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:
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!
Thank you for the lovely invitations! I appreciate your time and efforts. They came out beautifully!
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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
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!
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.
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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I am currently working with Nicole on her Letterpress Invitations for her upcoming wedding in September, but I wanted to showcase her letterpress Save the Dates we printed for her a few months ago. She initially contacted me at the end of 2013 for her letterpress cards and I’m so glad we were able to do the letterpress printing for her and her fiance. I’m honored she wanted to get the rest of her letterpress invitation suite printed through us and I’m having a ton of fun designing it so far.
Letterpress Invitations: Save the Date
The letterpress printing was done on our C&P (yet again). :) These were printed in our Pearl White cardstock in the 110#. She wanted to incorporate a New York skyline since the wedding will take place in New York City. She also wanted to include a little heart right above it which I thought was the cutest touch! We used our black ink for the text and I hand mixed the blush color for the skyline on the bottom. I love how soft and romantic this letterpress card looks.
I, of course, sent a follow up e-mail to make sure she received them safely. She responded with:
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: Invoice from Simply Letterpressed
I meant to write you this morning. I got them last night! I love the color of the skyline. Its prefect! Thank you so much!
I can’t wait to show you what we come up with for her letterpress invitations!
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I had the great joy of recently working with Brynn and Robert on their Letterpress Wedding Invitations for their May 2014 wedding. Brynn contacted me in early January and is getting married at the glorious Disney’s Wedding Pavilion in Florida. When she initially contacted me, she expressed what she was looking for in her invitation suite. She said, “Overall, we’re looking for a classic design, can be formal, romantic, vintage, Floridian, etc. Our color scheme is light pink, red, white, blue, and gold since our wedding is over Fourth of July weekend. Feel free to play around with the 2-color scheme.” She also mentioned that they liked bears and had a cute cake topper that consisted of two wedding bears. Keeping this in mind, I decided to go for a “vintage Disney” look using a blue and gold color combination, wanting to keep it simple and classic. I also really wanted to incorporate the two bears since it’s just too cute to pass up!
The Letterpress Wedding Invitations
The Letterpress Printing
We printed the letterpress cards using our C&P. The entire letterpress wedding invitations suite was printed with our Pearl White cardstock, which I feel is a perfect color as it plays into the vintage look we were going for. The Pearl White just gives it a soft, romantic feel and I thought it tied together nicely with the design. The two colors we used were Gold and a blue that I mixed to match Pantone 647U. I absolutely loved the color combination used for this custom design.
The suite consisted of these specific pieces:
- 2-color invitations on our 220# Pearl White cardstock
- 2-color RSVP cards on our 110# Pearl White cardstock
- 2-color additional card (rehearsal breakfast invitations) on our 110# Pearl White cardstock
- 1-color program on our 110# Pearl White cardstock
I was really excited to ship them out! I shipped them to her mom in Connecticut so she could take care of the calligraphy for the envelopes. I was a little bummed that Brynn and Robert wouldn’t see them in person, but a few days later, she sent me this wonderful follow-up e-mail:
From: Brynn Gannon
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:28 PM
To: Elma Kosaka
Subject: Re: Final Proofs
Apologize for the delayed response, but so happy I can say we’ve finally seen the invites!!! My sister just moved to LA and brought some back out here with her.
They are absolutely perfect, and have far exceeded our expectations! We love them and are such fans of your work! You did a great job, we really couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out!
The note you included was also so thoughtful! Hope we have the opportunity to work with you again in the future!
Brynn & Robbie
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