Make a statement with letterpress stationery. The Onyx Press proudly prints all letterpress items in-house. Our press joined TOP in September 2015. She goes by the name of Frances and has become an integral part of our team. Although letterpress printing is an old style of printing, it leaves a lasting impression.
Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing.
Quick rundown of the process:
First, the design is transformed into a plate (or die). We then place the plate into the letterpress machine and add ink. The machine is manually powered so with the gentle push of the flywheel and some foot power, Frances is ready to print. With each rotation the letterpress machine evenly transfers the ink and places a heavy and precise amount of pressure onto the die and into the paper. The result is a crisp impression of the artwork sunk into the paper.
With letterpress printing, the depth and crispness of the impression relies on a few factors. Some of these factors include thickness and softness of paper and surface area of the design. At The Onyx Press, we keep 100% cotton paper in stock to ensure a quality print every time.
A few things to note about letterpress printing
Each ink color is printed separately
All inks are mixed to match the proof. While we mix to match as closely as possible, variations may occur.
Frances can print up to an 8x11 size.
Letterpress inks are somewhat transparent so big blocks of color usually results in chalking.
From our Crane's Lettra stock, you can choose from three colors: bright white, soft white, and ecru. This soft, cotton paper provides an excellent surface to print on.
We offer two thicknesses for flat cards: 300 gsm and 600 gsm.
What does this mean to you?
Our 300 gsm paper has a beautiful 1/16" thickness and is often used for invitations.
For those of you who want to go the extra mile, the 600 gsm stock is approximately 1/8". With extra depth, 600 gsm paper often allows for a deeper impression. This thickness is primarily used for business cards.
We offer letterpress and digital printing as well as foil stamping in small areas.
Blind Impression (letterpress with no ink)
The Onyx Press also provides letterpress return addressing. We keep standard sizes of bright white, soft white, and ecru envelopes in our arsenal. However, message us if there is a particular color you are in search of.