Wonderfully tactile and simply exquisite, letterpress stationery has a rich, warm feel that one can’t help but appreciate. Developed in the 14th century, letterpress is a time-honored printing craft that – like engraving – takes years to perfect.

Colors appear deep and rich in tone, with a luxurious matte finish. The printing process is both time – and labor-intensive: prints are made one-at-a-time with each print having its own unique variations of ink coverage and depth of impression.

The result is truly handcrafted and worth the wait. But how does the process begin?

  1. To start, type and motifs are set in reverse on a letterpress plate.
  2. The plate is then inked and pressed onto the surface of a paper.
  3. The pressing process transfers the ink and leaves a deep impression on the paper creating a three-dimensional print that has a feel unlike any other type of printing.

The nature of the printing demands a high quality, and generally heavier weight paper that will not tear or thin when pressed.

Crane’s 100 percent cotton papers are ideal as the fibers contained within them are soft and readily accept an impression as well as ink. With an almost fabric-like softness, Crane’s Lettra paper is specifically designed to absorb the deep impressions of letterpress printing, making it the perfect choice.

Letterpress offers a contemporary sophistication that works on all types of stationery and invitations. It is a perfect option for featuring bolder font choices and designs rich in color. It is also ideal for less formal personalized stationery, wedding invitations, and business cards, where its tactile beauty is sure to make a lasting impression.

A truly handcrafted printing technique, letterpress printing requires exceptional skill.

It’s a wonderful choice of printing process to add an extra special finish to all kinds of stationery suited to heavier paper including:

  • Wedding invitations
  • Business cards
  • Announcements

In Summary

Crane is proud to offer a full range of printing processes.

Over the years we have honed and perfected every tool and technique we need to craft the most stylish – and imaginative – personalized stationery at our customers’ request.

It’s all about taking that step away from the everyday.

Whether it’s a wedding invitation, social event, business fundraiser or a simple thank you note, leave your mark with expert printing craftsmanship from Crane.

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