Letterpress Printing. The epitome of elegance.

Set the tone for your brand with gorgeous old-world debossed printing, in custom Pantone PMS colors, printed on luxuriously soft but massively thick 100% cotton paper.

Stunning Letterpress Printing Services by Print Peppermint

Design and printing services have come a long way over the years, but there is something to be said about the classics.

If you’re ever looking to make your prints have an extra layer of style, elegance, and appeal, look no further than letterpress printing. This method first emerged in the 15th century and it’s still a popular choice today, and for good reasons.

If you’re now looking for a reliable printing partner who can help you access great letterpress printing services, we at Print Peppermint are happy to help. We provide a wide variety of letterpress printed materials that can help you make an impact with your business, surprise wedding guests, stationery, and more!

We encourage you to check out our catalog of letterpress printing, and to reach out to us directly to get a custom quote on your order!

What Is Letterpress Printing?

Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing that involves pressing a raised surface covered in ink onto a piece of paper.

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After the ink is applied, the paper is left with a heavy impression which can be felt as you run your hands through the paper. This not only creates a stunning visual effect but also a tactical experience.

There is a bit of debate as to when letterpress printing or its initial form was created. Some scholars have found signs of this style in China in the 1000s, while others mostly credit Johannes Gutenberg for its creation in 1440.

Regardless of when this method of printing began, it’s clear the unique approach to printing would cement it as one of the top printing styles even in these modern and digital times. Interestingly, although letterpress printing is done using special tools and machines, the result still carries an artisan and handcrafted effect to them, which is likely part of the reason why the letterpress is not going away any time soon.

Letters Printing: How Does It Work?

Printing is a delicate art form, even today with modern tools. But with letterpress especially, it’s even more evident!

To create just one print, all materials have to go through 3 stages:

  • Composition – This is where the Print Peppermint team meticulously puts the desired text on a type gallery. Each form must be placed letter by letter, and line by line, so it involves a lot of precision and all the attention of our team;
  • Imposition – It involves setting the pages in their most optimal position to get the desired printing effect. Again, it’s a matter that involves a lot of precision, and carefully placing the paper to ensure the letterpress printing turns out the way the customer expects;
  • Printing – This is where the ink is applied to the type and run through the press to create the print. The ink is pressed onto the paper, and the design is essentially completed.

The Print Peppermint team believes all printing is an art form, but we let our love of the practice truly guide our work when it comes to letterpress printing.

And this dedication and attention to detail show up in the quality of our letterpress printed materials. No matter the occasion or the type of print you desire, the result will always rise to your expectations!

If you’re interested in browsing our designs, feel free to browse our catalog here!

Does Modern Letterpress Still Use The Antique Printing Press?

Antique print presses can still be found today in some settings, but most printing services will use a modern tool to help aid in the process. However, the modern print presses still rely on the traditional basics of the process, giving the end result that stunning vibe of fine art and craftsmanship.

Still, at Print Peppermint, we believe the classics have been around for such a long time for a reason. It’s why we use a vintage Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress machine for all our letterpress services, to truly embody the very best this technique has to offer.

In general, we only rely on the best tools and materials the industry has to offer to ensure all our printing products turn out exactly how you envision them!

The Benefits of the Old Fashioned Printer and Letterpress

If you’re still unsure if the letterpress style is for you, here are some amazing benefits of this style that might convince you to use it for your next printing project:

  • It’s the epitome of “less is more” – Because of the effects of the printing itself, letterpress can make a bold impression (pun intended) with even the most laid back and minimalist design! You won’t have to work a lot to make sure your materials stand out. This printing method guarantees it will;
  • You can print on a variety of papers – Forget about the boring white piece of paper. The letterpress printing technique allows you to be more creative with your paper choices, and even enhance the tactile experience of your materials;
  • The results have a unique appeal to them – If you want to avoid the “mass-produced” effect of modern printing and go for something more unique and handcrafted, letterpress printing is the ideal choice. While the quality is consistent across the board, each print will carry subtle differences that create a stylish and luxury DIY effect;
  • The tactile effect is extraordinary – Most people consider printing to be visual art, and that’s very much true. However, the letterpress technique offers an extra experience to every single item: touch. You can trace the indentation of each letter or the outline of the design with your fingers. It can be a wonderful effect especially if you want to make a good impression, like in the case of wedding invitations or even business cards;
  • The style works for many types of prints – Letterpress is a technique that can be used for many different types of prints. If you want the benefits of letterpress printing, you can have it for anything from invitations to stationery, save the dates, business cards, hang tags, and more!

Letterpress printing is a timeless style that can be perfectly added to any design, for any occasion. And if you want your materials to carry this touch of elegance and appeal, Print Peppermint here to make sure your prints come out exactly how you envision them!

Our vintage Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress helps recreate all the benefits of letterpress printing, and more!

Letterpress Plates Custom

Print Peppermint has many letterpress templates available to help you create stunningdesigns and bring your ideas to life.

However, if you have something very specific in mind, or want to add your logo to your prints, we also offer custom letter plate printing services that can help.

Not just that, but we can add extra layers to your designs with several stunning embellishments:

  • Custom Die Cutting
  • Painted Edges
  • Foil Stamping in gold and other 25 colors
  • Foil Stamped Edges
  • Blind Embossing and Debossing
  • Folding and Scoring

And more!

Plus, with our graphic design services for hire, you can unlock a truly unique and exquisite letterpress printing design no matter the type of material you need, or their purpose!

Custom Letterpress Cards, Invitations, Posters, and More!

Print Peppermint is an industry-leading service provider, and we’ve managed to build a strong reputation thanks to our out-of-the-box thinking and dedication to this craft.

If you’re looking for reliable letterpress printing services, we can help you create a variety of different products:

  • Letterpress Business Cards
  • Letterpress Wedding Invitations
  • Letterpress Save The Dates
  • Letterpress Cards (Greeting Cards)
  • Letterpress Hang Tags
  • Letterpress Postcards
  • Letterpress Presentation Folders
  • Letterpress Flyers
  • Letterpress Posters

Thanks to our custom letterpress printing services, you can bring your unique logo, image, or idea to life in a truly stylish way. Even if you don’t have ideas, you can get inspired by creating your design on the product pages directly, or have the Print Peppermint team assist you with something new!

Our services are ideal both for those with very specific creative ideas in mind, and those who need a bit of inspiration for their design. No matter which side you find yourself on, don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly and get a free quote on your project.

Embossing vs. Letterpress: What’s the Difference?

With so many printing styles available, it can be easy to get lost in the details and even confuse some of them. For instance, if you’ve heard of embossing printing before, you’re likely now asking yourself:

What’s the difference between embossing and letterpress?

The short answer is the ink.

Embossing and debossing are two printing styles that use heat and pressure plates to create an impression on the paper without ink. Embossing creates a raised effect, while debossing presses the paper down.

These two styles can add a wonderfully subtle touch to a design. For instance, you can use the embossing and debossing method to add your logo to a design, without necessarily overcrowding your print. The focal point is the main design, while the embossing or debossing adds another layer that brings it all together.

Additionally, letterpress and embossing can be used together to make a truly special design.

If you’re looking for more ideas, Print Peppermint offers affordable design services. Use our expertise and creative nature to access the design that will suit you to a T!

Old Stamping Machine: Add Another Layer to Your Print

If you can’t decide between embossing, debossing, or traditional letterpress, know that you may not have to!

Our “old stamping machine” can create the perfect embossing or debossing look you desire, while our vintage Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress will add the classic letterpress touch.

The Print Peppermint design team can help you leverage these two printing techniques to create a balanced and visually-appealing look that works for many different purposes:

  • Make a strong impression at a networking event
  • Surprise your wedding or event guests with something unique
  • Support your branding efforts for your business
  • Promote your offers with something that can make a bold impact

And more!

Get inspiration by checking out the letterpress printing services that Print Peppermint has to offer!

Types of Pressed Ink

We offer more than 25 different colors for our letterpress printing services. Not only that, but because of our technique, you can rest assured that any color you choose will be perfectly pressed on the paper.

Print Peppermint uses only Pantone PMS Ink colors, one of the best the industry has to offer. The team loads 1 color at a time to ensure a precise pressing of each ink color and that your text or design comes out perfectly every single time.

No matter if you want to use a single color or get more creative and mix and match, our team will use the same process.

Additionally, to help your color choices pop, we print everything on luxurious 100% cotton papers from some of the best vendors in the world:

  • Gmund
  • Cordenous
  • Crane & Co.
  • Waterford Saunders

And more!

Why the Letterpress Printing Services at Print Peppermint Are Your Top Choice

Print Peppermint has been in the industry since 2010, and over the years we’ve greatly grown our love and appreciation for the printing artform.

Our letterpress printing services have a special place in our hearts. Perhaps even more than regular printing, there is a much more personal connection with the entire process and truly puts our attention to details to the test with every single business card, poster, or other material we print.

Here’s why you should always choose Print Peppermint for all your print needs:

  • We aim to support your goals and share our expertise with you
  • We provide exceptional customer support to make sure you always get the results you want
  • We are honest and will always try to help you improve your designs
  • We are a vibrant and creative team
  • We offer affordable printing services, to your benefit

And more!

If you’re ready to get your letterpress prints at Print Peppermint, contact us today to tell us more about your project and get a custom quote!

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When you are looking for a font size for your printing job, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider to get the job done for you. These factors include the font style, the line weight, the printing process, the legibility, and the size. In this article, we will go through the … Read more

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Black business cards are visually stunning. The rich, luxurious look and texture of black paper makes logos, patterns, and foil or embossing treatments stand out. If you are looking for custom black papers, we can discuss a specific quote and have it ordered for you. We also have our standard collection that includes: Uncoated rich … Read more

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