Letterpress

Tactile, beautiful and precious, a letterpress piece is a special gift for its recipient who can distinguish the technique simply by running his or her fingers over the paper. Every Sugar Paper order is printed by a skilled pressman on antique presses, and the end product is then meticulously reviewed by our design team to ensure for the utmost perfection.

Dating back to the 15th century, letterpress is the original method of printing.  Today, it is considered an art form in itself. At Sugar Paper, we hold this type of printing in the highest regard. Letterpress uses the relief method, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. Each piece of paper and envelope is hand-fed into an antique press one sheet at a time, giving each character an impression that cannot be replicated with modern machinery.