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Jacob Ryan Business Card

For letterpress printers the easiest business card to print is one ink colour on 100% cotton paper…or so we always thought.   Let me explain.  To print a letterpress design we make a photopolymer plate for each ink colour and mount it on the press to be inked up.  It’s simple and efficient.  Except if you run into finicky dots-Yup tiny little innocent looking dots.  When I made the plate for Jacob’s cards the little lines of dots morphed and started moving on the plate.  I had never had this happen before so I thought it might be the plate-sometimes they get old and don’t expose as well. So I made another plate, and another and another and it still wasn’t working!  What I eventually realized, after wasting quite a bit of plate material, was the large solid logo needed to be exposed for a different amount of time than the  small dots.  So, I made another plate of the full card and using an exacto knife and a steady hand, I cut out the lines of dots and printed the cards in 2 runs, one for the logo and one for the dots. It was probably the most work for such a simple job I have ever done.  And in the end the result was excellent and the client loved them-which is all that matters!  With letterpress, it really is a new experience with each design, each plate, each print, and that’s why we love it!

If you are looking for a great designer in Michigan check out Jacob Ryan’s blog http://thejacobryan.tumblr.com/

And if you have a one colour business card you need letterpress printed send it over-no matter how simple or complicated the design it is only $95.00 for 100 business cards.


Invitation to Exhibition

We are excited to be heading to Alexandria ON tomorrow night to an exhibition of work by our friend Anick Bauer.  She is a really talented graphic designer and photographer that we have worked with many times.  Her invite to the “Vernissage” was letterpress printed by us on our Heidelberg Windmill in 2 ink colours and one blind deboss.  She then had custom stamps made for the front and back of her envelopes which matched the letterpress printing so well.

If you are in the neighbourhood come by and check out the show!  (I heard there will be wine and cheese!)  If you can’t make it tomorrow, the exhibit is running through June.

For more information and a map of the area check out Anick’s Blog  http://anickbauerdesign.ca/2011/05/vernissage-il-faut-oser/


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