Wit & Whimsy Paperie was founded in 2014, and our studio is based out of our home in Herndon, Virginia. We are paper people; letterpress printing and custom design are at the heart of what we do. Whether it be wedding invitations, posters, or stationery, we love creating and collaborating to make a piece tailored to you. We find joy in the details and thrive on designing unique paper goods. All our collections are designed and printed in-house, making our process flexible and more affordable for you lovely people! Located in the DMV are we are just 30 minutes from downtown DC, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria we are available for in-person and phone consultations.
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As for the people behind the scenes, Heather (aka Boss Lady) has a BFA in Graphic Design with over 10 years of design and letterpress experience. Being a paper nerd and printing guru are labels she wears with pride. Before making the leap to start Wit & Whimsy, she worked at a boutique letterpress shop in Alexandria, VA as Creative Director.
Business Manager, Josh, helps with press maintenance and operations. He ensures Wit and Whimsy is always up and running smoothly and efficiently.
Owner | Designer | Printer
Built in 1949, this press is the oldest in the shop. Our 12×18 auto-feeding Kluge came to us in 2012 as our first press and leap into the world of letterpress. At over 3,000lbs of pure steel, transporting “the Beast” was stressful to say the least, but we were excited to bring him home.
The SP15 was released in 1961 and is our bread and butter press. We acquired this all manual version in 2014 and use it to print anything from wedding invitations to posters. Since it uses no electricity, we save energy and can print even if the power goes out due to a zombie attack.
In 1955, Craftsman introduced the Superior (basically a copy of the C&P Pilot). By shear luck we found this 6×10 table-top at an antique shop and were more than happy to take it off their hands! It has a pretty good bite for a table-top. We love to use this little guy for demos.