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The Sweet Olive Press studio is located in Colorado Springs, where I design every card, invitation and announcement and print them one by one on a 108-year-old platen press. Letterpress is my business and my passion – a return to hand-crafted beauty in a mass-produced world.

Letterpress is unique among all printing processes, sought after for its elegance, its compelling tactile quality and its deeply nostalgic feel. For centuries, letterpress printers around the world have been creating impressions on paper with inked metal and wood type. In my studio I use a huge and lovely Chandler & Price Old Style letterpress, along with magnesium plates and vintage cuts to create original cards, invitations and social stationery.

When a letterpress piece is created, each illustration and area of text is made into an individual plate. Every sheet is fed into the press by hand, and every revolution of the flywheel brings together the paper and the inked plate to create an impression. Each colour requires a separate trip through the press, and every piece is individually checked. The result is a unique handmade keepsake, which creates a lasting impression with the exquisite look and feel that can only be achieved through letterpress.

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