Letterpress in a Clamshell: Designing for Tabletop Printing

Kimberly Costa, Delightfully Designed

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12 Videos (1h 3m)
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    • Introduction

    • Why Design for a Tabletop Press

    • Discussing Our Project

    • Area: The Main Concern

    • Key Element: Paper

    • Key Element: Placement

    • Key Element: Form Size

    • Key Element: Color

    • Our Project: Designing a Greeting Card

    • Finalizing Files

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Not all presses are created equal!

Tabletop presses especially. With a smaller footprint than some of their cousins, tabletop presses are perfect for small studios or in-home use. However, most of these presses use a bottom hinged or 'clamshell' platen design to generate impressions. This mechanism is not capable of high impression pressures and is better suited for compact and lightweight printing forms.

For this reason, we must pay special attention to the way we design when printing on a tabletop press. Keeping this limitation in mind and knowing how to effectively work around it to achieve a good impression is what this class is all about.


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Great intro to letterpress! hope to see you teach more courses!
Yasmina Creates

Ink & Watercolor Artist





Kimberly Costa

Delightfully Designed

Hi there!

I'm Kimberly Costa & I run a small letterpress studio called Honizukle Press where I print with my C&P Pilot, Charlotte. She's a beautiful century old press that makes me smile every time we're together.

I left the NYC Animation industry in search of work that involved more illustration & less computers & ended up freelancing as a graphic & web designer, working on a computer, go figure!

It wasn't until I stumbled upon a job as Art Director of a small greeting card company that things began to take shape & I quit my job shortly after, took a few workshops & started my own studio. Now I spend time printing and hanging out with my two little boys, my sweet rescue dog, Laila and my college sweetheart.

I'm happy to bring you the first of what I hope are more classes about letterpress. I feel there aren't enough and I'd like to teach you what I know so you can be less frustrated than I've been trying to figure it all out!

I'd be honored for you to join me in this class and if you want to follow along my printing adventures, then join me on Instagram.

If you love letterpress stationery, then check out the new personalized, letterpress stationery subscription box I just launched called HELLO POST!