So we’ve always been interested in tactile printing methods, specifically letterpress, and even used it for our own business cards. Wanting to understand the process better, and with one half of the Catchatiger team being a handy-genius, we decided to try and build our a home made letterpress press.
With the help of google we managed to find directions for this home made bottle jack press. Looks like pretty complicated stuff, right? It is! But with a couple pieces of shutterply wood, some heavy duty bungy cords, and of course, a 6 ton bottle press, we managed to create this (not so) little contraption.
After pressing everything we could find lying around ( keychains, metal bits, lazer cut outs ), we finally decided on having some non-traditional blocks made. These magnesium blocks give a great impression. We spent quite some time on creating this custom font for our card range, and it was so worthwhile to see how crisply the vectors printed!
The setting up and alignment of the paper is probably the most tedious of the whole letterpress process. The paper and block need to match up perfectly.
We experimented with a range of different paper stocks, but finally decided on using only the best. 330gsm Cotton or recycled paper give the cards a lovely soft texture.