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Pic of the Week

Title:  Elegant Wedding Cards

Like it or not, wedding season is nearly upon us! I created some new cards in 2016 and printed them on my 1882 Pearl letterpress in this year’s most fashionable color: blush pink.

My “Mr & Mrs” cards have always been popular, but I’ve been feeling like the design (previously set in vintage lead type) needed an upgrade, so I designed these stunners featuring a beautiful modern calligraphy typeface! Pick up a set here.

I also wanted to created a new design that would not only work for weddings (and not even same-sex unions at that), but any joyous occasion—birthdays, adoption, engagement, graduation… you name it, this card works. Available in blush here, but I’m thinking of printing them in lots of colors… Stay tuned!

Kristin Joiner


Pic of the Week

Our “Pic of the Week” is a dual effort. Using magnesium letterpress plates from OWOSSO, the Time Vampire Brewing logo is by Derek Reitzel and the Bird Greeting Card is by Ashley Crowley. These were letterpressed at Signal-Return.

#letterpress #printingplates

What Type of Metal to Choose for Foil Stamping, Embossing & Debossing Dies

What Type of Metal to Choose for Foil Stamping, Embossing & Debossing Dies

Many people wonder what type of metal to choose for foil stamping, embossing & debossing dies.  Several important factors combine to determine the choice between brass, magnesium and copper for creating the best results. No single factor should be used alone to make the decision. Since all of the factors listed below interact with one another, their cumulative effect should be considered. Experience will help you make the best material choice, and your printer, press operator, and photoengraver can all provide valuable assistance.


Choosing magnesium, when appropriate, can yield cost savings for your customer and speed up turn-around, without sacrificing quality. Magnesium is generally the preferred choice for foil stamping and debossing dies due to the etch depth that can be achieved.


Brass dies are hand sculpted and machined therefore making them the most expensive of the three metal choices. Brass dies are the most durable and since they can be repaired, the life of the die is almost endless. Interpretation of the artwork is only possible with brass dies, including shapes, textures and edges.


Copper is a relatively harder metal used for the same applications as magnesium dies. If your job requires a more durable metal, copper is the best selection.

Please consider the following:

  • Surface Area Pressure
  • Artwork Designs
  • Length of Press Run
  • Substrates
  • Handling and Maintenance
  • Experienced Craftsmanship

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Pic of the Week

Our “Pic of the Week” is from Joe, Assistant Professor of
Photography/Digital Media at King University.

We’ve used a magnesium die of the logo to make posters for a local film
festival the past two years. This year we made a one color as well as a
special edition two color poster.  Our client, PUSH Film Festival, loved

#filmfestival #posters #letterpress


Pic of the Week

Our “Picture of the Week” is from Leslie Hirst:

This is part of my Artist’s Book 4our: Reflections on Quaternaries, volume 4: GROW.

Magnesium plates were created from hand-set lead type and from my handwriting. The composition follows the flow and growth patterns of the plants featured in the book.

The design for this Artist’s Book was inspired by 18th century herbarium specimen books. This four-volume boxed edition is hand-inked, printed and bound in an edition of four.

The books are housed in a custom box with embossed spines that are also printed from magnesium plates from OWOSSO.

More images are available on my website at (select Portfolio: Artist’s Books)

#letterpress #lovetoread #printing

Pic of the Week


Our “Picture of the Week” is from Mod Notebooks.

At Mod Notebooks, we use OWOSSO magnesium debossing dies to create our small batch, hand pressed, notebook orders. The dies are raised & mounted on a wooden base, and we work with OWOSSO to make sure the size of the die is appropriate for our notebook covers.

How our small batch process works is that we cover our debosser with the dies that allows us to partner with companies (large and small) who want a few or a few dozen notebooks.

Debosser Pic

Pic of the Week

We have a unique “Pic of the Week”! Dexterity Press took a die that OWOSSO
made and mounted it to a skateboard deck. It was sold at a benefit in
Dubuque, IA with all of the proceeds going to the construction of a skate
park. Pretty “sick” as they say in the skateboard world!


2017 Holiday Schedule

We are closed on the following days to enjoy the holidays with our family & friends:


New Year’s, January 2nd

Memorial Day, May 29th

Independence Day, July 4th

Labor Day, September 4th

Thanksgiving, November 23rd & 24th

Christmas, December 25th


New Year’s Day, January 1st