Posts Tagged ‘Typography’

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!

‘Reynolds’ letterpress wedding stationery

Reynolds letterpress wedding invitationReynolds letterpress wedding invitationReynolds letterpress wedding invitationLetterpress save the date cardLetterpress save the date cardLetterpress order of serviceLetterpress place setting cardHere’s a sneak peek at one of our new ranges of letterpress wedding stationery ~ Reynolds.

The bride and grooms names are rendered in a beautiful script typeface adorned with swirling glyphs making this a truly personalised piece. Careful and considered typography are the true elements of this design.

Letterpress printed on our vintage printing presses onto a luxurious 300gsm, 100% cotton paper. The soft nature of this paper allows a deep impression creating an irresistible tactile finish. The invitations are accompanied with matching unlined envelopes which have a soft deckled edge on the flaps. Optional extras include envelope lining, return address and a version of the bride and grooms names printed on the envelope flap.

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

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!

Swiss Army Business Card

Swiss Army Business Card

Swiss Army Business Card

Swiss Army Business Card

Letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards
A print inquiry from Consumer led to us printing their design for this Swiss Army Business Card. Themed in the style of a Swiss army knife with accurate scale rule and cut out SPORK® and CHOPSTICKS®. The card also has a space for the whoever gives out the card.

Spec: Letterpress printed business card, dimensions: 55 x 85mm, 1 colour, 2 sides, 350gsm white board.
Design © Consumer.

40th Birthday Party Invitation

40th Birthday party invitation

40th Birthday party invitation detail

40th Birthday party invitation detail

A designer of bespoke wedding stationery called on us to print her design for this classic 40th Birthday party invitation.

Letterpress and a simple, well crafted typographic design combine particularly well. The name is rendered with an elegant script typeface (one of our favourites!). The fine sweeping glyphs and serif typefaces produce a superb impression into the board. Finished with a decorative printers ornament to compliment this elegant design.

Letterpress printed with black ink on a firm 540gsm light cream board.
Dimensions: 148 x 148mm.

Posted: April 7th, 2010 | Category: 1 Pass, Hot off the press
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Silver Anniversary Invitation

Silver Anniversay Invitation

Silver Anniversay invitation detail

Silver Anniversay invitation detail

Silver Anniversay invitation inside detail

Silver Anniversay invitation inside detail

We were asked by Darren at Do Creative to print this stunning silver anniversary invitation for The Royal Oak Furniture Company. The cover has the simple but extremely effective idea of age rings of a tree surrounding the ‘25′.

Darren wanted this image debossed deep into the paper but we suggested we run a very, very, very faint tint rather than no ink at all. So we ran a few test prints with no ink and also some varying tints. We felt this tint gave the impression an warmer feel.

The invitation details were printed inside with the same tint and a second colour taken from the PMS supplied. The #EasterEgg fine delicate detail of the logo held well under the extreme pressure of our printing press and the debossed tint was a strong contrast to the second colour.

The invitations were printed on our 1969 Heidelberg platen onto 300gsm 100% cotton paper, 2 sides. Dimensions: 290 x 145 with a centre crease.

Elegant Black & White Wedding Invitation

Showing the pattern printed on the back of the invitationsSpreading the prints out to avoid set offOn the press this morning – this single colour letterpress wedding invitation. Elegant script and uppercase serif typography centered on the board to create a beautifully simple invitation. The back of the invitations were printed with a full bleed flock pattern.

Size A5 (148 x 210mm) Printed on Cranes Lettra 600gsm 100% cotton. Designed by our customer.

Twitter Treat – “Your name in print”

Twitter Treats, win your name in printTwitter Treats, win your name in printTo celebrate reaching our 100th follower we are giving our followers to chance to win their name in print. Our 100th follower will win their name set in old wood type and letterpress printed in a colour of their choice onto 100% cotton paper (as shown above). This prize will be a one-off unique print, personalised for the winner.

To be in with a chance simply follow us on Twitter!

And the winner is…


Posted: February 16th, 2010 | Category: Twitter Treats
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Indian themed wedding invitation

Indian themed letterpress wedding invitationIndian themed letterpress wedding invitation

Just off the press is this afternoon is this fuchsia and gold letterpress wedding invitation. Our client had a theme in mind for her English & Indian wedding and she had a definite look she wanted to achieve and wanted in include the Ganesh symbol on the front of the invitation.

We discussed ink colours and papers to compliment the theme. Printed on a 300gsm neutral white cotton paper in fuchsia and gold ink.

Printing our trade website promo card

Trade website promo card

Handset type for the promo card

Detail of the handset type for the promo card

Detail of the handset type for the promo card

Type tray, composing stick and type on the galley

Vintage copper cut mounted on wood

The cards before printing the illustration

Posted: February 10th, 2010 | Category: On the press today
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