(Closed) Letterpress Suggestions Please

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 18
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1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

@ Miss Burgundy– I received a quote from Adam from Glidewell Press recently: 100 1-color letterpressed sets for $568.50, 100 2-color sets for $648.50, 100 enclosures for $199 1-color and $209 2-color

Post # 19
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1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks for providing the most recent information to us, jhphi! Good to know:)

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Hi! The best, BEST letterpress I found was Aubrey Atlas of Atlas & Campbell. She gets almost all of her work through word of mouth, because everyone she designs for is completely blown away. I looked high and low because letterpress and custom invitations were essential to me. My fiance and I are on a small budget and Aubrey was able to work with us to find something that fit into our budget. If you PM me I’ll share the design with you – so far I’ve never come across anything like it!

Here’s her blog, so you can see some of her work and also contact her: http://atlasandcampbell.blogspot.com/

Oh, also, I live in Chicago and she’s in LA….but she can do anything from there. She’ll send you samples in the mail (and every time she mails you something, you’ll get a fun package, usually with a little surprise in it).

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have another question for you letterpress bees using smaller shops (like the ones on Etsy or through word of mouth). How are you supposed to get samples? They don’t really have samples listed in their shops, as most of these invitations are custom and on-demand. Should I just try to give the seller a general idea of what I’m looking for and ask for a sample of something that might be sorta similar? Samples are (usually) not free, so do you think it’s reasonable for them to charge for a sample when I’m not really sure what they’re going to be giving me a sample of?

I’d love to get some samples just to check out the quality and paper that some of these smaller shops use, but I’m just not sure what to ask for!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just want to say I have been in touch with Aubrey from Atlas & Campbell and she is super nice and friendly as well. Very focused on working with your budget, and even tossed me a couple design ideas and offered to meet up with me in my town (I live 3ish hours from them) to check out samples after just one email!

Post # 23
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Helper bee

I would recommend asking for samples even if they want to charge you for them.

You want samples for two reasons 1) to see the color/paper quality and 2) to see how their particular letterpress appears on that type of paper. This type of printing is done by hand so you’ll want to see their particular handywork for yourself.

Also ask detailed questions about how the letterpress appears on different types of paper when you ask for samples. If you are looking for what we commonly know as the "letterpress" look/feel make sure to make that clear to the printer you hire.  The indentation and texture we all love is actually a modern form of letterpress so its important to make that clear since it can not be accomplished on certain types of paper.

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Hotel Vitale

Just had to chime in. I found what I thought were going to be the cheapest letterpressed invites ever from an Etsy vendor. I thought I confirmed the price with her, but when I got the invoice after we had finalized the proof I was floored. I totally recommend Etsy, but make sure you sign a contract ASAP with final price numbers.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am dealing with Kristin through Twinravens Press & she has been fantastic- she is for sure my vendor crush! Affordable, clever, and beautiful work. She sent me samples to Toronto for free so I’m sure she would be willing to do the same for you if you tell her which you like the best!  She’s quite affordable as well (I hunted around a lot!). She’s really nice to boot.

Best of luck to you! 

Also, the second best deal I found was through papertrie (one of the blog sponsors if you’re looking for a link!). If you click on sale- letterpress, they have invites for 50% which change semi-frequently. For 2 colours it’s not a bad deal however I’m pretty sure you have to work within their template & no custom… 

Good luck! 

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re going with Kristin from Twin Ravens Letterpress too 🙂 I loooooooooove her! Her prices are really reasonable and she’s super nice and will work with you till the end of the moon! We were going the economical invite route too until we found her! 

She has been a dream come true 🙂 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well, barring some kind of disaster, I’m sold on Kristen… I’m still going to wait for samples and to hear final pricing and all that but so far she sounds like a dream!

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Agreed, ggsb! Please let me know what you think of your samples and who you end up going with. I’ll do the same if you like!

I’m sure the vendors can work with you and your timeline…they can probably put a rush on your stuff for a small extra fee as well. I’m May 2010 so I have some time:P

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