I am staring to post some kits in my Etsy shop! My first one is vacation themed. This is a fun pack filled with lots of items perfect for use on your visual journals, mixed media projects, scrapbook pages, cards, gift tags or any other crafty adventures.
+ Black and White Vacation Photo (5.25 x 7.5″)
+ Map Paper Square (6″)
+ Blue Card Stock Square (6″)
+ Olive Card Stock (5.5 x 7.5″)
+ Lined Paper (7 x 6″)
+ Vacation Check List Paper
+ Bon Voyage Tag
+ White Tag with String
+ Sky and Water Photo Stripes (Misc Sizes)
+ 2 Map and Vacation Themed paper circles (1.5″)
+ 2 Colored circles (1.5″)
+ 2 craft paper leaves
+ 2 colored paper leaves
+ 3 blue/teal buttons
+ 4 brass brads
+ Pinch of small paper circles
+ Hemp Cord
+ Square Vellum Envelope (7.5″)
Inspired by the Designing with Letterpress Webinar that I watched yesterday, today’s Flickr Friday shows some great examples of letterpress work! The photos link through to the designer’s Flickr page – so please click through to see more of their work!
This webinar was educational and had wonderful examples from Judith Berliner (Full Circle Press) and Josh Chen (Chen Design Associates). Here are a few tips from what I learned today:
- Know you press before you start your design and determine if the design is fit for the equipment – not all designs are right for letterpress
- film is created from your design
- a photopolymer plate is made using a light sensitive process
- printing begins
Color and Ink:
- Work with solids and not screens of colors – 1 color at a time is important to remember
- Pantone books are printed offset so letterpress will look a bit heavier
- Designers should know how different papers influence color
- Minimum line weight should be .25 but preferably .50
Size and Runs:
- most printers have capabilities to run jobs from business card size to 21″ but size will depend on the press you have
- 250 minimum quantity for a run is suggested, but any quantity is possible
- You can work with a family of papers for the same job
- Type of paper also determines the impression depth, 80 lbs is probably too thin – need thicker paper for deeper impressions
- Uncoated sheet: You can print on both smooth and textured paper (letterpress is almost always printed on an uncoated stock)
Coated paper: “It doesn’t really jive with the feel” as Josh says.
People say that print is dead. When you see these beautiful samples you know why they are wrong!
Tomorrows Flickr Friday will feature more Letterpress samples so stop by the blog to see those! If you have some letterpress samples I would love to see them, share your link below in the comments!
Images and content from PaperSpecs.
My etsy shop is open for business! The shop features my photography and will soon carry prints from my graphic design collection! I am working on some poster designs now. I also have a few holiday and gift items for sale since it is almost ‘that time of year’. I will be adding items regularly and I’m planning a giveaway through I Just Might Explode in a few weeks so visit Ciera Design on Etsy and stay tuned!
Paper art in image from Pugly Pixel.