Clockwise from upper left: Pancake & Franks, Albertine Press, Mr. Boddington's Studio, Fugu Fugu
This is my biggest haul of great sources yet! As we struggle at the office to find really nice holiday cards that we'd be PROUD to send to friends, colleagues and business contacts, I'm on the lookout for great new letterpress designs. Most letterpress cards are made by small companies and the designs change quickly, so things you saw last year are often impossible to find. Letterpress cards can also be much more expensive, so it's good to have a few options for when you are sending to your ten best friends or your 100 favorite clients.
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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'.