- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Hi Bees –
I know many people DIY letterpress their wedding invites around here and I did mine too! It’s a lot of work, extremely time consuming but the end product is gorgeous and it’s so worth it in the end… I liked it so much I just finished up doing bridal shower invites for a friend of mine.
One HUGE thing I have learned while doing DIY letterpress is about which INK to use.
Lifestyle crafts sells ink but I found it to be too viscous, and you can buy the “real deal” from Boxcar press (eg. Van Son rubber based ink) but it’s VERY difficult to clean up small smudges on your plate, and is quite the process when cleaning your brayer (and everything else) at the end of printing, and they come in giant tubs!
Here’s my secret: Use Caligo Safe Wash Relief ink.
This ink is typically pegged as a block printing ink (usually in the block printing section of your craft supply store) but can be used for letterpress as well. I’ve used it in three different colours, in two different projects now and it works beautifully. It’s viscous, prints crisp colours and CLEANS UP WITH SOAP AND WATER (amazing).