Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press. Copies are produced by repeat direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets of paper or a continuous roll of paper. The text or image is composed on movable type plates traditionally of wood or metal, and the plates are locked into the chase of the press. The type is then covered in ink, and the paper is pressed against it to transfer both the colored ink and create a raised impression on the paper. The press must be cleaned and new type plates installed for each color that appears on the printed paper.
Letterpress printing is the oldest form of printing, and was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century, until the 19th century. It remained the popular choice for books until the second half of the 20th century, when offset printing was developed.
Today letterpress is mainly used for high end artistic projects, and stationery. All the ink for the creed was custom created and mixed by hand. Letterpress is a labor of love that creates a true work of art that is both tactile, and visually appealing.