I’ve just finished designing and printing a new line of letterpressed notecards featuring custom dog and cat portraits. I started with four of my favorite current designs– the chiuaua, greyhound, kitty, and cattle dog. The coolest part is that they can be customized to feature anyone’s custom pet portrait.
Letterpress is similar in theory to block printing– in both cases, the plate is inked and pressed to paper thus transferring the ink to the paper. When block printing the pressure usually comes from my arm and a wooden spoon. In letterpressing, a cast iron machine applies six thousand pounds of pressure to the paper and plate. That intense pressure gives you some cool textural effects by pressing the plate deep into the paper.