(Closed) Letterpress Invite

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
Member
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

There are lots of brides who have done/are in the process of doing letterpress. BoiledPnut is one, and Miss Eagle’s definitely posted about her experience letterpressing some of her “be my bridesmaid/man” cards and handkerchiefs.

Post # 4
Member
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We purchased an Epic 6 and will be DIY-ing our invites. We haven’t started yet but were planning to practice tonight or tomorrow. Tuesday evening we’re hoping to order the plate that we will use for the invite that have the main info (i.e. names, date, location, etc).

Post # 6
Bee
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@mkim:  Read my blog about it!  And the Boxcar Press tips, too.  It will save you a lot of time trying to figure it out.  And HolyOke Papers are great for papers.

Post # 8
Member
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did my own – used Adobe Illustrator to design, Holyoke Fine Papers (take out the sheet of paper under the registration since it’s #140 weight), Boxcar Press to make plates, Epic 6 L Letterpress (and their ink)

Post # 10
Member
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mkim:  I have to admit, it took about 2 weekends for me to figure out how to ink it just right.  Once I got the hang of that, I would say it took another 2 weekends to press the invites & a reply card. 

The speed depends more on the brayer/plate rather than how long it takes to run a card through.  I followed Boxcar’s instructions, but still ended up having to touch up in places.

I’m going to have to do another press (FH *forgot* to give me a bunch of names – argh!), which we’ll knock out this weekend.

VEGGIE OIL is your friend for cleaning up!  Don’t use baby wipes on Boxcar plates.

Post # 12
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mkim:  Yes, get extra paper — although remember you can run through “bad” runs again.  Just use the back!

Post # 13
Member
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@eagle:  Thank you so much for posting where to buy paper! I’ve been having a devil of a time trying to figure it out…

Post # 14
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@zagora:  Thanks so much for the advice with the vegetable oil! Non-letterpress related, olive oil is great for getting gum out of hair (drunk friend+gum+long hair+karaoke= disaster!)

Post # 15
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@colli459:  HA!  Good to know.

I also +1 Holyoke Fine Papers.  Love their paper.  Fast service too.

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