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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveways & Winner Announcement!

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS MONTH!!! So, please re-enter and feel free to enter both. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.

Third, we have a winner for the last giveaway. Congratulations,  SHAHANA. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

FIRST GIVEAWAY – THE OBI DESIGN

Beautiful Japanese paper creates the Obi.

Invitation without the Obi. This is flat print to give an idea of what it will look like, but both invite and RSVP will be done in letterpress.

This time round, we are offering our Obi design. It is named for and inspired by the gorgeous Japanese sashes that are used as part of a traditional kimono outfit. In the first photo, you can see the invitation is wrapped in beautiful Japanese paper and tied with a bow. The RSVP card is out so you can see how it looks, but typically it would be placed under the obi, hidden. In the second photo, the invitation is unwrapped and displayed.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included and neither will the obi/Japanese paper. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We will also provide the winner with a link to where Japanese paper can be purchased, as well as give the winner the dimension info of how we cut this paper. This give-away is perfect for a crafty couple!

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We will print in black or charcoal and plan to use the fonts as shown.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

SECOND GIVEAWAY – THE OKAYAMA DESIGN

This is the Okayama design, letterpressed on personal stationery.

A detail of the Okayama pattern in letterpress.

Detail of type in letterpress.

A flat print sample of a wedding invite with the Okayama pattern, to get an idea what it could look like. We are not yet set on color and font.

A flat print, Okayama sample RSVP card.

This time round, we are offering our Okayama design. It is inspired by the gorgeous antique Japanese patterns that were used to adorn kimonos.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where they can purchase matching envelopes.

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We are not yet set on ink color or font yet.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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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.

Don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail of the names.

A detail of the abstract floral pattern.

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Could it be? Inspirational art in a New York City subway stop?

A beautiful floral mosaic.

I Never Thought I’d Say This But…I think the MTA actually deserves a compliment. I know, I know, if you live in NYC you know how absurd this sounds but I had a nice little surprise today. I took the Q train to Avenue U and East 16th street today which I never do and saw the nicest tile murals in the stairway. Take a look at these great flower designs. A number of Q Train stations have been undergoing renovations for a while now and it was nice to see how great a completed one looks. Let’s hope they all end up looking this good (and that we don’t end up with a fare increase to pay for it.)

– Caroline

Another one.

And one more...

 

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Our Orleans Design – for Wedding Invitations & Personal Stationery

Our floral Orleans pattern in pink. Based on a piece of 18th century French furniture from the Gulbenkian Museum. This is a letterpress card, pressed by us on a Vandercook.

I spent much of this weekend photographing our work. I can’t say I have ever been much of a photographer, but with practice I certainly hope to improve. This is our Orleans design. It can be used for both wedding invitations and personal stationery.  It is based on a piece of 18th century French furniture, with the most amazing wood inlay work, that I saw while on my honeymoon in Portugal. While in Lisbon, we spent an afternoon at the Caoluste Gulbenkian Museum. Their collection of furniture and art is impressive. I found many items here that inspired me.

– Stephanie

A close up of or Orleans Design.

A slightly different view.

A beautiful piece of art nouveau jewelry at the Gulbenkian.

A lovely piece of French furniture at the Gulbenkian. A similar piece served as the inspiration for our Orleans design.

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It’s Alive!

Finally, FINALLY we have our letterpress up and running! Nearly three months to the date after we found him on ebay. He has been pretty cranky about being brought out of retirement, but Caroline was able to persuade him into helping us get a project done and meet our deadline. We finally got our rollers at the beginning of the week, but alas, they were too big! After Caroline tried to perform rudimentary surgery on these things using only a hacksaw and a prayer, her father was nice enough to lend us a hand and professionally cut them to size.

So, on Wednesday night, Caroline had the chance to get acquainted with our letterpress and, as she tells it, he was pretty anti-social at first! However, he warmed up to her eventually and she was able to print the beautiful cards we have below. Stay tuned for pictures of Caroline’s arm. The press put up quite a struggle, so in a couple months time we think Caroline will have an amazing looking, totally ripped arm from pulling the letterpress lever so many times, arm (not arms) being the key word here!

A set of stationery we printed as wedding gifts for a client.

A detail of the stationery.

Another detail shot.

We packaged the stationery with the ribbon and our tag inside the box so that the client could wrap the box with wrapping paper of her choice.

We wrapped up a few extra cards for our friends.

We printed three different colors of this card, here is the deep pink color.

Here is a picture of how the plate looks on our letterpress, before it has ink on it.

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Printing Coasters

This weekend we completed an order for coasters. Double sided, two different shades of blue, 300 coasters, 600 presses. Wow, did that take awhile! We have our own press, a 123 year old Chandler & Price, however, getting rollers for this old guy has been difficult, and that is an understatement! So, this weekend we lugged all of our supplies back over to the Arm in Williamsburg and used their Chandler & Price press to get this project done. We really, really hope to have our rollers and our press up and running this week, nearly three months to the day after first setting eyes on him 🙂

So, here are some photos of the finished product. We used two different patterns, both inspired by early 19th century Japanese textile design.

A close up of our Matsumoto and Okayama patterns.

We used a light blue ink for the patterns.

We used a slightly darker blue ink for the names. We packaged up a few extras, with ribbon, as samples.

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Our first job!

So, this week we sent out our first letterpress personal stationery! Below are some pictures of how we packaged it. It was so wonderful to see all of our efforts come together on a beautiful finished project. I suppose we had some fantasies about starting our own business. Dreams of sitting at a computer and drawing all day or spending time with the letterpress, mixing vibrant colors and experimenting with new types of paper. However, after spending hours doing cost comparisons of different types of paper, working with tons of vendors to find packaging and struggling to find rollers and other parts to our ancient machine, it is very exciting to finally see what all the background work led up to.  🙂

Our gift box for personal stationery.

Our gift box and the first cards we pressed.

A shot of how the cards are packaged inside the gift box.

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