Letterpress adventures

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letterpress2Probably my favourite thing I’ve done, ever.

Richard & Sam wanted a wedding invitation suite in my vintage typographic design for their marriage at the very beautiful Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire. I suggested we print it on a letterpress to get a really lovely, authentic texture and finish.

My letterpress printer, Martin, (who by the way is one of the nicest people you could ever meet) works with mechanical printing presses, some dating back to the 1800s. It was a geek dream to visit the workshop and see my creation come to life on the presses. letterpress printing

Martin mixed the precise cherry-pink ink colour for me for the first plate. This was then left to dry for two days before the second plate was run through with a rich turquoisey green.

Oh letterpress, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

1. the tactile, indented texture where block meets paper (you HAVE to lovingly stroke letterpress print with your fingertips, it’s the law)
2. the density and smoothness of colour: no digital dots here
letterpress wedding card by good egg3. the glorious vintage look
4. it’s just amazing.

To go with the invitation we also produced a little card with info about gifts and accommodation, which was typeset for the letterpress and printed in matching colours. Pretty.

Letterpress is a more time-consuming and labour-intensive process than digital print but the results are worth it several times over. image4I think it’s perfect for wedding stationery as it’s so special and beautiful it becomes a keepsake for guests to remind them of the day.

Contact me for info if you’d like your very own letterpress wedding stationery or party invitations. I’d love to hear from you.


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