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Are you thankful for the beauty, passion, & humor in this world? Join us in creating an abundance of letterpressed ways to give thanks!

{ SAYING THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES OVER }

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THIS JUST IN - OUR GOAL IS REACHED !!                  anything above and beyond will go to other wonderful gadgets like a new corner rounder & a scale for measuring ink & postage!!!

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A THOUSAND THANK YOUS will be a unique line of letterpressed thank you cards created by Parallel Print Shop, and this Kickstarter project will make our first production run happen!

THANK YOU CARD

Our ultimate desire is to offer the world an abundance of unique letterpressed thank you cards that will encourage people to spread thanks like wildfire for what and who they Love!! The Goal of this project is to get our first large production sized run of cards out and set the groundwork for all future production. It would bring us great pleasure to have enough backers to reward a minimum of a 1000 thank you cards, so that in turn those cards will be sent off to 1000 smiling recipients. Everyone must have someone or something to be thankful for, and sharing thanks can be fulfilling, personal, and fun!

Some naysayers may ask “Why on Earth do we need thank you cards? Can’t I just send them an email, or an e-card?” We would respond by saying yes of course you could do that . . . but, penning a note and delivering it by hand or through the post can be so much more than those new-fangled ways of telling someone you care. By choosing to send one of our cards you are:

  • Slowing down from the hustle and bustle of life to really write what you need to share and giving yourself a well deserved break from the computer screen
  • Sharing a little of your self – personality & Encouraging creativity & Warming of the heart
  • Supporting environmentally friendly minded practices & our dream of being self sufficient
  • Going the extra mile to show that you care - Say Thank You!

It is difficult to comprehend a world functioning without the internet with email, computers with spell check, and phones with instant text messaging. Although those methods can be convenient they can’t always capture the same sentiment of a handmade card. Our cards will represent: simple joy, fun times, hand-worked happiness, and experiments to push the craft of letterpress! Why wouldn’t someone love to receive a Thank You card in the mail from You!?!

THANK YOU CARD

THANK YOU CARD

{ LETTERPRESS }

Letterpress is enjoying a growing resurgence of interest among designers, artists, printmakers and consumers. We like to think of it as a reaction to the “perfect” and some-what “impersonal” experience of modern day communication. Contemporary letterpress printing conveys a handcrafted, thoughtful, visual, and literal expression that is unique and personal.

Dating back hundreds of years, letterpress printing is a process where the raised surface of a form, such as lead type or a cut wood or linoleum block, is inked and then pressed directly into the paper. The result is a print that has a characteristically tactile quality to it, with a satisfying impression that you can feel and see.

At Parallel Print Shop, each piece is currently handfed and hand-cranked on our vintage Vandercook #4 proof press. The process is slow and steady, printing one color at a time. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and our attention to detail, but we also embrace the quirks and character that result from this vintage process. We utilize and reference a wide range of materials and influences to create our work, from vintage type and old woodblocks to contemporary photopolymer plates, making the work versatile and uniquely our own.

THANK YOU CARD

THANK YOU CARD

{ NOW & NEXT }

We have recently been afforded the opportunity to move the Parallel Print Shop pressroom from a tiny one-car garage to a real studio (it was like moving from a shoe box to a walk in closet)! The new space is suitable for real work and the possibilities feel endless!

We have started designing and printing our first batch of thank you cards on our trusty Vandercook #4. But in order to create our first collection of cards on a scale large enough to truly print thousands of thank yous and sustain the print shop as our new day job, we need to acquire a Heidelberg Windmill Press. The Heidelberg Windmill is one of the most versatile and speedy presses ever designed and is the ideal piece of equipment for letterpress production. It will compliment our Vandercook nicely, and will look fabulous in our new studio! Your contribution huge or tiny will allow us to achieve these modest dreams of filling the world with thanks and taking Parallel Print Shop to the next level and beyond!

When we meet our goal the funding will go towards purchase of materials for the thank you cards and other goods to reward all of your pledges, and of course the Heidelberg Windmill Press and needed accessories to print and distribute our very first batch of A Thousand Thank Yous cards!

Funding our project will not only make you feel good and make us so happy - it has the potential to make a profound impact on the world’s ability to bring peace through the written word - one thank you card at a time.

Your pledge is a promise to fund our project – and once our project is funded our promise to you is to do everything outlined here! Our project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. (This way, Parallel Print Shop won’t be expected to fulfill rewards with an insufficient budget.) However, projects can always raise more than their goal, and often do – So don’t be shy and pledge, pledge, pledge! Any additional funding will go towards outfitting the shop with other much needed equipment, paying the studio rent, and without a doubt printing more thank you cards!!

PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS HAPPEN. In exchange for your pledge we have put together an array of rewards that we hope you will find generous and full of love.

PERSONALIZED CALLING CARD

PERSONALIZED CALLING CARD

PERSONALIZED CALLING CARD

{ REWARDS }

Start by checking out the rewards to the right . . . Whatever pledge level you decide fits you best, we want to thank you for supporting our dream and being committed to keeping the art and craft of letterpress alive.

We will be posting regular updates as we design more cards to share as rewards!

Want to know more? Read on …To begin with EVERYONE who contributes will receive:

  • a Thank You Email from Parallel Print Shop
  • be Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com ! !

Thank You Cards:

An assortment of Thank You cards from our current designs. It will be a great mix of singles and bundles. If you really have your heart set on a certain design or color option just let us know when we reach our goal and send out the questionnaire and we will do our absolute best to accommodate your request!

Pocket Note Book:

An array of Limited Edition letterpressed covers designed and assembled by us with love. Dimensions are approx 3.25in x 5in. If you really have your heart set on a certain design or color option just let us know when we reach our goal and send out the questionnaire and we will do our absolute best to accommodate your request!

Note Note Book:

Like the Pocket Note Book but bigger … Dimensions are approx 5in x 7in

Alpha-Calling Cards:

Super fun calling cards with one alpha-character in a handful of fabulous colors!

ATTY Eco-T-Shirt:

Design still to be determined – but they will be Amazing and printed here in Fairfax on American made Eco-friendly Ts

Personalized Calling Cards:

Calling cards printed with your name and desired contact info on one of our signature design templates.

Letterpress Class:

Oh these are going to be FUN! Spend the day in our studio learning all about the letterpress process and getting to do a project of your own … more details to come! “Or merchandise of equivalent value” This is for those of you who want to receive a reward for your pledge but won’t be able to get to Fairfax for a class. In these cases we will take the monetary value of the class and put it toward a selection of letterpressed awesomeness – exactly what those items are can be decided on an individual basis once our goal is met!

Tour of Studio, Fairfax + surrounding areas if you like!:

We live here and can easily forget what an amazing place this is to visit … we won’t be able to pay for you to get here or even pay for lodging, but you will have a kick-ass local tour of the area that just can’t be matched!

Personalized Holiday Cards for your home or business:

Holiday Cards printed with your name and desired message on one of our signature holiday design templates. Your friends and family will be seriously impressed!

Letterpress for Life ..

Well since the world "life" is relative lets just say that we would like to give you All of the other Rewards + Keep You in Thank You Cards and Letterpressed paraphernalia for At Least the Next 10 yrs!!

Doesn’t fit just right? Let’s talk and make it fit! Seriously.

{ MORE }

Want to know More about us and this Project?

To the right you can read our quick bio and link to our websites!

We will be posting Updates regularly to share what’s up and new designs that will be integrated into the rewards!! So at the very least don’t be shy and click that REMIND ME STAR in the upper right hand corner of our project page!

PLEASE Tell your friends and come back soon!

We believe that the name says it all!

THANKS A 100 x 100 ! ! !

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    1 backer

    A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com

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    7 backers

    1 Thank You Card + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com (international shipping please add $5 to your pledge)

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    39 backers

    4 Thank You Cards + 1 Limited-Edition (LE) Pocket Notebook + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com (international shipping please add $5 to your pledge)

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    42 backers

    8 Thank You Cards + YOUR CHOICE OF: 1 LE Pocket Notebook OR + 1 LE Note Notebook OR + 16pk Alpha-Calling Cards in Color of Your Choice! + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com (international shipping please add $10 to your pledge)

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    24 backers

    16 Thank You Cards + 1 LE Pocket Notebooks + 1 LE Note Notebook + 16pk Alpha-Calling Cards in Color of Your Choice! OR scrap all that and get 1 amazing ATTY Eco-T-shirt + 8 Thank You Cards!! + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com (international shipping please add $15 to your pledge)

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    3 backers

    75 Personal Calling Cards from our pre-designed cards! Retail Value $100-$200

  • Pledge $100 or more
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    8 backers

    The $50 Pledge Rewards + 16 more Thank You Cards + 1 ATTY Eco-T-shirt + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com (international shipping please add $20 to your pledge)

  • Pledge $150 or more
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    3 backers

    200 Personal Calling Cards from our pre-designed cards! Retail Value $175-$275

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    1 backer

    100 Personal Holiday Cards from our pre-designed cards! Retail Value $200-$350

  • Pledge $200 or more
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    1 backer

    100 Custom Flat Thank You Cards . . . size: A1, A2, or Monarch . . . 1-2 color w/ or w/out rounded corners . . . 3 design rounds . . . retail value $250-$350

  • Pledge $250 or more
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    5 backers

    The $100 Pledge Rewards + YOUR CHOICE OF: 2 spots in a Letterpress Class OR 200 personalized calling cards from our pre-designed cards + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com

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    2 backers

    The $100 Pledge Rewards + 4 spots total in a Private Letterpress Class (or merchandise of equal value) + 200 personalized calling cards from our pre-designed cards + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com

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    1 backer

    REALLY! Fabulous! The incredible $500 Pledge Rewards + An ATTY Eco-T for All 4 people in the Printing Class + A Tour of the Studio and Fairfax (+ surrounding areas if you like!) and lunch for all 4 of you at our favorite restaurant in town (we love food!) OR Personalized Holiday Cards for Your Home or Business (doesn't fit you just right? lets talk and make it fit!) + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com

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    A DREAM COME TRUE . . . The ridiculously fun $1000 Pledge Rewards + Personalized Holiday & Thank You Cards for Your Home and Business (doesn't fit you just right? lets talk and make it fit!) + A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com

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    LETTERPRESS FOR LIFE: well since the world "life" is relative lets just say that we would like to give you All of the other Rewards + Keep You in Thank You Cards for At Least the Next 10 yrs, oh and A Thank You Email Card from us + Your Name Immortalized on the Wall-o-Fame at ParallelPrintShop.com & I'm pretty sure we will need a photo of you to hang over the Press!

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