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Save the Date Coasters

From first glimpse to completed project, we were super excited to work with Ashley and Matt on their custom letterpress save the date coasters. Printed on thick coaster stock, this double sided announcement really takes things to a new level with a nice, contemporary and friendly feel.

Featuring an illustration by Ashley’s father and some design ninja layout from Matt himself, we did our best to compliment the design with a light, crisp impression on both sides. Although we had the option of printing the blue plate a little thicker, ultimately it was decided that we should print it “salty” in order to hone in on the process’s characteristic look. This is something we try to remind all clients of when approaching a letterpress project, since it is one of the limitations and/or ‘features’ of the medium.

Originally intended for production on the L Letterpress, Matt and Ashley contacted us directly with plates in hand when things were going a little too slowly and uncomfortably on their home press. Luckily for all of us, we were using the same photopolymer plates and could easily transfer the remaining production to Mystic Multiples’ Kluges. I’m sure this made the presses happy as well, since this project was the first we tackled on the Kluges since their move!

We’re very interested in working with non-traditional stocks in general. Chipboard, Pulp-board, and even Matboard have all come through our doors and have all proven themselves as viable alternatives to traditional, cotton-based letterpress stocks. You could say that we really pride ourselves on being able to offer affordable alternatives to budget minded couples who have caught the letterpress bug!

1 color front and back. Edition of approximately 500.

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NMASS Passes

Ever wondered about combining letterpress and screen printing?

Over the past few months, we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with Austin’s Church of the Friendly Ghost to provide posters and various ephemera for their concert series. For those not familiar with this organization, C.O.T.F.G. is a nonprofit organization located under the Salvage Vanguard Theater’s umbrella. 100% volunteer run, and focused on organizing concerts for experimental musicians, the gang at the church are definitely the kind of group we like to offer our services to… did we mention this is all pro bono? Sounds like a great opportunity to test out a hybrid letterpress and screen printing project!

The New Media Art and Sound Summit, or N.M.A.S.S. is an upcoming festival organized by the church, and we were super excited to have a chance to provide a little hand printed ephemera to commemorate this inaugural year. Printed on 100% cotton Lettra, this limited edition of 300 festival passes is a combination of a slate gray letterpress line art and bright red screen printed text, which is actually drawn from an 1898 Hamilton Wood Type specimen book.

Although not illustrated in this example, screen printing and/or offset printing can be used in tandem with letterpress to supplement some of letterpress’s traditional weaknesses as a medium. Need a consistent flood of color? Try designing for an offset flood, and then have us add a deboss on top to give it a letterpress feel, with really clean results!

Now that we know that screen printing and letterpress can work together in harmony, expect to see a lot more in the future that takes advantage of this combination of hand printed techniques!

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Classic Invitations

This is a legacy post from our work as Vrooooom Press. We are now known as Mystic Multiples, in Houston, Texas.

Sitting down with Christine to discuss her wedding invitation project, two things were clear. We needed to print a design that would look elegant for a traditional wedding, and we needed to throw some contemporary ideas into the mix.

Ultimately, we were able to satisfy both requirements while working with a strict budget. Saving on costs and tipping our hats towards more commercial print processes, we elected to design and create a traditional invitation with a not-so-traditional combination RSVP, save the date, and informational card that could be perforated by the recipient. I was really surprised at how easy it is to run a perforating rule on the N-series Kluge, as this project was the first excuse I had to test out the process. Using a 10 tooth-per-inch rule in two successive press runs, we perforated the reply card so that it could be filled out and returned in a separate envelope. A little extra accent was added to the project with a second run in green, which added extra ornamentation to the black text’s smooth curves and serifs.

Printed on 118# Reich Savoy cotton stock with rubber and oil based inks, we’re really taken with the final results, and think it gives a good indication of the kind of fine type-work that can be printed on photopolymer plates. Enjoy!