Letterpress

Custom note cards using vintage hand set type (and on not keeping our new year's resolutions, already...)

Hello, Happy 2014! So I guess my New Year's resolution of blogging more was blown before I even started since it's the 24th, and I'm just now getting to my first post of the new year... Whoops! Things are busy and already gearing up for all the Spring weddings. One thing that has kept us extra busy is our tiny Etsy store- Have you seen the custom note cards we offer there? They are lots of fun and make cute gifts. We make them by hand setting our collection of wood and metal type- the original and somewhat laborious way. Some of the type is chipped or warn, but we like that uniqueness and think it gives a quirky feel. We pair them with a recycled brown "paper bag" envelope and they fly out of the shop! Right now they are only available printed on our house paper (Crane's Lettra 110# Pearl White), and in our favorite 5.5" x 4.25" size, but we might expand this option in the future, what do you think? Custom quantities are available, but some names or words may not fit or be right for this type of printing, this isn't a font so not a lot of type sizes are available, feel free to contact us directly if you have a question or want a custom quote! Lots more exciting things to share in the new year, working on a new website, overhaul on our branding- and hopefully a physical move to our forever home (fingers crossed it's soon).

Scroll down to see some photos of what the metal and wood type look like.

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Metal type waiting to be cleaned after printing...

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Metal type locked up with wooden "furniture" waiting to be cleaned.

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Wood type lined up waiting to be cleaned after a long day of printing...

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You can see some of the individual make-ready we have to do to make each letter level with one another - vintage type is rarely all the same "type high" size.

Equestrian themed Bat Mitzvah invitation suite

This sweet pink sparky Bat Mitzvah suite was inspired by our client Lila's  love of horses. We started by designing  a custom monogram logo that was used throughout the invitation suite (including custom envelope liners!) and in the party elements as well.  All elements were letterpress by us and assembled using a sparkly brown backing card in a pre-made folio. We also created a custom sticker so the final set had the feeling of a horse show ribbon when sealed on top of the champagne satin ribbon that held the folio set closed. Cute but still classic, the last photo shows how sparkly the paper is in real life! Please let us know if we can design or print your next custom letterpress project.

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Jake and Kristin Hotel Bel-Air Letterpress printed Wedding set

I have been wanting to shoot this elegant and beautiful wedding set for awhile, but was finally motivated when we found out that we were mentioned in a photo shoot of the (stunning) actual wedding featured in the summer edition of Inside Weddings Magazine (!). You can see the actual article here...IW_2013_Summer_Cline-Wurzak . The programs we created on page 96 and the menu on page 100 (the calligraphy for each guest's name was done by the very talented Tracy Joe.) Not featured was the mailed wedding invitation set, so I thought I would share that with you as well! We worked closely with the bride and groom and party planners to create and letterpress print this set. The invitation was printed on 220# Crane's Lettra, with edge coloring on the invitation (to match the ink, custom envelope liner and custom wax seal).the other pieces (RSVP, Brunch and Rehearsal dinner) were all printed on 110# Crane's Lettra. Subtle butterflies are sprinkled throughout the set, from the custom wax seal to the outer envelope, blind printed on the invitation and brunch invitation. Everything was wrapped in a beautiful sheer silver mesh Midori ribbon held together with the butterfly wax seal. We also created the Save the Date mailers, you can see them from a previous post here. I think the programs will be a separate post...

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Letterpress printed floral with watercolor LDS wedding invitation set

I had so much fun working on this wedding set, the bride to be wanted lots of flowers and different textures so I was able to integrate wood veneer, metallics, and most of all I hand watercolored all of the invitation cards before we printed them. (This was a little bit more of an undertaking than I had initially anticipated, but well worth it in the end!) This is also the first wedding set I have designed for someone getting married in a Mormon Temple, so I got to learn a lot about sealing ceremonies, ring ceremonies, etc... The Mormon Temple in Oakland is high in the Oakland hills and can be seen at night  (and during the day) from almost anywhere in the East Bay, so it was fun to know this was the destination for their family and friends. We used the 220# Lettra for the invitation (which worked surprisingly well for watercolor), and 110# Lettra for the direction, rsvp and sealing ceremony- the ring ceremony was printed on real wood veneer and the whole set was bound with a wrap imprinted with their initials and date. All designed and letterpress printed by us at Paper Monkey Press watercolor letterpress wedding invitation LDS

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Have your initials custom letterpress printed onto coasters!

I am pretty excited about this new shop offering, I was going to wait until this morning, but couldn't resist tweeting about it yesterday- but here is the official announcement! I ordered some custom 3.5" round coasters in a thinner 40pt. weight to use for another project (usually we use the larger standard 4" size, 60pt. thickness like standard bar coasters)- and since I had more than a few left over I started playing around with other ideas we could use them for - and how cute is this?!? Our Antique wood type fits perfectly on this size and I love the lighter more sophisticated weight and somewhat rustic / fun look of these. So so many reasons to order these cute coasters! Perfect for wedding receptions, cocktail parties,  birthday parties, house warming gift, an anniversary party... the list could just go on and on, right? We have a ton of this particular wood type, so as long as it's just 3 letters, we can print it for you! You can find the listing in our etsy shop here. Currently our listing is for quantities of 100, but we can do more or less- just let me know and I can get you a custom quote and listing.

 

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Custom designed bunny note cards with sweet carrot liners

Another cute custom personalized stationery set to share with you, we hand drew the carrots for the liners, as well as the bunny based off of Peter the Rabbit for some sweet note cards. The same font was used for the return address - I edited it a tiny bit for privacy, but wanted to show how cute this font is for kid's stationery. Designed and printed by Paper Monkey PressIMG_2293 IMG_2295

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Graduation Gift Idea- Personalized Note Card Sets

I graduated from CCA here in the Bay Area (back when it use to be CCAC) quite a while ago, and I while I don't really remember everything I received as graduation gifts (a camera I think...?) I do remember going to Trader Vic's to celebrate (funny how memories can be selective like that)- and the long list of thank you notes I had to send out to everyone who attended, sent cards, etc... Oh how I wish I had been gifted some beautifully letterpress printed note cards, not only for the thank you notes to friends and family, but for all the follow up notes to potential employers... These beauties were printed on our stock 110# Crane's Lettra paper and envelopes- simple, classic but still young and fun. Let us know if we can get a quote together for some personal stationery for you or a loved one, it's never too late to give a fabulous gift! Prices start at $215 for a set of 100 A2 sized cards and envelopes 1 color.

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Bridal Shower Brunch Invitation

It's not that often that we get the chance to design a bridal shower invitation that includes a Dachshund carrying a ring (!) But we just had to include the Bride-to-be's best friend. Designed by us and printed on 110# Crane's Lettra with a fun accent envelope.IMG_2255 IMG_2247

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Vintage Map Save the Date

This save the date was designed to reflect the couples international travels all over the world. Each envelope was lined with a design from a vintage map, and the actual save the date shows a map of the Bay Area where the couple will have their ceremony.(sorry for the erased web address, I wanted to keep their wedding website just for guests!) All of our designs are custom and designed just for our clients, please let us know if we can design and print something for you! IMG_2241

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NIAD Art Center Pop-Up Shop (superduperultracool) + paper monkey press = Weekend Plans

What are you doing March 16th? (or anytime from March 15th - April 26th?) How about coming to visit the SUPERDUPERULTRACOOL pop-up shop in the NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA! Didn't see that coming did you? I will have some letterpress printed cards, along with some clay art pieces (letterpress + clay!), but there is also work from some very talented folks- and it is all organized by the super awesome Lisa Solomon. So come out, support the NIAD Art Center - and if you can show up for the opening on March 16th from 12:30 - 3pm, there will be food trucks (yum.)

Weekend plans, done. You're welcome. (and hope to see you there!)

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Nick and Ellen's Wedding Invitation (wood, wax and birds!)

Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2013 to get underway- especially now that we are back in California. I thought I would start off the year with a really fun and vibrant wedding invitation set we designed and printed for a really cute couple in San Francisco. It is unique in so many ways- the invitation is letterpress printed on 110# Lettra in FOUR colors, then corner rounded, adhered to a birch wood veneer card (also corner rounded), then sealing wax was carefully dripped and then sealed on the top with a custom stamp. How amazing is that? The rest of the set consisted of a rsvp card and envelope, and a weekend activities card with map on the back. Everything was carefully stuffed into a matching wood veneer envelope.nick ellen zoom nick ellen wax seal nick and ellen invite nick ellen full set

Giraffe baby announcements with wrap-around labels

This adorable baby announcement included a custom laser printed wrap-around label as well as a baby photo that was tied on the back of the card (which is what the brown and white bakers twine is for). Simple, cute and still a bit whimsical,  we designed and letterpress printed this announcement on 110# Crane's Lettra Pearl white paper. In the last photo you can see the giraffe giving me a sideways glance for all the photos color differences, making it look like we used different papers- but no, just me fighting with the sun for a decent photo. Next time, I'll get it right next time.

 

Oliver and Adelaide Note Cards, Tags and Business Cards

We finished this sophisticated and elegant project a few weeks ago, isn't it lovely? The hang tags are tiny but perfect and all the pieces are edge colored in a metallic gold that just screams luxury. If you haven't heard of Oliver and Adelaide, you should go take a quick peak, they put together and deliver very special personalized and hand-made gifts for parents and their children in the greater Manhattan area. Photographing metallic gold ink turned out to be pretty tricky- in person they look even better!