About us

Frequently Asked Questions

General
Questions

Where do I start?

First of all, take a deep breath! You have just started sourcing and we can't blame you for not knowing where to start. Whether you eventually print your cards with us or with another stationer, you will have to start from somewhere. And where better than at our studio where we have lots of samples on display and in our archives. We'll be more than happy to share a thing or two. Learn the terms and talk the talk. Do remember to bring your camera along as we allow photography so you can have a reference  when making your decision.

Do I have to follow a specific theme?

Defintely not! However, it's always good to know what you like / dislike as it's a question that you will have to face one time or another. By selecting a specified colour scheme or theme, it will make choosing the rest of your stationery a lot easier. Not only that, designing will be a much faster and smoother process.

I have designs that I would like to combine together?

Sure thing! We love ideas! Just bring them along when you meet us and we will be more than happy to incorporate them into your final design.

What shall I bring along when I visit the studio?

Magazine cut-outs, Pinterest boards, a piece of your table runner...actually anything that will help us understand your colour scheme or theme. Bring along your cat or dog even, if you'll like its image to be included in your stationery.

What if I don't have a fixed budget?

That's great! We love people who have no fixed budgets! Let's have the stationery printed on an exquisite cotton card, printed in gold, finished with Swarovski crystals and lined with a french lace! On second thoughts, I think it would be better to have a budget in mind.

How much lead time do you require?

For designing, we typically take about 2 weeks for the first draft. Subsequent changes are usually on a 2 - 3 business days basis. Normal production time is 10 - 12 business days upon confirmation of artwork.

If you are sending us your design to print, should your artwork need to be re-touched or re-drawn, we may have to add a couple of days to the production timing.

Is there anything else I should know?

Designing stationery is no easy feat. It's definitely not a click of a button as many would think. First we spend many hours conceptualising the design, then a couple of weeks drawing / designing it on the computer, followed by printing the cards on multiple machines. Finally, the stationery will be manually finished by hand. Always think carefully about what you want and once you have decided and is ready to go to print,  check that what we have designed has the correct information on it. When it comes to printing 150 invites, 300 menus or 1000 business cards, there really isn't a ctrl-z in this world that will help undo a mistake.

About
Letterpress

What is Letterpress Printing?

Letterpress printing has been credited with many things, most important of which is making printed material more widely available. Traditional letterpress printing involves inking raised metal types, and rolling or pressing paper against it to form an impression. This was the primary means of mass communication for over 500 years until the introduction of the modern printing technology that we know today as offset printing.

Today, letterpress printing is highly valued by artisans. High quality papers and inks are used to create an especially lush impression. Items printed on a letterpress can be readily identified by the impressions of the letters, which punch into the paper slightly to create greater visual definition.

Check out this great video documentary on letterpress printing on Youtube.

Why do letterpress stationery cost so much more?

Letterpress printing requires a high degree of craftsmanship. Notwithstanding the difficulties in sourcing, restoring and subsequently maintaining a vintage press, letterpress is also a very unforgiving medium.

Stationery have to be printed one colour at a time, inking system is ancient such that details, white areas, small types or halftones surrounded by fields of colours can easily be filled with ink and lose definition.

Despite these challenges, letterpress allows the option of using a wider range of paper, including handmade, cotton and extremely thick ones. The classic feel and finish of letterpress papers takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other printing methods today.

Still unconvinced? Come on down to our studio and we will show you the entire process!

I'm on a budget but I would still like to have my wedding stationery letterpressed. Is that possible?

We're happy to offer creative suggestions to keep down the price of your letterpress invitations without sacrificing style. Being a professional print studio with offset and digital facilities as well, we often design with mixed media in mind. Just call / email us to discuss or better yet, come on down to our studio and we will show you what we can do!

Besides letterpress, do you offer any other type of printing?

As a modern professional design and print studio, we are equipped not only for letterpress printing, but also offset printing and digital printing.

In addition, we offer different finishing processes such as thermography (aka heat embossing), edge coloring, gilding, lamination and scoring. We also work closely with external vendors for services that we do not provide as long as they are in combination with one of our in-house services.

I'm a designer. Can I make use of your letterpress service?

We welcome designers to work with us. As designers ourselves, we know how hard it is to find someone who speaks the same lingo and have the same passion for transforming a wonderful design into a great piece of physical art. In fact, we work closely with several designers to bring their ideas to fruition. Having a print facility in our backyard also opened our eyes to some of the lesser known limitations of printing which we often gladly share with our designer friends.

See some of the designers we work with here .

Is there anything else I should know?

While we try our utmost to pursue perfection, the inherent nature of letterpress meant that slight variations and irregularities will occur. Papers and hand-mixed inks will vary from each batch as well. The outcome, however, is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, each unique in its own right & one of the many reasons individuals specifically seek out letterpress.

 

International
Enquiries

Do you print for clients residing out of Singapore?

YES! We do print for international clients. It's your big day, and we will be more than happy to help with your wedding stationery! We have printed for couples in the following countries and we hope to extend our reach to the rest of the world.

• Malaysia
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Philippines
• United States of America
• United Kingdom
• France
• Italy
• Japan

Although all communication will be done electronically, be rest assured that you will still get the full bespoke experience that we offer. And if you're lucky, we may even hand deliver the cards if we happen to plan a trip to your country!

Can I request for some samples?

We understand that you may want to have a feel of the quality of our statoinery, as such we will be more than happy to arrange for our latest samples to be sent to you via snail mail based on your requirements. Drop us an email with your mailing address and the type of stationery you're interested in (e.g. letterpress invites, thermography printed business cards) and we will send you some samples right away!

Can I just get you to print a design I have?

Defintely. A sister, brother, close friend or even yourself may have come up with the design for your  stationery, and there can be nothing more special than that! We will be more than happy to help print your design. However, we do recommend that you use Adobe Illustrator to build your designs. Otherwise, Adobe Photoshop (CMYK) will be good too. Do remember to add the necessary bleed as well if your design extends all the way to the edge of the page.

How are my items shipped?

All items will be packed securely and shipped via Fedex.

How much lead time do you require?

Normal production time is 10 business days upon confirmation of artwork. If you are sending us your design, it may take longer if we have to re-touch or re-draw your artwork. Items will be packed and shipped on the 10th business day.

Is there anything else I should know?

While we try our utmost to pursue perfection, the inherent nature of letterpress meant that slight variations and irregularities will occur. Papers and hand-mixed inks will vary from each batch as well. The outcome, however, is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, each unique in its own right & one of the many reasons individuals specifically seek out letterpress.