We are a letterpress studio in Denver, Colorado.

We πŸ–€ Letterpress

Letterpress is a printing technique in which a design or segment of text is pressed into a piece of paper after being inked. Each card is hand fed into the press and printed one color at a time! Our press was manufactured in 1948 and comes to us from Kansas, earning her name: Dorothy.

Our printing press, Dorothy, was fabricated in 1948 by Chandler & Price, a printing press and machinery manufacturer which was founded in the late 1800’s. C & P was the leading manufacturer of hand-fed platen presses from the 1930’s until the 1950’s, when offset printing eclipsed letterpress as the print method of choice among newspapers and other printshops.

Dorothy arrived in Colorado from a defunct newspaper shop in Kansas and we are so so happy to call her our girl. We adore Dorothy’s functionality and precision and are looking forward to creating some truly beautiful pressed pieces with her in the years to come!

We use both modern materials and vintage lead type in our designs. We then press those designs into paper with ink, and a lot of pressure (thanks to Dorothy), to create that luxurious texture you can’t help but love. 

After spending years printing the newspaper, she now lives her life in the River North Art District of Denver, Colorado printing luxury letterpress invitations and delightful stationery. We hope her prints leave a lasting impression on you.

Meet Dorothy

We also offer digital printing, however we do not do digital printing in-house. We have a trusted printer that has been working with us for 4 years that handles all our digital printing, and does a much better job at it than we could ever achieve ourselves.

We are located in the River North Art District in Denver, Colorado. Our studio is open to the public, but we do ask that you make an appointment to come to visit us. We do all letterpress in our studio and all other assembly for your invitations. 

Our studio

Visit us In-Person

We are a very active design + print studio, but we always love to take a break to chat with new friends. If you'd like to pop in and say hi (and bring us Starbucks) you can make an appointment below.

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In-house Services

πŸ’Œ  : only for our clients 
πŸ’• : for other designers

πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Letterpress Printing (more info below)
πŸ’Œ Envelope printing
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Die cutting
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Paper trimming
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Notepad production (trimming, & gluing)
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Duplexing (and triplexing)
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Hand typesetting
πŸ’Œ Custom envelopes
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Laser cutting
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Scoring
πŸ’Œ Assembly
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Corner rounding (coming 2023)
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Hole drilling (coming 2023)
πŸ’Œ πŸ’• Hot foil pressing (coming summer 2023)


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