Maple Tea is a letterpress printing studio run on a small scale - it's just me, my ideas and an old printing press. I design and print stationery including branding stationery for small businesses, wedding stationery, mini art prints, personalised stationery sets and notecard sets and greetings cards. I use a mixture of vintage metal type and ornaments and new printing plates made with my own designs and illustrations.
Originally founded in Brixton, Maple Tea moved to Margate in 2015, and recently to Ramsgate.
I make special occasion stationery and design logos and branding materials for small businesses. I also design and illustrate cards, prints, calendars and other stationery items. Most of my customers want special stationery for their weddings or are looking for business cards that will stand out as their work is aesthetic or visual, such as photographers, designers, art galleries, food critics, artists and architects.
My printing press dates back to mid 20th century and works using specially made printing plates that press into the paper, distributing ink as well as making an indentation in the paper. I have a collection of old metal type and ornaments that can be used to produce pieces such as greetings cards, business cards and wedding invitations, or I can create new designs using software - this is what I do most frequently for personalised items, as it allows me to create proofs of the designs that I can send to my customers for their approval before production.
I also offer design services, creating original logos, branding materials and designing for both letterpress and modern forms of printing.
Letterpress printing is known for it visual and tactile quality, in particular the way the inks sits on the paper and the slight indentation left in the card. Compared to modern printing, letterpress is a painstaking process, but the difference in quality is very noticeable and it allows for printing on thicker card stocks.
I design and print business cards for artists, photographers, interior designers and other freelance creatives / small to medium startups. If you have your own design that you would like printed, please contact me at [email protected]. I also do bespoke letterpress design for small businesses, including brand identity design.
• Business cards, brand identity, letterheads, compliment slips
• Wedding invitations, save the date cards, order of service, RSVP cards
• Menus, packaging, belly bands
• Art prints, greetings cards, stationery sets, postcards, notecards, monogrammed stationery
Need information about design process, mailing options or pricing? Try my SHOP FAQS
Ordering wedding stationery? Please view or download my wedding stationery price list for costs and guidance.
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