New place, New faces...

Introducing the fabulous employees of Spark Letterpress. 

Alana Amdahl came to Spark in 2012 because of her love for all things crafty and beautiful. Graduating from SDSU with a degree in consumer affairs and a minor in business, Alana is your go-to sales and consumer relations gal. She’s chipper and always happy to dream up big letterpress ideas! Growing up in a building family she loves all things pertaining to home DIY and decor. She bought her first house this year and has been very busy making it a home.  In her free time she sells real estate, crafts like a mad woman, and throws elaborate dinner parties!

Chelsea Marsh graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Advertising. After designing her wedding invitations in 2010, she fell in love with all things stationery and printing. She joined the Spark team in 2012 and still can’t believe how lucky she is to be doing exactly what she’s dreamed of doing everyday. Thanks to the wonders of technology, Chelsea happily designs for our clients from her home with her new daughter, Charlie, the littlest member of the Spark family, right by her side.

Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Jason Yoh has a BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been a full-time letterpress printer since 2005, having worked at shops in Syracuse, Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Jason likes to think something is carried over when paper goods are handcrafted on generations-old machines and has a related fondness for old tractors. Favorite shop smell: Gojo soap. Favorite Pantone color: 185. Favorite font: Caslon. Lastly, he doesn't believe in naming printing presses but won't judge those who do.

Megan Burke hails originally from Wisconsin and graduated from Kansas State University. She has worked in operations with numerous arts organizations around the country while moonlighting as a bright-eyed bar maiden and introverted artist. At Spark Letterpress she serves as your friendly stationery sales associate, working hard to translate your amazing ideas so our amazing printers can make your dreams come true. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and ten years of customer service experience, Megan boasts a plethora of creativity, professionalism and niceness to boot.

Annie Walsh is a born and bred Midwest girl. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Annie has a passion for and background in design but stumbled upon letterpress printing and hasn’t looked back. Having had experience printing and learning at various shops and book arts institutions, she is very excited to be a part of the team at Spark. Annie will be learning all aspects of production and finishing in her junior press operator role.

Spark's Open House

I can’t believe it’s been a few weeks since our open house already. After all of the planning and excitement, it came and went all too quickly. We had a great time mingling with current and future clients, industry colleagues, vendors and more. We expect this to be the first of many future events as we now have the perfect space for hosting gatherings large and small.

During the event we handed out posters that were letterpress-printed in gold and gray on French Paper Dur-O-Tone 100# cover in Steel Grey.

Customer Profile: An Island Wedding

In honor of summer, we wanted to showcase a colorful suite we created for a couple getting married in the Cayman Islands. Through our retailer, Studio Two Sixteen, we customized our Alyssa suite from our Impress album into this beauty. Using a mix of teal, silver and fuchsia inks on our bright white, teal and fuchsia papers, as well as adding special touches with the laser wrap, crystal and edge painting, the couple married a classic and tropical style beautifully. Happy Summer!

Suite Customization: Roberto Save the Date

This customized order transformed our Roberto suite into a cute save the date for this couple sent to us from our retailer, Gus and Ruby.

The original Roberto invitation is an A7 size, 2-color piece, utilizing our lime ink and blind press on our bright white recycled 1-ply paper. This couple opted to go with an A2 size card for their save the date. They also chose only one color, warm gray and are printing on our soft white cotton 1-ply paper. On the left of the image below is the working file of our original Roberto invitation. On the right is the customized version.

Then the proof is created and sent off to the client.  The end result was just what they wanted!

Fresh off the Press: Cut Spike Whiskey

We love doing projects for small, independent businesses, and this one was one of our absolute favorites. Cut Spike Distillery is located in La Vista, Nebraska and specializes in distilling high quality, small batch spirits. When it came time to print their beautifully designed whiskey labels, courtesy of Archrival, they came to Spark, and we're so glad they did! These fancy labels were printed on Strathmore Writing label stock in black and a custom metallic gold ink. The neck tags were printed on French Paper Muscletone 140# Cover in Black with a matching gold edge.