Fall In Love With Letterpress

Posted by Olivia dela Rosa on October 23, 2014


With all the printed materials and designs that we have right now, my eyes get pretty tired seeing the same old thing over and over again. There's nothing new in the market and nothing really stands out anymore. Though I don't find this totally wrong, the lack of inspiration is what frustrates me. A good design not only ignites something in you, it also challenges you to seek out and push the limits. It calls you to try and think of something new until you find the perfect design you need.

After searching endlessly throughout the Web, I found comfort after seeing these letterpress cards. Letterpress is basically a printing process that uses a movable type - reversed and raised letters and images made of metal or wood - which is then inked and impressed upon the paper and often with sort of an indentation from the pressure, creating a debossed effect. Its first use is dated back in the 15th century, used widely in printing books back then but has moved to business cards and wedding invitations later on. If you decide to do it yourself, you might find it labor-intensive but once you see the results you might consider the whole thing worth it.

Scroll through to see our thoroughly selected letterpress cards and discover new designs for your next project. Happy exploring!


quinn michaels hello

Quinn Michaels via Etsy


happy notes anthropologie

Happy Notes from Anthropologie


alexandra huckabay print&grain

Alexandra Huckabay by Print&Grain


roar projects

roar projects

Roar Projects by Principle Design


dane holmqvist

Dane Holmquist


danny roberts igor and andre

Danny Roberts by Dolcepress


bojour letterpress card

Bonjour Letterpress Card via Etsy


colorquarry letterpress card

Letterpress cards by Colorquarry via Etsy


si maclennan

Si Maclennan


mo el calotipo

Mo by El Calotipo


you autocomplete me

Autocomplete card


little bird belinda love lee

A Little Bird by Belinda Love Lee


brad goreski sarah drake

brad goreski sarah drake

Brad Goreski business cards by Sarah Drake Designs


bon voyage notecard

Bon Voyage notecards by Inhaus Press


letterpress wedding invitation

Letterpress wedding invitations by Minted


greeting card denotecard

Greeting card by Denotecard via Etsy


kelly kerwick

Kelly Kerwick


print & promise

Wedding invitation by Print & Promise via Etsy


pinup art ink pop studio

Pinup Art letterpress card by Ink Pop Studio via Etsy


wright & goebel

Wright & Goebel by The Working Assembly


erikafirm instagram

@erikafirm via Instagram


desk calendar iskelter

Type Letterpress Desk Calendar by iSkelter


hooray parrot design studio

Hooray postcard by Parrott Design Studio via Etsy


hello elo bad cass

Hello Elo by Bad Cass


wondrous co mitch bartlett

Wondrous Co. by Mitch Bartlett


jacob ward

Jacob Ward


david airey

David Airey


lindsay letters

Lindsay Letters


ten thousand the distillery

Ten Thousand business cards by The Distillery


holiday word search card

2011 Holiday Word Search greeting card via Dolcepress


Enjoying so far? If you'd like to see more design inspirations, go and explore the rest of the site. Who knows, you might also end up getting the printing deal of your life with all the discounts we're offering!

About the Author

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Freelance writer and editor since 2011. Major design enthusiast. Resident writer and trendhunter for Printingdeals.


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