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Monday, December 28, 2015

Black and white letterpress wedding invitation suite

Simple and elegant are usually the 2 most common requests I get for an invitation suite. This elegant invitation definitely ticks all of the boxes. For this invitation and more, visit our GALLERY.

Size: C6 Insert
Paper: Gmund 100%cotton
Envelope: black with black and white rose liner

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wedding Etiquette - Who's name goes first?

I often get asked: 'On the wedding invitation, whose name goes first?'

Well, while anything goes and any which way is acceptable these days, it' s more commonplace for the bride's name to be first - it's the 'ladies first' premise.

Also, traditionally, the bride's family are the official hosts of the wedding and therefore they are inviting the guests along with the groom.

Another interesting point is when you address a married couple formally, the husband's name is always next to the surname ie Sarah and Jim Jones.

But, unless someone in your family or wedding party feels strongly about how an invitation should be worded, it's really up to you and your personal taste :-)

There are may websites that offer templates and formatted text for you to use an of course our invitation gallery offers a selection of wording styles and formats too!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Marble and Geo Letterpress invitation suite

This invitation suite was experimental. An excercise in registration and in combining a digital print with letterpress. The angles of the lines had to fit perfectly within the spaces on the digital print - a big ask when each card is manually fed into a 100yo machine! Never the less, it worked and I love it!  It was produced for the Perth Wedding Upmarket in May earlier this year purely for me. To push the boundaries of the letterpress craft and modern design and to challenge myself.

I will be exhibiting at the next Wedding Upmarket:

When: Saturday 29th August 2015
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft
Entry: Free

Invitation - 150x150mm, Digitally printed onto Crane's fl White, Post letterpress in gold ink.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vintage lace letterpress wedding invitation

This beautiful invitation was inspired by vintage lace.
The lace (blind impression) forms a frame around the script text in silver.
The cool thing about these invitations was the belly bands that addressed the invitation.  They were digitally printed onto matching text weight paper.
The same belly band idea was applied around DL menus and used as place card alternatives.

600gsm cotton - bright white
A5 (148x210mm)
2 colour - blind and silver

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Printing for the Million

While trawling through Ebay for some new rollers for a tiny Adana press that I picked up some time ago, I happened across this 1930's letterpress guide. It's so succinct and clear - it has even been printed using a letterpress - you can only just feel and see the indentation of the type through the pages and the photos are reproduced buy using a halftone screen of tiny dots.

I have attached the book below as a super cool reference for anyone that is interested in researching or reading about the finer points of letterpress. (You're welcome ;-)


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rails and Bails - fix

One of the great things about owning a vintage press is the visible wear that human hands and error have made on it over 100+ years. Last month I thought it was time to repair a nick on the rails that I had put up with for some time by compensating in different ways, but I'd had enough!

There were 2 'chunks' taken out of the rails where the platen had been shut while the bails were left open.  Several times over the past 100 years it would seem to leave such a mess!

Essentially, the bails hold the tympan and packing down on the platen, so when you change the tympan, you need to lift the bails to take it out. 

The problem with having such damage on the rails, is that in that spot, the rollers can dip down onto the forme and over-ink that part of the image = frustrating!

A little research told me that steel putty could do the trick. Steel putty is readily available in hardware shops and if you happen to have someone handy in the family (like me) then you will find it on your shelf. (Thanks awesome husband for these instructions)

1. mix the epoxy to the instructions of the tub.
2. smear the putty onto the damaged area
3. smooth it over but leave a slight bulge so it can be sanded back
4. once completely set, sand back using coarse grit (~320) then sand again using a finer grit (~500)

We made the conscious decision only to treat the damaged spot as once you start mucking about with the rail height, unless done VERY accurately, you can make a mess out of it pretty quickly.

As you can see from the final results its pretty good!

I have needed to re-tape the rails to get the rollers back up to roller height as is recommended.  I use a special tape called UHMWtape/ slick surface tape (127um) - 18mm. I sourced this from Embossing Tape Supplies here in Australia.

Next step was to re-level the platen.. but that's another story!

Bails and diagram of press parts

The damage to the rail
Damage to the feeder board - I love this nick as it shows the 100's of times someone has lifted the bails up and scraped the feeder board ever so slightly, like footsteps on ancient cobblestones.
Bails left open and press has been run crushing the bails against the rails - not good.
Proper position of bails for safe printing.
The gaps and general unevenness of rails before fix (side view)
After repair, only slight dip and much straighter rails - yay!
Plastic steel putty

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bold script, hand lettered, modern letterpress wedding invitation

A beautiful soft mint green script is splashed across this luxurious invitation. Another instance where these fabulous clients suggested edits and styling to the design which contributed to a perfect final result.
Also, these super kind words make me feel a little bit special!
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most beautiful wedding invitations! The suite was gorgeous, very high quality and beautifully presented. We really appreciate how easy it was to work with you, nothing was an issue and none of my many many emails seemed a bother. We have had so many compliments on how exquisite the invitations were. I have been recommending you to other brides at work and will continue to do so. You do such beautiful work : )
Thanks again Jess & Matt"

Size: A5
Paper: 300gsm 100% cotton rag
Colours: grey and mint green

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A tropical getaway letterpress destination wedding invitation

A prefect invitation for a tropical wedding escape to Koh Samui Thailand. Aren't destination weddings just the best!

100% cotton rag paper

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Etsy seller profile

Pretty chuffed with ETSY AU and this seller profile.  
If you are a maker of any sort and want to sell online, I can't sing the praises of ETSY enough.  
For the uninitiated, its the hand crafted equivalent to Ebay. Anything and everything is at your fingertips, you buy from individual talent and if you care to sell, the interface, ethos and community support is invaluable.

Monday, January 5, 2015

She walks in beauty letterpress wedding

The Inspiration for this wedding invitation was from the poem 'She Walks in Beauty' by Lord Byron
It includes a square 140x140mm invitation, an envelope lines, a tag used to embellish the invitation as well as decorate bonboniere, and finally, coasters.

These cake mix bonboniere jars were made by Ce C's Cakes

140x14omm invitation
600gsm cotton card
Silver and white
Silver edge painting

Silver ink

Coaster recycled paper pulp
White and silver ink