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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!

 


Why Wedding Invitations Are So Important

Last month while at the UPS Store shipping out a package to a client, I witnessed something I just can’t shake from my memory.  A customer was using the copier to have her wedding invitations printed…. bold black text on top of a tie-dye-like background,  printed on glossy 8.5 x 11 stock.  I was frozen with horror for a few seconds, should I say something, wait, my mouth won’t move…need….air.

Now, I do understand being on a tight budget-I’ve been on quite a few in my life, but come-on! Gloss paper? Tie-Dye?  There are so many inexpensive options out there to invite people to your wedding….the phone being one that comes to mind.

But what I really want to talk about is why the wedding invitation is so important.  A lot of couples today open up a big book or go online and pick a mass-produced design and then get it digitally printed in a far-off land.  It’s checked off the to-do list. But they don’t consider what the design says that the wording does not say.  For example, a guest receiving an elegant invitation will assume it’s black-tie, whereas a fun, brightly coloured invitation will mean casual dress.  Don’t assume that just because you are getting married at Posh-a-la-Posh Hotel that your guests will know it’s formal dress-they won’t.

If you did not send out save-the-dates then the invitation is also a symbol of you as a couple and the first impression before the Wedding Day.  It should reflect your style, personality and the theme (if there is one) of the wedding.  You don’t want your guests to just know where and when but also what kind of day it will be.

Your wedding invitation should be a beautiful keep-sake for your family and friends because it reminds them of you and your beautiful wedding.   I have personally decided not to toss only 2 wedding invitations I have received, one was handmade with lovely coloured papers and really reminded me of my friend and the other was letterpress printed on thick handmade paper with the couple’s monogram at the top.  The rest, like the angel-bear, like the glued-on string of plastic pearls, like the shimmery giant silvery bouquet, like the faded-out pic of a couple kissing-all gone to the recycle bin.

I know it can be overwhelming with all the other planning that needs to be done for a wedding but it just takes a moment to decide to send out an appropriate yet unique wedding invitation instead of a confusing, tacky photocopy.

And there are only a few simple things to remember when choosing a design and a printing method.  Your wedding invitation design should:

1. Take into consideration the location and time of the wedding.  ex. on a beach, in the winter, outdoors in a park, in a church

2. Match the colours of your wedding  ex. what are your bridesmaids wearing? what flowers are you using? what is your decor going to look like?

3. Reflect your personalities and interests  ex. are you and your partner  fun-loving?  artistic?  sports enthusiasts?  cowboys?  nature-lovers?

A good graphic designer or printer can help you pull all of these details together and create the perfect, beautiful invitation to your wedding.

So if you don’t want the same invitation a thousand other couples used, shoot us over an email for a quote!


Five Colour Letterpress Train Cover

This fun print is a railway timetable cover we printed for a member of a local model train group.  The design is based on an original timetable from a village in England.  Printed in 5 colours (red, blue, black, cool gray and gold) on Crane’s Lettra 110lb in bright white.  Registration was crazy difficult for this job and the large solids meant lots of skip feeding on the Heidelberg!

If you have a project that you think is too crazy for letterpress-give us a shout for a quote you might be surprised!


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