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Valentines! DIY Letterpress Cards In-Studio Class Feb 3

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Valentines! Letterpress Cards In-Studio Class
Saturday, February 3, 10:30am-4pm
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Limit: 6 students. All participatns must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

Surprise the special people in your life by designing and printing your own Valentine cards! Handmade cards are always special, but the crisp imprint created with letterpress has a unique character and feel. Plus it’s easy to produce a stack of cards once you’ve hand set your design.

Printing guru Carolyn Sweeney loves teaching others how to work her two vintage presses. Start by creating the design for your cards with metal type and decorative accents. There are 30 fonts and hundreds of printers’ ornaments from which to choose – wow! Carolyn teaches you how to set the old-fashioned metal type by hand into a chase (i.e., form) and how to “makeready” the press for a clear impression. Then it’s production time as you put your chase into the printer and crank it up! 

You’ll leave class with a basic understanding of metal typesetting and letterpress printing as well as with a stack of 25 to 30 unique, personalized cards – plenty for surprising all those people you don’t contact as often as you’d like. Spread a little Valentine love this February! 

This introductory class is similar to Carolyn’s class on using metal type, except the focus is on making Valentine cards.

The class is held at the instructor’s studio near Chautauqua in Boulder. The address will be emailed to registered students on the Monday before class.

Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Painting clothes/apron
  • Bag lunch and water bottle for the short lunch break

Class materials:

  • All printing materials provided

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Carolyn Sweeney is the owner, designer, and print artist behind Black Dog Press, a local letterpress printing company. With an educational background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Carolyn finds pleasure in tiny and exacting creative endeavors, such as setting type to use in a 100-year-old letter press machine or creating miniature worlds in old candy tins. Check out


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