Letterpress Business Cards
- Dramatic Deboss Printing
- PMS Spot Color Inks
- Blind Debossing
- Massively Thick Cotton Paper Stock
Letterpress business cards use a traditional printing process with hand-mixed PMS spot color inks.
Fans of letterpress know that the chief characteristic is the dramatic debossed printing effect with super deep impressions.
To get the most out of your design we pair this old school print method with only the thickest most elegant letterpress-ready stocks.
Crane Lettra is arguably the most famous of these papers and was specifically designed for this print method.
Enhance your big thick edge with hand-painted edge colors in your custom PMS color of choice.
Free letterpress design service included with each order, for those who are not providing finished files.
Printing Time: 2 - 4 days
Special Finishes: 4 - 7 days
(Letterpress, Foil, Die Cut, Colored Edges, Embossing)
Shipping Time: 1 - 4 days
(Ground Service - USA)
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Letterpress is the Rolls Royce of the print world
Letterpress Printing... what the heck is that?
- Letterpress printing is an old technique of relief printing.
- It is known and loved for it's deep debossed impressions.
- Invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century.
- The main form of printing until offset printing was invented.
Benefits of Letterpress Printing
Configure your premium square business card in a few easy steps!
Hand-Mixed Custom Pantone Colors
- Flat, Neon, & Metallic Inks
- Hand-Mixed & Verified
- Spot Color with Pop!
Deep Deboss, Printing You Can Feel
- Registered & Blind Deboss
- Super Deep Grooves
- Apply to Ink or Foil
Massively Thick, Luxurious Paper
- Traditionally pressed
- Digitally printed
- A unique MOO process
Extra Special Hand Finishes
Golden Metallic Edge Foiling
- Variety of Premium Foil Colors
- Holographic Foil looks Killer
- Adds 1 extra production day
Custom Die Cut - Unique Shapes
- Custom Die Stored On-Hand
- Works on Duplexed Stocks
- Gang-Run Cutting for Groups
Combine with Digital Printing?
- Variable Data for Contact Info
- Print Gradients & Photos
- Letterpress + Digital = Groovy
For all letterpress orders you give us the PMS values and we will hand mix the ink to match the Pantone standard for each color in your design.
Letterpress printing refers to relief printing text and images, where handset wood or metal type is imprinted onto a raised surface, similar to a rubber stamp.
Johannes Gutenberg might be credited with the invention of the letterpress in 1440, but it has actually been around much earlier than that. In fact, printing from movable type had been a practice in China since 1041 before being introduced in Europe!
Traditionally, this process involved arranging individual blocks of letters into a caddy to form words. All the characters are molded and arranged in reverse. As for images, they could be included, but this could be quite labor-intensive because they had to be etched in wood or metal blocks.
Letterpress printing made mass printing possible. For nearly 500 years the style has pretty much remained the same, before modern lithographic offset printing led to letterpress, which eventually became the norm. But nowadays, letterpress has become quite popular again as artisans seek its custom, high-quality finish that litho-prints just couldn’t provide.
So what distinguishes letterpress prints from other types of prints?
Well, they are very tactile, with a debossed effect. The process is manual, which means there’s a genuine handcrafted quality and elegance to them.
Fortunately, there are modern ways to make letterpress much more efficient. Text and graphics could be produced onto flexible relief plates using photosensitive chemicals. Called photopolymer plates, these are what modern printers use to create letterpress plates from digital designs. The result is cleaner and more consistent print but with the same debossed effect.
Letterpress printing is a tedious process – from arranging your designs using individual type blocks, to the inking and imprinting stage. It involves equipment and a certain level of craftsmanship that not many printers would have.
As it is handmade, letterpress allows control and customization when it comes to fine typography. What you get is an elegant, tactile effect on your materials. This is why a lot of people are opting for their invitations and business cards to be printed this way.
So if you look at all its features, you would understand why you’d pay a premium to get the distinct look and feel of letterpress-printed pieces.
There isn’t really a right or wrong answer to this question. It all depends on the type of business you have and which contact channel you’d like to emphasize.
Some business owners wish to be contacted by phone and others prefer to have a bit of separation by using email.
At any rate, our main and only rule is: LESS IS MORE!
The US Standard business card size is 2″ x 3.5″, which means, design-wise, you have a very modest amount of real estate to work with. So for the love of Jeebus, please don’t try to write a novel on such a tiny piece of paper.
Your average card includes things like Name, Phone, Email, Company Name, Address, and nowadays 1 or 2 social handles.
From a design standpoint, the less info you include and the more negative space (blank space) you use, the stronger the aesthetic impact when you finally get around to handing your card to a prospect.
Think of a card with only a big centered URL on it like www.yocheckmeout.com – This would obviously drive traffic to your website whereby people could likely find other ways to contact you or perform some other desired conversion oriented act.
It all depends on what action you want your prospect to take.
So again, this just our humble opinion, but we are sorta business card experts so it is safe to trust this info.
Less is more! Now, happy designing!
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