Custom Letterpress Holiday Greetings

It’s hard to believe but the holidays are just around the corner! It seems like just yesterday we were brainstorming the perfect Halloween costume (do we go pop culture phenomenon or classically creepy this year?). But before we know it, the dishes from Thanksgiving feasts will be piling up in the sink.

One of our favorite traditions of the holiday season is the exchange of cards and letters. The process of creating a custom holiday card involves equal parts work and fun. It may all begin on the computer but always ends up in the hands of our printers who expertly cut the paper to size, mix beautiful ink colors and print each layer.

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Don’t you love this card’s classic color scheme and imagery? You can almost smell the pine needles in the air. This design is part of our 2014 custom holiday collection, available now. Email info@sesameletterpress.com for a quote.

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All Hallow’s Eve

Halloween is just around the corner, so we wanted to share some of our spookiest goods with you. Give your home just the right amount of fright for your festivities! Our new raven coasters will be the perfect accent to your Halloween party. Or these might be the perfect gift for a friend who likes their home to be just a little bit dark and creepy all year long.

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We have bags of mystery to fill with all kinds of goods for little ghouls and gals and bats to swoop in to say hello to friends and family. We just love this time of year, when we can embrace our spooky side. Will you be tricking or treating this Halloween?

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Snake Business Cards for our friends at Saipua

One of the best things about running a letterpress shop in Brooklyn is being a stone’s throw from so many talented people making incredibly beautiful things. Quite often, we’re lucky enough to get to work with some of them!

We’ve been collaborating with Saipua in Red Hook for years to print a variety of things for their hand-made products. Along with their gorgeous floral work, they make olive oil based soaps and soy candles in small batches. We truly appreciate someone else who works with their hands everyday.

We recently printed these striking snake business cards for them. Their style is beautiful, wild and a little dark and matches our own aesthetic perfectly.

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Sarah, the Founder & Creative Director at Saipua shared this beautiful photo with us. We just love the contrast of the golden snake among those breathtaking flowers!

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Charming Navy Invitation Set

One of the really wonderful aspects of running a letterpress printing studio is the variety of requests we receive. One hour, we might get an email from someone asking us to incorporate a silhouette of their favorite pet into a greeting card and then next hour we will hear from someone who wants a really traditional design. We relish all of these challenges!

Here’s an example of a design that is both classic and extremely charming.

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The invitation is further elevated with that beautiful dotted envelope liner. We love how this picks out the dots used alongside the solid line border.

A custom monogram adds to the elegance of the design.

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An elegant border

It’s probably clear by now that we are big fans of designs that incorporate both elegance and a certain informality. Walker and Billy went for wedding invitations that perfectly melded these two approaches:

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We really love these designs. The border is beautifully rendered in pale tinted ink and the different thicknesses set each separate card apart from the next. We also love how some of the pieces feature handwritten details that were provided by a family member: another great way to add some originality to your invitations. Neutra Caps font for the rest of the text adds a pleasant retro feel that complements the style of the border too.

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Altogether, a really gorgeous invitation set! Congratulations, Walker and Billy!

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Swirly script invitation design

We have added a super-pretty, super-simple new design to our wedding collection. We fell for this font a while back and decided that it was high time we let it speak for itself.

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The thick swashes really highlight the letterpress impression and this design can be easily customized with your choice of text and ink color.

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Sunshine edge painting

We offer a range of finishing techniques, including corner rounding, edge painting and envelope lining. These are great ways to further customize your printed items.

And if you’re going to go for edge painting, why not choose a really bright, uplifting color? Like sunshine yellow!

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This invitation layout is so pretty and understated. It features blind embossing for the heart illustrations and cool gray for the text. The yellow just adds an extra pop of goodness to the design!

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The thank you cards continue the color palette of pale tinted illustration with cool gray text. We think the french “Merci Beaucoup” is a very sweet addition too!

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Meadow-themed wedding invitations

Lauren and Tyler approached us with a really beautiful layout that they had designed themselves. It features a freeform border consisting of all sorts of seasonal flowers and herbs.

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The simplicity of the font allows the fine illustrations to really shine through. We also adore the subtle ampersand behind the couple’s names.

When it came to laying out the RSVP card, they replicated a single element of the design and used the same fonts and pale blue ink to create a unified look. Just so pretty!

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Matte gold and elegant black invitations

Make yourself comfortable because this blog post is going to feature quite a bumper haul of gorgeous photos. We loved designing this set of wedding stationery because it features unexpected and somewhat whimsical fonts with really classic, beautiful color choices. The result is a simply beautiful selection of letterpress printed pieces…

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To add some extra visual interest, each card has a slightly different feel: the invitation is pared back and simple, the rehearsal dinner invitation features a dotted border and a selection of the other cards have motifs that are relevant to the location and atmosphere of each event. Scroll through the rest of the photos for more details!…

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Confetti!

What could be more perfect for a wedding invitation design than the inclusion of printed confetti? This brand new design is equal parts joyful and charming:

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The blend of large and small dots perfectly captures the effect of falling confetti and really complements the sweet, cursive Carolyna font.

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This design works particularly well as a two-color print with one quite neutral hue (like the cool gray pictured here) and the other a more vivid, vibrant color (like this amazing fluorescent orange!)

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