There is nothing a designer or printer loves more than clients who know exactly what they want and Alexis and Stephanie were an absolute dream to work with! Alexis asked for a simple, text only design with edge-painting and printed envelopes for their wedding invitation suite. Perfect for our letterpress! We used a monogram Alexis designed himself and picked out a couple great fonts and Pantone colours to match the style. Edge-painting the invite in matching yellow completed the look.
I am frequently asked about the steps We Do Printing takes to minimize our impact to the environment. There are many print companies out there that are claiming to be completely green print shops-but this is impossible. Printing, no matter what kind of printing you do, is never going to be completely green but there many choices we can make to ensure it is as eco-friendly as possible.
So here are a few things WDP does:
1. Paper: Whenever possible we use recycled stock, especially for our offset printing. Our letterpress paper is either tree-free cotton, fast growing bamboo or local paper made from a variety of industry waste like denim off-cuts and flax straw. Any scrap paper is reused or recycled. One of the main benefits of letterpress printing is that there is not nearly as much paper waste with each press run as there is with offset printing.
2. Ink: The majority of our inks are soy based and rubber based. Soy ink was thought for a long time to be greener than rubber ink but honestly if you gave them a score-they would be tied. We find that the rubber based inks print nicer so we find ourselves using rubber ink more often than soy ink. Most ink colours are mixed by hand so we don’t have to order in a full tin each time we have a job to do. We also use some oil based inks that were rescued from heading to the landfill after a local print shop went out of business. Reduce is the first R after all!
3. Packaging: The majority of our customers are not local so packaging is a major concern for us. Custom packaging for our printed goods is something we did think about but it really does seem wasteful. So, all of our business card boxes are plain and made from recycled materials, and for shipping, we re-use boxes, bubble wrap and packing from supply orders whenever possible.
An example of how we packaged a wedding invitation suite for shipment. No wasteful custom packaging here!
There are many other choices we’ve made such as having our shop on our property so we don’t need to travel to work everyday, buying in bulk to reduce shipments, using energy efficient lights in our shop and taking donated scrap cloth to use in clean-up. We do consider Mother Earth Everyday, not just on Earth Day.
So most people believe that letterpress printing is best for a limited number of ink colours. One, two or three max. Well, we don’t believe in limitations at We Do Printing and this card proves it! This eye-catching business card for Charisa Marketing is another great design from Aileen Fretz at Livework Media http://www.liveworkmedia.com.
A five colour logo and another colour for the text set the record for most ink mixing in one day at WDP’s shop! The printing was quite a feat of patience due to the exact registration that the logo required, if even one of the plates was not in correct position the whole logo would have been a mess! The card was printed on extra thick 220lb cotton paper to reduce the impression that would show through to the other side.
Do you have a design that you think can’t be letterpress printed? Send it over! Let us take a look, you might be pleasantly surprised!
Kristen and Jason were getting married at Ottawa’s oldest movie theatre and wanted invitations that fit the venue. Their designer Angela Poitras came up with this fun and unique design inspired by classic posters & movie tickets. We couldn’t wait to fire up the Heidelberg for this unconventional wedding invitation! The invitation & map were printed on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper and the “ticket” was printed on French Paper’s Pop Tone paper. (French Paper is our new fave!) We mixed the blue ink by hand to match it to the French Pop Tone envelopes & the invite was then die-cut to the shape of a ticket. These invitations turned out fantastic and were perfect for this couple and for their wedding. Remember, letterpress is not just for damask patterns and muted colours, it can be whimsical, silly & fun!
If you want to see beautiful pictures from their wedding and see how the theme carried through their whole day, check out the blog of BH Photography right here:
Don’t count letterpress out because you think it won’t work with your budget, design, etc., there are so many options for your wedding invitations. Give us a shout, send over your designs & questions & we will do our best to get you your dream invitations!
We just loved printing this letterpress two colour tag and business card, it was a bit tricky lining up the pink and black text but the end result is a real eye-catching card. They were designed by Christina Droumtsekas for her new flower shop and printed on Crane’s Lettra bright white 100% cotton paper.
If you are starting a new venture or would like to update your existing business stationery-give us a shout for a quote. We can print your designs or create custom logos and graphics to print on our letterpress.
Our favourite business card we’ve printed so far. This card was designed by Anick Bauer (our fave graphic designer!), letterpress printed in 3 colours and die-cut into a unique and skinny rectangle. Originally we were going to print the pattern without any ink – a blind deboss – but the details just weren’t coming through. Instead we used transparent white ink to bring out the gorgeous detail in the design.
If you are looking for a new business card give us a shout for a quote!
For all of you romantic couples who got engaged on Valentine’s Day we have a special offer for you! Until the end of March we are offering Letterpress Save The Dates Cards for $1.25 each!!! Our letterpress Save The Dates are 4 x 6 (A2) single card and will be printed in one ink colour on Crane’s Lettra 110lb 100% cotton paper in your choice of bright white, pearl white or ecru. We have matching blank envelopes for.25 each and for .50 each we will print your return address on the back flap in the same colour as your design. You can submit a design of your own or we can design them for you. If you order save the dates from us when you are ready to order your invitation set we will also give you a 10% discount. There is a minimum order of 50 cards and extra charges do apply for metallic inks, specialty papers, extra ink colours and embellishments.
Don’t wait & contact us for details!!
*** Sorry Everyone – Deal is over but stay tuned for upcoming specials! ***
This typographic design was sent to us from Ben Kane Photography and was printed with 2 shades of blue ink on Crane’s Lettra Duplex 220lb to reduce the impression showing through onto the other side. Then the cards were sent away to be edge painted to match the dark blue which really makes these cards one of a kind. These business cards were a lot of work but the results were worth it!
If you are looking for a photographer in the Toronto area check out Ben Kane’s website http://www.benkanephoto.com
And if you need a new business card or a business card for your new business, contact us for a quote!