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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.

Twitter Treat ~ Letterpress Christmas Cards

Twitter Treat ~ Win your very own letterpress Christmas cards

Get your creative juices flowing as our next TwitterTreat is a truly festive treat.

We are giving one lucky follower the opportunity to have their design letterpress printed as their very own Christmas card. Your design could be anything from a drawing to a beautifully crafted piece of typography.

Print Specification
30 Christmas cards and envelopes
A6 (105 x 148mm)
1 colour / 1 side
300gsm 100% cotton paper
Including 100gsm stock greeting card envelopes

Creating your artwork
The print area is 105 x 148mm. Artwork must be supplied as a print ready PDF or Illustrator .ai or .eps file format. Please ensure all fonts are converted to outlines. You can also supply a Photoshop .psd file, please don’t rasterize any fonts and include the font with your file. You can also email us a high resolution scan or post your original artwork to us and we will convert your artwork ready for print. Spot colour only, no tints, shades or gradients.

The winner will picked at random from our list of followers at 2pm Thursday, 9th December 2010. The winner will be notified by DM on Twitter.

How to enter:

Step 1
Follow us on Twitter!

Step 2
Retweet this tweet

Step 3
Cross your fingers!


  • The winner will be picked at random at 2pm Thursday, 9th December 2010 from our list of followers who have retweeted as above.
  • We reserve the right to showcase the winning business cards on Twitter, our website, blog and other websites for promotional purposes. We will include credits and links where applicable.
  • This offer is open to anyone in any country.
  • This offer cannot be used with any existing print orders.
  • The winner must agree to these terms.
  • Our decision is final.
  • We reserve the right to withdraw this offer, change or amend the print specification or these rules.

This competition is now closed and the winner has been announced – congratulations to @uberkraaft

Click here to see the winning cards.

Posted: December 6th, 2010 | Category: Twitter Treats
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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.

April Twitter Treat Winner

April TwitterTreat WinnerApril TwitterTreat WinnerApril TwitterTreat WinnerCongratulations goes out along with her print to Magic Alice, winner of our recent Twitter Treat competition. She won her name hand set with vintage wood type and letterpress printed on our 117 year old treadle powered printing press.

To be in with a chance of entering our next Twitter Treat make sure you follow us on Twitter! Our next Twitter Treat will be announced shortly…

Twitter Treat: Your name in print

Whenever we get the urge we treat our Twitter followers by randomly selecting one lucky follower to receive letterpress goodies – absolutely free!

Win your name in print

Twitter Treats, win your name in print

Twitter Treats, win your name in print

Our latest Twitter Treat is another chance to win “your name in print”. Your name will be handset with old wood type and printed on our 117 year old treadle powered printing press onto 300gsm 100% cotton paper. You can even choose the ink colour! The image above shows our previous winner.

We will randomly pick the winner from our list of followers at 5pm, Friday 23 April 2010. The winner will be notified by DM on Twitter.

So to be in with a chance of winning, here’s what you need to do:

Follow us on Twitter!

Retweet this tweet

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED and the winner has been announced. Thank you to all who entered and don’t forget to watch this space for the next Twitter Treat!