Out of the Kitchen: Print Matters Austin

Print Matters is a speaking event comprised of tales from Brian French, 6th Generation French Paper Company and Nick Sambrato, Mama’s Sauce Founder, about their respective companies combined 150 years (143 of those from French alone) of producing paper and printing in an ever modernizing world. We bring this circus from city to city and work with a local designer to creative a limited edition screen printed poster commemorating the event and attendees have the chance to letterpress their very own certificates of authenticity.

In this out of the kitchen post, we’re giving you a peak at our Print Matters Austin event. Hosted by AIGA Austin and OK Paper and the amazing IBM Design studio in North Austin. For this particular Print Matters, we partnered with Ryan Hamrick to help design the free poster giveaway. See some of the event and our excursion of Austin below – everything from live printing to staying in vintage Airstreams overlooking East Austin to biking the city to find Barton Springs, amongst other amazingness that the city of Austin has to offer.

Want to bring a Print Matters to your community? Just holler. Big thank you to Hamrick for the pics he snapped of the event as well.























Out of the Kitchen: Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale

Chalk wall

Rifle Paper Co. asked us to do some live letterpress printing at their sidewalk sale, which pops up every few months. Of course we obliged. After all was said and done we printed 700 8×10 art prints, exclusive to the event. Rifle hung on to a few and put them in their online store. It was a lovely two days in Winter Park, Fl 32789 – who’s symbol is the peacock.


Chalk sign

ice pops

Paper Load

Paper Load Again

Elizabeth killing it



On platen

Letterpress handbills


Girl in window

Kids are cute



Mama Herself





A big thank you to DY from FCTN & Melissa from Rifle for the photos.

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 3

Lots of silkscreen & foil this week. It was fun to re-connect with our pals over at Visual Supply Co. as well as crank out tons of stationery for The Paper Cub. This week’s wedding work really stepped it up, too: lots of unorthodox goodness in that department. Also, we got to print some client work for a graduate of the Mama’s Sauce Internship; that always brings a smile to our face.

White & Gold foil was used on these self-promotional coasters for Visual Supply Co. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black 260 lb. Cover.

1 color screen printed poster by Adam Trageser. Order here.


1 color screen printed wedding invite by Stephanie Doyle. Printed on Walnut Veneer.

Bridal brunch invite by Kristie Hoover. Gold foil stamp on Colorplan Emerald.

Foil stamped bridal suite by Kristie Hoover on Colorplan Paper


Foil stamped & screen printed business cards for It! Events & Media. Designed by Sauce Internship Alum Lillian Vides and printed on duplexed French Pop-Tone Sno Cone & Neenah Classic Crest Natural White.

The rest of these goodies were designed by The Paper Cub and screen printed on French Paper.

Paper-Cub-You-Did-It-Card-2Greeting card by The Paper Cub. 2 color screen print on French Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover.Paper-Cub-Mothers-Day-Stripes-Seafoam Paper-Cub-Mother-No-Other-CardPaper-Cub-Dad-Youre-Rad-Card Paper-Cub-Hexagon-Card Paper-Cub-Graduate-Card Paper-Cub-Best-Dad-CardPaper-Cub-Mom-Black-Card


Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 2

Dominated by self-promotional brand pieces and amazing illustration, this week’s roster was equal parts challenging & rewarding.

This week’s photo backdrop: French Pop-Tone Berrylicious


Coen Brothers poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Pop-Tone Orange Fizz 100 lb. Cover.


Mel Brooks poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover.


Steven Spielberg poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on Colorplan Lockwood 100 lb. Cover.


Terminator poster by Electric Zombie. 6 color screen print on Stardream Silver 105 lb. Cover. That’s right…silver.


Foil & Letterpress business cards by Alex Anderson on duplexed French Pop-Tone Black Licorice & Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover. That’s white & silver foil on the black side, and black letterpress on the white side.


Self-promotional business cards by El Autobus. 2 color screen print on French Bubblegum, Fuse Green, Steel Blue, & Whitewash 100 lb. Cover.


Screen printed, letterpress printed, and edge painted business cards & note cards by Eyespeak. Printed on duplexed French Steel Grey & Pure White 100 lb. cover.


Split fountain letterpress printed save the date by Emily Burns. Printed on duplexed French Speckletone Madero Beach 100 lb. cover (final weight of 200 lb. cover).


Self-promotional business cards by Jaime Muñoz. Black foil on both sides of a Neenah Classic Crest Duplex.


Self-promotional business cards by Sevenly w/ a black screen print and a blind deboss on French Pure White; the edges were painted with a custom Pantone as well.


Wedding invite by Rashi Birla that combines screen printing and letterpress tastefully.

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 1

Okay, we’re gonna give this another shot. Back in 2011, we tried to make a weekly blog post that documented everything we’d printed the week before. Well, that idea got swallowed up in the day-to-day crucible of actually running a print shop. Now, it’s 2014. We’re a bit better-staffed these days (and a bit better at printing) and we’d like to give it another shot. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, if you like… we’ll call it Cleaning Out the Fridge.


Screen Printed business cards for Pukka Headwear. Printed on black Fibermark Touché.


Screen printed business cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic gold ink on French Paper.


Letterpress, screen printed, duplexed, & die cut business cards for Mattei’s Tavern. Printed on French Paper and designed by Boy Burns Barn.


Screen printed, foil stamped, & embossed business cards for Crankshaft Marketing. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black.


Screen printed business cards for Elizabeth Hanley. Printed with metallic gold ink on black French Paper.


Foil stamped business cards for Fritz Scheller on Stardream pearlescent paper.


Screen printed Save the Date by Matthew Ruzzi on Colorplan Paper.


Letterpress business cards for Six Degrees. Printed on duplexed French Paper with a die cut.


Letterpress business cards for Sarah Gargano designed by Alana Riley. Printed on Crane’s Lettra 220 lb. cover with custom edge painting.


Screen printed business cards for Alchemy Salon. Printed on duplexed Colorplan Paper.


Screen printed birthday greeting card for The Paper Cub on French Paper.


Foil stamped note card for Karen Brody on Colorplan Paper.


Letterpress & screen printed mini-cards and custom matchbox for Josh Shank using French Paper.


Screen printed invite with metallic ink by Paper Rock Scissor on French Paper.


Screen printed note cards for The Grossbauer Group on French Paper.


Letterpress Wedding Suite by Kaitlin Imwalle on Crane’s Lettra.


Screen printed note cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic ink on French Paper.


Letterpress & foil stamped wedding suite by Val Melo on French Paper.


Screen printed romantic greeting card by The Paper Cub on French Paper


Letterpress wedding invite by Natalina Marlow with screen printed envelopes.


Letterpress wedding invite by Michelle Ballesteros on Crane’s Lettra.


Screen printed poster for Tanner Mardis on French Paper.


Screen printed poster by Ryan Brinkerhoff on French Paper


Grouper Identity by Kyle Miller

Our buddy Kyle Miller sent this beauty our way last year. It’s a blast when we get to be a part of such an extensive and well-thought-out identity package. If you’re not familiar, Grouper is a social club that sets up drinks between 2 groups of friends: 3 guys and 3 girls.

These business cards did a little Groupering of their own: 3 different colorways with matching edges kept us plenty busy. The cards were letterpress printed on French Paper Company Madero Beach 140 lb. cover that was then duplexed to 280 lb. cover.



Shirts were silkscreen printed by our bosom buddies over at Real Thread:


Hats by Ebbets Field Flannels:



See more of the identity here.

Love Letters is Live!

We are pleased to announce that Love Letters is officially completed and orders are shipping today! We are so thankful for the efforts of each designer that contributed to the project as well as each of you who’ve already pre-ordered your set.

Our good friends over at Fiction heard about what we’re trying to do with Love Letters and came by to make a beautiful little film about the project. Side note: if you haven’t seen it, check out the film they made about our Kluge (which is now a Vimeo Staff Pick).

We still have sets for sale, so Click Here to get yours!


"A" by Fuzzco

“A” by Fuzzco


“E” by Justin Mezzell 


“I” by Aaron Draplin


“O” by Dana Tanamachi


“U” by Jon Contino


Ampersand by Jessica Hische


“Y” by Ross Moody, 55 Hi’s

Whether or not you’ve been to visit the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the legacy and craft housed there has had an incredible impact on everyone in the graphic design and printmaking industries. Because of this, we were shaken to hear of their current plight. They’re being forced to relocate and need help raising funds to move and store their incredible type collection.

To help raise money and awareness for the museum, we’re releasing a set of 7 letterpress printed alphabet coasters inspired by the legacy and craft of Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum. The set, made with paper donated by Neenah Paper and French Paper, includes A, E, I, O, U, &, and Y. As if the cause weren’t enough to mobilize conscientious creatives, this project has a roster to die for:

A: Fuzzco

E: Justin Mezzell

I: Aaron Draplin

O: Dana Tanamachi

U: Jon Contino

&: Jessica Hische

Y: Ross Moody

Click here to order your set now!


The Many Hanging Chads of Tommy Perez.

“Business in the front; party in the back,” proclaimed Minneapolis-based designer, Tommy Perez, as he came at us with an ambitious idea for play-with-able letterpress business cards. We told him that if he wanted to play around, he should find a print shop that thought letterpress was a game rather than a respectable and historic craft.


Tommy picked his four favorite French Paper Co. Pop-Tone colors and we mixed inks to match. Tommy’s idea was to die cut the cards so that the outlines of each letter in his name became a little foldable tab. The whimsical Pop-Tone papers were duplexed to the back of the card so that a little folding would bring the party right on through to the front.

For more inspiration/diversion, take gander at Tommy’s Kwik Krafts.


From back to front: Pop-Tone Razzle Berry, Grape Jelly, Sour Apple, and Blu Raspberry.


We don’t normally give the press this much candy at once, but…




Hogan pulled a few mental muscles on this one.


Back view of cutting die. This is what we used to punch out the cards and crease the hinges of the letters.



Love Letters Update: Check’s in the mail!

We’re pleased to report that we have received 50 pre-orders for Love Letters and we’re sending Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum our first check for the proceeds. We couldn’t be more pleased to send this check for $1,100 along to the good folks in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

We’re still taking pre-orders, so CLICK HERE to reserve your set now!

Love Letters Update: Artwork + Pre-Orders

We’re pleased as punch to give a first look at the artwork contributed for Love Letters! $22 of the purchase price from this set of letterpress printed coasters will got to help sustain the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum. Paper for the coasters and packaging has been generously donated by Neenah Paper and French Paper Co.

Click here to order.

This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate a legacy of influence and inspiration. We can’t thank these designers enough for their incredible contribution:

A: Fuzzco

E: Justin Mezzell

I: Aaron Draplin

O: Dana Tanamachi

U: Jon Contino

&: Jessica Hische

Y: Ross Moody

Click here to order.