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Letterpress Coasters for ACK!

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!

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A Fabled Evening

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.

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Project B Photo Set

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 back.

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Coocoo Creative

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.

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Holiday Promo Cards

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 below.