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Monday, January 9, 2012

Valentines day cards

....lets see if I can get it together and print out some of these deigns...
These are the Illustrator concept designs.
Some are using elements from other designs and changing colour and adding text, others are new designs that I have had polymer plates made recently for.
My issue is now producing...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Engagement invitations

Latest job.
Am really excited and pleased with the way they turned out!
A variation of the square doily save the date cards.
Printed 2 colour c6 size.
Custom text from polymer plates.
Printed on crane's lettra.
Envelopes plain white with doily pressed in blue into the corner.

The doily pattern was printed across the long edge of a5 and the cut in half to make c6, the text was then printed onto the individual c6 cards so 3 passes in total.

Things I learned...
  1. Where the sweet spot is on my Pearl press.
  2. Ink has an amazing colour variation depending on paper texture and colour - the blue of the small doily printed onto the envelope looks completely different to me - although husband did not think it was that different, it frustrated me slightly.
  3. Printing text straight is difficult. I ended up re-cutting around 1/4 of the job to straighten the text up (ie cut around whole card so text was straight on page) this reduced the size of the invite only slightly and is much more effective than printing heaps more in an attempt to get them straight.

ETSY wedding email digest - Im there baby!

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Ok so you may have to look hard for it, but Im in the 'yellow' colour section.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Moving a Chandler and Price letterpress to Perth Western Australia
Some useful instructions on how to transport a press.

Am worried.

Points to note:
  1. the press weighs: 2,500 lbs give or take a few hundred - make sure the tail lift is rated for this
  2. forklifts jostle and bump around so try to avoid
  3. cast iron is fragile
  4. tie down with ratchet straps
  5. close platen, fix flywheel so it doesn't spin
  6. make sure trailor/cabin has tie down points to stop press from skidding around.
  7. I think it needs to go on a pallet

Some of the key points were: dont use a fork lift, dont use a tail lift truck - both things that I need to use with transporting across the country.

Am going to post on Briar Press forum and ask for advice on transporting across the country rather than DIY transport as this (DIY) is what most of the information is about.

Blind faith...dont fail me now...