SOME FEATURES OF LATE... how I began pressing and so on.

A question I'm often asked is how I got started in letterpress. I plan to write a more in-depth blog post about it one day, but in the meantime here are two great links to get the answers to everything you wanted to know and more-

THIS podcast interview with Jordan of Letterpress Digest (also available on iTunes Podcast ap).

THIS interview over at The Identite Collective's blog. 

let me know what you think!




Princeville Semi-Custom Save the Dates

Johanna and Sebastian chose the tropical island of Kauai for their destination wedding (swoon!), so we wanted to highlight the location in the design. Instead of going over the top with palm trees and a bright palette, we decided to take it in the opposite direction with a classy, minimalist save the date featuring geographical coordinates. This design is perfect for any location, from a lavish wedding half way across the world to a backyard celebration in your hometown. And great news: this design is available to customize for your own wedding! We've done the bulk of the work here so you can skip to the fun part: tailoring the details to fit your style. Natural white or bright white paper? What ink color(s)? Do you prefer a blind impression? The choice is yours, and you can't go wrong if you start here


Liv Bat Mitzvah Suite

A Bat Mitzvah can be one of the most important milestones in a young person's life, and certainly calls for pomp and circumstance. We worked very closely with the mother of the guest of honor, who had a very distinct concept in mind. With bright colors, ombre effects, and bold text, we were able to implement her vision and deliver the whole kit and caboodle: invitations, stationery, hand-addressed envelopes (beautifully executed by Be a Heart Design), letter pressed envelope liners, and even a website. We really pulled out all the stops with this project, and couldn't be more pleased with how it all turned out.


Maison La Roux Business Cards

Sage and navy ink. Hand-painted watercolor accents. A carefully-crafted brand identity (by the Identité Collective) displayed ever so beautifully on luxuriously thick paper. These babies turned out so gorgeous, we didn't want to see them go.


This project was a labor of love involving many steps and combining different techniques, so we thought we'd give you a behind the scenes look at the Swell Press process. Typically when we we watercolor, we paint prior to printing- that way the letterpress ink sits nicely atop the watercolor. In this instance, we wanted the watercolor to be perfectly placed beneath the main logo- so we first printed the main logo in sage ink, then watercolored accordingly, and once the cards were dry we printed the second ink color which sat atop the watercolor paint for a nice finished look. We believe it's our attention to these smaller details that sets Swell Press apart from others. 


Georgie Birth Announcements

What better way to tell your loved ones your precious baby girl has arrived than with soft pink watercolored and letter pressed birth announcements? Working with Georgie's mom on these cards was an absolute delight- her main source of inspiration was a photo of a popsicle (!), and we took it from there. Nicole Miyuki's beautiful spot calligraphy, neon pink ink, and teal edges topped off this adorably sweet announcement. 


Ojai Wedding Invitations

A dreamy destination wedding in Ojai, California deserves equally-dreamy invitations. We used four ink colors and edge-painted with warm neons set against crisp white to echo the vibrant hues of the region. The simple but striking design elements and textures combined with an eye-popping color palette resulted in some of the more exciting invitations we've created. See for yourself below.


Mark & Type Business Cards

It's both exciting and daunting when a client asks for something we've never done before. For a while now we've been offering edge painting as a way to elevate letter pressed paper goods, experimenting with ombre and achieving great results. Steve at Mark & Type knew he wanted blind impression plus red and blue ink. He was sure his business cards would be letter pressed on both sides. But it didn't stop there. This client was looking for something more: blue and red ombre edge painting AND white splatter. WHAT?! He had inquired about this option with another company and was told it could not be done. Always up for a challenge, we set out to see if we could make it happen.


Olivia & Benjamin Wedding Suite in our Avalon Stock Design

This pale palette paired perfectly (hello, alliteration!) with the bold leaves of our Avalon stock design in Olivia and Benjamin's elegant yet fun suite for their Palm Springs wedding. The deep impression along with subtle details like the overlapping ink colors make for a striking invitation, don't you think? And how cute is that little return-address fern on the RSVP envelopes?


Our stock designs are a great starting point for clients, especially for the investment-minded. Simply substitute your text/information and select your ideal palette, and we'll do the rest! A few color variations of the Avalon design are shown below.


Swell Press Business Cards

I was asked to be a panelist at an Instagram for Business event here in LA, and decided it was a great time to print myself some new temporary business cards while my branding gets a reboot. I'm a big fan of blind impression, and needed to incorporate my signature bright aqua color so I opted for a watercolor accent on the cards. Of course they wouldn't be complete with a bright pop of edge painting as well. Check it out below.


Blue Eye Brown Eye Business Cards

Business cards are often part of the first impression you give a potential client, so it's important to convey who you are as a brand, and to stand out. One way to do that is with swoon-worthy letterpress business cards topped off with neon ombre edge painting. Anyone who's peeked at our Instagram account will agree: the concept for Lauren's cards was right up our alley. We were delighted to print these bold business cards for the super-talented calligrapher behind Blue Eye Brown Eye, who stayed true to her brand with bright colors and fun details. If you're not familiar with her stunning calligraphy work, we suggest you check her out today!