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Hailing from the 15th century, letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing – enduring largely due to the quality and prestige associated with a time-honored aesthetic. Timeless quality and a classic finish are what you can expect from letterpress cards.

This style of printing takes us back to another era, when most things were hand-made with great care by master craftsmen.

  • Subtle Textural Relief Effect
  • Ink Pressed Deeply for Saturated Colors
  • Perfect for Brands, Monograms and Icons
 

How Letterpress Cards Are Printed

In the old days, printers would combine metal die cast letters to form words to be stamped onto paper, hence the name – letterpress. In todays’ digital age, designs are reproduced as a mirror image on an embossed brass, copper or metal plate, which is coated in ink and pressed firmly into each card.

The extra pressure pushes the ink deep into the card, leaving a profoundly tinted stock and a subtle impression which grants authenticity and historical weight to any print. The effect is subtle – much more understated than an embossed card, but none less prestigious.

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Feel free to contact us directly at 212.619.5446 or inquiries@fineprintnyc.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Letterpress?
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing - enduring largely due to the quality and prestige associated with a time-honored aesthetic. Designs are reproduced as a mirror image on an embossed brass, copper or metal plate, which is coated in ink and pressed firmly into each card.
What is the minimum quantity I can order?
Our minimum order is 500 cards per unique design.
Do you have a minimum order for multiple lots/names?
Yes, if you're producing 10 or more unique lots at once, the minimum order is 250 cards per person.
What are the most common business card sizes?
The three most requested sizes are 3.5" x 2", 3.35” x 2.17” and 2.25” x 2.25”.
Can I color match to a specific Pantone color?
Yes, we can match specific PMS colors for your brand/logo.
Can I print more then one color?
Yes, we have the capability to print multiple letterpress colors. Please note, this will require multiple plates and will be billed accordingly.
What is the best paper to use for letterpress cards?
In our experience, cotton fiber and uncoated paper stocks gives the best letterpress impressions.
Can I print white ink on black paper?
Yes, however printing white ink on dark paper may not print how you expect. Often, the dark paper will over power the white ink.
Can I print two sided letterpress cards?
In order to achieve this effect we will have print on two separate paper stocks and use the duplex mounting process.
I do not want to see the indent letterpress makes on the back side of the paper. Is there a way to make sure the reverse side is flat?
Yes, we use a process called duplex mounting. This allows you to press two different paper stocks together to hide the letterpress impression and make a double thick or heavy weight business card.
Can I see a digital proof before final production?
Yes, our pre-press department will provide two rounds of digital proofs for approval prior to final print production.
Please note, any additional digital proofs will be billed accordingly.
Can you produce a press sample before printing?
Yes, a press sample can be produced prior to final production. However, we will have to charge accordingly for set up/press time. A 50% credit for the press sample will be applied to the final invoice, if the project is officially approved for production.
Can you ship paper/printed samples for my review?
Unfortunately, we can not send out paper/printed samples without a job ticket being generated into our system.
What is the standard turnaround time?
Once final proofs are approved, standard production time is 5-7 business days.
Please note, production time may change depending on our current press schedule and how many specialty options have been selected.
Do you offer a variety of paper stocks/materials?
Yes, we offer are a variety of paper stocks/materials. Options include gloss, matte, coated, uncoated, silk, linen and texture papers/materials.
Can I supply my own paper for you to print on?
No. We cannot run any paper through our press that has not been sent directly from our paper-house. If there is a particular paper stock you are looking for, we can place a custom order for your cards.
Do you offer round corners or custom die cut options?
Yes. Our minimum order is 500 cards per unique design.
Do you offer edge printing or edge foil stamping?
No. Edge gilding or printing is not a service that we offer.
How can I make a payment?
We accept all major credit cards and company checks. Please note, a job ticket must be created and payment is required before we can start proofing/final production.
Can I schedule an appointment to review sample/paper stocks?
Yes, We can schedule an appointment for you in our Jersey City showroom/production facility. There you can review various printed samples, paper stocks, and consult with a production specialist.
My order is a rush, is a 24-48 hour turnaround possible?
Please contact us as soon as possible, so we can check with our production department. Please note, rush turnaround will be billed accordingly.
Unfortunately, we do not schedule production appointments in our Manhattan corporate offices.

Fine Print, Inc.

315 Madison Avenue, NYC 10017

Open Monday - Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm

*No Walk-In Appointments*

Showroom/Production Facility

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Open Tuesday - Friday

*No Walk-In Appointments*

Feel free to contact us directly at 212.619.5446 or inquiries@fineprintnyc.com