Who we are
Cardinal and Straw is a branch of Minuteman Press, a commercial print shop owned by Emily and Jim Mistretta in Lexington, KY. Cardinal and Straw, specializing in social printing such as wedding invitations, announcements, greeting cards, etc..., is relocating to a new storefront in August of 2016. This move will allow Emily and her staff the opportunity to better serve our wedding and other social customers, while still utilizing the print capabilities of our Minuteman Press print shop. We work with brides both near and far and can answer your questions via email, phone or in person. Thanks so much and we look forward to working with you!
Our staff has years of experience in graphic design, offset and letterpress printing and is dedicated to making your wedding items a cherished part of your special day. Emily, our graphic designer and wedding consultant, has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and many years of experience working in the arts. Emily has been designing custom invitations and programs for several years and loves helping couples develop a wedding suite which reflects their personality and the theme of their wedding day.
What we do
Letterpress printing is one of the oldest methods of printing, traditionally using wood or lead type to physically press ink into paper one sheet at a time. While we now use photopolymer plates to create the impression, the results are the same - a beautiful deep impression that is exquisite both to view and to touch. Letterpress printing is a craft requiring a skilled press operator and patience. Each piece has its own unique character. For a great look at how letterpress pieces are lovingly created watch this video from Neenah Paper - our source for beautiful Crane's Lettra Paper. The 100% cotton Lettra paper is the perfect match for letterpress and provides a crisp and deep impression.
Thermography (Raised Print)
Thermograph (raised) printing uses offset (flat) printing and a special powder which is applied to the printed piece while the ink is still wet. The piece is then exposed to a heating element which casues the powder to swell and "raises" the ink. Thermography is a great way to add texture and beauty to your printed piece and is an affordable alternative to engraving.
Offset and Digital Printing
Offset printing (flat) printing is the standard ink printing process in use today. It is a method where a thin layer of ink is applied to a sheet of paper by using a laser etched plate. Offset printing can be done using 1, 2 or more colors and allows you to select and match inks based on the Pantone ink formula guides. Digital printing encompasses a variety of toner and inkjet based machines used for full color printing as well as variable data (think addressing your envelopes). Digital printing also includes our wide format options used for printing seating charts and other larger items.