Friday, February 5, 2021

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

White Ink Trend Hits Invitations!

It's Wedding Wednesday here at French Press and we want to discuss the popular new invitation trend - white ink! We now have the capability to print both white ink invitations and envelopes. We print white ink on up to 130 lb paper, coated or uncoated. We also offer envelope addressing as a service. Since it is Valentine's Day, below is a preview of our services on a cute Valentine's card!

So why white ink? White ink makes invitations truly stand out against dark paper. It gives the invitations a rustic feel while remaining chic. It can create an earthy look while maintaining an elegant touch. It's a more affordable alternative to white foil!

Need design inspiration? We can handle that! We can either print your design or create one for you - we offer custom design services in our studio.

Questions? Give us a call at 585-406-0537, email us, or stop in to discuss!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Postal Rate Increase // Wedding Wednesday

Today is my first Wedding Wednesday post! After 10 years in the invitation business I realized that some folks may find my insane amount of wedding knowledge useable in your own lives. Whether it's how to address an envelope, printing tips and tricks or finding the right sizes and weights for plan is to deliver this knowledge to you, weekly! Wedding Wednesdays will range in topics and mediums, but will rely on you to provide feedback on what works--and what doesn't work! If you have questions, please ask away! We are here to help!

POSTAGE RATE INCREASE! So, as of January 21, 2018 the cost of postage in the U.S. will increase by $.01 (pending approval of the Postal Regulatory Commission). For brides, this seemingly slight increase may add just a few extra pennies in postage, but it's important that the correct stamps are used--otherwise RETURN-o to YOU-o. Not fun when you've spent so much time, effort and let's not forget money on your invites! Luckily, we still have amazing forever stamps that will always (and forever) work! View options and purchase online at USPS here. I've attached a quick little diagram (above) to show you costs and some of my favorite Forever stamps below. Keep in mind, standard postage only works up to a total weight of 1 oz. If the envelopes is more than 1 oz. (but still less than 2 oz.) this is an additional $.21. So now you're up to $.71/per envelope. This can get pricey when you start to do the math. Also, its' worth noting that square envelopes are always considered "non-machinable" and are $.71 up to 1 oz. If you are under 2 oz., the cost increases by $.21 again to $.92. When in doubt, take your envelope and all of the contents to the U.S. Post Office and ask them to weigh it for postage. I still do this if I'm unsure of my scale. Of course, you can always do custom postage which is an amazing added custom touch to any envelope. For about 2x the cost of USPS stamps, you can purchase a custom designed postage stamp that can feature a monogram, photo or any artwork. Some noted site to purchase custom stamps: PhotoStamps, and Zazzle
Love FlourishesFlowers From the GardenAndrew WyethCelebration BoutonniereGifts of Friendship (Japan Joint Issue)Sarah VaughanClassics ForeverCelebration CorsageMeyer LemonsPenguins

Save 10% Off Entire Order, Ends 2/1/18

We want to give brides a way to warm up this January! Save 10% off any order over $500 at French Press. This offer is only good from January 17 until February 1, 2018 so give us a call, stop in or pop us an e-mail and place your order today. We can print your own designs or pick from our collections. We can also custom design something just for you! Our services include design and printing of wedding invitations, save the dates, envelope addressing, edge painting, letterpress printing, foil stamping, digital printing, custom design, envelope liners, menus, place cards, table numbers, and thank you notes. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

White Ink Printing

White ink printing is now available at French Press! Let us design and print a design for you or we'd be happy to print your own design. We can also address envelopes in a variety of styles and fonts. Save money with white toner instead of spending a ton of money on white foil. Color is also available. Give us a call or drop an e-mail to start your project! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Final Day: Flash Sale on Etsy

Last day to save 15% on any order (including custom orders!) on our Etsy site. Visit our Etsy site: and purchase or send us an e-mail to create your custom order. Save by using code FLASH2015 at checkout!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fall Letterpress Workshops are Now Open

Our Workshop schedule is finally here! With a mixture of fun and technical learning, there is a workshop for everyone! From fun Wood Type Workshops and Linoleum Block Cutting to the more technical Introduction to Letterpress Workshop, we feel this is our best and most versatile offering of classes yet. All of the details for each class are listed below. but please don't hesitate to ask questions. We are combining forces with our studio mates over at Type High to bring you an amazing experience, so don't miss out! As always, workshops make a great gift, so keep that in mind as the holidays or birthdays draw near.

Dates are being added so please check back often or e-mail us to be placed on our mailing list

- All Classes are open to any experience level
- All Classes are held at our studio, 127 Railroad Street in Rochester, NY (next to Public Market)
- Registration and payment in full is required before class
- Register by calling French Press (585 406 0537) or e-mail (info at
- Gift Certificates are available (perfect for your DIY friend or loved one!!)

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Intro to Letterpress
One class – Endless Possibilities.

2 Classes Sessions (2 evening session per class)
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Discover how to set metal type to produce a unique letterpress printed piece. Set a poem, a bookmark, personal stationery, or greeting card.

Learn the proper way to set metal type in a composing stick, pull a proof and then take your idea to the press. We’ll teach you the importance of leading and how to properly adjust the line spacing of your form. Become familiar with the history of letterpress, common type sizes, word spaces and quads, all while having some fun making a project of your own.

You will then learn how to lock your form in a chase, do make ready, and print a small edition of your design. Learn about furniture, quoins, reglets and a proper make ready for the press. You will learn how to lubricate the press, apply ink, adjust impression, set guides, and print your project on a hand or foot treadle operated Platen press.

While your beautiful printed pieces dry, you will learn to properly wash-up the press, and finish your job by distributing your type.

6 hour class. - Tuesday/Thursday Night or All Day Saturday.

Each session is limited to 6 students.
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Wood Type Workshop
Get some ink on your hands

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This free form printing workshop is one of our most creative workshops. We open our drawers of antique wood type, dingbats and borders for you to enjoy. Create artwork by hand burnishing posters, cards, and broadsides, from type and images in our amazing collection. Use brayers, to create fields of color, add in some type and create instant one of a kind works of art.

This free form class is to give you a taste of what is possible with the type and letterpress equipment we have in our shop. It is a low pressure, lots of fun experience using 100 year old type and images. A press or two maybe used but for the most part you will be using your hands and brayers to create the images on paper.

Each session is limited to 8 students.
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Introduction to Linoleum Cut

1 Class Session (2 evening session per class)
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

This class will introduce you to basic linoleum cutting techniques. We’ll supply the tools and lino blocks, you supply the artwork and ideas. Once carved we’ll show you how to make a proof of your cut, make corrections to it, and then print it on our C&P platen presses or our Vandercook Proof presses.

Lino cuts are one of the easiest ways to create images for use in letterpress printing. They create crisp images and nice solids when printed properly.

Each session is limited to 6 students.
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Printing on the Vandercook Proof Press

Class dates to come

Come learn to print on our Vandercook No.3 Proof Press, one of the most easy to use letterpress machines in our shop.

This class will show you how to set type on a flat bed press, adjust impression and packing and start pulling beautiful prints. Your instructor will guide you through your project as you set wood and metal type from our vast collection.

Create a unique letterpress composition and explore the many possibilities of combining lead and wood type to make artistic letterpress prints. Learn to lock-up posters, small broadsides, even greeting cards on the flat bed press,

Prior typesetting experience preferred but not necessary for this class.

6 hour class.
By Appointment: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
One 45 minute lunch break at noon.

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Printing on the Wesel Iron Handpress: Every Print Pulled is a Work of Art.

Class dates to come
Experience the thrill of pulling the impression lever of our antique Wesel Iron Handpress. Built in 1900 this giant of our shop stands over 6 ft. tall, and can handle a sheet up to 18" x 24".

Design and print magnificent large wood type posters and signs. Your instructor will guide you through your project as you set wood and metal type from our vast collection of display type.

Create an unique letterpress composition and explore the many visual possibilities of multi color overprinting. Learn to lock-up your poster on the flat bed press, mount and cut the frisket, set guides, adjust impression, and ink for beautiful art posters.

6 hour class.
By Appointment: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dates to be determined
One 45 minute lunch break at noon.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

10% Off Letterpress Printing for the Month of July

letterpress sale
Save 10% off any letterpress service from French Press for the entire month of July! We are always happy to give back to our clients, so here is your chance to grab a letterpress discount! Budget conscious brides can take advantage of this sale on letterpress printing for wedding invitations, thank you notes, or any day-of wedding stationery. Or if you want to take your business to the next level, a letterpress business card will make your clients take notice.

This applies to designs given to French Press or to artwork we have designed for you. This offer expires on 8/1/15. Our past work can be viewed on our website or on our Facebook page. Give us a call, 585 406 0537 or send us an e-mail to start your project today.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Shower Season at French Press

Lots of Shower invitations have filled our shop this season! We're so excited to be a small part of everyone's important celebrations. Today's feature are some of our favorite shower invitations over the past year. We'd be happy to design and print your shower invitation. Give us a call, 585-406-0537 or email us info(at) We also have some up on our Etsy site for those DIY folks out there. Congrats to all those Brides-to-be and Moms-to-be out there!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Elegant, Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations

We know that wedding budgets exist for a reason. We think you should be able to have a beautiful wedding invitation AND still be able to afford the flowers. Set the tone for your big day by taking advantage of our new Printables, our solution for DIY brides! Available on our Etsy site right now!! We are adding weekly, so check back if you don't see what you like.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY Printables are Here!!

We are excited to announce DIY Printables on our Etsy site! These are budget-friendly options for clients that want well-designed paper goods, but either want to print-at-home or with another vendor. You also have the option to go paperless with these too! With a cost ranging from $25 to $60, this fits every persons budget! Available on our Etsy site and updated often.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Save 10% on Our 5 Best Invitations for the New Year!

Celebrate the New Year and Save 10% on our top 5 invitations! Better yet-- Share this link on your Facebook page and save an additional 5%! We are excited for changes in the upcoming year and want to share our enthusiasm with our clients and friends! Click to view more details and to visit our website. E-mail us or phone us directly (585-406-0537) to ask a question or talk to us about custom invitations. Valid from 12/19/14-2/1/15

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Custom Holiday Cards // Order Now and Save 10%

We get so excited to design and create holiday cards for our clients! Letterpress holiday cards are a perfect way to celebrate the season or impress your business clients! If you are on a budget, we offer inkjet cards that are sure to impress. Our holiday gift to you is saving 10% off your entire order. We are offering this through November 3rd, so order now and get your cards in time to spread some cheer! Call or e-mail us now!

Don't forget we also are offering Letterpress Workshops! A great early holiday present for someone special or show off your creative side by making a letterpress holiday card or print this year. Ho Ho HO!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

French Press Selling at Second Storie

French Press will be selling holiday cards and other letterpress goodies at the Second Storie Indie Market on Saturday, November 29th from 10-6pm. The sale will be at the Visual Studies Workshop at 31 Prince Street in Neighborhood of the Arts section of Rochester, New York. Come out and grab some holiday gifts!