Saturday, December 20, 2008
Triumphantly merry and bright!
My first Christmas cards on the letterpress! Now that everyone has theirs, I won't be spoiling any surprises by showing them here.
I printed these on my trusty Chandler & Price Old Style letterpress using polymer plates I designed myself.
The midnight blue and the silver are printed on separate print runs (and separate days, as it turned out) with a complete press clean-up and oiling in between.
Nothing like some silver ink on the press to get things feeling festive...
Special care has to be taken with two-colour jobs, to make sure the registration is right. A little misalignment will have the elements of the design printing in the wrong places, and that's never a happy thing.
But these worked really well! After a bit of fiddling round with the gauge pins to get the registration spot on, we were away.
Last step: print the press name and web site on the back (being careful, again, to keep the weight of the impression from showing through on the other side).
And ta-da! A whole stack of shiny letterpress happiness!