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Holidays! – DIY Letterpress Cards In-Studio Class Nov 4

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Holidays! - DIY Letterpress Cards In-Studio Class
Saturday, November 4, 10:30am-4pm
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Limit: 6 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

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

Printing guru Carolyn Sweeney loves teaching others how to work her two vintage presses. The first step is creating your own card design with metal type and decorative accents. There are 30 fonts and hundreds of printers’ ornaments from which to choose. Create a traditional design or try something with a little humor. (Hint: Carolyn has some great examples!) Use old-fashioned metal type to set your design by hand into a chase, which is the proper term for the form that holds everything together. Carolyn shows you how to ink and “makeready” the press for a clear impression. Then it’s production time as you put your prepared chase into the printer and crank it up! 

You’ll leave class with a basic understanding of metal typesetting and letterpress printing. You’ll also have 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 some holiday cheer this season! 

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

Click HERE for a sneak peek of a letterpress class on Instagram.

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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