Wedding invitation designs that feature beautiful typography (in any language!) are just made for letterpress. Fernanda contacted us last year and asked if it were possible for us to print one invite in English and one in Portuguese for her upcoming wedding. Of course we are more than happy to print invitations in any language!
Her fiance Steve sent us a layout with a monogram that we modified slightly to be more letterpress friendly and got busy printing right away. The ink colour we used is a slightly shimmery Pantone Black 6U that looked perfect on Crane’s Lettra pearl white. To add a bit more oomph to the piece we bumped up the stock to double-thick 220lb!
We get asked all the time if we can print designs you send us. Of course we can! In fact, we’d love to! All pieces in this fabulous suite were designed by Ottawa bride Tarah Hunter.
There are so many options to bring your suite up a notch. Printing on the back of the invite, rounding corners, mixing fonts, patterns printed on the envelopes; these are all options Tarah chose for her suite and they all worked perfectly together! The whole suite was printed on Crane’s Lettra 220lb paper except the menu which was done on 110lb.
A few tips if you plan on designing your own wedding suite for letterpress: Keep it simple-1 or 2 ink colours works best, line art only-no screens please, use a Vector based design program such as Adobe Illustrator, and no hairlines or teensy fonts please! 🙂
If you are interested in having your designs printed by us, just shoot us a message and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions!
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!
Today on the blog is this fabulously designed business card for Longgrass Marketing which was sent to us by Aileen Fretz at Livework Media. It is letterpress printed in 2 ink colours, double-sided and on duplex cotton stock. For printing double-sided cards we always recommend a thicker stock to avoid impression showing through to the other side. And it really does get your card noticed too!
If you are looking for a brilliant graphic designer in the Burlington Ontario region, give Aileen a shout! Her new website is http://www.liveworkmedia.com and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
At WDP we love it when designers send us their beautiful work for us to print. Our turnaround time for standard business cards is about 2-3 weeks and we don’t mind answering your dozens of questions about letterpress, inks, paper or how to set up your files-we just love talking about letterpress!
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!