Check out these letterpress business card that we printed for Shelly van Rozeboom, an interior decorator from Southern California. These custom business cards were letterpress printed on the front in metallic silver and powder blue. The back of the cards were screen printed first in the same powder blue color to match the front (to achieve a nice solid like this is much easier with screen printing than with letterpress). After printing and drying the solid, the back was letterpress printed with metallic ink. To finish the cards, we rounded the corners with a 1/4″ die.
FYI: We stock the whole set of metallic silvers and golds for use with custom letterpress projects.
We get a lot of requests for metallic inks and the most popular question is: “How does it look?”. The metallic inks that are available have been developed for offset presses and for printing on coated stocks. The cotton paper that is typically used with letterpress is uncoated and as a result the metallic flakes don’t lay flat on the surface. What this means is that the finished result for gold and silver is a slightly dull metallic sheen as you can see from the pictures. For projects that require a shinny finish we often suggest foil stamping.