As far as paper goes, we offer a wide variety of services and printing methods. Our standard itemsinclude, but are not limited to, wedding + event invitations, day-of items (menus, programs, place cards, cocktail napkins, coasters + signage), save the dates + announcements, personal + business stationery and custom home decor.
Of our printing methods, letterpress is our favorite! Letterpress printing is a centuries old printing method in which ink and metal type (now-a-days photopolymer plates) meet the printing surface with literally a ton of pressure. The result is a beautiful impression or "deboss" that can be seen and felt. In the past the printer's aim was to "kiss" the paper leaving no detectable trace of the actual printing method. Now a deep impression is the only way to know that it was produced in such a painstaking manner. Most of our printing presses reign from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Each sheet of paper is hand fed through the press one at a time and each color requires its own setup and run. Our small Golding press (and part of our namesake) our Old Style Pearl is literally (wo)man-powered using a foot treadle. Our C+P (1905) and Heidelberg (1956) are both motorized.
Letterpress is ideal for dark printing on light paper and fairly simple layouts with minimal solid areas. These are by no means set laws, but just one particular equation that makes this printing method excel. With that being said, letterpress is a form of art- not a perfect science. and that's what we love about it. It does mean there will be slight variations in color, ink coverage and impression between individual pieces. Our antique printing presses don't usually produce absolutely identical results as each run evolves but they will create beautiful character filled stationery with slight variations.
On occasion we also do some silkscreening on paper. Silkscreen Printing (or Screen Printing) is a method where a mesh screen is prepared with photo sensitive emulsion. It's then exposed and rinsed leaving negative voids in the screen mesh. Ink is then applied and pulled through the mesh leaving the ink on the paper below. This is the same method D+P uses for all of our printed wooden signs and textiles. It's also the same method in which many commercial t-shirts are printed. Silkscreening is ideal for light ink on dark surfaces, bold fonts and decently sized solid areas, but just like letterpress, the rules can be bent with often beautiful results.
For a more modest budget, we also offer flat printing. Our flat printed invitations are still presented on out 100% cotton letterpress grade paper. The number of printed colors is not limited, and the final result is still a beautifully crisp, colorful, and luxurious invitation suite. For our mixed media flat printed enclosures, we suggest paper stock on an individual design basis. Since color matching between printing methods is not 100%, we love to find other ways to complete the package without stressing a complete color match. Also note, any variable data, such as printed escort cards + digital envelope calligraphy, is also flat printed.