Unique Wedding Favors

We can't rave enough about the Food 52 website. We started working with them a few years to print their stationery and then collaborated with them to sell our coasters and gift tags.

The site has become our go to place for recipes for every meal and also the site we turn to for unique gifts. These porcelain berry bowls are perfect for this time of year.

We're really intrigued by this tea for cocktails set. The mixers are made in New York, and each bottle has recipes for refreshing, summer cocktails.

If you have not done so already, please visit their site and support other artisans who make a living making things by hand.

Pale Blue Heart Letterpress Wedding Invitations

We always enjoy letterpress printing wedding invitations designed by our clients or their friends. We're constantly trying out new techniques and printing from other designers' artwork, gives us the opportunity to try something we may not have thought of. This sweet invitation set is a perfect example of that. It was designed by Leah Kim for Hyunbin Park and Lucas Soto. The design was perfect for letterpress and we were so happy to be able to work with this nice couple to print these.

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Summer Reading List

When you pack your bags for summer get away, don't forget one of our letterpressed bookmarks to keep your place.

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Inspired by the scenes of the accessories counter in the PBS series Mr. Selfridge, these bookmarks are perfect tucked into our favorite classics, as well as some new beach reads. 

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We're really excited that these are now all available at the new paper shop at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, one of our favorite places in the world.

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You can also purchase them on our website.

Happy Reading!

Inside the Printer's Studio: All About Letterpress

This month we're starting a new series covering all the ins and outs of designing and printing stationery in our shop. While discussing all the wedding invitations we've done this year, we realized that most of our clients had similar questions about design, wording and printing, in general. We realized it would be a fun project to dive deep into each aspect of the process, so that is exactly what we've decided to do!

We're hoping to provide an extended glossary of sorts, for all things letterpress. Each post will cover a different aspect of the process of designing and printing letterpress, mostly in reference to wedding invitations. This week, we're going to answer some basic questions that we often get when first speaking with a client. Let's get started!

What is letterpress?
Letterpress printing is relief printing where type and image are literally "pressed" into paper. Although movable type can be dated back to 1040 in China, Johannes Gutenberg invented the first actual printing press in 1440. In all that time, some things have changed, but it remains a 100% manual process. Each piece of paper is fed and printed by hand on one of our vintage Golding Jobber presses. While some printers continue to set wood and metal type, we rely on plastic plates made from photopolymer. By using polymer plates, we're able to print our artwork from digital files, giving us more freedom in our designs.

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Why should I choose letterpress printing for my wedding invitations?
Your invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding, so it's nice give a good impression (pun totally intended). With letterpress you can run your fingers over the type and feel the indentation in the paper. There is no mistaking a letterpress-printed item for something mass-produced. Your guests will love the luxurious paper, the imprint of letters and images and the weight and feel of the invitation in their hands. These invitations will tell your guests that this is a wedding not to be missed.

Why should I work with a stationer?
We have years of expertise working with clients to create beautiful, custom designs. We're very proud of the experience and skills we've earned from all of our hard work. Designing and printing is what we love to do, so we work hard on each and every project that passes through our shop.  We have become adept in listening to clients' ideas and preferences and translating those visions to the stationery design.  We know what works well and how long it will take to print a suite so we can make sure to meet deadlines and stick to a budget.  Planning a wedding can be a lot of work and by hiring a professional stationer, couples can rest assured that the invitations will be perfect and they can move on to focus on another part of the planning process. 

What makes letterpress invitations more expensive than digital printing?
Letterpress is a manual process, so there is a lot of time invested in each piece. We mix many of the colors by hand and each color is printed separately, which means that there are multiple set-ups for each job. We use the highest quality materials available to give you the highest quality work. The paper we use is from a local company, Reich Paper, and is specifically made for letterpress printing. All this hard work, does make letterpress a but more expensive, but we think it's worth it.

What are the limitations?
The main limitations for letterpress printing are the number of colors and certain design elements. Remember that each color is printed as a separate layer, so the more colors you have, the more expensive the job becomes. Large, solid areas are not great for letterpress printing, as they are hard to keep consistently solid. Often, those areas print a little "salty", meaning the color of the paper may show through. If a vintage, handmade look is what you're going for, then that might be perfect for you. Size is also a big limitation. We recommend 5 x 7" for an invitation, although we can go a bit larger.

Another request we often get is to print a light colored ink on dark paper. Most letterpress inks are translucent, so they don't completely cover the paper. We recommend doing the exact opposite and printing dark ink on a light paper. Rich, black ink on crisp white paper is a printer's dream!

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I am a designer.  Can I send you my design to letterpress print?
Definitely. We can print directly from your artwork files (Illustrator) or, if you have just an element you'd like to include, like a hand drawn image, we can help translate this to letterpress and design around that.  For details on submitting a file for us to letterpress print, please view the Print Your Design page on our website.

I'm on a budget, but I love the look and feel of letterpress? What are some ways I can cut costs?
Keep the number of colors to a minimum. We do a lot of one color invitations, and they are classic and just as beautiful as multi-color jobs. There are lots of creative ways to cut costs also, like using a cute gift tag as an RSVP or combining several bits of information into one card. Although it is traditional, you can forgo the use of an inner and an outer envelope. Finishing services, add greatly to the cost, so if you love the look a painted edge, consider doing that for the invitation card only. Whatever your budget, we'll work with you to create a beautiful set of invitations.

Alright, I'm interested! How does the process work?
The first step is to take a look at our website. Pick out some templates, fonts and colors and let us know what inspires you. To give you an estimate, we'll need to know roughly what quantity you need and what pieces you'd like to have printed. Once you've decided to work with us, there is a 30% deposit and then the real work begins! We'll send your designs as digital proofs and make any edits you'd like before we have plates made, cut your paper and start printing.

How many colors can you print and how do I choose?
We recommend using 1 or 2 colors on your wedding invitations. We print one color at a time, so the more colors you use, the more time consuming, and therefore expensive.

We have a range of colors on our website that you can choose from. Keep in mind that colors can appear dramatically different on screen.
We can always send a sample of a printed color, so you can have a better idea. If you are interested in a color that isn't listed on our site, then you can send a physical swatch for us to match. Even better, if you have access to a Pantone book (it must be Pantone Uncoated), let us know color code.

I'm very interested and would love a closer look at your work. Can I come in for an appointment?
Sure! We are available for appointments from 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. Set up a time and we'll happily go over all the details with you in person. If you live internationally, fear not! We have extensive experience working with clients overseas, so although you can't pop in for a visit, we would love to work with you.
 

Downtown NYC Wedding Reception

We have more inspiration for NYC weddings today! We can't say enough about how fun it was to work on this set of stationery for a recent New York City wedding. The letterpress Save the Date postcard and invitation suite were lovely, but the accompanying pieces have been even more fun to print. This couple thought of everything, from unique welcome gifts with printed tags, to information about the venue (NYC's Housing Works) to our favorite, a mini guide to NYC amenities for the out of town guests staying in Tribeca. 

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This pocket sized book directs people to everything they may need  - coffee, wine, nail and hair salons, transportation and more. It is such a sweet little gift for guests who have traveled to celebrate for the weekend.

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Vintage Coney Island Wedding

We're excited to share images from a vintage Coney Island wedding photo shoot featuring one of our recent letterpress wedding invitations.

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The styling features our favorite marriage of vintage details and designs with bright pops of color. We love all of the Brooklyn wedding designers' work - the flowers, the pink rock candy and especially the "His, Hers, Ours" decanter set from our dear friends at Love & Victory.

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You can see more pictures of this gorgeous photo shoot on Burnetts Boards today.

Vendor Credits:
Planning/ Shoot Design: Kerry Ann Stokes ; http://www.kerryannstokes.com/
instagram: @Kerry_Ann_Stokes twitter: @KerryAnnStokes facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KerryAnnStokesDesign
 
Photographer: The Melideos ; http://themelideos.com/
instagram: @themelideos twitter: @themelideos
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themelideos

Jewelry + Liquor Decanter: Love & Victory ; http://www.loveandvictory.com/
instagram: @loveandvictory twitter: @loveandvictory facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Victory/30703193675?ref=br_tf

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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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.

love_sweet_chocolate_box_valentine_card_sesame_letterpressWe encourage sending handwritten love notes all year long, but if there's one day a year to write to your paramour, this is it. These and more Valentine's Day cards are available on our website now!

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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