- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
They look awesome! I love the accordion style invite and in letterpress no less. Just curious, did you do an internship or what? How did you learn to do the press yourself? I would love to do letterpress but it’s not really in our budget. I know there are some local places in Chicago where you can take lessons and then “rent” time on the presses.
Again, your invites are amazing!!!
They turned out great! I love the colors and the texture adds the wow factor.
I love it! I love letterpress (in general – I think it’s so romantic) and I love the colors and design.
Tell us, how did you get access to a letterpress machine? Did they design the plates and then you pressed themselves?
gorgeous! I love letterpress!! I’m curious on the details too!
@vaness13181,JamaicaBride and neontl :Thanks Ladies! I started getting interested in letter pressing about 21/2 years ago so I found a studio where I can take classes and meet up with like minded people. When I got engaged I knew there was no way I will pay someone to do something I love so much. I was able to rent the studio for $15 an hour since I am a member of the art studio. My planner designed all the invitations,ordered the plates from boxcar, I ordered all my paper products from Anchor paper (Tom Peterson was my POC), and with the help of my FI, BM R, and letter press instructor we got it done.
There were stressful times here and there like when I ordered the exact size paper I wanted instead of 1 inch extra on all sides or the fact that I printed the first color (yellow) crooked on every single paper so my awesome FI had to crop the invites to exact size so we can print the second color (gray). There were lost of measuring and trial due to my printing every single invitation crooked with the first color.
The most important thing is my FI, BM, and instructor were very patient and reassuring. All in all I did the first color 5 hours over Labor day weekend and did the second color 4.5 hours today. I am just happy it is done. Now off to gocco’ing the rest of my paper products.
All my paper came out to be $70
the plates were $240
Studio time was about $150
Will I do this again yes. I absolutely love letter pressing. It is not for everyone but for some reason once all the dimensions are figured out and you start printing it is such a stress reliever.
If you have questions or need to find resources in your area let me know.
They look amazing!
Here is a picture of my FI cropping the invitations to size so we can print the second color.
They do not look DIY at all. It looks like you spent a ton on them! Beauuutiful
Two words here:
You had a vision, you found out how to do it for a great price, and you created a piece of both art and love.
those look awesome and the pictures of you two working on them are so cute! you should scrapbook them 🙂
Thanks Ladies! It feels really good to finally be done with what I thought will be the most stressful part of the invitation process. Hopefully the assembly will go smoothly.
@Sulli301: That is a good idea. We might put together a picture board that says something like “wedding in the making” since we are doing a lot of thing DIY. We are making marmalade for favors and I am printing all the paper products.
These are sooooo cool! You guys did an amazing job!
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