Thank you for your interest in our custom letterpress stationery and design services. Below you will find information about the letterpress design and printing process and see how we work with our clients to create custom stationery pieces.
Step 1 | Client Estimate & Order
To get started with a custom stationery order, you will probably be interested in first finding out more about the costs involved. Please contact the studio for an estimate for your specific needs.
Things we need to know before we crunch the numbers include:
- How many pieces do you need printed?
- When do you need your order delivered by?
- What size and shape will your pieces be?
- How many ink colors would you like?
Once we know all the details, an estimate will be prepared for you. If you are satisfied with the estimate and would like to move forward with an order, please contact the studio. At this point you will be sent an order confirmation and we will collect your 50% non-refundable deposit to hold your space in line for press time. Your deposit is payable by cheque (Canadian clients only), international money order, or credit card via PayPal (a PayPal account is NOT required).
Step 2 | Design Discussion
The first step in the design process involves having a discussion about the overall look you would like your stationery to have. Depending on where you live we can have this discussion in person, over the phone or via e-mail or even online chat if you prefer. We work with clients from around the globe, so don’t worry if you can’t meet in person.
Here are some questions to get you started:
- Do you want your stationery to be modern/traditional/minimalist/contemporary?
- What color inks would you like to use?
- What color paper would you like to use?
- What kind of graphic motif would you like to use (floral illustration, icon, shapes, ornaments, etc.)?
- Have you seen any similar stationery on our website or elsewhere that you like/dislike?
If you have color swatches or patterns or other elements that you would like to include in your design, please feel free to send them to the studio by postal mail or e-mail. Please also send the text you would like to include on your stationery at this time (MS Word, PDF, or in an e-mail).
Step 3 | Stationery Design
The fun begins! During this phase, a draft mock-up of your custom stationery will be designed based on your preferences discussed during Step 2. This draft will be sent to you by e-mail as a PDF or GIF file that you can open easily on your computer.
Step 4 | Refinement of the Design
During Step 4, you will have a close look at the draft design and let us know what you think of:
- the colors
- the graphic motifs and placement
- the text placement
- the overall layout
Please also send any text changes you may have, and be sure to check the spelling of names, phone numbers, addresses, etc.
Once all of your feedback has been received, any changes will be implemented and an updated version of the draft design will be submitted to you for another review and final sign-off. Please note that client delays during this step may delay the completion of your stationery.
Step 5 | Design Sign-Off
Once you approve the final draft design, please send an e-mail to sign-off on the final design as is (and be sure to double and triple-check the spelling!) and let us know that you are ready to have design printed on the press. Please note that proofreading is the client’s responsibility and the client will be responsible for new platemaking and re-printing charges due to proofreading errors.
Step 6 | Printing Plate Production
In order to print on the press, your design must be transferred to a printing plate. Please note that client changes after printing plates have been created will result in additional printing plate charges and will delay your order delivery.
Step 7 | Printing
It’s time to hit the press! After your printing plates have been made, your order will move into the printing phase. Every single piece in your order is then inspected and packaged up for shipping. At this time an invoice will be sent to you for the remaining 50% balance of your order. The remaining balance for your print order is due prior to shipping.
Step 8 | Shipping + Delivery
This is the best step – where we send your stationery safely off to its new home with you! Once the balance of your order is received, your order will be delivered (if local) or shipped (via Canada Post, UPS, or FedEx). A range of shipping options and prices are available for every order, please inquire for details on your package.