Four Friends Letterpress Business Cards – Pt 2

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This is part two showing the production of business cards on our Heidelberg Windmill. Be sure and see Part 1 showing the finished cards.

We start with a high resolution film negative. The negative is used to expose the plastic plates. The plates are attached to an aluminum base and placed into the press. The press uses air suction to pick up a sheet of paper on the left side and deliver it into the press for printing. The printed sheets are automatically stacked in the delivery pile on the right side of the press. The press prints only one color at a time. Each addition color is another pass through the press, blind impression is another separate pass as well. Letterpress is labor intensive printing, but oh so worth it.

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Check out some more of the process below. See the image labels for a brief description.

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  • These are the kinds of posts that I love. As someone who has never had the opportunity to get something letterpressed, but has always wanted to, I find this really fascinating. Thanks for detailed introduction.

  • Just discovered your stuff…amazing. You are my latest blog entry. Thank you for your great inspiration and I hope you will be attending the NSS in NYC.
    cheers,
    Michelle

  • Love your work. I just got a 1901 Poco press. Can I use the Plastic plates with the aluminum back on the Poco press? Would enjoy chatting with you about this.

  • I came across your blog and found here many interesting articles. I am sure that i wil come back here soon !