The shamrock is a tiny little plant that is known everywhere St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. Find one with 4 leaves and the impact is even greater as it is the epitome of good luck. I felt very lucky to find a small pair of letterpress type, vintage shamrocks – an outline version and a filled in version. I felt the filled in version gave a better sense of the shamrock with that wonderful green.
If you have been wanting to get in touch with someone but didn’t feel you had a reason to, why not break the ice with this adorable shamrock? When people feel the paper and the impression in the paper, they know it is something special. Just like when we were kids and we would look and look and look through clover growing wild to see if we could be so lucky as to find the four leaf clover, this little shamrock impressed into the paper causes you to pause and look and be in the moment.
Little shamrock note card
Let them know how extra special they are with a tag they will want to keep. Each tag is die cut and pressed individually by hand using vintage letterpress ornament type. Paper is Crane Lettra #110, 100% cotton. Set of 5 tags come with 5 ft. of gold sparkle twine. Choose from Toy Soldier, Poinsettia or Santa. Available in the Shop for the holidays!
Oh, Christmas Tree, I love how adorable and tiny you are! I printed this using a vintage image on vintage letterpress equipment on 100% cotton paper. Can’t get better than that!
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Let these vintage reindeer leap into the hands of your friends and family this holiday season. Tiny and classic! Reindeers come in green, red and silver – check out the Shop for more info.
I am thrilled to debut the new imprint I designed and put to press for the letterpress creations coming out of my studio. I hope you enjoy what comes next!
Right in time for Thanksgiving I am excited to offer you my first holiday card – the tiny gilded turkey! The cards are 3.5 x 5 (envelope included) and are blank inside making them perfect to send as well wishes for the holiday or thank you to your host and/or hostess for the festive day. The turkey image is from a vintage letterpress block on my vintage letterpress machine. Each one is individually hand printed on Crane Lettra paper. You can feel the imprint of the image pressed into this lush paper, giving you pause, because this feels like something special.
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We interrupt InkTober prompt words to share another inky project today. Coming soon to the Store, Scottie hello! 5×7 correspondence cards! These are printed letterpress by hand cards created in my studio.
Today we got more type cabinet doors cleaned up and was able to put away more type. I made the mistake of putting away a set of 8 pt. type after I had just put away the 18 pt. I went from a 12 mm size letter to a 5 mm size letter and I thought I was losing my eyesight! I have to admit that I had to turn on ALL the lights so that I could see what the letters were on the 8 pt. type. Can you imagine 6 pt.?
Lisa M. Payne Studio is now a full-time operation and to kick it off we worked on cleaning this wonderful old Hamilton type cabinet to get it ready to hold type again. The bottom center is what the inside of the drawer looked like before cleaning – years and years of dirt and metal bits. I don’t know if a full restoration is in its future but it is nice to get it back in working order.
I am proud to say that Lisa M. Payne Studio officially printed for the first time yesterday!
- Inserting the chase into the press
- Packing the press (where you will put each paper to be printed)
- Inking the press. Where you put ink on the disc and
- move the rollers up and down over the disc to spread out the ink which will insure the rollers are evenly covered when they roll over your type to ink it up.
- The very first printing!
- Hot off the press!
After the type has been set, the next step is to lock it in the chase, an open rectangle of steel. You lock it in by strategically surrounding it with furniture (the larger pieces of wood), reglets (the skinnier pieces of wood), and then tightening it up with the quoins. The quoins are those metal pieces above with the hole in the middle. With a key you insert in the hole, you can expand the quoin to apply the pressure that locks everything in place.
My first letterpress project is a business card. I set the type in the composing stick using 12pt. and 18 pt. Baskerville font. This took me a lot longer than expected because as I was setting the email address, I realized that my set of typeface did not have the @ symbol. I did some research and learned that when letterpress was at its peak, this symbol was used but not so widely that it was included with each typeset. One had to purchase these symbols separately which is what I had to do before I could finish setting the type. 🙂
Baskerville font from M&H foundry
@ symbols from the typefoundry of Patrick Reagh