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WDP 2012 Letterpress Holiday Cards

Still need to pick up greeting cards to wish your favourite friends and family a Happy Holiday Season?  You still have time to check out our letterpress cards in our ETSY store! http://www.etsy.com/shop/wedoprinting

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays & Joyeuses Fetes

Holly Jolly Christmas!

'Ave A 'Appy Christmas!

All cards are printed one at a time on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper on our 1950s Heidelberg Windmill letterpress.

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TJ Greeting Cards

Of all the printing we’ve done on our Windmill, these greeting cards from Australia are definitely the cutest! Jenny Mac, the creative mind behind tj stationery & gifts asked us to letterpress print these 6 unique square cards on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper. Each 15cm x 15cm card is lined with an inner sheet and paired with a Kraft envelope. The cards are available for sale on her website and if you like & share her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/helloteejayco before Dec. 10 you will be entered in a draw to win a set of 6 cards!

Polymer printing plate ready for the press!

Rainy Card waiting for a trim.

Boating under the stars...  :-)

Boating under the stars… ūüôā

Go buy some cards!!  tj stationery & gifts


Stephanie & Alexis Wedding Invitation

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.


Stitched-Up Letterpress

I haven’t had much time to post on the blog lately with the springtime rush for wedding invitations!¬†¬† So, today I have a card we letterpress printed a few months back for Matias Sandoval,¬† a brilliant denim designer who needed a creative business card with room for stitching, yup-needle and thread!¬† The card was designed (and sewn) by Matias and letterpress printed on Crane’s Lettra cotton paper in perfect Pantone 532 ink with enough impression on the logo to make an old-school printer have a heart attack.¬† Matias wanted the logo to show through to the back of the card, and with our Heidelberg Windmill we easily made it happen!

Photos with the funky stitching were taken by Matias and given to us to use!

Need new jeans (or cool shoes)-check out Matias Denim’s website!!¬† www.matiasdenim.com

If you know what you want and you want letterpress-let us give you a quote!


White Photographie Business Card

Today on the blog is this beautiful business card designed by Aileen Fretz for her photography business White Photographie .  The card was printed double-sided on duplex 100% cotton paper in a lovely shade of grey.  The pattern on the front of the card highlights the 3D effect of letterpress and the retro camera logo is a perfect match for the old-school printing!

Pictures were taken by Aileen for us to use!¬† Please check out Aileen’s website http://www.liveworkmedia.com if you need the help of a fabulous designer.¬† And if you already have a fabulous design send it on over for a quote!


Charisa Letterpress Business Card

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!


Tea Length Wedding Invitation

Since we haven’t posted in awhile, I wanted to give everybody a real letterpress treat – an invitation suite we printed last year.¬† This was our first time printing in Hawaiian and our first tea length invite.¬† The whole suite was designed by the bride Brytani Bedard, one half of the talented Wishtree Invitations & Stationery company in Ottawa Ontario.¬† Brytani wanted her invitation to be beautiful and unique, and it certainly was!¬† The invitation is tea length (3 3/4″ x 9″), RSVP is a double-sided postcard and the program is square.¬† She also designed sweet little table cards so the guests could write messages to the happy couple during the reception.¬† Customizing your invitation suite to suit your needs and taste is not always an option but when you design them yourself, it is!

All pieces are printed on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper and we letterpress printed a blind (no ink) pattern and then the text in gorgeous Pantone 7532.¬† We always talk about the challenges we face with letterpress printing and this time it was the ink.¬† No matter how hard we tried, we could not get that shade perfect!¬† Thankfully, we were able to get on the phone and order a pre-mixed tin for the job.¬† We still have lots left if you love this colour!

We believe when it comes to your wedding, everything has to be perfect.  This invitation suite is perfection!

If you are looking for a letterpress printer for your wedding invitations, please contact us, we’d be happy to give you a quote!


Warmest Wishes!

Oh, it was so nice to wake up to a visit from the Snowman, dusted frozen white bits of fun everywhere!   Especially after a long month pounding out the seasonal letterpress work!  So, with Santa on the mind, we wanted to share a few of the Holiday projects we worked on this year.

1.  Coaster in Holiday Red ink we printed for Anick Bauer Design  http://anickbauerdesign.ca

2.  Happy Holidays card we designed for Dr. Natalie Samson (our chiropractor-every printer needs one!)

3.  Joy, Peace, Hope, Figgy Pudding! double-sided card we printed for Xquisit Communications   http://www.xquisit.ca

4.  Warmest Wishes card printed for friends of WDP

These were all so much fun to print, we used lead type, polymer, and polymer that looked like lead type!  Three different paper stocks, ink and sans ink printing, 3 different envelopes, including a new deckled flap we just ordered a bunch of, and a borrowed die to cut out the coaster (Thanks Steve at Weathervane Press!)

Of course, it wouldn’t be WDP without some hiccups, like when Ian didn’t completely clean the red ink out of the press before printing the blind pattern on Xquisit’s cards and Jenn asked “why are they all pink?”¬† Yup, gone into the bin.¬† Or when the Warmest Wishes was originally printed as “Happy Holidays” with a nice script font and a couple letters were destroyed in the press, yeah, we have no more Ps in that font….

But, letterpress is our passion and without out clients our Heidelberg would be so lonely!  So a big thank you to all of our clients and we do hope for you a Joyful Holiday and a Prosperous 2012!

 


Longgrass Business Card

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 aileen@liveworkmedia.com

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!


Die-Cut Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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:

http://www.bhphotography.ca/married-at-the-mayfair-theater 
-reception-glebe-community-center

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!


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