Post # 1
I’m about to send my invites to the printer and am stuck deciding on papers. I ordered sample papers from Mercurio Bros and they sent back Somerset 300 and Strathmore 110lb… they are both really pretty, but I worry that they aren’t as heavy as what I’m envisioning. (Basically, I don’t want to be able to bend my invites…)
I know that Mercurio carries Crane’s Lettra, but it’s the 110lb., not the 220lb, so Somerset 500gsm would be my closest alternative. (I want these babies to be thick like coasters… yes, I’m a freak.)
Has anyone had any experience with this paper? Did you print your invites on it and could you post pictures?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I REALLY appreciate your help!
Post # 3
Holding up the 500 to the 300, there isn’t a noticeable difference in thickness. The 500 does have a nice deep impression and doesn’t bend as easily as the 300. But what it sounds like you’re looking for can be acheived by two pieces being laminated together and then printed. I’ve seen this process mentioned on different letterpress blogs.
Post # 4
Hi, I remember talking to you about this earlier.
Did Mercurio say they won’t print on 220#? I know you can otherwise send Mercurio your own paper (and you can buy 220# by the sheet a few places–Keldon paper comes to mind as being the least expensive). They’ll charge the lowest, Strathmore price, i believe, when you supply your own. You just have to send them some percent extra.
I originally wanted 220# too but decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. Once I got (1) the invite card, (2) the RSVP, (3) the RSVP envelope, (4) the rehearsal dinner card, (5) the reception card, and (6) a belly band all put together, I don’t think it would have fit in the envelope if I had used 220#. It was really substantial.
Also, if you PM me your address, I have some small pieces of extra 110# lettra and 220# lettra laying around and I can mail them to you if you haven’t gotten to touch them before. Not to print on, just small samples.
Post # 5
Barcelona – Thank you! I would’ve been likely to move forward with that weight, if you hadn’t of said that you can’t really notice much of a difference. It’s such a soft paper that it tends to bend and that makes me nervous.
Chicago – You are SO sweet. You’ve been a monster help… I think you’re right about it not fitting, since you have several elements… the 220 would’ve been really, really thick. I only have the invite card, the rsvp card and an rsvp envelope, so I feel like I’ve got to do something heavier otherwise my invites might feel a little thin. Mercurio has such good prices, if you use their paper, but if you end up supplying the paper yourself then the prices come pretty close to what I’d be charged by Crane’s for getting the invite directly from them… which is now what I’m leaning towards.
I’m sure I seem like a neurotic bride, being so stressed out about paper weight, but the invites are the one thing that I am obsessive compulsive about… Every girl has their ‘thing’, right? Thank you so much for your help!!! 🙂
Post # 6
There are some other options out there for you. There is a 530g (200#) Legion Bamboo letterpress paper and a wide assortment of 100% cotton 2ply, 4ply and 8ply Rising Museum Board that makes for an unfortgetable invitation. If you have any further questions please feel free to call me at 212-683-6990 x228 or email me at [email protected]. Good luck in your search.