Our 2018 boxed calendars are now available! Each year, we come up with new images that represent the spirit of each month, and print them in bright colors that are sure to look great pinned above any desk. These are great gifts for friends and family, and can be found in our website shop. We usually sell out, so don't wait to pick one up before the new year! Who can believe we're already in November?
We recently updated some of our letterpress stationery designs, to give them a fresh look! These note cards come in a traditional and modern style, for personal note writing or business stationery. We love these bright yellow sunglasses for someone young at heart.
Here's a whole slew of custom letterpress notecards we've printed recently. All this stationery is making us want to sit down and pen some nice notes. Each of these notecards features a couple names or initials and some illustration that complements them. The New York themed notecards are especially fun, since they feature landmarks of our fair city.
These letterpress invitations were for a wedding at the Glasserie, a former glass factory, converted to a rustic-cool venue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Little illustrations, like the Brooklyn Bridge, a taxi cab and a frosty mug of beer topped off each card, a nice counter to the formal script font. Forest green and charcoal gray ink were the perfect choice for this early fall wedding.
We love this Brooklyn Bridge illustration with the heart hovering above, and its such a sweet touch to any wedding invitations in Brooklyn.
We love the blending of modern fonts and vintage illustrations in this floral wedding invitation. Designed for a wedding in Brooklyn at the beautiful Wythe Hotel, these invites are gorgeous and cool. The oversized cards feature vintage floral bouquet, printed in a summery green. The couple's names are emphasized in that same green and a more formal font. For the envelope liner, we created a monogram, enveloped by flowers.
We recently printed some letterpress greeting cards for one of our favorite companies, Warby Parker. We love their eyeglasses and sunglasses, so we were excited to collaborate with them on some note cards for their new Brooklyn location. Each set has 4 different designs, which feature really cute illustrations of New Yorkers with great eyewear by Joana Avillez. They're a really lovely set for anyone who enjoys sending and receiving snail mail.
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.
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.
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.
In honor of spring, we designed and printed a new set of garden inspired letterpress cards. We've been dying to use Reich Paper's soft gray paper and thought this would be the perfect project. We printed vintage etchings of insects in charcoal ink, with a layer of neon color underneath. The result is a set of eye-catching cards with a greeting for every occasion.
We loved the idea of mixed sets so much that we we're now selling some of our old favorites in boxed sets, as well. Our Animal Portrait and Kraft collections each contain 6 assorted cards with matching envelopes, and are tied up in a box with a pretty ribbon.
These letterpress card sets are perfect for anyone who still enjoys sitting down to pen a personal note to family and friends. These and more are available at our online shop.
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!
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.
I have been visiting the High Line with my daughter since the week it opened in June 2009. It has been one of our favorite escapes in the city since that first visit. We love it year round. I like seeing which plants are in bloom and my daughter looks forward to the gelato and ice pops (ok, we both look forward to those). It was one of the highlights of my career then, to be invited to the Friends of the High Line office last spring to talk about a collaboration. They gave us a High Line Plant Guide, detailing the many gorgeous plants that bloom in the park throughout the year. Inspired, we created a set of letterpress coasters featuring vintage illustrations of ten of the flowers. These are now available on their website at www.thehighline.org/shop.
Although we have a lot of letterpress coasters around the house, this set if my favorite as it is a tiny part of the High Line in our home. Plus, it's really nice to have some flowers around in this frigid season.
Check out their website for history and photos of this amazing park and all the beautiful products for sale.
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!
Admittedly, this wedding didn't take place on July 4th. But the color scheme certainly seems appropriate for this holiday weekend! We printed this set for a May wedding last year and we adore the mix of elegance and informality.
The invitation itself maintains a more traditional look with the triple border and monogram. Meanwhile, the other pieces are a little more whimsical and feature some really lovely illustrations. We especially like how the motifs on the information card correspond to the RSVP card.
Sometimes clients ask us to include an illustration that they provide on their printed materials. As long as the design is suitable for letterpress, we are happy to do this. It's always great for us to see the work of other artists and craftspeople. We printed these pretty notecards which feature a hand drawn illustration of the client's home. These look really smart in cool gray ink and they're extremely personal and bespoke.
We just finished printing this wedding set for a lovely couple who are getting married in Italy. We're jealous: all that wonderful food, gorgeous views and la dolce vita! They decided to have the set printed in our matte gold ink: we love how this hue is the perfect blend of elegant and understated.
They selected a few of illustrations from our image library to give an extra level of customization to their invitation:
We love the little heart lockets and we also really like how the simple heart silhouette looks as a blind-embossed pressed image:
Without ink, it just highlights the quality of the impression.
Congratulations Maegan and Eric!
Remember the beautiful Save the Date we printed that featured a ship in a bottle? Well, we recently finished printing the actual wedding invitation and other items. The bride and groom chose to continue with a nautical theme and selected a few more illustrations for their stationery.
Anyone who is familiar with our products will know that we have a soft spot for that whale illustration. And here, it just adds a touch of whimsy to the wedding invitation. We like the interplay between the border and the rest of the card too.
We love how all the pieces look piled up in the photo above. The nautical knot is another of our favorite motifs.
Here at Sesame, we love the traditional art of letter-writing and the luxury of fine stationery. With an affection for all things paper, it's hardly surprising that we are still massive fans of printed books. Even in the age of virtual books, we love turning actual pages! The bookmarks from our selection of products were designed specifically because we want to perpetuate the traditional notion of a book. And we were delighted to be asked by our good friend, Matt Singer, to print a range of book plates that he designed.
The color palette and handwritten font caught our attention and the whimsical illustrations made us smile.
We now want to stick these into all of the books on our shelves!
We wanted to add a new series to our blog entitled "things we love". Our aim is to highlight gorgeous design outside of the letterpress world that gets our hearts racing. Sometimes we find inspiration in really unusual places. So we're kicking off with an introduction to the illustration of Edward Gorey.
Gorey was a prolific writer and illustrator whose work was both elegant and sometimes macabre.
We love his whimsical drawings and we are always taken by the way he puts colors together.
Here are some more examples of his book covers...
We wanted to share some images of this really pretty invitation we printed for Chris and Roma. You may recall that a few months ago we printed business cards for Roma. We were lucky enough to also be asked to print their wedding invitations. Phew - they were pretty busy planning a wedding and a new business venture! A friend of theirs had done a wonderful illustration of some Brooklyn buildings and rooftops and Chris had incorporated this into his invitation design. Together with the couple, we decided to go for a small card rather than the standard 5" x 7" and I think the results were perfect: