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Ribbons of Red

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

Several Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

3.5 in × 2 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Crane Lettra 220lb

Number of Colors

2 spot inks, red and black


Overall varnish




Printing details in letterpress is a great way to add texture to a project—just know that very small elements don’t work as well, they break up and tend to clog. On the other hand if you are looking to letterpress large areas, you can usually expect uneven ink coverage. Of course, this might be exactly what you are aiming for.

Instead of having to print an artificially made texture, we let the press do it on its own by printing a flood coat without a great deal of pressure. What you’re seeing is the natural “salting” that occurs when paper fibers show through the ink coverage. This was the texture I wanted to match my brand. One caveat is that with such a large area of ink coverage, you need to give it a hit of varnish to prevent offsetting.

Good to know on the varnish, a simple measure for a great texture.

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This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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September 17, 2010


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