If you’re keeping your eyes peeled while traveling around Houston, you’ve no doubt spotted work by ACK!. Well, we were thrilled to work with him on a set of custom letterpress coasters!
Letterpress coasters can be a bit challenging– on the one hand, you
don’t want to create an expensive coaster that people will be reluctant
to use. Yet, on the other hand, you can’t rely on traditional coaster
blanks when working with letterpress, since they tend to crack and break
when pressure is applied to the surface. So what is a letterpress
printer to do?
At Mystic Multiples, we prefer to print on a super thick blotter
paper stock, and then die cut the coasters to final size. Doing it this
way lets us avoid the cracking that comes with cheaper coaster stock,
and avoid the higher price of our finer paper offerings. It’s no
coincidence that we often like to recommend our blotter stock for thick
business cards as well!
We were very honored to have this opportunity to work on a custom letterpress invitation for local arts nonprofit Diverseworks.
Founded by artists in 1982, Diverseworks is well known for fostering
new and daring art without restraints in our hometown, Houston, Texas.
This custom letterpress invitation suite was designed by Sarah Welch and
printed on our Kluge letterpress in vibrant dark blue. Printed on 110#
Crane’s Lettra, we love the tactile feel of this invite and its matching
envelope. We were especially happy to have some room to play with on
the depth of impression, since this invite was specifically designed
with letterpress in mind– by leaving the back of the card’s face blank,
we were able to work deeper than normal without the need to worry about
show-through or distortion of elements on the opposite side.
As letterpress printers, the satisfaction of bringing new life to the
old and sometimes forgotten, is not lost on us. That’s why we are very
excited to have worked with Barbara Levine of Project B to
create two photo sets with packaging based on a vintage Kodak photo
wallet pack. share these photo sets by artists Barbara Levine (Project B) and Daniela Edburg (danielaedburg.com)
These pieces were created in conjunction with the exhibition Out of Place: Photographs and Other Fictions at Cherryhurst House.
Like the printed ephemera, the exhibition is a collaboration of photo
works by Levine, who manipulates found vintage photography and Edburg
who stages richly saturated, and often surreal photographs. The
letterpress packaging was printed and then die cut in house. The
postcard-style photos are offset printed: glossy on front and matte on
Coocoo Creative is a design firm located just a stone’s throw from the Mystic Multiples shop in Houston.
Printing cards for designers and creative professionals is always a
pleasure and a welcome challenge. This unique business card features not
only a clever color overlay on the front and a bleed print on the back,
but also shocking pink edge painting. The bright colors, bold
typefaces, and hand lettering in this card are pure poppy fun.
This is a legacy post from our work under Vrooooom Press. We are now Mystic Multiples, in Houston, Texas.
This past holiday season, Vrooooom Press was lucky enough to have an
opportunity to work with Terrence Moline, a local designer and
illustrator here in Austin, Texas. His operation produces some excellent work for print and web, and we’ve collaborated in the past on poster printing for a few local events.
This time around, Terrence contacted us for more information about
our letterpress printing, hoping to find a better way to produce his
annual thank you cards for clients and friends. Previously printed
through print-on-demand services, the cards carried a high price point
without much individuality aside from the strength of his own designs.
After discussing how we could manage to produce a series of five designs
without breaking the bank in high-end materials and printing plates, we
came across the idea of running all 5 designs in the same color. This
allowed the cards to share a common graphical element, despite the
differences in illustration between each. It also helped to avoid a bulk
of the setup fees associated with cleaning the press between each card
run, which was limited to about 100 cards per design. A few press checks
later, and poof! the cards were complete and ready to go to work on
thanking TMoline’s clients.
Printed on 140# Holyoke cotton stock (which I must say, is one of my
favorite stocks to work with) with a single pass of metallic copper ink
using photopolymer plates. Check out the entire series in the gallery
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