Festive letterpress

The christmas pop-up shop I’m participating in this year in Clerkenwell is fast approaching. Simultaneous with learning how to print on the Vicobold, I also need to produce a series of prints for the first week of December. Crumbs.

To start things off, my first design includes some letterspaced Bembo caps and some festive borders cast from hot metal on a Ludlow  caster by Matt McKenzie at Paekakariki Press. Rather than use them as traditional borders, I’ve placed them in blocks to create a festive patterned texture.

Each card is 150cm square and comes with it’s own ribbed kraft paper envelope. Printed in red/green/black letterpress ink on rough textured Cotman watercolour paper, 350 gsm.

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Creasing rules

My new tool for creasing card stock—works a treat! Although the process is explained simply enough in the steps above, actually fiddling with the correct alignment takes far, far longer than you might think. The crease has to be exactly in the right place to fold the cards square. Got there in the end though and sure beats creasing by hand. Certainly appreciate the versatility of these old machines—you can even die-cut and perforate if you ask it nicely!

First off the press

I’ve recently christened the press with ink and printed the very first official job on the Vicobold. This is a momento of thanks to all those people who’ve helped me get this far.

The image originated from a pencil drawing I made of the Vicobold conveted to metal plate; the type set on the reverse is a mixture of Bembo and Octavian metal type. Black letterpress ink on Starfine Natural White paper stock, 300 gsm. 210 x 148 mm