October 25, 2013
Kickass Business Card Sale!

You we're probably sleeping when we announced this kickass letterpress business card deal, so here's your chance to get in on the action.

The sale is on letterpress business cards printed with black ink on 110lb Fluorescent White Lettra. Best part: you can submit any design or have us design it for you.

You can purchase letterpress business cards in our shop. Hurry up because the sale ends October 31st @ 11:59PM!

To get a quote on custom business cards, submit your information here: contact us.

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250 Letterpress Business Cards for $90 - SALE! (more…)

October 22, 2013
Let’s get social!

We dropped new greeting cards into the shop overnight, so go take a peek.

The new cards:
You're my lovebug
Sorry I missed it
The Queen Bee
Whale always love you
Thinking of you
Out of this world
Nuts about you

Use code GETSOCIAL at checkout to get 35% off these new cards.

There's still time to grab our Laser Cut Skull greeting card for halloween!

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Thinking of you Letterpress Greeting Card (more…)

October 21, 2013
Dribbble That! Giveaway

We're stoked to announce a business card collection and we're kicking the first design off with a giveaway. It's a dribbble exclusive, so head over to our Dribble page to get the details.

The design is rendered to the right on fluorescent orange stock with gold foil and can be customized with any initial or custom logo.

Read more about the contest details here:
Business Card Giveaway

We'll be adding to the stock designs every week so check back for more giveaways and designs.

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Dolce Press - Foil Business Card Design (more…)

October 18, 2013
Letterpress vs. Foil

We're asked about the difference between letterpress and foil stamping all the time. After we printed these cards for Wes Schulz of Dreams Collide we knew they were  perfect to illustrate the difference.

Foil Stamping (on the right) uses a metal plate  with heat to imprint foil onto paper.  Foil comes in a variety of shades including golds and silvers as well as a blues, greens, reds and lots of colors in between. We also have pigment (without the shine) and specialty foils like holographic and scratch off.

Letterpress (on the left) uses a plastic plate along with ink to create a debossed effect. There are more choices when it comes to ink color and if a pantone color doesn't exist, we mix it from scratch. Ink colors also include metallics (e.g. gold, bronze, copper, silver, etc.) and fluorescents.

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Dreams Collide Tattoo - Foil + Letterpress
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October 16, 2013
Wedding Wednesday: Hampton Bays

This week we're thrilled to debut our Hampton Bays invitation suite - the newest addition to our wedding collection.

The trifold invite includes the events on the middle panel, and the accommodations and rsvp (tear-off) on the last panel. The Hampton Bays program is a 6-page fan with gold grommets - flat printing makes them an affordable option for wedding programs.

Check out more photos of the suite here:
Wedding Collection | Hampton Bays

The suite also includes two-sided coasters, hip sunglasses escort cards, a custom letterpress map, and more.

The thank you card that's part of the suite is now available in our shop:
Sunburst Thank You

2013 Wedding Collection - Hampton Bays - Entire Suite (more…)

October 10, 2013
Dia De Los Muertos Laser Cut Card

Halloween is fast approaching and today is the perfect day to share our brand new greeting cards.

We were inspired by the Day of the Dead and designed an ornate skull that was screaming to be laser cut.

The card, which is now available online (Halloween Skull), was laser cut out of black Neenah Astrobrights 65# cover stock.

We glued in a white sheet for each card to show off the laser cut design and make writing a spooky note easier.

Happy Halloween!

Dia De Los Muertos laser cut greeting card - Happy Halloween

October 8, 2013
Back to Business: Color Concept Theory

In our latest installment of the Back to Business series, we're sharing a four-color letterpress business card for Color Concept Theory.

The cards had a pretty mix of 3 custom PMS colors + a blind deboss on the front and the same 3 spot colors on the back - we had a fun time mixing all of them!

We repurposed elements that were part of the original logotype and made the custom pattern for the front of the cards. The pattern adds a nice texture to the cards when printed.

Here are the specs:
Size - 3.5" x 2"
Stock - 600gsm Duplexed Lettra
Printing - Letterpress - 4 colors
Press - Heidelberg Windmill
Design - Logo supplied by client

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Color Concept Theory Business Cards - Letterpress
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October 2, 2013
Wedding Wednesday: Floral Park

We're loving this new invitation suite that's part of our wedding collection. The Floral Park suite is printed in 3 bright colors (yellow, orange, and pink) which we continued throughout the suite.

Check out more photos of the suite here:
Wedding Collection | Floral Park

The suite also includes a square booklet with pink eyelet, letterpress reception and RSVPs, thank you cards, and a custom map.

Love the thank you cards? They are available as part of our everyday collection for sale in the shop:
Fall Floral Thank You 

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October 1, 2013
Back to Business: Metroform Cards

For our Back to Business spotlight this week we're featuring cards we designed for design and construction firm, Metroform.

They wanted to include a list of all the things they do from pre-construction to custom furniture so we designed a pattern utilizing all of the words - a jigsaw puzzle for designers!

We created a short stop-motion film of the cards so you can see every word on the front of the business card and howthe pattern changes based on how you hold it.

Here are the specs:
Size - 3.5" x 2"
Stock - 600gsm Duplexed Lettra
Printing - Letterpress - 3 colors
Fininshing - Green PMS Edging
Design - Dolce Press

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September 28, 2013
What’s Up This Week / 8

The cat's out of the bag, the new press we teased about on instagram (and on last weeks What's Up post) is finally here. A lot of people guessed right, it's a Heidelberg KS Cylinder.

The press came out of a small shop and was still being used by the original owner for printing.

So why a cylinder press? We're no strangers to cylinder presses, we love our Vandercook Universal III's! While the Heidelberg Windmill is the workhorse of the letterpress world, the KS (and the entire line of Heidelberg Cylinders) packs a big punch - literally.

A cylinder press prints one line of the form at a time while a platen press prints the entire form with a single impression. Top that off with 4 form rollers and you've got a the equivalent of a letterpress genie!

To keep busy while we're prepping for the inaugural print run, check out these Heidelberg manuals:
Heidelberg Cylinder Operation Manual
Heidelberg Cylinder Supplemental Manual
Heidelberg - Hints for the Pressman

 

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September 26, 2013
Wedding Wednesday: Bohemia Wedding Suite

Time for the second installment of our Wedding Wednesday series! Today we're featuring the Bohemia wedding suite which was inspired Par Avion with a modern twist.

We're in love with the program which we designed as a customized passport that was flat printed on cover stock - perfect for a destination wedding!

The Airplane thank you cards for the suite are also available in our shop as single cards and six packs.

We continued the Air Mail / Airplane theme and designed a boarding pass save the date which you can customize with your destination's airline and flight information.

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September 23, 2013
Back to Business: Beach Riot

Get your sunglasses ready for the first post in our Back to Business series where we'll be posting creative business cards, new trends, corporate stationery and everything else you need to get business booming! Today we're featuring cards we printed for Beach Riot - a California based swimwear company.

The cards were printed on 600gsm Lettra in fluorescent white with black ink but its the edge coloring that makes these care pop! We finished them with a fluorescent pink that's so bright it actually glows. These cards are the perfect example of how amazing edge coloring is.

 

Here are the specs:

Size - 3.5" x 2"
Stock - 600gsm Duplexed Lettra
Printing - Letterpress
Fininshing - Pink Edging
Design - supplied by client 

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September 20, 2013
What’s Up This Week / 7

This week came and went fast, everyone in the studio was busy working on new projects including new designs for 2014!

If you didn't know by now, we love teal so when a customer asks us to edge invites in a spot PMS teal we get all giddy inside.

In case you missed it on twitter, we shared some new fonts (Athletico), our favorite of the moment is Carlino - a multilayered font by Pío Pío.

We've got an exciting announcement about some new equipment coming our way. We posted the news to instagram and asked people to guess, were they right?

We asked people on twitter if they thought an App could ever replace pen & paper, we don't - I love my notebook!

Let's end with this quote from Maya Angelou and get creative. "The important thing is to use it. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have."

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September 18, 2013
Wedding Wednesday: Bellport Wedding Suite

Today is the first post in a new series we're calling Wedding Wednesdays (#WW for short). You guessed it, every Wednesday we'll feature a new invitation or suite.

The new Wedding Collection is finally here and the first suite we're rolling out is the Bellport. Head over to the wedding section of the website to see more photos of the suite.

In addition to the traditional invite and envelope, the suite features a Save the Date (right), coaster, menu, direction card, and accommodation card.

Check back every Wednesday to catch the newest wedding invitations and trends hot off the press!

August 30, 2013
Carrot.is Thank You Cards

It's always nice to say thank you and it's even better with custom note cards! We had a blast printing special thank you cards for Carrot Creative, a brooklyn based creative agency.

We mixed things up and foil stamped 2 variations, one in silver foil on green stock and the other in two color foil (orange + green metallic) on white stock.

The Details:
Stock - Wasau Astrobrights Martian Green Cover, Strathmore Soft White Wove Cover
Size - A2 Folded (4.25" x 5.5")
Foils - Silver, Orange, and Green Metallic 
Finishing - Scored / Folded 

When was the last time you sent a handwritten note?

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August 21, 2013
Deboss vs. Emboss

We wanted to showcase this set of cards we printed recently to demonstrate the difference between embossing and debossing. The artwork for both were identical, the only difference was how they were printed.

Embossing (top) is when the image is raised on the paper - think certificate or diploma. This is done with a die + counter and is done without ink or registered to foil. We use metal plates which are slightly more expensive but hold finer detail.

Debossing (bottom) is the effect that occurs with deep impression letterpress. The image or design is pressed into the paper and can be done with or without ink (blind). We print letterpress designs with photopolymer plates.

 The details: Stock was 220# Lettra, designed by Danah Nassief Design, blind printed (no ink), edge colored in purple, and a custom purple envelope.
 

Check out all of the photos in the full post including some instagrams of embossing with a registered foil.

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August 20, 2013
Stella Artois Note Cards

Today we're featuring a custom note card set we recently produced for Stella Artois. The notecards were letterpress printed in 3 colors with insanely-tight register to match the high end styling of the Stella brand.

To add some extra refinement to the finished pieces, we edge colored them in a metallic gold to match. Some other details: the cards were printed on 220# lettra, ink was vegetable-oil based, and the final size was A2 (4.25" x 5.5"). 

UPDATE: The cards were featured on the newly launched The Beauty of Letterpress blog by Neenah Paper (link).


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August 19, 2013
Sweet Foil Notebooks

We love everything sweet and these custom notebooks we recently produced will definitely give you a cavity. Letterpress printed on GF Smith Colorplan in a brand new color, Pistachio.

The covers were letterpress printed with our icon pattern as a blind press and then foil stamped in metallic silver. Each of the inside pages is foil stamped in a different metallic colors for each of our sweet icons (think sundaes, cannoli, cakes, cupcakes).

Each book was saddle stitched (a fancy term for stapled) with 20 sheets of paper and trimmed to 5.5" x 3.75". 

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June 13, 2013
Animal Inspired Die Cut Hang Tags

Check out some of our newest letterpress hang tags, inspired by animals and our love of patterns! The tags are flat printed with different patterns (stripes, polka dots, and chevrons) and then letterpress printed in solid colors.

Each tag has a different animal (elephants, flamingos, ducks, bunnies, and more) and is die cut into a custom shape. We printed the tags on pearl white lettra to give each tag a soft look and feel.

You can find each of the tags in our new shop:

Bear Hang Tag
Bunny Hang Tag
Hippo Hang Tag
Duck Hang Tag

Elephant Hang Tag
Monkey Hang Tag
Giraffe Hang Tag
Flamingo Hang Tag 

Letterpress Hang Tags inspired by animals and patterns (more…)

June 11, 2013
A new shopping experience!

We're happy to announce the re-launch of our online shop with a brand new look. Not only did we focus on the look and navigation of the new shop, we also added new products from gift tags to baby posters and thank you cards.

There's even more coming to the shop, including some fun and new products we debuted at the national stationery show. We decided to kickoff the new store with a special coupon code, use LAUNCH during checkout to get 35% off your entire order.

Enjoy the new store and let us know what you think!

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June 7, 2013
National Stationery Show 2013 Debut

What's up! We've been so swamped since the wrap up of the National Stationery Show (booth #2142) that this is the first time anyone has had time to post about it.

The show was amazing! We met so many people new and old, it was really nice to put faces to all of the people we've been dealing with for so many years. Thank you for your continued support, we can't wait to share all of the new things with you.

But we weren't at the show just to mingle, we launched our new greeting card line, our first wedding album, tons of new thank you cards, hang tags, wine tags, and posters. All of this will be coming to our shop in the next few weeks, some of it has already popped up there (dolcepress.com/shop) so check it out.

Stay tuned for special posts on our swag from the show, booth setup, and more details on all of the new paper goods!

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April 5, 2013
Titanic Remembrance Day

April's TypeCard is here! We worked with Christian Pimentel, a Dominican Republic based graphic designer and artist to create a Titanic Remembrance Day card. The card was hand lettered by Christian with the words, "I Will Never Let Go".

We opted for a folded card this month, the finished piece was 4Bar, the perfect size for a little note! For the ink we hand mixed an arctic blue ice ink and added a touch of silver. As always these cards ship free with every order in the month of April so keep a lookout for them. 

Titanic Remembrance Day is April 15th, and this year marks the 101st year since the fatal collision. Check out more information on the RMS Titanic here.

You can download a photo of the card to use as a background here.

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March 29, 2013
Thick isn’t just for letterpress

Happy Friday! We recently printed business cards for The Happy Cloud designed by Cainkade and thought they were perfect to share on the blog. Why? A lot of people think that the only way to get nice thick business cards is to go letterpress.

For these cards, they wanted a smooth satin finish and that's something digital printing is perfect for. To give the cards extra weight, we duplexed two sheets of Neenah classic crest together to get a 600gsm business card.

See more photos of the cards in our portfolio: The Happy Cloud

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March 23, 2013
Solid + Register + Knockout

We wanted to share these business cards we printed for Franck Sikorski because they're a great example of solid coverage and tight registration.

The red and gray overprint each other and the knockout in both the red and gray creates a faux-emboss effect (the white part of the print appears embossed instead of debossed). 

Designing for letterpress with knockouts can create a unique effect, if you have questions on what works or doesn't post it in the comments or send us your design.

See more photos in our portfolio: Franck is Free*

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March 20, 2013
Customizing Invitations

One of our biggest questions with Brides that visit our shop is: "What can we customize on an invitation?"

Our answer always is anything! We wanted to share these two unique invites which are variations on our Hydrangea wedding suite. We changed almost everything from the ink colors and paper stock, to the florals, and typefaces.

The first invite for Bonnie and Aish used a palm tree for their destination wedding and on the second one we created a three-color sunflower design. The floral choices don't end there, with thousands of different flowers which one is your favorite?

See even more photos in our wedding portfolio:
Bonnie + Aish
Jennifer + Joe


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March 18, 2013
Apple Green Edge Coloring

Today we're sharing business cards we printed for Mac Reviewcast, an Apple podcast that reviews hardware, software, and websites. The cards demonstrate the pop that edge coloring can add to any business card.

The cards were printed on Arturo, a fine european made paper perfect for letterpress. The stock takes a beautiful impression and its thick edges are perfect edge coloring.  The 3D Mac Reviewcast logo is captured quite nicely in 2 colors and the impression lends dimension to the look.

To see more photos of the cards, check out our portfolio: Mac Reviewcast.

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March 14, 2013
Digital Wedding Invites

When it comes to invitations, more options are always better. We recently finished these invitations for Leslie & Sean (designed by Design23) which were flat printed, an affordable way to print invitations without sacrificing quality.

The suite consisted of an invite, reply, and accommodations card. Since flat printing is a digital process you can print as many colors as you want, unlike letterpress which is typically limited to 3 colors.

The entire suite was backed in blue paper which gives them a custom look. For more information on flat printing and pricing, contact us.

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March 12, 2013
Happy Sweet 16

Just added to our work portfolio, a custom invitation we designed for Erin's sweet 16. The invite was a great mix of fun and sophistication with a classic layout that we tuned up with elements of purple.

We added a custom liner to match the invite with the same bowtie theme.

See more photos of the set in our portfolio: Bowtie Sweet 16

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