Category Archives: Letterpress

A few weeks ago, after feeling a bit defeated in “start-up land,” I saw Eric of Spofford Press post one of his new letterpress prints from their summer collection and immediately felt inspired. There are many reasons Spofford Press stood out to me, among them being from the Northeast (just like me!). They continually create unique and fun letterpress cards and prints, all hand-drawn and printed on thick cotton paper with hand-mixed ink. Being in the start-up community myself, I can always appreciate a company that matches their creativity to how passionate they are with their work.

You can check out more of their note card sets, prints and new releases throughout the months on their site here!

Spofford Press You Got This

Quit Slackin

Ship In A Bottle

Jimmy Smithimages via Spofford Press


Hartland Brooklyn Summer Letterpress Greeting Card

It’s officially summer and what a better way to celebrate than by sending a fun summer greeting card to your loved ones. Especially with the ones up north! Typically, I don’t think to send summer greetings, but after this winter I thought my friends and family could use it. I was even more surprised to find so many fun summer letterpress card options as I did. Some of my favorite shops had the same idea with these lovely cards below.

{first image via Hartland Brooklyn}

Hartland Brookland Summer Letterpress Card

 {via Hartland Brooklyn}

Two Guitars Summer Letterpress Card

{via Two Guitars}

Rise and Shine Letterpress Summer Letterpress Card

 {via Rise and Shine Letterpress}

Rise and Shine Letterpress Summer Card

 {via Rise and Shine Letterpress}

Pepper Press Summer Letterpress Card

{via Pepper Press}


startup

Although quotes have inundated every social media site there is, I still enjoy a beautiful letterpress print with a quote I can find inspiration from. It just takes that one quote to inspire and help push you through. These are the ones sparking light in my week thus far.

{first image via Joey Roth}

letterpress quote{via tag team tompkins}

Travel quote{via Mint Afternoon}


just because

The holidays have passed, but there are still so many great reasons to give your friends and loved ones a card. Who wouldn’t love a handwritten card that is just to tell you something funny and/or that they are thinking of you. In fact, my favorite cards to receive are the “just because” cards. Sometimes receiving a random note of love or encouragement can mean so much and make that person’s week. I encourage you all to write just one!

{first image via creativity cards}

hello{via yellow fish paperie}

Hello card{via lulu dee}

just because 2{via Sparkvites}

Lionel Richie{via Natty Made}

BFFS{via Farewell Paperie}

hey card{via Uppercase Press}

 


pantone card

These past few months I have been traveling a little more than usual and I have met some wonderful people along the way. Many of these folks have been involved with letterpress or fun shops that I would love to share in the future and during my conversations, most of them have all asked if I had a business card to share—and dreadfully, I’ve had to answer no. Designing business cards has been something that I have had on my to-do list for quite awhile now, and I have recently found the perfect person to execute this! I cannot wait to share what my mystery business card guru creates with me, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out. In the meantime, here are a few creative letterpress business cards for inspiration.

first image via via Lovely Stationary by James Prunean

ombre card

via Fabien Barral

bus card

via Design Work Life by Moglea

foil bus card

via CardObserver by Look and Do It

 


hearts

I have never been much of a “traditional” Valentine’s Day enthusiast. My favorite parts of the “holiday” have always been the candy hearts and playful cards, which I may or may not receive, depending on how I netted out that year. Remember elementary school Valentine’s Day parties when the kids would drop cute cards in our cubbies? Each year, there was a guarantee that we would receive a card—my how things have changed! I don’t believe you have to spend much on this day for your loved ones but of course, I believe in sending a thoughtful card. You know me, any reason I can give a beautiful card, I will! Here are my favorite Valentine’s Day picks to start fostering some love in the air—more to come throughout the month.

first image via Ink Meets Paper

Drunk Vday

via McBitterson’s

slice

via Hartland Brooklyn

jetaime

via Vandalia Street Press

heart

via PalettesCO


SpoffordPress

Nothing stirs my holiday cheer each year more than picking my favorite letterpress holiday cards to share with the most important people in my life. At this point, it’s almost expected that they’ll receive a beautiful card which, of course, puts no pressure whatsoever on me (wink). Although finding that perfect holiday gift can sometimes be painstaking and difficult on budgets, personalizing something special to share with those you love is important.

That’s why I love sending a unique, beautiful card that serves as a gift in itself! Here are some of my picks from my favorite shops that I have personally bought from for my family and friends. Ssshhh don’t tell. Just like Santa, I know whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Spofford Press

I first found Eric Hoffman and his shop via Instagram—and I’m so glad I did because his talent is only surpassed by his passion for letterpress. For those of you now in the know, my favorite pick is the Christmas Lights Card above.

SpoffordPress2

via Spofford Press

Cherry Laurel Studio

My mom’s favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story, so I had to buy this card by  Cherry Laurel Studio.

jdeluce

I adore this card by DeLuce Design and can’t wait to give it to my friend’s little ones.

FatBunnyPress

A very cute card for my little cousins by Fat Bunny Press.

echoletterpress

For the foodies in your life by Echo Letterpress

McBittersonsShop

Looking forward to giving this card by McBittersons Shop to all my guy friends. They all loved it last year.

Hartland Brooklyn

My girlfriends loved this dainty card I gave out last year by  Hartland Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fangtastic

In case you can’t tell by now, Fall is my favorite season and it has finally arrived, along with all of the accompanying holiday fun! This is the time of year when I start sharing and collecting seasonal cards including not only Christmas and Hanukkah, but also Halloween! To me, Halloween represents fun, creative and crafty inspirations, and cards are a great way of continuing that tradition. Here are a few of my favorites and remember, it’s not too late to buy and share with your friends!

{first image via Black Heart Letterpress}

Meow
Boo
Trickr Treat
Truth
Halloween cards
Umbrella
zombie 2
Trick or Treat
Franken Card


Happy Fall everyone! Fall has always been my favorite time of year especially with so many fun things in the mix to write about. There are many exciting projects and plans coming up in the next few months for me, including a quick trip to San Francisco in October for a little work and play. While vacationing, most people will find the tourist attractions a must see, but for me, I always look up the best stationary and letterpress studios in the area. I am making a list of the must see letterpress studios, and Hello Lucky Press is on the top of my list. Hello Lucky Press was founded in 2003 by sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle as a specialty letterpress printer and design studio creating wedding invitations, greeting cards and personalized stationary. They now have offices in San Francisco and London with clients ranging from Anthropologie, Kate’s Paperie, and Liberty of London.


Some of my favorite posts on 8Balloons are when I get to share inspiration for Be The Quote. However, not always are these images I post tangible. This time around, I wanted to include my favorite letterpress shops to showcase their beautiful prints. Hopefully they will inspire you for the rest of the week!

first image via Cucumber Press

via ReStyle shop

via We Heart Paper

via Raw Art Letterpress

via Almanac Industries

via Almanac Industries

via cleanwash