Monday, August 31, 2009

Christina & Phillip are Getting Married!

Every now and again I run into a bride and groom who have either designed their wedding invitations themselves or who are already working with another designer to do the design work and are looking for someone to letterpress print them. For the invitations you see above and below, Virginia bride, Christina, did the design work herself and hired Twin Ravens Press to do her letterpress printing.

If you've been following this blog, or if you've checked out my etsy shop, you may have noticed that I have a fondness for Japanese paper cranes. In fact, I designed several different greeting cards featuring them shortly following my trip to Japan last November. Christina had seen my cards on etsy and figured that since she was using a similar motif for her wedding invitations that I would be the perfect letterpress printer for her!

Christina's wedding invitation is an A7 size and was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton 110 lb. paper in Pearl White using Bordeaux Red and Black inks. The design features images of two paper cranes with a little red heart between them at the top of the invite and a fun pattern of black lines that aren't too dissimilar from the ones we printed on this set of invitations earlier this year at the bottom.

The fine lines and text in this design made for some really nice letterpress impressions in the paper. Check it out in the detail photos below:

Christina's reply card is a standard 4bar size and was printed on Crane Lettra Paper as well, however, because she wanted these to be postcards we printed them on the 220 lb. lettra so that they would be a little thicker and stiffer, in order to stand up to the postal machines a little better. They were printed in one ink color (black) and featured the same type of line pattern from the invite and some really adorable icons for their reception entree selections. Check it out:

Christina was a wonderful client to work with and I think her invitations turned out wonderfully! Congratulations Christina & Phillip!


Kathleen said...

these look awesome! I just took a letterpress class and am planning to design and print my own wedding invitations, and your blog looks like it will be super helpful to me throughout the process! I was wondering -- when you made postcards from the duplex paper, was a normal postcard stamp ($.28) sufficient postage or did it cost more because the paper was thicker? That's what I'm planning to do as well but wasn't sure what all the postage would add up to. I'd love to know. Anyway, I'm glad I found your blog and I've added you to my google reader!

Kristin said...

@Kathleen: Thanks so much! I'm glad you're enjoying these invitations and my blog! To answer your question, when I used the duplex paper for postcards, the regular $0.28 postcard stamps were sufficient. Congratulations on your first class and if you ever have any questions or need help with anything, just ask! I'd be glad to help!

Kathleen said...

Hey! Thanks so much for the information on the stamps. Still loving your blog! :) have a great weekend