Letterpress Collaboration with Mitsushige Nishiwaki

I started letterpress printing in 1999 and my interest at the time was to collaborate with artist friends to print editions. I wanted to use the medium to produce and share work that I found captivating. We have worked on many inspiring projects over the last fifteen years, translating great images into letterpress prints. When I saw the work of Mitsushige Nishiwaki, I felt immediately compelled to "share" his work, not just in the social media sharing sense.

Mitsushige Nishiwaki is an etching artist based in Tokyo.  We have corresponded over the years and I fell in love with his illustrations from a recent trip to New York City.  He draws the grandeur of the buildings, the charm of the shops (in great detail), a little street vendor grittiness along with coffee and donuts.  He captures the small and the big moments of life in NYC in a really special way. 

Being based in Brooklyn and loving all of it's patisseries, we selected Nishiwaki's "Brooklyn Donut Shop" to reproduce as a limited edition print. We're publishing this as an edition of 40, letterpress printed on archival paper with watercolor hand coloring. We love the odd perspective and scale and the way this cheers up our kitchen in the morning.

We think art should be for display and for sharing so in tangent with this print, we're also introducing a set of New York City note cards. These are sold in sets of 8 (2 each of 4 designs). We hope people enjoy Mitsisghige Nishiwaki's work as much as we do and we look forward to sharing more collaborations in the upcoming year!

Brooklyn Wedding Invitations

We love working with couples from New York on their wedding invitations. It's always fun to see where they'll be holding their event, since we're often familiar with the venues. These letterpress wedding invitations are for a Brooklyn couple, who wanted to keep their design simple and clean. We added the subway car as a nod to their daily commute and a vintage new York map as an envelope liner. All the pieces were printed in a dark charcoal gray for a little twist on classic black.

Spaghetti Dinner Birthday Surprise!

These letterpress birthday invitations were so fun to design and print. Our client, Christine, threw a surprise party for her husband's 40th, and wanted to send out fun and bright invites. We loved her idea of a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with a candle sticking out. It's the perfect image for an Italian style birthday dinner.


We designed this fun map, highlighting a few key places for guests of the party. The minimal design fits in perfectly with the invitation and information card. All of the cards were edge painted in bright red, to match the bowl of spaghetti.

Pale Floral Wedding Invitations

Our pale floral wedding invitation is one of our favorite designs as it is simple in color and yet has an intricate embossed background. To print this, we use a clear ink with just a speck of pigment to bring out the depth. Each time we print this design for a couple, we marvel at the result.

Brooklyn Letterpress Moving Card

Moving can be such hard, but rewarding work. We love to make your life just a tiny bit easier by printing beautiful moving cards for you. This design is perfect for anyone moving locally in Brooklyn, with this beautiful, vintage illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge as the feature. Reach out to us for pricing and more information about custom cards for your next change of address card.

Letterpress Menus for Your Wedding Day

One thing that everyone looks forward to at a wedding is the delicious dinner that's being prepared for them. As stationers, we really appreciate all the extra handmade touches on the day of the wedding, so we love when we get to design and print dinner menus. Sometimes, the best part of the process is drooling over all the courses that will be served!

We often print table numbers and escort cards, as well. It's a fun way to pull an design element from your invitations or an illustration that reflects your venue.

A Formal San Francisco Wedding

We just love Virginia and Greg's San Francisco themed wedding invitations. We started with their letterpress printed Save the Dates in rich black and bright red ink. They wanted to pay homage to an iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, on top of the card. The combination of colors on warm white paper is striking. We even had a little fun with a cute streetcar on the envelopes!

They loved the design of the Save the Date, so we followed suit for the invitations. The Golden Gate Bridge topped this card in bright red, as well, with the elegant and simple text in black. An envelope liner, printed in silver, was just the right touch for the design. We found a vintage map of San Francisco that looked just right next to the invitation.


We love how Virginia and Greg's invitations turned out and we can't wait to do another city themed letterpress set!

Important Notes for a Very Organized Life

One of our favorite new items is our set of 5 letterpress printed lists, designed to keep your desk and thoughts organized. These sheets are perfect for jotting down random, genius ideas, or great new restaurants you've been meaning to try. Pin them above your desk, or keep them by your bedside, to note bestselling books from the Sunday Times review, or must see movies.

This set is meant for the analog person who would rather write down notes on paper, than type into a phone. Constantly forgetting the million different passwords you have? We've got a sheet to keep that organized, too! These are perfect little, handmade gifts for the coming holidays and are available in our online shop now.

Bright and Colorful Bugs & Butterflies Coaster Sets

We love these new bright, letterpress coasters featuring fun bug patterns! Insect patterns can easily seem creepy crawly, but the neon colors and little floral elements make these designs unique. These coasters, especially the black beetle, would be perfect for a Halloween party or just to brighten up your coffee table. Imagine sipping morning coffee with a beautiful yellow bee next to your mug. These coasters are available in sets of 8 with 2 of each design on our website shop.


Pale Neutral Wedding with Modern Calligraphy

Natalie and Alexander's letterpress wedding invitations are so soft and dreamy. They held a black tie wedding this summer at a beautiful Four Seasons in Westlake Village, California. They wanted the invitations to be elegant to announce their formal affair, but still have a modern, fun touch. They commissioned calligrapher, Katherine Ross of Script Merchant Calligraphy for portions of the text, which gave the whole set more character. We love the loose, modern style of Katherine's calligraphy!

We printed the letterpress invitation on warm white paper, and paired soft gray with a nude colored ink. The combination is subtle and warm, setting you up for a relaxing weekend in Southern California.

This little illustration of a manor home looks wonderful on top of their information card. It embodies the elegance of the Four Seasons resort perfectly. We absolutely love Natalie and Alex's custom wedding invitations, and we're sure that their wedding was just gorgeous.

The Little Church Around the Corner

Brielle and William had a wonderful rooftop wedding here in New York City at the end of the summer. They held their ceremony at a beautiful church, with the sweetest name and history - The Church Around the Corner - and their reception at a great loft in Tribeca. They wanted their letterpress invitations to be somewhat formal and elegant with a few fun touches.

It's easy to see that they love the color blue, as they paired navy printing with some softer blue envelopes. The envelopes and rounded edges of the invitation soften the set as a whole.

Brielle immediately fell in love with this beautiful, vintage illustration of a ring being slipped onto a woman's finger. Nothing could be more appropriate for a wedding!

The bride and groom wanted to pay homage to their pet parakeet, and we thought this was a sweet and subtle way! The vintage illustration tops off the response card perfectly.

Upstate Wedding at Buttermilk Falls

A few months ago, Joyce and Ben came to us to design and print their wedding invitations. We knew it was going to be a fun job, when their dog popped up to say hello during our meeting! Their wedding was held at a beautiful inn in upstate New York on the Hudson River called Buttermilk Falls.

They wanted a pop of bright color, so we paired a fluorescent blue with a more subdued charcoal ink. The colors contrast each other well, and break up the design in an interesting way. We also printed a custom envelope liner for them, featuring a road map of upstate New York, with their location resting just at the fold.

Joyce and Ben wanted to mix some fun illustrations of their beloved dog, Penny with a classic design, and we think the result is wonderful. They commissioned an artist to illustrate some scenes of Penny from one of their trips to Buttermilk Falls. We love the drawings of Penny, nose to nose with a llama, and hanging out with some chickens. It's fun, personal touches like these that make custom invitations worthwhile.

Blue Rooster Baby Announcement

We love this modern baby announcement with a proud rooster on top. The combination of fonts, and the two shades of blue seemed perfect for a baby born in the midst of summer. The envelopes were lined in a matching colbalt blue paper, for a fun bit of color popping out. We had a lot of fun designing these baby announcements. And what a great name, too!


NYC Wedding with a View

Emily and Julian are New York City residents, and held their wedding here this summer. They wanted their wedding invitations to pay homage to one of New York's most iconic landmarks, the Chrysler Building. We kept the design simple and printed it in one color, a charcoal gray, for a classic look, just like the Chrysler Building.

This art deco inspired skyscraper is truly a work of art, and looks just right on the top of this invitation. The gray letterpress printing shows off all the beautiful details of the building.

Golden Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitations

This beautiful wedding invitation is loosely based on our Pale Floral design, with a few updates. Fiona and Nicholas reached out to us from across the world to design some gorgeous letterpress invitations for their wedding in Sydney. They loved the idea of our Pale Floral design, but wanted a more formal invite with a cherry blossom motif. We printed the cherry blossoms and names in matte gold, with the supporting text in navy blue ink. We added a custom monogram in gold to top off this stunning wedding invitation.

We worked the cherry blossoms into a floral pattern for their response postcard. Not wanting it to be overwhelming, we printed it with a pale tint of gold. The effect is a soft, subtle detail that allows their names to take center stage.

Letterpress Bridal Shower Invitations

The term bridal shower may have come from a party thrown during the Victorian age, where a hostess filled a parasol with gifts, and opened it over the bride's head "showering" her with presents. If true, we can only hope that those gifts were small and lightweight!

Now we like to use the opportunity to shower the couple with love, advice for married life, and gifts to start their new home together. We love when friends or family come to us to design a unique letterpress invitation. Its such a thoughtful thing to do and sets a nice tone for the event.

This bridal shower brunch was thrown by the sister of the bride in her home. She loved this image of a stately home, and wanted to keep things simple with rich, black ink. We added a bit of color with a soft, sage green as an accent on the house and the bride's name.

Wine tasting at a bridal shower sounds like such a treat! This invitation marries bright colors with a classic, somewhat formal design. The fluorescent pink ink looks so pretty when paired with silver.

We used our Forest Grove wedding invitation design as the basis for this couples shower invite, printing it in silver and bright coral ink. They held their event at a beautiful, outdoor club, so the trees were the perfect motif. It was fun to design a shower invitation for both the bride and groom to be, and we thought the additional card honoring all the hosts was very sweet.

A New York City Wedding in Central Park

What better place to get married in New York City, than in beautiful Central Park? We love that Christina and Jeremy chose this iconic New York landmark for their big day. They had a semi-formal affair, so they picked our Hanging Lanterns design for their letterpress invitations and reception stationery. Although the design is highlighted by an ornamental border and a flourished script font, they kept it simple by printing in one color: sea blue ink, which looks striking on bright white paper.


Along with their invitations, we designed and printed menus and programs for their reception. We also did a nice card with a thank you note and some details about the events of the day.


The bride had the idea to print a little "Advice for the Newlyweds" card to hand out at the reception. We thought that was a sweet touch, and a fun thing to do while resting your feet after dancing. Adding unique things to your wedding suite makes your event more memorable for all.

Oh la la: A Destination Wedding in the South of France

We love when we have the opportunity to letterpress print wedding invitations for creative couples. These wedding invitations were designed by the betrothed couple, Jennifer and James. The result was a very unique design, full of color and fun flourishes.

Jennifer and James fell in love with the South of France when they vacationed there together. From the delicious food to the warmth of the countryside, they knew that this was the perfect destination for their wedding. The event was held at an idyllic castle called Château de Lisse, no doubt the inspiration for many fairy tales. The week long event allowed their guests ample time to explore the South and the breathtaking grounds of the château.

It was a lot of fun to print wedding invitations in such vibrant and playful colors. The bright green and blue ink look were an amazing combination. The background of the invitation was a half-tone moon printed in perfect sky blue, with stars dotting the edges. The decorative frame  in vivid green added just the right amount of contrast.

They designed these great matching coasters for the reception, as well. We love that they lined the border with the coordinates of the château and topped it off with a very stylish ampersand.

We are envious of anyone who received these letterpress wedding invitations! We're sure it was the trip of a lifetime.