Print your own custom stationary, business cards, or invitations!

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Letterpress Business Cards by Emma Swartz

The texture and look of letterpress can elevate any simple paper good. This class is designed for students who have a project in mind, like business cards, custom stationary, event invitations, or greeting cards. It’s a perfect follow up to Graphic Design: Creating a Brand Identity, because you’ll be able to letterpress business cards or other promotional paper goods cohesive with your new brand identity.

Students will begin by learning how to create polymer plates of their designs. Then the class will move into make-ready, which is the process of preparing the press for the print run. This includes testing the plate, shoring up registration, and adjusting the depth of the impression. Multi-color projects are an option and color separations on polymer plates can be covered if there is interest.

The instructor will communicate with students prior to the workshop to discuss their projects, help choose appropriate paper and calculate the amount of paper needed. Students should come to class with their paper and a rough draft of their design.  

Depending on the scope of your project, you may not finish during the week, but you will have the letterpress skills to continue printing on your own and be eligible to rent time in our studio to complete the project.



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Instructor: Emma Swartz

Emma Swartz is the owner of letterpress stationery business Squeezebox Press, located in Belfast, Maine. At Squeezebox Press she uses a small platen press to make a broad variety of printed materials, from greeting cards to limited-edition books and broadsides to wedding invitations and business cards.