My adventure in letterpress!!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:01 AM
I wanted to share my letterpress invitation that fiance and I designed together. As we are both artist/graphic designer, the pressure was on! Thankfully, they came out beautiful and I couldn't be any happier.
Here the original sketch that my fiance drew. Notice the luchador cherub from my STD in the background that I posted a while back
I scanned the drawing, and I designed the invite with Photoshop and Indesign. I used SilkScript, Poetica, and Nuptual script for type. I submitted the file to the printshop. The printshop converted my file into a film.
Here's the printshop guy burning the image onto a metal plate by exposing the film to light. The linework on the film is negative image, which means that the line area is clear, and the negative spaces are black. The plate is coated with a chemical so that when it is exposed to light, the light passes through the clear area and hardens the chemical underneath. After the plate is washed with water, it turns into something like this. Cool, eh?
Bob, the printshop guy, then sets the plate onto a letterpress machine and prints away. We chose thick double-ply paper, so we had the machine hit it really hard. We used Pantone gold 871.
Here's the finished invite! We also printed the flower pattern of her veirl on the envelope flap as blind press (without ink).
More to come!
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