But what is it? I asked Athena from Meticulous Ink, a traditional printing and stationery company based in Bath. UK.
"Letterpress printing is the oldest print method using a press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. An inked plate is pushed into the board or paper, leaving an impression and the ink behind. It is a very beautiful, delicate print method that has a beautiful texture to it - you can feel the de-bossed effect where the print has hit the paper. It works particularly well with soft, cotton card and extra thick weights of card, where a very deep impression can be achieved."
They recently completed a beautiful and unusual wedding invitation for a Muslim/Hindu wedding. "We created a bespoke henna pattern for the invitations, letterpress printed in a deep red onto beautiful 100% cotton board, to get a delicate texture. This was embellished with a sparkling Swarovski Crystal on each invitation. We also created a matching reply card and envelope and completed the stationery with a paper wrap to keep everything neat and tidy inside the envelope".
Meticulous Ink specialise in utterly bespoke traditional printing - from engraving and embossing to letterpress and foiling - and love to create something unique for every client.