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Get inspired by our featured projects with innovative print design. We preview new papers from the mills, discuss print methods, and impart valuable insights into process and technique.

Woodinville Whiskey Cigar Labels

Tuesday October 25, 2016

Last month we teamed up with David Cole Creative to create a run of fine cigar labels for Woodinville Whiskey Co. These cigar labels are the real deal, hand-made in the Pacific Northwest by our own San Juan Cigar Company developed to pair up with a fine Woodinville Whiskey.

David provided a very cool design that oozed authenticity and we wanted to make sure our printing supported the vision. The paper selected was 70# Neenah Environment text, we one pantone brown pass on our offset press which provided a border layer for what all premium stogie wraps deserve a classic embossed foil!, the band was finished up with a nice register diecut.

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Savoy Grey Announcement

Friday October 10, 2014

Reich Paper just launched their new Savoy Grey its 100% Cotton To help celebrate the launch, Reich asked us to provide design and printing services for the 3 color letterpress + foil announcement, of course we said YES!. The Savoy Grey printed excellent and is available in 118#, 184#, 236# cover and 80# text weights. It’s super to see the mills broadening the choices of their fine paper lines, we hope the trend continues.

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Bella Vita

Tuesday September 30, 2014

 

 

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We were thrilled to print the CD & postcards sleeve for the just released movie Bella Vita a beautiful surf movie featuring Chris Del Moro.

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During our research stage we were looking for a heavy printable sheet that would standup to several finishing process’s which included letterpress, die-cut/score and auto gluing, we ended up choosing Neenah 120# Environment smooth cover and were very happy with the results. We also worked closely with the designers at Haymaker Projects and Italic providing engineered mockups to insure the image vision and panel content maintained.

Take a closer look. Check out the trailer bellavitafilm.com

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Smart Impression

Tuesday July 15, 2014

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As is the case with many great discoveries, Letterpress printing as it is practiced today (with impression,) is the result of accident. Traditionally, anything more than the kiss of type to paper was considered an error that required adjustment. While other forms of printing became faster and more convenient, Heidelberg presses became more or less obsolete. These presses may not have been built to keep up with digital, but they are the perfect tool to print with impression, which has given them an even more elevated status than when they were new.

Modern Letterpress adds a dimension to printing that is unique. Print can be experienced by touch as well as just sight. With that in mind, it is tempting to push the impression to its absolute limit, but a smart printer knows that it’s far better to choose the appropriate amount of “push” for job. Impression for Impression’s sake is an amateur mistake.

Taking a nuanced approach to impression requires addressing a few things.

First, the designer must take a few steps to make the piece look great when printed. Make sure that the letter spacing and leading is exaggerated. This helps with legibility when the words arepressed into the sheet and prevents the lines of type from looking like solid valleys between the leadingAlso, consider the design as a whole. Does any artwork back up to the artwork onthefront? If so, the impression from one side will negate the impression on the other in the places where the artwork backs up.

Secondly, the printer must evaluate the design and decide how to pack the tympan of the press to get the best-looking impression. Packing with soft paper will give the printed artwork a deep impression with soft shoulders, while packing with hard film will give a more refined impression with harder shoulders. These are generalizations of course, and all depend on variables in the job as a whole and the paper on which it’s being printed. Many jobs require complex packing arrangements that bring out the best in the different elements of the design.

Our Heidelberg presses are the best in the biz, and with great power comes great responsibility. We approach each letterpress piece we print with care and we’ll always choose the smartest way to make it look it’s best.

Edge Painting: Ubiquitous Unicorn of Printing

Thursday May 22, 2014

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Since the dawn of thick paper stock, printers and designers have looked with wonder at a tall stack of finished cards and mused about how to jazz up that 200# canvas. Edge painting has exploded in popularity in recent years and we can’t wait to see more of it at Evolution Press!

Edge painting is a true pleasure to see. A thick business card with foil or letterpress on the front is begging for a bright painted edge to really set it off. When stacked, they have a bold presence that is undeniable, but the real beauty of edge painting is the subtle pop of color that is evident while holding a single card in your fingers

We thought a good approach this unicorn of the fine printing world is to answer some questions about edge painting.

Q: Can you edge paint other sizes than business cards?

A: Sure, we also edge paint all sizes of Invitations.

Q: Can you match pantone colors with edge painting?

A: Oh yeah. We’ll custom mix your color every time we paint so we can be sure it matches your Pantone color.

Q: What about metalics? Do they look good?

A: Yep, metalics look great too. The ink actually has metal flake in it. It’s got a glittery matte look. But if a mirror-like reflective metallic is what your looking for, you should go with our foil edge guilding services.

Q: Can you edge paint a black business card?
A: Yes. Edge painting gives a really nice opaque look to the color, so the paper stock that’s getting painted can be dark or light.
If you have a print project that requires Edge painting we would love to hear from you!, to get in touch just click the button at the top of our website.

Theo Chocolate Mirepoix box wrap

Thursday March 28, 2013

A while back we worked with Theo Chocolate in their collaboration with FareStart to print the box wrap labels for their mirepoix caramels. Seattle Magazine did a write-up here. Printing the box wrap was a fun process combining 4-color offset with black letterpress, in some places overprinting. The Eames paper was wonderful to work with as usual. It prints and scores brilliantly. We had a great time working with the Theo gang, and the process was documented and made into a beautiful little film. See the film here!

ITALIC Studio business cards

Thursday February 28, 2013

The gang over at Italic have been sending us some really great projects recently. We’ve also printed their business cards, which are a nice example of their work. Simple, bold and smart.

The design lends itself to our production processes wonderfully.  They selected a palette of four paper colors that were distributed randomly during the printing.  Black letterpress on the front of the card is juxtaposed against the duplexed gray sheet on the back, stamped with white foil. The beauty of duplexing colored sheets is that the cards essentially have a full flood of color on each side without the need for ink, and when the cards are trimmed to size they reveal a crisp pop of color on the edge.

So there you have it.  Smart design, three processes and of course, fine printing.

Horseshoe Chipboard Business Cards

Thursday July 19, 2012

Chipboard is no longer relegated to the back sheet of a note pads and being 100% recycled we use it for all sorts of projects like folders, hang tags, packaging and business cards. We really like this 2 color letterpress business card designed by Jenny Wilkson for Horseshoe Boutique that includes a super cool die-cut.