Hi Again! Today we’d like to share with you a recent invite we did for an amazing couple who was having a sophisticated ’20s-era wedding. Although “Gatsby” was one of the words they used to convey the feeling they were going for, their suite was more about capturing the elegance and modernism of the era rather than trying to replicate the cues taken from the recent Baz Luhrmann movie. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
The suite features a two-sided, super thick invite that’s letterpress printed on both sides, with an application of silkscreen on the front, and edge painted in antique gold. If you’re familiar with letterpress printing at all, you may be aware that printing flats are a little more challenging than printing line work. We wanted to try a new approach where we attempted to letterpress a silver layer on top of the charcoal base flat layer, with the cream text knocked out of the charcoal layer. We had done a test in the studio before we pitched the idea to the client and it looked great. Somehow, by the time we were ready to print the silver layer, it didn’t look as legible as the tests and we had to come up with a new approach. We opted for silkscreen since it’s more viscous than letterpress ink. Another solution could have been hot foil stamping.
On the back of the invitation, we letterpress printed a cross section of a piece of wood, since the groom-to-be was an avid wood worker.
Their wedding was set to take place on Shelter Island, and features a letterpress print of a vintage map that acts as an inner envelope. These were then addressed in gold guache by our in-house calligrapher Tammy Ann Tan.
Their RSVP is also letterpress printed on thick cotton paper, edge painted and is double sided to accommodate menus, events and additional info. Their folded letterpress Info Card features directions, accommodations and vintage illustrations of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress