Right around the same time Parklife Press was making the move from North Carolina out to Portland, Gritchelle was packing up her San Francisco apartment and heading up to Portland as well. We ended up just a few blocks from each other. As part of a portrait project capturing creative Portlanders in their element, Gritchelle photographed me during a press run this January. Her blog post is here, and I'm reposting a bunch of her shots below.
These striking cards for Melbourne architecture firm Northbourne were printed on 600g Fluorescent White Lettra with a blind impression on the front and black and custom mint ink on the back. Finished with mint edges match. Printed by Parklife and designed by JT at A Door Ajar.
Bax's cards presented a special challenge. Normally, to create an odd shape (basically anything non-rectangular), we'd make a die and die-cut the cards. But Bax wanted edge paint — and a die-cut edge isn't crisp enough to paint cleanly. So we (very carefully) knife-cut these 600g fluorescent white hexagons with our 19th century guillotine cutter, then edged them with metallic gold paint.
Solid floods of color can be tricky with letterpress. But if you play your no-pun-intended cards right, you can get great results. Lighter/brighter colors tend to print more evenly. And die-cutting the cards rather than knife trimming can help keep the raised unprinted paper from getting squished or scuffed.
For these square cards we printed for Birmingham Developer, Ford Waters, we printed on separate sheets of 300g Fluorescent White Lettra, then duplexed and die cut. Design was done by long-time Parklife friend, Chad Martin of The G Brand.
Check out these beautifully understated two-color, two-sided cards for Norfolk's Within Interior Design. For each of the eight women at the firm, we printed turquoise and warm gray inks on thick 600g Fluorescent White Lettra and added turquoise edge paint to match.