Posts Tagged ‘printing’

Cranes / Fresco Duplex

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Design © WHP Creative

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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Assorted Types ~ Centaur

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The first in the ‘Assorted Types’ series of letterpress prints showcasing classic typefaces. Designed by Jim Williams, an award winning typographer & graphic designer who has a lifelong passion for the craft of typography and letterforms. He also has a keen interest and understanding of letterpress and teaches typography at Staffordshire University. Jim’s knowledge of typography and attention to detail is second to none. Constantly ‘tweaking’ his work until it is just perfect, kerning here, letterspacing there, a real perfectionist.

The prints have been lovingly printed to perfection on our vintage Heidelberg cylinder press onto 300gsm Somerset Velvet 100% cotton paper.

Limited to 100 prints and individually numbered and are available to purchase from our online store.

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Jim holding the print

Jim inspecting the plate before printingThe type bed in action
Jim comparing ink density

Jim checking ink density
Inked plateDelivery of the printsJim numbering the printsDetail of the print

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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Letterpress Proof

Twitter Treat posterWe have been having a shift around in the print room and have found some bits and pieces we had forgotten about. Amongst some posters we found a print we had taken to proof a font of wood type we had acquired.

Letterpress printed on our Vandercook proofing press. The poster is 320 x 420mm light grey paper. Printed in black ink with beautiful wood type. The type is in good condition but has a few knocks which adds character.

We will be giving away a copy of the print to one of our Twitter followers today. Simply follow us and say ‘Hi!” and at the end of the day we’ll pick a random winner from our Twitter followers.

This TwitterTreat has now closed and was won by @PaulAdamDavis.

Take the Proverbial Letterpress Prints

A4 letterpress printsLetterpress printingLemonsLemonsLetterpress printingLetterpress printingGill McColl of Take the Proverbial came to blush°° to letterpress print these two quotes. The hand drawn typography transferred faithfully from digital artwork to photopolymer plate to tactile letterpress print.

We printed the posters on our Heidelberg KSBA cylinder. The impression strength of the cylinder ensured a consistent and deep print evenly into the cotton paper across the whole print area. The prints were printed on 300gsm Somerset 100% cotton paper. Spot colours were provided for each A4 print.

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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Blind Embossing

Embossed logo on 300gsm 100% cotton paperLetterpress printing creates a debossed impression into the paper. The inked plate is pressed into the paper leaving the design or type recessed. We can also print without any ink, a blind deboss. A simply and very effective technique.

The example above shows a blind emboss on 300gsm cotton paper. The image is raised, pushed from back to front. To do this correctly we use a male and female die to create an image that is sharp and crisp.

Affordable letterpress business cards are here!

250 letterpress business cards only £59

Arabesque initial letterpress business card

Letterpress business card

Rose letterpress business card

Victoria letterpress business card

Letterpress business card

Pointing hand, printers hand, index or manicule letterpress business card

We are really excited to offer 250 personalised letterpress business cards for an amazing £59.

Choose from 14 stunning designs with exquisite typography and printed to perfection on Cranes Crest 100% cotton, a premium paper perfectly suited to letterpress.

The cards are printed in black ink as standard but alternative colours are available for an additional cost. The cards are presented in a hand made box – a perfect gift! Orders are now being taken for delivery in time for Christmas.

Browse the full range and order online now!

More photos on our Flickr pages

2 Colour + Deboss Business Cards

2 colour and deboss business cards

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2 colour and deboss business cardsLightbulb are a design consultancy with bright ideas looking for a print finish to give their business cards another dimension. The design was created for letterpress and the black and grey ink sinks deep into the 425gsm pure cotton paper. The focal point though is the debossed lightbulb, certain to draw attention when handed out. A deboss clearly shows the impression letterpress can make into the paper, leaving a beautiful tactile finish only possible with this amazing technique.

Letterpress Whisky Labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Letterpress Whisky labels

Working with designers leads to some beautifully crafted work getting on our presses. So when Steve and Chris from United Creatives asked us to print these Whisky labels for their client Artisan Scotch Whisky makers Compass Box Whisky Company, we knew we were getting involved in something exciting.

The labels were letterpress printed on our vintage presses in one colour onto a beautiful uncoated label stock. The labels also required a die cut shape which we decided to ‘kiss-cut’. This means cutting the shape out of the top sheet of the paper enabling the label to be peeled off the backing sheet in one piece ready to be applied to the bottles.

Posted: October 21st, 2010 | Category: Product Packaging
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1985 Business Cards

1985 letterpress business cards1985 letterpress business cards1985 letterpress business cards1985 letterpress business cards1985 letterpress business cardsWe printed these 2 colour, double-sided business cards for London based art director Richard Monk of 1985®. A bit of a thank you really after an interview we took part in for the CCCCareer website.

Richard’s design is strong and bold typography in black and grey and has printed really well on the 540 white board.

The job was part of our unique #LetterpressLive tweeting sessions on Twitter, where we tweet each stage of the process as it happens and is an insight into blush°° and the letterpress process. If you missed the session you can catch up on our Flickr pages.

Silver on Black Letterpress Business Card

Silver ink on Black letterpress business cardSilver ink on Black letterpress business cardSilver ink on Black letterpress business cardLess is more on this business card we printed recently for Jökull Sólberg Auðunsson. Along with the initial inquiry came lots of examples of the kind of effect Jökull was looking to achieve. After a few emails back and to we felt we had a clear idea of the best way forward. The cards were printed on our Heidelberg platen in silver ink onto 540gsm black stock. The sheen from the silver ink changing with light from different directions.

The heavy stock allowed for a deep impression which resulted a firm business card that feels solid in your hand.

Posted: September 29th, 2010 | Category: Business Cards
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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.

Black & White Letterpress Business Card

Black & White Letterpress Business Card
Black & White Letterpress Business Card
Black & White Letterpress Business CardBold typography letterpress printed deep into a heavy 700gsm white Colorplan is a stunning combination.

These business cards for Gabrielle Imerson, Creative Director at Public are bold and powerful. The cards were trimmed to 80 x 60mm, a little wider than a standard business card makeing the 700gsm board feel somehow bigger.

Specification:
Dimensions 60 x 80mm, black ink, 700gsm Colorplan Pristine White, letterpress printed on our heidelberg platens. Designed by Public.

Posted: August 27th, 2010 | Category: 1 Pass, Business Cards
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White & Grey Duplex Letterpress Wedding Stationery

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Careful consideration was given to the type of stock in order to enhance the elegance of this design. The monochromatic palette adds to the elegance of the design and the Order of Service which simply has four of the symbols from the design debossed onto Somerset 300gsm, 100% cotton paper, compliments it beautifully. The invitations were finished with rounded corners.

Twitter Treat Letterpress Business Card Winner

Twitter Treat letterpress business card winnerTwitter Treat letterpress business card winnerTwitter Treat letterpress business card winnerTwitter Treat letterpress business cards winnerOur recent Twitter Treat has resulted in a superb business card. Will of Desypha was the lucky winner and had the fantastic opportunity to get his business card design letterpress printed for free. The print specs were simple – the card had to be 55 x 85mm and one colour black. We used 425gsm Saunders 100% cotton paper, a beautiful paper perfect for a deep impression.

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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)