July 2011

5 articles in July 2011

Lately I’ve been feeling like, as much as we try to educate regarding process, printing technique, papers and ink there is always going to be something unexpected about the letterpress process that is sometimes hard to know what the client is aware of and what they aren’t aware of. This is a new series dedicated to the nuances of different techniques in the printing industry – while I feel like we know what we are doing around here, every printer has their own way of printing a piece. While one design may work for one printer, it might not work for another. Things that can factor in that decision to print or not to print a specific design could be anything from press equipment, finishing equipment, labor, deadline, time, bookings, and more. In addition to design and press work, there is paper …

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These wedding invitations were for a summer wedding and I love how the diagonal stripes panned out in this suite. While the Chevalier typeface for the bride and groom’s names comes with a horizontal stripe, we opted to use the open-face version of the font and create a diagonal stripe on the interior instead. That has the same alignment as the diagonal stripes that make up the border of the invite, and then for some contrast, we reflected the diagonal in the envelope liners so as to create more interest with the single ink color. These invitations were printed as a single ink, on our house 110# cotton paper, paired with matching envelopes and RSVP postcards. I love how the bride elected to leave empty space on the RSVP so that her guests could fill in a note of congratulations on there …

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This invitation suite was beautifully calligraphied by Kathryn of Della Carta whom we work with regularly for calligraphy calling cards. THe bride is looking for an ice blue or pool color paired with a gold. She wants some shimmer which can be interesting with letterpress as our inks are matte. When you print on uncoated paper stock you lose the ability to have a glossy ink and also the sheen that metallic inks can put off. While the inks are mixed with mica flecks to give it that shimmer, I am always advising brides that the ink will be a matte metallic. If you are looking for something super shiny, then a foil is the way to go. Presses with a foiling unit usually have the inking disabled and a foiling unit is attached. From there spools of foil are wound through …

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Now I know I say this a lot about my clients but Natalie was SUPER awesome to work with. While we explored what felt like hundred of options, Natalie was really patient with us as we worked on her designs, layouts and typography to create a minimalist rockstar card for her new consulting venture. When we finally got close to the design that Natalie wanted, it was a matter of then taking that and figuring out color and iconography to organize her information. This type was beautifully small and I love how petite it looks with their little matching dingbats and knocked-out type. I love the red on these too – it was a really rich and bloody color to print! Thanks Natalie for working with us and being so inspiring to work with. I am so happy with how these turned …

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So I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve disappeared to…I’m not really ready to talk about things yet but just to give you a little insight, I’ve had some unforseen medical problems. A week after my father-in-law’s funeral I had emergency surgery. There was also some other lab work done. I’ve just found out the results. There is a lot to process. Dingbat is tired, but I’m working through the current jobs I have open right now, thus the hiatus regarding less blogging as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you follow on twitter that I’ve been absent there too. Part of me feels like I just want to keep things undercover. I’m having a hard time blogging because there are so many elements demanding my attention – it is just hard to focus. With that said, my doctors told me to continue …

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