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Adorable Letterpress Baby Announcements

A baby announcement, based on our French inspired, Avignon design. The heart can be changed out for an elephant, flower or just about anything else.

Last weekend we went to press and created these charming baby announcements. We are thrilled with how they turned out and hope they are the first of many announcements that come our way!

Also, one more day to enter our  FREE LETTERPRESS GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

The detail…


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Letterpress Coasters with Monogram and Custom Drawn Font

Custom coasters letterpressed on our 236lb Savoy paper using grey ink and our Toyokoro pattern.

We recently completed a job for a client. She requested our custom monogram coasters using our Toyokoro pattern. We love this pattern, based on antique Japanese kimono patterns, it has a timeless quality to it. Here at Pressed, we just can’t get enough of Japanese design. She also requested stationery with the letter “B” on it. This letter comes from a line of fonts that we have created and hand drawn. We only have a few letters drawn so far, but are slowly working our way through the alphabet.

Also, only a couple more days left to enter our  FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITATION GIVE AWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Our custom font...have yet to decide on a name for it.

A detail of the letter "B" font.

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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, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail of the names.

A detail of the abstract floral pattern.

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Gold Letterpress Haiku and Font Design

Our Half-Serif Font.

This past year has been a rather challenging one for me…for a number of reasons. Whenever I would fall down, whenever all seemed stacked against me, I would always think of a Haiku written by the Japanese poet and samurai, Masahide:

since my house burned down
i now own a better view
of the rising moon

This one Haiku, has helped me see all that occurs in life in a different way. That events that seem so absolutely terrible can lead to moments of such beauty. The worst in life can sometimes lead to the best. On a side note, when I first shared this design with Caroline, for her to letterpress, she took a look at it and said, “Wow! That’s beautiful….but what if I’m inside the burning house?” Spoken like a true New Yorker, I suppose!

Anyway, I was inspired enough by this Haiku to design a font for it. I couldn’t decide between a serif or sans-serif, so I made a combination. I added a serif feature in odd places to an otherwise minimal and sans-serif font that I drew. I think it still needs a little refinement. I went ahead and called it Half-Serif, but was kind of debating calling it Mullet font. You know, business in the front, party in the back. What’s life without a sense of humor.

After the design was set, Caroline printed it on our 118lb Savoy paper and used gold ink. We are thinking of maybe making this into a poster for framing, with a slightly different layout. Would love to do this in actual Japanese script, too!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail of the font.

Another view.

The moon. To draw this, the serif detail from the fonts was just made into a repeated pattern.

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Our Custom French Bulldog Letterpress Notecards

Our French Bulldog note cards and matching pressed envelopes.

Right before the holidays, we received an order for custom French Bulldog stationery. We were very happy with how the order turned out, especially the bright orange pop of color. We printed them on our ultra-heavy weight, savoy 236lb paper, which we love! Our Frenchie and English Bulldog cards seem pretty popular. We plan to design some more doggie cards for different breeds in the future.

We finally got around to uploading some photos of the project and wanted to share them with everyone.

Also, don’t forget to check out our free letterpress wedding invite giveaway!

– Caroline & Stephanie, pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail from the notecard.

Another view of the notecard.

The matching letterpress envelopes.

How we package custom orders.

And finally, Pascal. The shop muse and inspiration behind the design!


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Our Gold Letterpress Chanukkah Cards: Inspired by the Architecture of Eero Saarinen

Our Gold Letterpress Chanukkah Card.

Last night we went to press to print our holiday cards. First up, our gold, letterpress Chanukkah card. We are so excited with how it turned out. We already have them up for purchase in our Etsy store.

As inspiration we used the architecture of Eero Saarinen. Especially, the Gateway Arch and it’s clean and beautiful lines. We also wanted to do a card that was a little different, with an uneven cut and a surprise when it is opened.

On the outside, the pattern looks like an abstract dot design.

But when you open it up, you can see the dots are actually part of a Menorah.

A detail of the Menorah.

And, as promised, here is a link to our FREE, Chanukkah card printable. You can just download the PDF and it is all set to print with crop marks. The cards measure 4.25×5.5 inches so you will need an A2 size envelope. We printed ours on 92lb Savoy paper. It is a rather simple design, so for a little added sparkle, we added a single Swarovski crystal to the star. You can purchase Swarovski flatback crystals on many online shops, like this one. Also, you will notice we spell Chanukkah with an “Ch” or an “H”. We spent quite a bit of time looking this up and it seems either way is fine.

Our FREE Hanukkah card printable. We spiced it up with the addition of a Swarovski crystal and added a grey envelope for contrast.

Happy holidays everyone!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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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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