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…

September Special: 100 Bonus cards!

September Special: 100 Bonus cards! We’re nearing the end of another great summer. It always feels just a little too short and unfortunately, as impressive looking as our presses are, they cannot slow down time or change the weather. Yet. But they are very good at printing so we…

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…

Carl Richards: The Best Coffee Date, Ever

Carl Richards is probably the one person you would love to have coffee with. Maybe even a beer. Or tapas. Well, quite frankly you want to be with Carl Richards anywhere that there is ready access to a cocktail napkin and a pen. Carl has created a name for…

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…

Life is a Luminous Halo, a Semi-transparent Envelope

More than not, people are so excited about a creative design they forget about the envelope. Don’t fall victim to having to change your gorgeous design in the end to accommodate a regular sized envelope. It’s best to have a full scope of your project from the beginning, including the envelope. Because we get…

Have an iPhone? We Have an App!

Letterpress is pretty sweet. We know, we’re a little biased, but c’mon, a letterpressed greeting, invite, or business card speaks volumes to how an individual feels about quality and process. However, we know that letterpress is shrouded with mystery – and intrigue! So, we created an iPhone app that…

Inspiration in the Bag

We really love contrast. We love old/new, vintage/modern, black/white, fire/ice. It’s only natural; we are printmakers using archaic machines to produce exciting ephemera to please the tastes of today. So, today’s post will explore something we’ve stumbled upon that strikes our contrast fancy. And, really, contrast was just a…

Motorcycles, Letterpress Printing, and God

A while back, we, like most other people who are impressed with craft, tweeted this video about Shinya Kimura the bike builder. It was the most retweeted item we’ve ever seen from any of our posts and was fun to watch people around the world respond to it the…

Double XL Solvent Transfer + Tutorial!

When we get a wild hair to do something aesthetic around the shop, we want it done big. Sometimes ‘big’ refers to something that seems small but ends up being a much larger project (mainly because of our demand for things to be near perfect- and ‘perfect’ who knows…