reveals his contact details, address, email and web address – very clever and a cool way to give people your details.

The postcards are letterpress printed on 540gsm Colorplan Citrine yellow, both sides on a Heidelberg platen. Colorplan is a fairly hard stock but does take a nice clean deep impression.

Posted: October 27th, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Postcards
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Candykiller ‘Beast’ Letterpress Print

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Candykiller Beast letterpress print

We were thrilled when Candykiller aka Brian Taylor called on Blush to produce his latest ‘Beast’ print. We have worked with Candykiller before, printing the 5th Anniversary limited edition prints. Candykiller’s illustrations print beautifully on the press and Brian’s attention to detail and technical ability when it comes to artwork is first class.

Photopolymer plate
We printed the Beast on 300gsm cotton paper on a Heidelberg platen press, tweeting live at each stage of the production, from platemaking to trimming. The first stage of the job was to prepare Brian’s artwork for print. The artwork was supplied digitally and we check the file before creating the separations. Each colour is a separate pass through the press, so once through for the red and through again for the black. This means we would need two plates.


We mix the ink to a Pantone ref supplied by the artist and ink up the press. We decided to add the rider roller to give an even and consistent spread of ink across the image and to prevent ‘ghosting’.

Plate on press
The plate is attached to a base to bring it up to type height (.918″) and locked up in the chase then locked into the press.

Comparing prints
We ink up the press and pull some initial prints to check for registration, ink coverage and impression. We also check the print for any defects in the plate.

Platen printing
Once we are happy with we run the sheets through the press.

Inking up the plate
After the first colour run we wash-up the press and prepare for the second colour. Change plates, ink up for black pass and reload the paper on the press.

Checking prints
We pull some prints and check once again for impression, ink coverage and registration.

Printing the black
Then run the sheets through and print the black plate.

The final prints
The final prints are checked and trimmed on the guillotine before packing.

You can see more production shots on our Flickr pages and follow us on Twitter for news and updates on future live letterpress tweets.

The prints are available to purchase from the Candykiller online store.

Genius Division Business Card

Genius Division business card

Genius Division business card

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Red and white duplex is a striking combination as seen here in these business cards we printed for James Sheriff at Genius Division. Printing red ink to complement the red paper and then printing red ink over the red side rather than a blind deboss really help lift the pattern.

Letterpress printed onto 540gsm Duplex on a Heidelberg platen.

Posted: September 6th, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Business Cards, Duplex, Letterpress Techniques
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Deeply Impressed

Deeply Impressed letterpress promo card

Deeply Impressed letterpress promo card

Deeply Impressed letterpress promo card

Deeply Impressed letterpress promo card

Deeply Impressed is a new website dedicated to showcasing letterpress and hot foil printing in the UK. The sites creator wanted to send out a promotional card to coincide with the launch of the website and of course it had to be letterpress! We discussed papers and ideas to help create a simple effective print to whet the appetite, give an idea of what letterpress is and how it feels.

The A6 cards are printed on 425gsm Saunders 100% cotton.

We tweeted the print run live on Twitter, photographing and posting each stage of the job. You can see and read the results on our Flickr pages.

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Hot off the press
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Crowne Letterhead & Business Card

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Letterpress stationery and business cards for Crowne Chauffeur Services, designed by Alan Haverty. The business cards are letterpress printed onto 540gsm Colorplan black & white duplex with a deboss crown logo on the black side. The letterheads were printed on matching 135gsm Colorplan in black and gold ink.

We paid special attention to the delicate type. Small fine fonts have a tendency to break up under the extreme pressure on the press but a careful balance between pressure, ink and packing on the press can help keep this to a minimum.

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Blind Deboss, Business Cards, Letterpress Stationery
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WRK™ Business Card

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Mark Lindop, a brand identity designer from WRK™ has created a design that uses letterpress and edge painting to full effect. We printed the cards on a Heidelberg platen, silver ink onto a substantial 650mic recycled black board. Silver ink isn’t glossy like a foil but does have a rather sexy shimmer to it and stands out well on the black. Mark’s choice of colour for the edge painting is a vibrant contrast and certainly grabs your attention. We love it!

Posted: September 1st, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Business Cards, Edge Painting
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The First 65 Business Cards

Edge painted letterpress business cardsEdge painted letterpress business cardsEdge painted letterpress business cardsEdge painted business cardEdge painted business cardThese business cards for new company The First 65 have qualities people crave with letterpress. Good design, quality board, deep impression with and without ink and an extra special finish. The ink was hand mixed to match the green paper and the logo was blind debossed on the reverse. As an extra special finish they were edge painted in a vibrant bright orange. The cards were printed on a Heidelberg platen onto 540gsm Duplex White over Green.

Click onto our Flickr pages to see the cards in production.

CU*TS

CU*TS PostcardCU*TS PostcardCU*TS PostcardCU*TS PostcardCU*TS PostcardCU*TS PostcardDespite recent cuts in the arts sectors United Creatives created a postcard to let people know it’s not all doom and gloom. The postcards are printed on a hefty 638gsm 100% cotton and on Colorplan White/Red/White Triplex. Printing on both sides can sometimes cause issues, you will often see evidence of an impression on the opposite side. Opting for a heavy stock means we can still achieve a deep impression on both sides.

Press Pass Business Card

Press pass letterpress business cardPress pass letterpress business cardPress pass letterpress business cardWe love this press pass style business card designed Daniel Duhig Design for freelance journalist Cartlon Boyce. The detail of the design is accurate right down to a small photo of Carlton which is attached to the small blue square. We printed the cards on 1000mic recycled board in 2 colours on our Heidelberg letterpress printing presses. The surface of the recycled board is irregular with high and low points making each print unique.

Posted: March 24th, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Business Cards
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Cutter & Savage Business Cards

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Posted: March 18th, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Business Cards
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De-tached business cards

De-tached letterpress business cardDe-tached letterpress business cardDe-tached letterpress business cardDe-tached letterpress business cardDe-tached produce bespoke music for media and needed a bespoke business card to compliment their new brand and website. Mark Sugdon created the business card and website for De-Tached and provided the print ready artwork. We talked in-depth about papers and finishes and letterpress printed on 540gsm Duplex black/white. Silver ink on black and black ink on white to produce a business card that looks as good as it feels.

Posted: February 1st, 2011 | Category: 2 Passes, Business Cards, Duplex
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Duplex Letterpress Business Cards

Duplex Letterpress Business CardsDuplex Letterpress Business CardsDuplex Letterpress Business CardsDuplex Letterpress Business CardsDuplex is a technique where two papers are sandwiched together. The result can be incorporated into the design as shown with these business cards designed by Lee Attwood of GraphicVent. We letterpress printed half the business cards on Duplex White/Orange and the other half White/Blue, mixing to match the coloured side of the card.

Print Specification:
85 x 55mm business cards letterpress printed, 3 colour onto 540gsm Duplex.

Wild Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Wild floral letterpress wedding invitations

Wild floral letterpress wedding invitations

Wild floral letterpress wedding invitations

Wild floral letterpress wedding invitations

Wild floral letterpress wedding invitations
We enjoyed designing and printing this wild floral wedding invitation. The request was for a vintage looking wild flower illustration with clean and simple typography.

Letterpress printed on our vintage Heidelberg presses onto our favourite paper at the moment, 425gsm Saunders 100% cotton paper and supplied with luxurious Zerkall envelopes. The silver and lilac ink compliment each other beautifully.

Dimensions: A5 (148 x 210mm)

Gemma Correll Limited Edition Letterpress Prints

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Illustrator Gemma Correll came to us to print a limited edition run of her highly detailed ampersand illustration. Letterpress printed on our Heidelberg presses in 2 colours onto 300gsm Somerset 100% cotton paper.

The prints are in a limited edition of 250, signed and numbered and available to purchase directly from Gemma.

Dimensions: A4 (210 x 297mm)

Illustration © Gemma Correll

Chrysanthemum Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Chrysanthemum letterpress wedding invitationChrysanthemum letterpress wedding invitationChrysanthemum letterpress wedding invitationChrysanthemum letterpress wedding invitationLetterpress menuEmily had seen our Chrysanthemum correspondence cards and greeting card and asked us to adapt the design to create her wedding invitation and menu card. We discussed preferred colour palettes and provided a couple of layout and colour variations for Emily’s approval. The invitations and menus are printed on heavy 425gsm 100% cotton paper in lime green and brown and were supplied with matching envelopes.

The chrysanthemum drawing is taken from an original pencil drawing by Blush’s very own Alison and was originally part of a range of greeting cards. We are often asked to adapt one of our greeting card designs into a range of wedding stationery.

Dimensions: A5 (148 x 210mm) Letterpress printed on our vintage printing presses.

Menu photo courtesy of Dandelion Gifts in Frodsham, Cheshire.

Business Card & Type Matters!

Typographer business card

Typographer business card

Typographer business card

Typographer business card

We thought these business cards deserved an airing. We printed them for our good friend and collaborator, typographer Jim Williams. Jim has been working with blush°° since the start, creating our logo and designing our stationery. He has designed many of our greeting cards including our “Quotes” range and is currently working on 6 new quotes to add to the range.

Jim asked us to print his business cards in black and red ink, letterpress printed onto 100% cotton paper. Jim’s attention to detail is legendary. He carefully and considerately chooses the right typeface for each job and manually kerning characters by the smallest amounts. Who would ever notice…? Well, we and others do notice and that’s why we like working with Jim.

Jim is a fount(ain) of knowledge when it comes to typography and this is put to good use when he teaches at Staffordshire University. This has led on to Jim creating his booklet, Type Matters! A few simple tips on how to keep your typography in good order.

Type Matters! by Jim Williams

Type Matters! by Jim Williams

Type Matters! by Jim Williams

Type Matters! covers the basics of typography and typesetting, touching on how some typographic terminology comes straight out of the letterpress print room. A more comprehensive and detailed book is a must!

Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Grey and yellow floral letterpress wedding invitationsGrey and yellow floral letterpress wedding invitationsGrey and yellow floral letterpress wedding invitationsGrey and yellow floral letterpress wedding invitationsGrey and yellow floral letterpress wedding invitationsThese floral wedding invitations evoke thoughts of warm summer meadows and look crisp and clean on white card. The flowers are taken from Susie’s original drawings and converted to graphic illustrations by George. Complemented with classic serif and sans serif type. George provided print ready artwork and indicated Pantone colour ref’s. We took care of the separations and pre-press work before sending a final proof for approval.

Day and evening invitations.
Dimensions: 99 x 210mm
Letterpress printed in grey and yellow onto 350gsm white card.

Posted: May 6th, 2010 | Category: 2 Passes, Wedding Stationery
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Hannah & James Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Hannah and James letterpress wedding invitations

Hannah and James letterpress wedding invitations

Hannah and James letterpress wedding invitations

Hannah and James letterpress wedding invitations

More luxurious wedding invitations designed by our clients. Decorative borders hand drawn by Hannah, the bride to be, and digitally put together by James.

James and Hannah showed us a collection of mood boards and inspired design at an early stage and we discussed at length various options for papers, colours, envelopes and styles.

Day and evening wedding invitations letterpress printed onto luxurious 425gsm, 100% cotton paper. 2 colour, brown and pink.
Dimensions: A6 (148 x 105mm)

Duplex Business Card

Grey & debosed business cardGrey & debosed business cardGrey & debosed business cardGrey & debosed business cardWe enjoyed printing these business cards for designer David Parsons at Give A Damn Design. A clean design of slab serif type in grey ink and debossed logo. Deboss is letterpress printing but with no ink and creates a superbly tactile finish. (Click here to see another example of deboss). The card is white front and grey back, sandwiched together to create a striking effect that works with the design.

The cards were designed by David and supplied to us as a PDF and we printed the cards on our 1969 Heidelberg press.

Dimensions: 85 x 55mm

This card has been featured on the business card gallery website CardNerd