Shop with us for Mother's Day!

We are excited to be in a pop up shop next weekend with some of our favorite friends and designers. If you are in the Brooklyn Cobble Hill area, please come by and say hello and check out our letterpress stationery along with the beautiful work of Denise Fasanello Flowers, textiles by Lotta Jansdotter and ceramics and jewelry from more local artisans. We hope to see you there!

Mother's Day Pop Up Shop
Saturday, May 9th & Sunday, May 10th, 11-5
203 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Vintage NYC Letterpress Invitations

We've added a new New York City invitation to our wedding collection. This set pulls elements from vintage maps, iconic landmarks and every day life in the city. This design proves that even pigeons can be sweet when letterpressed in gold ink. We think the combination of elements, in classic black and gold ink, makes a really lovely NYC themed invitation suite! NYC-new-york-vintage-letterpress-wedding-invitations-classic

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Love the design, but live in another city? We can customized these invitations for your location, too. If you're interested, email us the details and we'll find iconic images that reflect your city.

 

Floral Wreath Wedding

All of the designs in our Wedding Collection are meant to be customized to reflect a couple's style and the tone of their event. We love seeing how different these designs look for different couples. Here is one of our favorite versions of the Floral Wreath design.  Black letterpress printing always looks incredibly elegant. black-white-floral-wreath-letterpress-wedding

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Their simple serif monogram fits perfectly inside the wreath of flowers.

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This classic black and white wedding invitation really sets the tone for their elegant event. We hope their big day is a beautiful affair for everyone there!

Thank You Stationery Set

We're happy to debut a new set of deluxe stationery in our online shop! These lovely thank you cards are letterpress printed in rich black ink with gilded edges, making them extra luxurious. These cards make it easy to send a thoughtful thank you note. black-thank-you-stationery-set-sesame-letterpress

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You can pick up a set of 20 letterpress printed cards with matching blank envelopes in our online shop. They make great gifts, but we don't blame you if you want to keep them for yourself!

Thinking of spring! Neon colors on press.

We don't know about you, but here in Brooklyn we're ready for spring. The thrill of historic snowstorms has come and gone and all we're left with are icy sidewalks and bitterly cold temperatures. Here are a few bright projects that we've printed recently that have us thinking of the blue skies and sunny days ahead. neon-bright-pink-script-bat-mitzvah-invitation-sesame-letterpress

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Hopefully these bright images bring a little sunshine to your day or at least a smile to your face!

Custom Letterpress Coasters

Letterpress coasters are such a fun way to commemorate an important event. They're great for any celebration, whether it be a 60th birthday party or an announcement for a wedding yet to come. They can be used as a cute keepsake for guests, as well as a nice way to  protect your coffee table. custom-gold-letterpress-coasters

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Email info@sesameletterpress.com for a quote for your next letterpress coaster project.

Say thanks with bespoke letterpress stationery

We print many custom stationery sets during the holiday. They make wonderful gifts, perfect for sending out thank you notes, post-holiday. Here are a few we particularly enjoyed designing and printing in 2014. custom-classic-monogram-stationery-sesame-letterpress

These notecards feature an assortment of blues and grays, perfectly matching the cloudy January sky.

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Initials always look great in letterpress, whether they are small and sleek or larger and more decorative. Adding an image is a great idea, especially if it's as cute as this carefree rabbit taking a leap over such a fancy monogram.

 

Chalk Business Cards

We've been working with Chalk, a marketing and branding firm here in NYC for a couple of years. They recently asked us to print some of their redesigned business cards and we were impressed by how well they turned out. The bold indigo banner contrasts the bright white paper, making their logo quite striking.

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It's always fun to bring another designer's vision to life, especially when it is as eye-catching as this. These letterpress business cards were a challenge to print, but will certainly make a good impression on their clients.

Eye Love You!

We're debuting a couple new greeting cards this year, in celebration of Valentine's Day! We love this playful card with a striking blue and gray eye. The message is simple and sweet. eye_love_valentine_card_sesame_letterpress

Nothing says I love you like a sweet, hand-written note and a really good box of chocolates. We've designed these red and gray cards with that thought in mind. The inspiration for this card, the Whitman's Sampler box, has been a Valentine's Day staple since 1912.

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Rustic Winter Wedding

This invitation suite is one of our favorite styles as it incorporates a rustic theme with an elegant design, befitting a wedding. All the pieces are printed in a charcoal gray which gives the set a formal appearance. gray-antlers-rustic-winter-wedding-invitation-lancaster-sesame-letterpress

The pine cones on the information card accentuated the rural nature of their winter wedding. The bride and groom wanted their wedding suite to reflect their bucolic venue. The Cork Factory Hotel is in historic downtown Lancaster, PA in a building that once housed a cork and glass company.

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We can just imagine relaxing cozily by a fire, in between the ceremony and the reception, with a hot toddy in hand. What a wonderful way to spend a December weekend!

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Seeing green: A winter California wedding

This fall we designed and printed a beautiful set of art nouveau inspired wedding invitations for a couple in southern California. They started things off sweet with a bookmark sized Save the Date, printed in a warm gold and green combination. gold-green-letterpress-save-the-date-bookmark-sesame

The invitation features a delicate border of dark green vines that accent the fine lines in the type. A wreath-decorated home was the perfect image for their intimate reception.

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The gold ribbon woven through the wreath is a sweet, little detail that makes this response card stand out. The simplicity of this letterpress wedding suite is what makes it such a nice sight. It's all in the details!

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Feeling Blue: Ikat Wedding Invitation

We recently remixed one of our tried and true, and a little blue wedding invitation designs. Ikat patterns are very popular, and we know why! This soft blue dot pattern is sweet and modern, perfect for a casual wedding. We can just imagine being at an intimate summer wedding by the sea. blue-ikat-dot-letterpress-wedding-sesame navy-blue-ikat-dot-letterpress-wedding-invitation-sesame

We made a short video, documenting the process of printing this 2-color wedding invite. A word of warning; the sounds of the press clicking and clacking are slightly hypnotic and may cause drowsiness.

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2015 Sesame Letterpress Calendars

For the last four years, we've been letterpress printing our small boxed calendars and we think 2015 is our best, yet! Throughout the year, we set aside images that inspire us for our upcoming calendar and match them to the appropriate months. This new calendar features some of our favorites, such as the gray tea kettle in January, a turquoise March egg and a trio of bright April umbrellas. The set also includes a page to note your resolutions for the year. Whether you choose to display your resolutions with pride or keep them hidden (in case you fall back to your chocolate addiction) is up to you...

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This year we added a second letterpress calendar to our collection. Inspired by a set of custom botanical coasters that we printed, this single sheet wall calendar features beautiful, vintage floral etchings. We kept it simple with rich, black ink on off-white butcher paper from French Paper Co. for an antique inspired design. We added a single line of gold foil type because we just couldn't resist a bit of shimmer this time of year.

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Both calendars are available on our website shop. If you're looking for a sweet, last minute gift, we can wrap and send them directly to your loved ones.

Maritime Holiday Cards: In Process

We've been busy printing holiday cards these days and we figured we'd give you a peek into the process while we print our Ship Holiday card, which is one of our favorites. In case you couldn't tell, we're crazy about nautical themed goods! From whale gift tags to anchor note card sets, we've got it all.  Our beloved Golding Jobber press came from a New England seaside town, so it seems fitting that it should be used for these projects. sesame-letterpress-ship-holiday-card-press

We print the red portion of the card first (the boat and red lights), followed by the navy (you can see the plate for the navy in the photo above) and finally the green string of lights. Lining the layers of a card as precise as this one takes a keen eye and a bit of patience.

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We hate to waste paper so we constantly reuse scraps for set up and registration while we perfect the prints.  Sometimes the most interesting things happen by accident. The combination of the soft blue filigree and the navy ship on this piece of makeready really caught our eye.

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We have lots of different letterpress holiday card sets available on our site, as well as some great nautical themed gifts for everyone on your list.

 

Thanksgiving Gatherings and Gifts

Are you ready for some turkey? (We're ashamed to say that was sung to the tune of the Monday night football theme.) We're not sure how it happened, but Thanksgiving is only days away. Between pouring over recipes on the internet and cooking up some truly delicious letterpress goods, we haven't had time to figure out what we're bringing to dinner this year! If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, send your guests home with cute homemade doggy bags, filled with a leftover turkey sandwich and a piece of pumpkin pie. You'll gain some space in your fridge, and your guests will go home happy!

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Provisions by Food52 is a great resource for unique products for your home. If you're heading to a friend's home for your Thanksgiving festivities, nothing says thanks for the stuffing like this handmade porcelain pitcher. Or show your appreciation with this adorable whisk necklace or a set of our letterpress holiday coasters.

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Maybe you're hosting this year and are trying to put together the perfect table setting. Try having your guests write down what they're thankful for on one of our letterpress tags and share their thoughts during dessert. They also come in handy at the table as place cards. It's a lovely, personalized touch for planning your seating at dinner.

This year, we're making an effort to buy our holiday gifts from small, local businesses. It just feels better to purchase something from a business in your community than a big box store. We'll be celebrating Small Business Saturday from Thanksgiving to Sunday, the 30th. Get a 10% discount of your entire order from our website using the code SBS2014.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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.

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. raven-letterpress-coaster

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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