Letterpress for Dad

What’s better than giving Dad a killer Father’s Day card?
Being able to tell him how the card was made, that’s what!

Letterpress is how the very first “printed book” was born. Soon after its inception, this form of movable type printing became the normal form of printing text from the mid-15th century until the 19th century. Letterpress is a form of relief printing in which the raised surface of text and images is inked and then pushed onto paper. The resulting print can be a deep impression, easily felt and seen on soft paper. Although the impression was not traditionally an effect desired by trade printers, today it is one of the most charming and interesting characteristics of craft letterpress.

Sound cool? I bet Dad will think so, too.

In Portland, letterpress is so popular that it is joked that everyone must have an antique letterpress in their garage. While in actuality the letterpress machine is a highly sought-after and difficult to find tool, the exquisite art it yields can be found easily and in our store. We carry cards, personal and special occasion stationery and more designed by a variety of local and national letterpress studios. Seen below is a mix of Father’s Day cards from several of our designers: Eggpress, Smudge Ink, Crane & Co., and Smock.

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