Best Holiday Letterpress Card Sources 2008

Best Holiday Letterpress Card Sources 2008

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Maxwell Ryan
Nov 12, 2008

Clockwise from top left: Hello! Lucky, Binth (skier), egg press, Snow & Graham, egg press.

Two years ago I succumbed to my fascination with the cool letterpress cards culture and started buying them to send to friends and colleagues. Last year I started blogging them. This year, I'm updating my list of top sources to share with you...

What is letterpress? It's the term used to refer to real, old fashioned printing, where a zinc plate, linoleum block, or movable type is inked and pressed into paper, leaving a strong image, often with an indentation from the pressure. A low fi, DIY technique, it has become very popular among independent artists since the '90's who print far more than just cards, and is often referred to as the 'Small Press Movement'.

Right now is the time to buy these types of cards for the holiday. They often aren't made in great numbers and the best designs can sell out quickly.


Yee-Haw! Press

THE CREATIVES:

egg press
Turquoise Creative
Snow & Graham
Binth

Delphine
Hammerpress
12Fifteen - really really pretty, but not too holiday this year
Yee-Haw! Letterpress

Hello! Lucky
Papered Together
Rock Scissors Paper

Good on Paper
Night Owl Paper Goods
Michelle Brusegaard

Carrot and Stick Press
Dear Olive Letterpress - taking some time off, however, due to the birth of a new baby

THE RETAILERS:

Luxe Paperie
Greer Chicago
Etsy

Last Year's Letterpress Roundup: >> Top 10: Holiday Letterpress Card Companies 2007

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