Letterpress Invitations: Elaine + Andrew

I am absolutely swooning over these letterpress invitations we printed for Elaine and Andrew for their special day.  Elaine initially contacted me in early May for her September wedding, which is actually happening this weekend!  Such exciting times it must be for these two love birds.  When we started working together, she described the theme of her wedding and the look she wanted for her letterpress invitations.  They were going for a “vintage 1930′s/1940′s with some Hollywood Regency Style mingled with Art Deco” look, as Elaine described in an e-mail.  Her colors were gold and black, which I thought would print so perfectly together on the letterpress cards.  She also sent over some inspirational photos via Pinterest which definitely helped paint a clearer picture of the look she was going for…and from there, we were able to create a custom design for her and her fiance.

Letterpress Invitations:

Elaine and Andrew

Wedding Invitations

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She was sweet enough to send me a photo of how she put everything together.  Absolutely stunning!

Letterpress Cards:

Elaine and Andrew’s letterpress invitations were printed on our Pearl White cardstock, which I thought was a perfect touch to the vintage look they were going for.  The Pearl White is a soft white which is actually one of our most popular cardstocks!  The invitation was printed on the 220# in an A7 size and the RSVP card was on the 110# in a 4 bar size.

Shortly after I sent the invitations, Elaine sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers (totally unexpected and unnecessary, but 100% appreciated)!  I e-mailed her right away thanking her for the thoughtfulness and she responded back with this very sweet e-mail!

Hi Elma,

You are so very welcome. I’m thrilled that the flowers conveyed how much gratitude I have for all the time and work you put in to making my wedding invitation so incredibly special. I realize that I wasn’t exactly the easiest bride in the world to please with all of my changes and concerns about getting things right, moving deadlines etc., and I wanted to make sure you know how appreciative I am that you were so patient and helpful in this process. I think flowers are just one of life’s necessary luxuries and every body deserves to be surprised with a bouquet from time to time! 

I would be be honored to leave a review for you (I had actually made a note to do so, but hadn’t gotten to it yet). The level of personalization and customer service that you show to clients is so incredibly rare, and so refreshing. I also wanted to commend you on the lovely packaging and note that you sent with my invitations – the whole presentation was so lovely, I felt like a kid at Christmas! :)

I would be happy to have you post the invitations on your blog! If you like, I can send photos of the completed suite (with the peach pocket parts etc.) – if you prefer to use your own photos of course, that’s fine too!

Thank you again Elma for your help and your wonderful work.


Thank you, Elaine!  Happy wedding!

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations: Nicole + Paul

Nicole and Paul are getting married in September and I was fortunate enough to be able to work with them on their letterpress wedding invitations!  I started working with Nicole back in 2013 on her Letterpress Save the Date cards and continued working with her for her invitations as well.  What a joy it was to be able to follow their journey leading up to this point.  For her letterpress wedding invitations, Nicole wanted to go for a clean and classic look, but wanted a monogram that included a garland to somewhat tie into Paul’s Greek heritage.  I absolutely love the details on their monogram!  Nicole was very sweet and e-mailed me a photo of her whole letterpress wedding invitation suite in its final state.  I thought she did a magnificent job putting it all together with every little detail you can imagine.  I can only imagine what her guests thought when they received them!

The Letterpress Cards

nicole + paul


Nicole and Paul


letterpress wedding invitations

letterpress printing: nicole and paul

Nicole + Paul

letterpress wedding invitations: nicole + paul

Letterpress Printing:

The letterpress cards were printed on our Pearl White Cardstock.  The invitation on the thick 220# and the rest of the suite on our 110#.  These were all printed on my trusty ol’ C&P!  I love that thing!

Shortly after Nicole received her letterpress cards, she e-mailed me and sent a photo (top photo).  I really love seeing it all come together and love these types of e-mails!

From: Nicole

Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:26 AM

To: Elma Kosaka

Subject: Our invitations!

 Hi Elma,

I just wanted to let you know we sent out all if our invitations and absolutely love them! We couldn’t be happier with how they came out. We are getting complements from a lot of our guests how beautiful they are!

Thank you so much!

Nicole & Paul

It’s almost wedding time for this lovely couple!  I hope it’ll be everything you wanted and more, Nicole and Paul!  Many blessings and much love to you both!

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations: Tami + Ken

I recently had the great pleasure of working with Tami and Ken on their letterpress wedding invitations.  They are tying the knot next month at the beautiful La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California.  Tami also happens to be one of our close friend’s sister and I was more than happy to play a small role in her wedding.  I started working closely with Tami in early January for her August wedding.  We bounced a lot of ideas off each other and tried a few different designs before we settled upon the designs on the cards below.  As far as the color scheme goes, she decided on fuchsia and silver.  She mailed me a fuchsia colored sash that she wanted to incorporate and from that, I was able to match it to create the colors you see on the orchids and details below.  She was sweet enough to send me a photo of how she assembled the pieces together.  I’m absolutely obsessed with the final product.  She did such a great job!

The Letterpress Wedding Invitations:




Letterpress Printing:

The cards were printed on our C&P in our Fluorescent White Cardstock.  The invitations were printed in our thick 220# cardstock while the additional pieces were printed on the 110# cardstock.  I really had a great time printing these cards and I really loved how the fuchsia color printed onto the bright white card.

When Tami e-mailed me the photos, she also sent a sweet thank you note as well:

From: Tami Chheng
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:58 PM
To: Elma Kosaka
Subject: Thank you!

Hi Elma,

Thank you for the lovely invitations! I appreciate your time and efforts. They came out beautifully!


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Letterpress Wedding Invitations: Anny + Robert

I recently shipped out Anny and Robert’s Letterpress Wedding Invitations just last week and I’m so obsessed with them!  Anny contacted me in early March for their October wedding.  They’re getting married at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California.  When she contacted me initially, she wanted to incorporate a Chinese character for “double happiness” and peonies onto her letterpress cards.  I’ve printed invitations incorporating this character before and I just love what it stands for!  I was more than happy to accommodate her request.  We decided on a landscape invitation with peonies in the corners and the double happiness in the middle of the text.  She chose a beautiful red/wine color for the peonies, which I hand mixed myself, and opted for black ink for the text.  I was so excited when she mentioned that she wanted edge paint as well and thought the red/wine color would give it a nice, subtle pop of color.

The Letterpress Wedding Invitations:

The Letterpress Printing:

The letterpress cards were printed on the Ecru cardstock.  The invitations were printed in the 220# cardstock in 2-colors: black ink and the wine color that I mixed.  The the RSVP  was printed in the 110# cardstock and was a 1-color print.  Both the invitations and RSVP were printed our on C&P.

When she received the invitations, she emailed me these kind words.  I love sharing what our happy brides send over because it always makes my day!


From: Anny Altamirano
Sent: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:41 PM
To: Elma Kosaka

Hi Elma-

I received the invites yesterday. They are gorgeous! Just what I hoped for. Thank you so much for making my vision come true!



Thank you, Anny, for being some kind of wonderful!  I had such a blast working with you!

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Letterpress Cards: Birthday

I’ve been meaning to print letterpress cards for different occasions and finally got around to printing birthday cards.  I wanted to create something, I felt, was timeless.  My only dilemma when it came down to the letterpress printing was which color to print these in.  Originally, I was planning on printing them in a light pink color (since pink is one of my favorite colors), however, I already had black ink on the C&P so I figured, let’s see how it looks in classic black.  I printed a few on the Pearl White cardstock and thought it had a vintage feel to it, which of course, I absolutely loved.  I had some extra Fluorescent White cards and decided to print on those, too.  The contrast of the black ink on the bright white paper just looked too good to resist.  I ended up printing a bunch of them on both the Pearl White and Fluorescent White cards.

Letterpress Cards

The letterpress cards shown are in an A6 size and in Fluorescent White

I’ll probably end up printing a few more in light pink…or even lavender…or both!  So many choices!

Prior to printing these birthday cards,  I was printing personalized stationery for my husband and I.  Again, this was something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now and just haven’t really found the time to do them until recently.  I’m not quite finished with those yet, but will be sure to post photos when they’re ready!  The stationery is very simple and classic.  I just need to clean the black ink off the C&P and put red ink on to finish them up.  Which is probably something I will do…now.  :)

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