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New Letterpress Business Cards and Stationery for INK MEETS PAPER

This year’s domain change from to (hooray!) also meant that it was time for a bit of a refresh for our business cards and stationery. We kept our classic color palette of black/white/kraft throughout all of the pieces and used the ink splatter elements to tie the business cards and stationery together. 

I especially love how these smaller A2 note cards turned out, and they’re the perfect size for quick notes. The line at the bottom for the writer’s signature and email address not only makes them versatile for all of our team members, but it also subtly includes our social media handle (@inkmeetspaper) within the website address for another connection point. 

Our business cards are printed on super thick kraft chipboard with a classic black ink. The simple and classic design highlights the details like black edge painting, and I’m pretty smitten with the ink splatters (in two different patterns) on the backs of the cards. 

Happy New Year and Happy Mail

Happy New Year, friends! It’s hard to believe we’re already into the second month of 2015. The year has already been off to a whirlwind start, and we’re excited to announce the first bit of excitement for the new year: the addition of Alison as the newest member of the INK MEETS PAPER team. Alison was our intern/apprentice in 2013, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back as our Studio and Production Assistant. She’s already been a tremendous help, and we’re excited for what else is in store for the new year.

In the mean time, I thought I’d share our 2015 new year’s card. We’ve taken to sending these out (both as personal and company cards) rather than a traditional Christmas card with the hope that they can be used as a bit of inspiration throughout the year (rather than being so holiday focused).

INK MEETS PAPER® New Year's Card for 2015 INK MEETS PAPER New Year’s Card for 2015

This year’s piece was a one-color, double-sided print (the back included a message from us and wording was adjusted depending on whether it was for the business or personal). We used classic black ink on 200-lb smooth stock. While not as textured as cotton paper, this paper was super easy to color on, which is what we wanted the recipient to do– make it theirs.

Letterpress printed onto 200-lb smooth stock Letterpress printed onto 200-lb smooth stock Detail view with neon edge painting Detail view with neon edge painting

We used metallic silver ink for the return address. It actually looks like it was foil stamped since the envelope is a metallic black coated paper.

Neon edge painting in five alternating colors added a subtle pop of color (especially when tucked into the envelope) and coordinated with the Celebrate stamps.

Neon edge painting in five alternating colors Neon edge painting in five alternating colors

It’s been fun to see how the different pieces have turned out, like this one from our stockist Kristina of Crumple + Toss.

It was a definitely a season for receiving beautiful and inspiring pieces of mail too. As much as we love sending mail, it’s just as fun to open the mailbox and find it filled with happy handwritten messages.

Foil stamped and hand-lettered prettiness from our friends at Oh So Beautiful Paper, Urbanic, and Etsy Wholesale.

Andrea of Inkwell Boutique is not only a shop owner (and one of our stockists), but she’s also a letterpress printer. Her “Sweet Season’s Eatings” card was such a treat to open!  Poppins’ owner Kate sent a charming illustrated card of the shopfront, complete with a sprinkling of glitter snow.

More holiday loveliness from our friends Adam & Halligan, Boxcar Press, and Hope of Gutwrench Press.

We first connected with Rin of Papered Thoughts through Instagram, and she’s another snail mail, letter writing enthusiast who sends the most thoughtful cards and letters. Her New Year’s card included confetti and little sparkly party pick as well as a fortune telling fish (so fun!)

More festive handwritten holiday cheer from in-person and online friends (Lexie and Bobbie)– both of whom share a love of handwritten correspondence.

And to wrap up this post, we couldn’t resist highlighting the January collection from letterpress stationery subscription service Nicely Noted, which included our “Hooray Dots” card, along with hot pink “Hello” flat card from Steel Petal Press, and “Diamonds” card by Greenwich Letterpress.

Cheers to an amazing year! We hope it’s filled with great things, adventures, and, of course, lots of handwritten correspondence!

Homemade Boiled Custard

We’re putting our recipe cards to work this holiday season and sharing one of our favorite winter recipes. This homemade boiled custard was always a tradition during Christmastime in Jamie’s family, and we still make it each winter. It also makes a perfect gift at holiday parties when shared in a nice glass vessel or carafe (bonus points: bring a copy of the recipe to share).

3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 heaping teaspoon flour
1 tablespoon vanilla (or 1 whole vanilla bean)
pinch of salt
1 quart 2% milk

Separate eggs. Add sugar, salt, flour, and vanilla to yolks. Heat milk over medium. Add small amount of milk to egg mixture, then pour mixture into milk. Cook, stirring continually, for 10 minutes until slightly thick (never let boil!). Strain. Serve chilled. Add a pinch of ground nutmeg as garnish. Makes four 8-ounce servings.

P.S. That beautiful indigo napkin was handcrafted in Charleston by our friends at Onawa Designs.

Martha Stewart American Made Finalist


Martha Stewart’s American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

Amidst so many wonderful and talented makers, we were honored to have INK MEETS PAPER® selected as a judges finalist in the first part of the competition (read our American Made interview here).

In addition, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and encouragement from wonderful people like you. We’re so appreciative and happy that you choose our paper goods to bring a bit of handwritten cheer into the world.

Hello, Spring!

Hooray for longer days filled with sunshine and warmer weather! We’re welcoming the buttercups that are peeking their heads through the ground– it seemed like winter dragged on way too long this year (and, admittedly, we’re winter wimps living here in the south, and we felt for all of you stuck with so much snow and ice).
We’re kicking off springtime with a couple of new Easter designs– each featuring a bright, cheery coral ink to combat the last bit of the winter blues.

IMP-4003 - Hoppy Easter Letterpress Card | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4003 – Hoppy Easter Letterpress Card | INK MEETS PAPER® IMP-4003-S - Hoppy Easter Letterpress Card Set | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4003-S – Hoppy Easter Letterpress Card Set | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4002 - Happy Easter Letterpress Card | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4002 – Happy Easter Letterpress Card | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4002-S - Happy Easter Letterpress Card Set | INK MEETS PAPER IMP-4002-S – Happy Easter Letterpress Card Set | INK MEETS PAPER

Each design is available as a single or boxed set of six. Browse the entire Easter collection online or find an INK MEETS PAPER stockist near you.