Albertine Press

letterpress print shop and boutique for the paper obsessed

From classic and elegant to witty and irreverent - Albertine Press is a Boston-area design and letterpress print shop run by Shelley Barandes, a sometime-architect who just loved paper more.

What began as a custom design and print studio has grown to include a full collection of greeting cards, note sets, coasters and journals available at stationery stores and gift boutiques across the country. In addition, we continue to work closely with individuals on custom printing projects, from wedding invitations to business collateral, broadsides to artists' books.

Whether you're a newly-engaged couple searching for just the right wedding invitation, a business looking for that distinctive touch to your stationery, a designer seeking a printshop collaboration, or a retail store wishing to expand your selection of unique cards, the exquisite texture and quality of our finished work is certain to make an impression!

Our studio in Cambridge is home to many antique presses of varying vintage and function; table top platens for demonstrations, a Heidelberg Windmill for large scale production, a C&P "jobber" we use for die cutting, and  a lovely little Vandercook #4 proof press. Our inks are hand-mixed and many of our machines are hand-fed. However, we take full advantage of motorized presses and photo-polymer plates, marrying centuries-old techniques with modern technology.

Letterpress is the oldest mechanized printing method, enjoying a renewed appreciation by both artisans and paper-lovers alike. A relief-printing technique, raised forms are inked and then pressed against (and often into) the paper. While old-school printers would moan and groan over the "printing for the blind" in vogue today, it is that very impression that sets letterpress apart.

Nearly all of our work is printed on 100% cotton paper. Though we chose it for its pillowy texture and thickness (and the beautiful way it takes an impression), cotton paper has the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Absolutely no trees were harmed in the creation of this paper!


team albertine

Shelley Barandes owner & designer    Favorite  Lines Card: Happy Bird Day Craft: Quilting Union Square Donut: Apple Cider Publication : Games Magazine

Shelley Barandes
owner & designer

Favorite
Lines Card: Happy Bird Day
Craft: Quilting
Union Square Donut: Apple Cider
Publication : Games Magazine

Mary Caddick production manager - custom projects    Favorite  Lines Card: Lettuce Celebrate Ice Cream Topping: Whipped Cream Craft: Natural Dying Boston Chain: Clover

Mary Caddick
production manager - custom projects

Favorite
Lines Card: Lettuce Celebrate
Ice Cream Topping: Whipped Cream
Craft: Natural Dying
Boston Chain: Clover

Mary Pinto wholesale & retail manager    Favorite  Lines Card: Santa Claws Holiday: Halloween Local Restaurant: Sarma Boston Chain: JP Licks

Mary Pinto
wholesale & retail manager

Favorite
Lines Card: Santa Claws
Holiday: Halloween
Local Restaurant: Sarma
Boston Chain: JP Licks

Jackson Haley   printer    Favorite  Lines Card: Not Extinct Yet Local Restaurant: Veggie Galaxy Simpsons Character: Milhouse Boston Chain: Union Square Donuts

Jackson Haley
printer

Favorite
Lines Card: Not Extinct Yet
Local Restaurant: Veggie Galaxy
Simpsons Character: Milhouse
Boston Chain: Union Square Donuts

Hannah Smith   printer    Favorite  Lines Card: Best Fronds Studio Tool: Xacto with a brand new blade Movie: My Own Private Idaho Book at the Beach: To the Light House by Virginia Woolf

Hannah Smith
printer

Favorite
Lines Card: Best Fronds
Studio Tool: Xacto with a brand new blade
Movie: My Own Private Idaho
Book at the Beach: To the Light House by Virginia Woolf

Kathy Zink   retail    Favorite  Lines Card: Fangs A Lot AND Mint To Be House Plant: Monstera Deliciosa Ice Cream Shop: Toscaninis Breakfast Food: Chilaquiles

Kathy Zink
retail

Favorite
Lines Card: Fangs A Lot AND Mint To Be
House Plant: Monstera Deliciosa
Ice Cream Shop: Toscaninis
Breakfast Food: Chilaquiles

Meghan Morris   retail    Favorite  Lines Card: Rock Star House Plant: Pothos Gem: Turquoise Craft: Ceramics

Meghan Morris
retail

Favorite
Lines Card: Rock Star
House Plant: Pothos
Gem: Turquoise
Craft: Ceramics