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SlowPrint™ : Award Winning Letterpress for Design

by peterf last modified 2014-12-29 01:44

Like Slow Food, we use the finest ingredients and exquisite preparation and technique to produce the finest letterpress printing available. Now 30% lower cost for 2015! Same fine quality! Letterpress business cards for Law and Professional Corporations are a specialty, for a roster of partners or principals. Finest American and European letterpress printing papers. Commercial letterpress, designer friendly! Personal stationery, holiday cards, business cards, note cards, mailers, book covers, jewelry tags and clothing tags, wedding and special event invitations. We've been thinking about what makes the best letterpress printing since 1979!

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Now 30% lower prices for 2015! Exquisite Letterpress Business Cards from Slow Print 

New lower cost fine-paper options, flat-rate color and flat-rate second-color options, with double-sided cards as well! 

Get your instant estimate now for the best deal around for one- to three-color (includes blind-imprinting!) business cards / small format letterpress cards! Sure, you can find cheaper letterpress out there, but you won't find any better. 

We aim for perfect inking, perfect impression, perfect marriage of paper and design...  


New Lower Prices on our popular Zen of Letterpress cards!

With 3000 card order up to six names or variations! Resellers Welcome! 


Choose any of our house 110# Stocks (Lettra, Strathmore, Legion Bamboo) 

 *S&H $15 add'l. Black ink only. Some conditions apply. 

Use your own design or choose one of our professional templates!

This is your best value in letterpress business cards, printed with the same absolute commitment to perfect impression as our top-end cards costing far more!  See the Zen of Letterpress page for details. 



We need your input! Submit a survey and enter our weekly drawing for free letterpress business cards! 


Yes! We do Thank You cards! ...and invitations, and note cards, and letterheads and ...

The New York Times features The Found Art of Thank-You Notes!

If you're looking for the finest possible high-touch papers, we offer the exquisite handmade "Prague" and "Moravia" from the 500-year-old Velke Losiny Czech papermill.

Designed for handwriting, the surface is smooth and simply luxurious. See our Velke-Losiny pricing.

The new 2014 Edition of our Sampler includes new Revere and Savoy papers, and lots of great samples.

We are pleased to present the SlowPrint Exquisite Paper Sampler, our exclusive selection of fine papers from around the world! 
The Sampler contains numerous printed samples and an index sheet. We are not including swatches in the 2013 edition.

2012 SlowPrint Paper Swatches & Samples

All samplers are now sent by USPS Priority Mail for 2-3 day delivery (US only) Current package may not contain specific items shown here.



Welcome to Slow Print Letterpress! 

  • Master Classes in Letterpress Printing

Peter is available to consult at your shop. See

  • Wholesale and White Label Letterpress 

We can provide wholesale letterpress printing services to stationers, wedding planners, and corporate design clients, as well as individual clients and designers.  


SlowPrint Portfolio

"Peter is a consummate craftsman in all areas of his practice, with a global perspective on typography, letterpress printing and digital design. I depend on him for a steady hand, a nimble mind, and a generous outlook in all things."
 — Kate Friedman (client)

"Peter is an expert letterpress printer who does faultless, crisp, elegant work."

— Mark Batty (client) - Mark Batty Publishers, New York (client)


Art Slam Invitation
2-color letterpress from SlowPrint

Recent work includes two-color invitations, three-color 'circus tickets' (for a wedding), and assorted business cards.
The Art Slam! invitation, designed by SlowPrint, is printed on Crane Lettra 110# Pearl. The yellow 'wood-type' was printed on the Miehle Cylinder, and the black type on the Windmill. The cylinder press gives great solid coverage.
The "tickets", designed by SlowPrint were produced on five different stocks for use in our sampler. Printed in three colors, one of which was changed half-way through, on the Red-ball Heidelberg Windmill. We've left quite a few of them un-cut in press-sheets for the sampler mailings. These were done on five different stocks to show the characteristic of each.

DuoRose "Circus Tickets"
Three color letterpress from SlowPrint. Extremely tight registration

Thanks Type Talk!

Ilene Strizver's interview with SlowPrint's Peter Fraterdeus is featured in Ilene's TypeTalk column on! Check it out!


Thanks Box Car Press!

 SlowPrint's Dubuque studio is featured in the "Blogxcar" blog's workspaces series! Check it out!


 Hot off the Press

Some of our recent business card projects.

Business Cards - Peter Fraterdeus, Typography & Design

Recent business cards, and logos designed by Peter Fraterdeus and printed at SlowPrint. 

Letterpress Business Cards for Houston Law Firm (Detail) 2/2 Business Cards for Houston Law Firm. Design: Crisp and Raw Design Labs. Strathmore Ultimate White 130# Cover

Business cards for Gorjana Designs. Crane Lettra 600gsm Pearl White with blind-impression and custom Pantone Gray.

Business cards for Gorjana Designs. Crane Lettra 600gsm Pearl White with blind-impression and custom Pantone Gray.

Business cards for Corked Dubuque. Crane Lettra 300gsm Pearl White with blind-impression and two custom Pantone inks.

Business cards for Corked Dubuque. Crane Lettra 300gsm Pearl White with blind-impression and two custom Pantone inks.



New, rich, high-touch double-thick sheets, for custom business cards, invitations, hang-tags, etc.

We're please to be offering two fantastic 'double-thick' paper alternatives for custom high-touch business cards, and other printed items demanding a world-class heavy stock.
Reich Paper's Savoy 236# and the Italian mould-made Arturo 600gsm. Both are tree-free and gorgeous.
Both are available in Bright White and Soft White, and both have substantially more surface texture than Crane's Lettra, allowing for a dramatic impression and contrast between the imprinted image and the paper surface.
We are including samples of both Savoy 236# and Arturo 600gsm in our Exquisite Paper Sampler


Please take our short survey! gets thousands of visitors every month, but we only hear from a tiny fraction of you!

We want to serve your letterpress needs! Let us know if you are not finding what you're looking for! What would you pay for 1000 Zen of Letterpress Cards – Our special matte black on Strathmore 100% Cotton Writing 110# Soft-white Cover?

Slow Print Business Cards

Printed in four custom colors Hahnemuhle Copperplate Etching 300gsm

Unfortunately, the price of fine papers keeps going up.
We can't lower our prices on the double-thick stocks and stay in business! We're a very small shop, dedicated to the finest possible printing, and we depend on clients who understand the special attention that it takes to create perfect impressions.
Still, with our "Zen of Letterpress" products and our range of paper stocks on the Business Cards Estimator, we hope you'll find something that fits your budget! We do realize that letterpress is a luxury, and many of our options are indeed luxurious, but both Zen of Letterpress and our basic Business Cards are as good a value as you'll find, given the quality and world-class craftsmanship that we offer.

We'd really appreciate if you'd answer a few questions about your letterpress needs and about your visit to!


Neenah Classic ColumnsNew! Neenah Classic Columns/Smooth 120# Duplex in four elegant pairings

  • Indigo/AvalancheWhite
  • Epic Black/Classic Cream White
  • Ponderosa Green /Classic Natural White
  • Red Pepper/Solar White

 See these and more paper options on our Letterpress Business Card Estimator


Hearty congratulations to Bradley Emmons for the FPO award!  
Elegant die-cut J2 Public Relations cards printed by SlowPrint, in two custom mixed inks.

J2 Round Cornered Cards

Die-cut round corners, 2inx2in 2/1 cards on Crane Lettra 600gsm Bright White
Design by Bradley Emmons, Philadelphia

Legion Bamboo paper is now available, in 265 gsm cover weight for business cards, invitations etc. The double-weight 530gsm is now in stock! This is a gorgeous sheet made from 90% bamboo, one of the most sustainably grown fibers around, with 10% cotton. Legion Bamboo is now included in our Exquisite Paper Sampler, and we expect that it will become very popular.

The paper sampler  includes our favorite fine papers for affordable letterpress, whether social, wedding or commercial printing.



Slowprint spread from 'Impressive' - the new book from Gestalten (Berlin)

Slow Print Studio is featured with a two-page spread in Impressive – a gorgeous, brand new hard cover book from Gestalten (Germany). The book is available through Amazon or from Gestalten. If you love wild and powerful graphic design, screen printed concert posters, elegant typography and letterpress galore, you'll be well rewarded by Impressive!

Order Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design  at


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Exquisite Letterpress Business Cards from Slow Print! Please use this  instant quote and order form for more info on the best deal around for 1-3 color letterpress business cards / small format letterpress cards.

Contact us for a quote on your invitation  or fine stationery project now!

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