Letterpress Visitenkarten für Bohlen Design

We printed these Letterpress Business cards for our friend and Cologne Südstadt neighbor Nick Bohlen. Nick supplied the layout for the cards and we printed them on 100% cotton stock. The orange colour is often hard to achieve using digital printing on a CMYK pallet. This is one of the beauties of letterpress printing, where we can use the Pantone base colors to mix almost any colour we need.

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A lovely bright orange without the brown tinge often seen in digital printing using a CMYK colour system

We achieved a fair impression on the cards keeping in mind that we never want to have any evidence of the print on the rear of the card. The logo signet of the ‘n’ and ‘b’ in Nick’s logo, raises nicely from the background, a haptic quality synonymous with embossing. The orange was a delight to print, requiring only one pass on the printer and therefore keeping the colour true. As letterpress ink has a certain transparency, a second pass would change the colour significantly. This is why sometimes we have to mix a colour for 2 passes or for a single pass and it can all even be determined by room temperature, paper or even the consistency of the ink.

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Project info:
Orange mixed to match Nick’s orange color chip. 100% Pantone black used for the text.
100% bright white cotton card used for it’s brightness, soft finish and great impression.
We printed 100 of these cards one-by-one on our Antique printing press

Do you like the cards? We always love to hear from you so be sure to leave your comments below.

  • Mike Beaney

    March 9, 2016 at 5:54 am

    That orange colour looks amazing. Could you tell me which Pantone colour it is? It looks more like HKS ink.

  • nicholas elliott

    March 9, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hallo Mike, It is a ncie bright orange I have to say but I think that is because present day print jobs are are being printed cheap and cheerful in this digital world we live in. I am yet to see a lovely bright rich orange printed digitally, there is always a brown tinge to the oranges.

    The colour you are interested in is not a pantone colour but I do have a HKS colour system reference for you HKS Colourmatch No. 17.


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