Letterpress business cards for myself: the process of making.
I set out to create unique business cards, hand-crafted from start to finish, as I feel the tiny imperfections of handiwork give them a warm and personal touch.
I was using very old type, and the @ sign was not yet in common use at the time of its production. Therefore, I substituted it with the letter "a" in brackets due to the visual resemblance.
Partially arranged type - Rockwell Medium 12pt - awaiting to be set.
Handling the type with tweezers aids precision.
After setting the type, leading, and kerning, the quoins are tightened with an allen key.
Close-up of the type set in an Adana 8x5 frame.
Cutting carefully selected sheets of 350 gsm, champagne coloured paper to business card size.
Pantone black oil based ink, ready to be applied onto the plate of an Adana 8x5 with a palette knife.
Plate inked up, frame in place, the printing process begins!
Many test prints are necessary to achieve perfect ink distribution through tightening and slackening of the positioning screws.
A fresh batch of cards, resting on the drying rack.
And some beauty shots of the finished product: