Beautiful letterpress business cards

Just dropping in very quickly this morning to show you a few pictures of these little beauties:

Letterpress business cards
I feel like I’m coming over all American Psycho, but look at that lovely thick card!

What is that heavenly thing of wonder? I hear you ask. Is it the latest exhibit at the Tate? Is it the winner of the Turner prize? Is it a new work by Hockney?

Prepare to be amazed, dear readers. It’s none other than my brand new business card. (Oh. You already saw that from the post title, did you?)

Letterpress business cards
My sister had tied them up with this baker’s twine for me. Heaven! (Then she’d put them in one her dog poo bags, so the initial impression wasn’t quite as good…)

As I was going to the Pinterest party last night, I thought it might be a good idea to have some cards I could hand out to other bloggers.

I’d love to claim any sort of contribution to the beauty of this end result, but sadly (or, perhaps, fortunately) I had no hand in it.

The wonderfully talented Paola Zakimi, who made the amazing wolf girl on my banner, also created this great logo for me. (If you haven’t already, do take a look at Paola’s Etsy shop Holli, she has some gorgeous illustrations for sale.)

Letterpress business card
The same logo you can see on my About page, this time in printed form

And my sister (the same one whose wedding invitations I showed you before) had a Letterpress plate made up with the design and printed them out for me. (She also takes commissions, so if you want some nice cards yourself, just get in touch and I’ll put you in contact.)

You can just see the indentations of the press if you look closely…

Letterpress business card
Okay, I confess, I just like looking at these from every angle

Since they didn’t have contact details on, I bought myself a little Dormy printing kit, which had great reviews on Amazon. I thought I could easily print all my contact info onto the back of the cards.

I set up two different options for printing; one with just the website, one with more contact info.

Letter stamp
It reminds me of the old cinema signs, where you can replace the film title letter by letter

Then I tried and tried over and over to get a good result with the stamp. Hmmmm. Not so much.

The larger plate with all the info was a complete disaster. But I managed to get a (just about) acceptable result with the website address alone.

Wolves in London stamps
A little bit of subliminal messaging going on here…

After all that practicing, the ink didn’t dry in time for me to take them with me, so I ended up only taking the plain cards. (In fact, it’s still not dry this morning…)

But, if it ever sets, the idea is I’ll have a card with a gorgeous front and an informative back. Like this:

Letterpress business cards
Okay, the front is way better than the back, but I think I can just about get away with the shonky printing of the web address. Can’t I?

And how many of these beauteous items did I give out all night?

One.

Letterpress business cards
Business cards: tick. Now to just set up the actual business…

Still, a business card is a step closer to a fully fledged business, isn’t it?

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5 thoughts on “Beautiful letterpress business cards

  1. So beautiful, I would be too choosy about who to give them to!
    I had a stamp made up with my details on in old type font to stamp on the back of my cards and also on my gift bags. Search on Notonthehighstreet. Came in 2 days. Nice deep rubber. I found the kits similar to your’s too hit and miss to use on something precious.

    1. Oooh, that’s a good tip.

      I think what I’ll probably do is ask my sister to make up a second plate with all the contact details on as well, so the whole thing can be letterpressed. But, that’s something for the second batch — with my current rate of handing them out, it might be a while before that time comes!

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