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Dear Diary. Day 5 of blogging on OSBP. Energy levels good. Eyeballs a little dry from staring at the internet for so long. Not enough ice cream. But spirits are high. Psyched to read the comments and make new friends. Sad that this is our last day guest blogging. Been a good go. Wondering if Nole will ask us to come back? Note to self: send a Thank You card.
Well, it’s been fun, guys! To celebrate all of the good times we’ve spent together for the past five days, we’re doing a Very Special Stationery Giveaway. See, although we’ve been all chatty about custom wedding invitations, that’s not all we do! This past May, we had our first ever booth at the National Stationery Show where we debuted our brand new line of social stationery! We had a blast meeting our favorite stationer friends, shops, printers and designers and were psyched with the response to our work. You can now find our work in over 50 stores across the country (and the world!) – but also on our newly redesigned online shop! Before we get going with the giveaway details, we’d like to share with you a recap of some of our best sellers from NSS 2013. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
Well, it’s been delightful guest blogging on Oh So Beautiful Paper! I thought I would wrap up the week with one of our lines we’ve developed recently. Our new Oxford Line is geared for all the men in our lives who still swear by handwritten correspondence. I really went with a no fuss approach when designing this set of products. After I finished each design, I’d look at it as a whole and ask myself if my father, Edgar, would actually use them. What you see below are all Edgar approved! I particularly love the sleek black and white look of our packaging, too! –Isabel from 9th Letter Press
So I’ve got a teeny crush on Justin Timberlake (can you really blame me, Mrs. Timberlake?!). This particular flat note is named after him and his newest musical endeavors. I even named it, MR. TIMBERLAKE. You’re welcome, Justin.
Thanks for reading these past few days! I’ve been a giant fan of Oh So Beautiful Paper for a long, long while and it was a privilege to guest blog for the week. Thanks so much Nole for asking me, I had a blast! As a thank you for sticking with me until the end, I’m doing a little giveaway! Save either picture below and post it on Instagram with the #9thletterpress hashtag. We’ll select a winner next week and that lucky lady or gent will receive both notepads! –Isabel
Photo Credits: 9th Letter Press Team
Well, hello again! You may think that we here at Ladyfingers Letterpress love repetition – because well, we’re printmakers and we are in the business of making multiples, after all, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good challenge! We started our business because we love to make unique, one-of-a-kind things, so we continue to – pardon the pun – push the envelope and experiment with ways to make awesome things… AWESOMER. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
We’re huge fans of color and are always looking for ways to bring in more pop into our designs. We like to pull a good book off the shelf sometimes for technical ideas and design inspiration. One of the most historic printing techniques is called Bokashi, which was employed by Japanese woodblock printers and features large flats of more than one color, mixed by hand and applied by hand to woodblocks.
A resurgence of this idea can be seen in 1970s screenprinted and letterpressed rock posters, which feature a colorful technique that is known as a “Rainbow Roll” or “Split Fountain.” This method is achieved by inking the roller on a press with multiple colors and as the roller spins, the colors naturally blend together. Note that this can only be done on cylinder presses like a Vandercook or Heidelberg.
Below are some of our most recent forays into printing flats of Rainbow Rolls! Also, see yesterday’s post with Jeremy and Joe’s fabulous Mexican Broadside invitation!
Jessie and Alex’s Southwest Cloudburst:
Mary and Chris’s Colorful Wine Country Invitation:
Colton Almquist’s Vibrant Sunscape Birth Announcement:
Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress
Hello, hello! Today, I thought I’d show you around the 9th Letter Press studio! We moved into our space about a year ago and have spent quite a bit of time getting it to look exactly like what was in my head. I have something of a very nostalgic nature so of course I wanted to decorate the studio to look like a turn of the century cafe. I’d like to think Edith Wharton could come in and feel right at home (nerd alert: I majored in English). Think old New York style during Prohibition meets the industrial revolution. In order to pull off that aesthetic, I used lots of dark wood (in my favorite stain: WALNUT), a variety of vintage furniture and pipes. –Isabel of 9th Letter Press
Meet our 119 year old printing press, St. Peter. He can be quite cantankerous but works so hard I inevitably forgive him at the end of each day.
We keep our in house inks in mason jars which sure look cute but sure make a giant mess when accidentally dropped. Just ask me, I’ve dropped my fair share.
When it came to finding furniture for the studio, I enlisted lots of friends to keep a lookout for anything cute that might fit. Our register was just one of those finds which we bought for the grand total of $30! We gutted out the drawers and made shelving to accommodate our shopping bags and the like.
Photo Credits: Betsy Hansen
We’re back! Ladyfingers Letterpress here, reporting today on a subject very near and dear to us. As some of you may already know, our company is owned and operated by two ladies, Arley-Rose and Morgan, who wed in Massachusetts in 2011. We have always taken marriage equality very seriously, making donations to equality efforts for every invitation suite ordered since we started our business in 2011. On June 26, the Supreme Court voted DOMA as unconstitutional and gave same-sex couples access to 1138 rights that were previously denied to them. We’ve always proudly worked with same-sex couples and are excited to share some of our favorite invitations with you today. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
Jeremy and Joe’s Mexican Fiesta Wedding
These guys are good friends of ours – Jeremy is a talented type designer (I designed a typeface thanks to him!) and Joe is an amazing playwright. They selected a hidden gem in Mexico to wed and wanted an invitation suite to reflect the culture and fun their guests are about to have. They sent us colorful and vibrant images of Mexican hand-lettering that appears on storefronts and signage, as well as old broadsides that advertise Mexican wrestling matches.
After some deliberation, they decided they wanted to create an invitation that resembled a wrestling match featuring Lucy, their “El Bulldog Francés” as the headliner. We letterpress printed a full bleed rainbow roll flat, with a black letterpress layer on top. The invitations were two sided, with a step-by-step story illustrating the exciting journey that lies ahead to their destination wedding.
The invitations were then rolled and sealed with a red sleeve with the words “Vamos a Celebrar!” letterpress printed on it. What did we do with the invitations next? Well, hide them inside a piñata, of course! The “miñatas” were then placed in a box and shipped off to their small list of friends and family!
Lauren & LaQuet’s Interactive Invite
When we were first approached by these fabulous and outgoing ladies, we knew their invitations would be totally fun. LaQuet is a Broadway star and Lauren is a TV producer, so naturally their invitations would have to reflect some element of performance! Their wedding website was amazing, with videos of them speaking to the viewer on nearly every page. When they received their save the dates, they recorded their reactions and sent them to us. So adorable!
Their save the dates were designed to resemble old Motown and ’60s Soul posters, featuring a three-color letterpress print on an oversize poster and shipped in a large kraft paper envelope.
For their invitations, we created illustrations of the couple and letterpress printed them on kraft paper. The ladies were then laser cut and placed through a slit in the invite, which was designed to look like an old school record player. The result was an irresistible urge to make the ladies dance together, getting this party started early!
Liz & Janis’s Cuban Social Club Invitations
This was another friend couple of ours, so naturally we were psyched to help them out with a set of invitations! Their wedding took place at an amazing Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn, so we aimed to create a suite that reflected their artsy taste, their love of travel and the Cuban flair of their venue. We used a brush lettering for their script and paired the letterpress chip board invites with actual maps that were torn out of an atlas and individually die cut into an envelope shape.
We created two sets of invites for them since their wedding had two rounds of guests: An earlier crowd who would enjoy the ceremony and dinner, and a rowdier bunch arriving later for dancing, revelry and drinks.
Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress