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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!

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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


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!


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.


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!


Weddings Unveiled Duplexed Letterpress Card

We just loved printing this business card for Ottawa wedding planner Lynn Lee.  She really wanted her new business card to be an original and stand out & it sure does!   The card was printed in 3 ink colours and we printed the front of the card and the back of the card on separate sheets and then duplexed them together ourselves.  Duplexing the cards after printing enabled us to print a really deep impression and not worry about any show through.  The paper we used was Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper and we mixed 2 gorgeous ink colours for the text & then used transparent white ink on the blind patterns just to bring out a little more detail.

The card was designed by Beverly Hyatt at Cinnamon Toast New Media, check out their website here: http://cinnamontoastnewmedia.com

If you need a fabulous wedding planner in the Ottawa area, give Lynn a call!  Her website is http://weddingsunveiled.ca

You may think your design won’t work with letterpress printing or with your budget, but there are always options! Send us an email with the details and we can send you ideas for getting your vision onto cotton paper!


Jacob Ryan Business Card

For letterpress printers the easiest business card to print is one ink colour on 100% cotton paper…or so we always thought.   Let me explain.  To print a letterpress design we make a photopolymer plate for each ink colour and mount it on the press to be inked up.  It’s simple and efficient.  Except if you run into finicky dots-Yup tiny little innocent looking dots.  When I made the plate for Jacob’s cards the little lines of dots morphed and started moving on the plate.  I had never had this happen before so I thought it might be the plate-sometimes they get old and don’t expose as well. So I made another plate, and another and another and it still wasn’t working!  What I eventually realized, after wasting quite a bit of plate material, was the large solid logo needed to be exposed for a different amount of time than the  small dots.  So, I made another plate of the full card and using an exacto knife and a steady hand, I cut out the lines of dots and printed the cards in 2 runs, one for the logo and one for the dots. It was probably the most work for such a simple job I have ever done.  And in the end the result was excellent and the client loved them-which is all that matters!  With letterpress, it really is a new experience with each design, each plate, each print, and that’s why we love it!

If you are looking for a great designer in Michigan check out Jacob Ryan’s blog http://thejacobryan.tumblr.com/

And if you have a one colour business card you need letterpress printed send it over-no matter how simple or complicated the design it is only $95.00 for 100 business cards.


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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