Claire and I have been working on refining her existing logo for months and when we finally got to the stage of printing I could not wait to bring her vision to life! Claire wanted it all- edge painting, dip dye and a blind pass- this girl went all out and damn it looks good.

I started with letterpress printing in charcoal gray, just slightly softer than black. I followed it up with a tiny blind pass on the front, can you spot it? Next up I dip dyed these cards one by one, and then did it again for that incredible gradient look. Last but not least I edge painted them in the same color as the dip dye for a seamless, monochromatic look.

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Meaghan Brianne

Let’s talk about these business cards that you guys are going wild for on IG! Meaghan was absolutely lovely to work with and the best part is her husband is a designer and he created these incredibly detailed cards for her.

Meaghans business cards are edge painted with a custom blush pink color. We also did a custom Pantone color for both colors of ink- lots of color matching going on here! The mustard color was used for her name on the front and that tiny illustration on the back. This illustration really got me, it’s so freakin cute! I had a hard time recycling the test prints that got that little mark. We combined the illustration with her info and tag line in grey. The front side has her name in the mustard color and is finished with a blind pass of a floral illustration. 

I adore Meaghan and her photography is incredible- be sure to check it out at

Some technical things to note for your information- each card went through the press 4 times. Every color is a pass on the press and obviously one side at a time. I started with grey, did mustard on the backside, mustard on the front side and then the blind pass. That’s 400 times the press cycled through for just 100 cards! Handmade is hard work. 

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I have been looking forward to printing for Mikayla for a very long time! She is the sweetest friend and recently had a complete rebrand by Studio Antheia. They created the most wonderful, cohesive brand that truly reflects Mikayla and her work. I’m obsessed with the details of the rose, the sweet tag line and a killer color palette.

For Mikayla I printed business cards and a set of square cards to be included with her packages. The business cards are double sided, printed in black ink and edge painted. The square cards are single sided, printed in black in and also edge painted! I used this gorgeous terra-cotta color for the edges on some of her project- but not all of it just to mix it up. Go ahead, zoom in on that rose and swoon with me.

Chelsea Cuykendall

Hi friends! I’m so happy you are here. My name is Chelsea, I’m the owner here at Inky. Inky is a letterpress printing studio based in Snohomish, WA. I love creating simple stationery and paper goods! You can read a bit more about Inky here.

I’ve started this blog to share with you all the deeper details of the incredible client projects I get to work on and really share the process of letterpress and hand lettering. I would love to hear about what you would like to learn and see on this platform- please leave me a comment or message on Instagram (@inkypress) or send me an email if you have any questions or ideas! 

I would first like to introduce you to Sebastian, my 1872 Gordon Franklin platen press. This guy is the foundation of this business and where it all started! That’s also me in the photo, working away on printing some business cards. Sebastian and I work in a small shed that my father and I converted into a studio. We restored this press together after rescuing it from a farmhouse basement, but more on that later.

Thank you for following along!

Chelsea Cuykendall