Friday, 31 December 2010

A Hogmanay Greeting

A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year To All!
Wishing you health and happiness in 2011 and fun with letterpress printing too. We're looking forward to producing your amazing design in the coming year.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Vignamaggio In The Flowering Month Of May

A grapevine winds its way around this invitation and tiny insects crawl over the soft, soft, soft Somerset Velvet 300gsm, letterpress printed in burgundy ink. Enclosed in its fat, lined envelope, this is just what anyone would love to hear drop through the letterbox on a dark December morning.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Season's Greetings

"Season's Greetings!" (get it) from Visual Vanilla, white foil on Colorplan 350gsm bright red.

It's been a long run up to Christmas Eve but at last we get to hang up our aprons and enjoy a bit of festive cheer. Not that we haven't had a great time making some sparky wee Christmas cards over the past couple of months, but it'll be good to have one day off to enjoy some festive fare and sit by a roaring fire.

Santa Claus stopped by this morning and him and auld Dan discussed where best to invest their fortunes in 2011 before Santa set off on his annual round the world trip.

You can't beat the traditional Christmas combination of red and gold wishing all a Happy Christmas in languages from across the globe from Kayak.

Hope Santa's good to you all - maybe you'll get a John Bull printing set in your stocking. Have a great holiday and see you next post.

Friday, 10 December 2010

GIO Festival III

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra's annual festival of free improvisation and collaboration is celebrated at the CCA Glasgow this weekend.
GIO Festival III promises a full programme of exciting musical performance with innovative and groundbreaking work for all to enjoy. Printed on both sides of Colorplan 540gsm pristine white, inks were overlaid to excellent effect, with crisp impressions and vibrant colour.
We litho printed the accompanying A4 posters on Colorplan 12ogsm.
Fabulous design that echoes the energy and excitement of musical improvisation.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Mix And Match Ink

Mixing ink to match colour of board is a simple but highly effective way of creating a business card which makes impact on sight of face and again when turned to reverse.
Paula Carter chose Colorplan Duplex 540gsm, bright white to purple, and we letterpress printed to the white side in two inks, one matching the purple and the other a few tints lighter.
The result is a business card of regal quality that commands attention and will be retained for future consultation.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Anchors Aweigh

Edinburgh restaurant The Ship On The Shore offers the finest ingredients, passionately prepared and finely presented. Graphic designer Ramsay Macfarlane sought to represent this high level of quality in the latest of his projects for the seafood restaurant; a voucher cheque in a presentation wallet.
Imperial Blue Colorplan 350gsm with a pebble emboss from GF Smith gives an imposing weight to the wallet. The nautical logo is foiled in regal gold. Two semi-circular slits are diecut in the underside to hold the voucher in place.
Fine design and quality stationery is quite enough to entice us to drop anchor next time we're sailing by the shore at Leith.

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Designer, Dino Squillino, visited a few weeks ago and took photographs while we worked to make his beautiful cards.
And here is the finished result. Bronze foil gleams on heavy white Colorplan; a business card of quality and contemporary beauty.

Monday, 22 November 2010


A bright yellow O bounces this business card bang into the centre of everyone's attention before drawing the eye to the subtle black lettering of bonnyday Designer, Dean Pannifer, has chosen a dense black Colorplan 540gsm from GF Smith with text and logo executed in black and yellow foils. Unusual dimensions of 45 x 85mm add another little element to make this a card you're bound to remember.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

And On The Eighth Day

How many times have we wished for an eighth day! If we were to visualise an eighth day, we reckon it'd look something like this beautiful business card from Eighth Day Design of Brighton and Edinburgh.
The design agency want their card to feel as good as it looks and this is ably achieved with a delicious Colorplan duplex board of Bagdad Brown 270gsm to Mist 270gsm, supplied by Messrs. GF Smith.Letterpress print to the front and foil to the reverse in rich glossy brown results in an elegant business card that is quite simply, timeless.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Letterpress Impressive

It's a great pleasure to produce interesting, creative, energetic, innovative design - and so, for your delectation and delight, we showcase a collection of music-themed quiz cards, encased in a nostalgic cassette cover.
In this collaboration with designer, Kerr Vernon, we employ various print methods, including letterpress print, foilblocking, diecutting and a wee bit of nifty hand finishing.
Inside the case you can engage with letterpress print hands-on and test your musical knowledge with the cryptic visuals on the enclosed six cards.
Stock is GF Smith Colorplan which gives a fine impression and is available in a wide range of colours and embossings.
WARNING: the pic below reveals some of the answers - so if you don't want to know, look away now, send for your own pack and play the letterpress game.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Take This

Take this as a sign of creativity and excellent taste. A business card printed on heavy 540gsm Colorplan by GF Smith in a fine combination of letterpress ink and a blind deboss marks it as one to watch. Beautiful design concept and execution by Ally Pugh of 1982creative.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

A Creative Environment

The Forest is a creative environment, and it certainly shows in their very attractive business cards, created from Colorplan by GF Smith.
The board is duplex - in this case 2 x 270gsm. Each Forester has a card of their own colour, ranging from bright red, to forest green to bokhara red and so on, bonded to pristine white.
Colour side shows personal information in white foil and the white side is letterpress printed in black ink.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Dino Drops By

Good to welcome designer, Dino Squillino to our workshop the other day. He took a coupla pics of his beautiful cards in the making.

Friday, 8 October 2010


Set in a former Victorian Shipbuilders' Chapel, Hubbub Cafe Bar is a haven of excellent food and a relaxing atmosphere in London's Docklands. You can see it's an establishment of fine taste from the Hubbub business cards, foiled and letterpress printed on GF Smith's Colorplan Duplex 540gsm - Vermilion to China White. And besides that, it's our cousin's place, so of course it's great.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Classic, Green, Clean Impression

This is a smart little business card, letterpress printed on recycled stock, Cyclus Offset.

Made from 100% post-consumer waste, Cyclus is available in 300 & 350gsm, powerfully communicating your green credentials.
Cost to the environment and to your purse is greatly reduced, whilst this excellent stock produces a classic, clean letterpress impression.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010


A time intensive print run, but well worth it for spectacular KVGD branding for Kerr Vernon.

Quite a treat to letterpress print the 4 colours ink plus black onto Colorplan 540gsm Cool Grey by GF Smith.