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English/Portuguese Letterpress Invitations

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!

Fernanda & Steve Invitations

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!


WedLuxe Feature: Style File: In Full Bloom

Back in December, WDP was invited by the talented Ottawa wedding planner Lynn Lee http://weddingsunveiled.ca to design stationery for a style shoot she was organizing. We were so lucky to be among many talented wedding vendors that participated in the beautiful shoot full of flowers and chocolate!

Woodgrain Letterpress Suite

Woodgrain Letterpress Invite

If you were browsing wedding sites on Valentine’s Day you might have seen our pink and grey woodgrain letterpress suite as part of this featured blog post on WedLuxe Style File: In Full Bloom.  If not, please check it out now, and all of the amazing vendors that contributed!

Stunning photography by Barbara Ann Studios http://barbara-ann-studios.com


Pink Donut Business Cards

Hey everyone, I know it’s been forever since we’ve blogged last and yes we are still alive!  🙂  There has been a lot of printing and designing keeping us busy so we’ll have a few posts coming up in the next couple of weeks showcasing the great work we’ve had the privilege of doing over the last couple of months.  Today, a project that was a real treat to print (mmm donuts) are these awesome business cards for Toronto based company Pink Donut Visuals.  Pink Donut Business Card

Some logos are just perfection when letterpress printed and this one certainly is!  We used Pantones 2375 & 2756 on Crane’s Lettra 220lb cotton stock and then to make the cards even better, edge-painted them in matching blue. Pink Donut Card1 Pink Donut Card2

Check out Pink Donut’s Facebook page for all kinds of info on their video production services http://www.facebook.com/pinkdonutvisuals and their Vimeo page for examples of their work http://vimeo.com/pinkdonutvisuals (they do weddings!!)

WDP also has a new website in the works (forgive the lack of pages to browse) but if you want information on our letterpress services there is a contact form on our homepage http://www.wedoprinting.net


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… 🙂

Go buy some cards!!  tj stationery & gifts


Bride Designed Wedding Invite Suite

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!


Green Printing (oxymoron or not?)

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.


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!


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