Letterpress + Printing

Our Letterpress here at Christa Alexandra Designs: Chandler & Price 1918Letterpress is an antique printing process dating back to the 1400’s when they hand set each piece of type and hand fed each piece of paper through a machine that would make a single color print. In the past couple decades letterpress has made a comeback, people are loving the soft indentation left behind by the machine pressing the design into the thick cotton paper.

A beautiful fusion of old practices and new practices has allowed us to use a plate (much like a stamp) in place of movable type. The plate is created from a digital design and allows for great flexibility and customization, but as before only one color can be printed at a time and each paper must be hand fed into the press. Each new color is another run though the press.┬áHundreds of pounds of pressure push the ink from the raised design of the plate into the paper, leaving behind a crisp and beautiful print. It’s a labor of love that gives stunning results – if you’re looking for a way to impress the crowd and give them something they’ll never want to throw away, letterpress just might be for you.

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