Points, pounds and grams: How thick is that paper anyway?

Understanding Paper Weight When it comes to letterpress printing, choosing the right paper is essential. There are several different types of paper measurements that don’t exactly correlate with each other. You know, just to make things hard. Here’s a quick and dirty paper weight guide. Weight in Pounds Pounds is…

You Should Go There

A few weeks back I had a phone call here at the shop that started out a little ominous as the first question was “How much are business cards?” The answer clearly is “That depends.” After a few more questions and answers including me explaining what letterpress is and…

Emboss vs Deboss vs Blind Letterpress

We end up having the discussion around here about once a week about how best to use the same vernacular as our clients when it comes to embossing, debossing and blind letterpress. Do we use the terms that the rest of America is using to describe what they are…

Why Business Cards Aren’t Going Away.

As I was talking to a friend recently he told me that there was a new app that would make business card superfluous. Well. That is ridiculous. Them people have been trying to destroy the beautiful parts of this world for years. The folks who made almond butter have been…

The Star Gazer: Your stars are looking good this year.

New $95 card template with your favorite Zodiac constellation. Occasionally the stars align and connections are made. So why not hedge your bets and put your stars out up front. Choose from the 12 zodiac constellations and add up to 4 lines of your information in a clean san-serif font….

Spread some cheer. New Letterpress holiday cards.

Make them your own. 5 festive designs. 4 shimmering papers. Starting at $75. Say hi to all your favorite people this holiday season with some customizable letterpress cards. Printed in white ink on shimmering pearlescent Stardream paper. Make holiday cards as cheerful or as cranky as you are with…

Event: The Moveable Type Truck & The Mandate Press

  We’re so excited and honored to have Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press (Portland) stop at The Mandate Press! So here’s the short and the long about Kyle and The Moveable Type Truck: Kyle was a girl who loved two things, letterpress and road trips. So, in…

Custom Business Card Bonus Round!

Since it’s the first month of a new year (I suppose that’s a but redundant, whatevs) we are going to run a special. Especially if your own work bonus was lack luster. We’ll try and make it a feel like you got a little more than just a company…

When Worlds Collide and it Blows Your Mind

Okay, mind blown, maybe that’s an exaggeration. However, it’s pretty cool when the world of today can still dance with the world of yesterday. A perfect example of this is the use of QR codes with letterpress. It works! So, whether you have one for your business or perhaps…

Tip of the Hat to Baltimore Print Studios

A while ago we did a small favor for our friend Kyle over at Baltimore Print Studios. He so kindly repaid the favor ten times over by sending us some really great gems. We love it when the world works like this. You buy lunch today – we will…