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By: Tt Patton  09-12-2011
Keywords: Stationery

I’ve never really liked the color of my hair.  So, I dyed my hair when I was younger.  Bad idea!  So now, I just live with what I have, gray and all.

But you don’t have to settle for one color when it comes to stationery.  Like magic, you can use the same die and create multiple colors.  That’s because engraved stationery uses a die which has a design or name carved into a copper or steel plate. Sometimes dies are called plates…I know…confusing.

To create beautiful engraved stationery, dies are placed into an engraving press, colored ink is loaded, the ink is “rolled” across the plates, and then the plates are pressed into the paper; BY HAND, ONE AT A TIME.  So now you know the secret that goes into creating this beautiful little holiday card.  It’s two colors…so it went through the process twice.Since 1878, Dempsey & Carroll has provided the finest quality engraving on natural fiber papers to many familiar icons around the globe.  The tradition of fine engraving continues with their boxed stationery collection right here at their exclusive Chicagoland retailer, TT Patton.  But if you’re ready to order fine stationery at the this weekend, you have to make the plates first.   If you’ve never made engraving plates, no worries.  We’ll help you create and design your own personal look.

When I visited Pineider in Italy a couple of years ago, I toured a room filled with engraving plates. Pineider have plates that date back over 50 years. This goes to show you metal will last a long, long time.

Keywords: Stationery

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