Portfolio Letterpress Pricing
First off, congratulations on your new business! We've all been there and know how hard it is to get a foothold when your portfolio is limited to what you can print at home.
Letterpress printing can be expensive and wholesale kits are pricey when you don't have a paying client to compensate for those costs.
The letterpress pricing is geared to help you add pressed pieces to your portfolio without meeting minimum order requirements or spending hundreds of dollars on a suite that no one is paying for (except you!)
what I'm offering
- no minimum quantity
- no charge for multiple runs (limit 2 runs per piece)
- no wholesale kit requirement
what you'll pay
- plates ($40 minimum)
- ink ($10 for black, $20 for custom)
- paper (unless you provide it).
- $25 labor per job
- press-ready files (vector, black, text outlined) in .eps, .pdf, or .ai file format
- paid invoice
- paper (unless I provide it, in which case it will be included in the invoice)
- Pantone color (unless black)
flat printed art
If your design has elements that are to be flat printed, I can either do that here in house (for a fee) or you can provide the paper with the artwork already printed. The latter is a good option for those who are already planning on offering flat printing in house themselves.
Any flat printing done on handmade paper will incur our regular handling fee of $1.00 per piece.
maximum order quantity
While I do not have a minimum order requirement, I do ask that you not order over 50 sets of a single piece (other than business cards).
This pricing is not geared toward clients. Rather, it is intended for designers to build their portfolios.
If you are only having one small piece printed, consider teaming up with another stationer who you think might be interested in the promotion. Even if you only have $8 worth of plate being made, my platemaker will still charge the full $40 minimum. We call this "ganging up" artwork in order to get the most of your money.
If your design has 2 colors, make sure to separate the design so that elements of each color are on separate plates.
Expect the process to take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. If you have print ready files, are located in the US, have paper ready to send to me (or are using our stock paper), and pay your invoice promptly, the process will be very quick and smooth.
If you need help prepping files, are ordering paper to be shipped here from elsewhere, or delay in paying your invoice, the process will take longer.
If you are having items photographed for a styled shoot, please allot at least 4 weeks to have the pieces complete. While I don't anticipate it taking the full 4 weeks, I like to give some cushion if a job happens to be more complicated.
If you have any questions about the process or want a more detailed price quote, feel free to contact me.