Using a letterpress technique on your wedding invitations is a beautiful way to add depth, contrast and uniqueness to your invitation. Letterpress is the way a plate stamps the thick, cotton paper with ink, leaving an impression that you can see and feel. It’s elegance and simplicity is a huge plus. There are typically minimal colors on a letter-pressed piece, therefore, urging a simple design heavy on white space.
Take a look at these letterpress close-ups offered by Hitch Design Studio. Can you see the depth of the pressed letters and shapes? We can order these invitations on beautiful thick ivory or white cotton paper and can include a matching envelope. The color of ink is your choice! (Remember, the fewer the colors, the lower the price.) It’s a great way to add a subtle pattern with big impact.
We won’t lie — letterpress is generally a bit more expensive, but totally worth it. When guests get your wedding invitation in the mail, they’ll know they’re going to a very special event.
p.s. A personal side-note about printing any design on letterpress paper:
It all started when I fell in love with paper and type. Then I bought a shirt that said “font savant” and attended “Stationery Academy”. Yep, an entire 2-day conference on paper. My design-geekiness has all spiraled out of control from there. (Would anyone like to borrow my ampersand bottle opener?) And now. A blog about cotton paper and letterpress. Oh boy.
I know you don’t care about this as much as I do, so what does it mean for you?! It means that the cotton paper you used to see and feel on letterpressed invitations can now be used on digital printers! You can have cotton paper without the cost of letterpressing! (However, my heart will always fall for ANYTHING letterpressed.) Cotton paper has that rich, thick, fabric-like feel with the look of handmade art paper. It’s ideal for letterpress, embossing, foil stamping…and now digital printing. It comes in Fluorescent White, Pearl White and Ecru White. You’ll have to see it (and feel it) at our first meeting.
By Renee Halgerson, Owner/Designer, Hitch Design Studio