Letterpress is old. Real old. Dating back hundreds of years, letterpress is the original printing method invented by Johannes Gutenberg. And these are the same printing presses we still use… hot damn is right!
Today, letterpress is considered an art and one that we have perfected. Not all letterpress is created equal and at Paper Epiphanies, we pride ourselves on bringing you the highest level of quality and a finished product that is thick, luxurious, and has a stunning imprint identifiable by touch. Go ahead and feel us up – you will know the difference immediately.
If you’re interested in the nitty gritty - letterpress uses the relief method, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to produce a positive right-reading image. First, we design our greeting cards or custom paper projects, and then a custom plate is created for every design. After the plate is made, we hand mix each ink color and hand register the press for printing. Next, each piece of paper is hand-fed into an antique press one sheet at a time. That’s right peeps; every card is printed individually by hand- now that’s some serious love. And keep in mind that only one color can be printed at a time – so the card has to be separately run through the press for every color used. Wowza.
The end result? An elegant card or custom project on thick 100% tree-free paper, with original humor and crisp, classic typography. As each card is fed through the press separately, each piece is distinctive and a true work of art.
Pretty fucking cool!