We specialize in creating custom wedding invitations and day-of accessories for couples looking to add a unique touch to their stationery. Our printing studio is located in Tustin, CA, where we house a 10x15 Heidelberg Windmill, a hot foil stamping machine, a Challenge cutter. and a variety of other finishing equipment.
When we’re not printing, we are sipping boba/coffee, eating ALL THE FOODS, doing yoga, admiring vintage things, cuddling the doggos, and obsessing over Eames, our tiny little human.
Kat's experience in graphic design has spanned over ten years, and Paper Mint Press was her creative outlet and side hustle after realizing how much she loved combining modern ways of design with centuries old printing techniques.
Commemorating important life events and milestones is something she takes very seriously, and she loves working closely with clients to turn their vision into a tangible keepsake.
Emil had no idea what he was getting himself into when his girlfriend at the time said, "Hey do you want to take this letterpress class with me?" Turns out, he ended up loving the process for the level of craftsmanship and artistry involved in printing.
You probably won't meet him face to face, but he's the man behind the print and production work, a supportive husband, and problem solver extraordinaire!
Traditionally, letterpress printing involves a typesetter who would arrange lead or wooden type blocks into a chase (frame that holds the design together). This is done o-n-e.l-e-t-t-e-r.a-t.a.t-i-m-e. They would then lock the chase into the bed, the machine inks it up, and presses paper against the form to transfer the ink from the type, which then creates an impression along with the print, onto the paper.
Nowadays, you are able to flawlessly combine images, text, and design elements into photo-etched polymer plates from computer generated files and have it pressed, creating a beautiful, textural component to your stationery. Many steps of the process are still done the old fashioned way, though. We hand mix the inks, manually register the position of the print, inspect each sheet as it goes through the press, and trim the final product by hand. In this way, modern technology melds with old machinery to create a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind work of art.