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Custom Letterpress Stationery – our Japanese inspired Okayama design

This weekend we pressed a custom job using our Okayama design.

Here are a few photos of one of our latest jobs. We letterpressed this custom stationery on 118lb, Savoy, natural white paper. We think the final result is lovely. The design is our Japanese inspired, Okayama pattern. It is based on antique Japanese textile designs. It really has quite an elegant look and we also love the combination of the blue/grey ink with the slightly off-white paper.


– Caroline & Stephanie,

A detail of the names.

A detail of the abstract floral pattern.


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The Etsy Holiday Gift Challenge – Buying a Gift for My Dad

My puppy Pascal with a mini John Deere. My dad's hobby is restoring old tractors.

Another day, another gift list. Just to recap, I plan to purchase all of this year’s presents from Etsy or other small businesses/artists and my budget is $50 per person. On to my dad. This list is kind of odd, but then his interests are rather varied. He is a retired chemical engineer who likes chocolate, bacon, tractors, cycling, history and travel. He is from Missouri but has lived in New Jersey for the last 15 years. So that about sums him up…

First off, we have these delicious looking dark chocolate and rosemary truffles from estheraguirre. I love chocolate and I love rosemary, so I imagine together they would make a brilliant combination! This etsy shop also sells dark chocolate/wine truffles and cream brulee truffles. All sound amazing, not sure which I would pick!

Rosemary and dark chocolate truffles by estheraguirre.

Next up, this great vintage globe from 1947. I think my dad would really like it since he was born in 1948. Also, he has traveled all over the world, so this would nicely bring together his love of travel and history. You can find it  over at vintagecals shop.

Great vintage 1947 glove from vintagecals.

As I mentioned, my dad is a big history buff. As far back as I can remember, he has always had an interest in WWII. Ask him nearly anything about it…from the battle of Midway to what happened in Normandy and, most likely, he can write you a report about it off the top of his head. Anyway, I thought these WWII era rations looked pretty interesting. A great piece of history and, actually, rather pretty. I thought maybe they would make an interesting piece if I framed them. You can find them over at RememberMeEmily.

WWII rations from RememberMeEmily.

I found this great John Deere tractor t-shirt and thought it would be perfect for my dad. He loves tractors, especially John Deeres. He has a few mid-century John Deere’s that he has brought back to life. You can find this t-shirt over at TJaysTees.

Vintage John Deere tractor t-shirt from TJaysTees.

Besides being a hard-core chocolate addict, my dad loves bacon. There is pretty much not a day where he goes without it. When we lived in Saudi Arabia, probably the most difficult part about it for him was the lack of bacon…and the turkey bacon was a poor substitute 😦 I wonder if he would like these maple bacon cookies from KEcookies. I don’t even like bacon, but I have to admit, these look pretty great!

Yummy maple bacon cookies from KEcookies.

While searching for John Deere on Etsy, I came across this vintage John Deere farmers pocket ledger. Looks to be from about 1955, I think my dad has a tractor from about that year. I bet he would be really surprised to open a present with this inside! You can find it over at vintagetwice.

Great vintage John Deere pocket ledger from vintagetwice.

My dad is from Missouri. While searching for Missouri, I found this interesting map from 1893. I can’t see close enough to tell if his town is actually on it, but it really doesn’t look like there is too much in the way of highways going on. I think he would love to have this map framed and hanging in his office. You can find this map, and tons of others, over at Holcroft.

1893 map of Missouri from Holcroft.

For many years, my dad was a chemical engineer. This has to be the most beautiful periodic table I have ever seen. I have never thought of it in terms of beauty before, but this table of elements poster  from HeyMomByPromise makes me see it in a whole new way. Would also look great framed and hanging in my dad’s office. It is over my $50 budget by a few dollars, but it was just too great not to include.

Retro periodic table by HeyMomByPromise.

Here is another map of Missouri. This one, from 1873,  is just of St. Louis and more like a painting. You can see, there are no tall buildings, no Gateway Arch. I especially like all the steam ships dotting the Mississippi river. This map would also looked great framed. You can find it over at Imagerich.

Antique map of St. Louis from Imagerich.

I couldn’t believe it when I found this t-shirt! It is too perfect. It combines my dad’s love of bacon with science. I think I might have to get this for him! You can find it over at CrazyDogTshirts.

Great bacon t-shirt from CrazyDogTshirts.

I fell in love with this poster the moment I saw it. It has a great vibe and my dad loves the Gateway Arch. The architect, Saarinen, is pretty amazing and this poster was a planning sketch commissioned by the City of St. Louis. I think this might be it! You can find it over at midmoderngoods…that is if I have not already purchased it. It is a little above budget, but I couldn’t pass it up!

Amazing poster of the Gateway Arch from midmoderngoods.

My dad loves riding his bike, and he also loves wine. Have not really seen him do the two together, but if he decides to, this present from oopsmark would be perfect!

Bicycle wine rack from oopsmark.

Keeping with the wine theme, how great are these vintage german wine glasses. I love the green glass stem. Totally different and unique. You can find them over at CypressHouse. I would love to have them for myself!

Great vintage wine glasses from CypressHouse.

I’m not sure if my dad already has a bike bell, but I really like this one. I could even get it with the letter “R” for his first name. You can find this and lots of other great bells over at SpokeNWheel.

Bike bell from SpokeNWheel.

These chocolates from PetitesMorceaux are just lovely. These little gems are so pretty, they are like little works of art, too pretty to eat!

Pretty chocolate truffles from PetitesMorceaux.

And last but not least, this great poster by  Mandipidy –  “New Jersey, where we pump our fists and not our gas.” It is true, in New Jersey we are not allowed to pump our gas. In fact, it has been so long since I pumped gas that I don’t even know how to anymore…how embarrassing!

Great New Jersey poster by Mandipidy.

Now, I know my dad would get the part about pumping gas, but I don’t think he knows what Jersey Shore is. I think I would have to explain that part to him…

Me: Dad, do you know what Snooki is?

Dad: Geee, Snooki? No, what is that?

Me: It is a type of animal, kind of like a really large rodent or opossum. The proper name is Psnookidocherius Peregrines, but in regional dialect it is just called a Snooki.

Dad: Gee, I have never heard of that before. Where do they live?

Me: Their natural habitat is along the coastline of New Jersey, from Staten Island down to Seaside.  They grow to be about four and a half feet long and can range from 90 to 150 pounds. They subsist on a diet that consists of alcohol, men and depravity.

Dad: What? Alcohol, men and raspberries?

Me: No dad, depravity…not raspberries.

Dad: Gee, now I know you’re talking nonsense.

Hmmm, I think maybe I’ll just get the New Jersey poster for my brother 🙂

And maybe I will give him a set of our letterpress word find, any occasion cards. This card works for any occasion, just find and circle the word that works for you, from Happy Birthday to Congratulations on Your Graduation to Happy Anniversary! You can find the wordfind card in our PressedInBrooklyn Etsy shop.

Our letterpress word find card from PressedInBrooklyn.

– Stephanie,

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Russian Nesting Dolls as Inspiration for a Baby Card

Our "Congratulations on your little one!" card. Perfect for a little girl and based on Russian nesting dolls.

Many of our design are based on our travels and the beautiful cultures we have been exposed to. We recently did some posts on designs based on Roman architecture and Japanese art. These cards are based on Russian nesting dolls. Since we like to use travel as a theme, we named these cards St. Petersburg. We thought these illustrations would be perfect for little boys and girls.

Our little boy card.

A detail from the card.

The inspiration behind the card.

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Our Letterpress Crystal Skull Halloween Card – an inside look at letterpress design from start to finish

Our latest design. A skull made out of dots on our new silver and gold shine paper. We were excited to press on this paper for the first time last night!

Last night we had a very busy night pressing. We had a number of jobs to do and we really wanted to press our new skull invites in time for Halloween! We are thrilled with how they turned out, especially considering how much time it took to draw them. We are also very happy with the shine samples we were given by Reich paper. They really do have amazing paper! We have our skulls up for sale on our Etsy site.

A close up shot of our skulls. A million little dots.

The front and back of the folded letterpress card have design on them. We thought it would be interesting to have the skull pattern extend to the back.

Experimenting with Swarovski crystal on the skull. Still not sure this is where we want to place them.

We also thought it might be interesting to share the letterpress process from start to finish, that is from concept to printed product. Below are photos, step-by-step of how this card was created.

We really wanted to design something rather ornate and grown-up. No cute Halloween card for us! So we found an photo of a skull from an old, Victorian medical book.

We have also been rather inspired by the artwork of Chuck Close. From far away, it looks like a single image, close up you see all the millions of dots that create it. Check out for this and many other Chuck Close images.

In Illustrator, create a grid and a few dots as symbols and assign a dot size to a corresponding pixel/shade of grey. Pour yourself a glass, or two, or three of wine because this part takes forever!

Once FINALLY finished, create a plate. We put as many things as possible on a plate and then cut the individual designs out once we go to press.

This is what the plate looks like when we get it back.

Our skull inked and ready to print.

Our skulls drying.


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Our Swarovski Crystal Spider Halloween Card

Happy Halloween!

We just finished flat printing our crystal spider cards. The design is rather minimal, but for a little bling, we added a black Swarovski crystal to the spider. That little detail really makes it pop.
So, basically, after we finished drawing the design and flat printing the card, we used tweezers and clear drying craft glue to hand attach each crystal to each card. Doing a detail like this doesn’t require lots of materials, but it does require lots of patience!
At the beginning of October we plan to take this design to letterpress. We think it is going to be really amazing in letterpress with crystal. We’ll post a photo of that too, when it is finished.

A detail shot of the spider and crystal.

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Letterpress printing on a Vandercook – an evening at the Arm in Williamsburg

A Vandercook

Last night we went to the Arm in Williamsburg. A great place to go for letterpress. We typically use a Vandercook when we are there. This press really creates lovely impressions, and the physical energy it takes to operate it is significant…just ask Caroline! Operating this machine is quite a workout, or at least it appears to be because I just watch 🙂 Anyway, we went to press last night to print an order for our “We’ve Moved” cards. We thought it would be interesting to show the steps that go into pressing a card. After we draw and finalize the design, we send it to have plates made. Once we get the photopolymer plates back, we are ready to go. We put photos of the pressing process below.

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First step: set up the base, furniture and quoins (the little pieces off wood and metal that keep the base in place).

Second step: Mix the ink.

And mix some more...

Third step: ink the rollers.

Fourth step: ink the plate and then keep rolling, once for each card. Thats where the physical labor comes in!

The final result.

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Our set of antique New York City borough cards

Our Brooklyn borough card.

We thought it would be fun to do cards and coasters for all the boroughs in New York City. Being from Brooklyn, we started on that one first. We found some great old maps of the boroughs dating to the 1880s. We loved them so much that we redrew some of the images for our cards. So far, we have Brooklyn and Queens drawn and printed on flat greeting cards. We hope to finish up the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island in the near future. We also plan to get plates made of each of these designs in order to make letterpress coasters from them. We think they would make great gift sets. These cards can be purchased in our Etsy store.



Our Queens greeting card.

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