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Our Antique French Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Our Avignon design in letterpress

This Saturday we letterpressed the invitations for our first contest winner! We are so excited with the way these invitations turned out. The design is classic and simple, so very French. The design is, in fact, inspired by an antique French pharmacy tin. We believe there are sources of beautiful design inspiration all around us…we just have to keep our eyes open!

Our neighbors have beautiful lavender flowers growing all through their back yard, of which they were happy to let us cut some!

This invitation measures 6.25×6.25 inches. Here we printed it on our ultra-lush, 236lb, brilliant white, Savoy paper. This stuff is amazing! We can’t wait to print our next round of invitations!

Be sure to check out our latest FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

This design can also be made more rustic with the addition of twine and a kraft paper envelope.

The RSVP card. This paper is so thick, it makes for an amazing, super crisp and deep impression.

A detail of the super-crisp text.

One more shot of the RSVP card, paired with metallic silver envelopes.

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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveways & Winner Announcement!

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS MONTH!!! So, please re-enter and feel free to enter both. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.

Third, we have a winner for the last giveaway. Congratulations,  SHAHANA. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

FIRST GIVEAWAY – THE OBI DESIGN

Beautiful Japanese paper creates the Obi.

Invitation without the Obi. This is flat print to give an idea of what it will look like, but both invite and RSVP will be done in letterpress.

This time round, we are offering our Obi design. It is named for and inspired by the gorgeous Japanese sashes that are used as part of a traditional kimono outfit. In the first photo, you can see the invitation is wrapped in beautiful Japanese paper and tied with a bow. The RSVP card is out so you can see how it looks, but typically it would be placed under the obi, hidden. In the second photo, the invitation is unwrapped and displayed.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included and neither will the obi/Japanese paper. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We will also provide the winner with a link to where Japanese paper can be purchased, as well as give the winner the dimension info of how we cut this paper. This give-away is perfect for a crafty couple!

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We will print in black or charcoal and plan to use the fonts as shown.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

SECOND GIVEAWAY – THE OKAYAMA DESIGN

This is the Okayama design, letterpressed on personal stationery.

A detail of the Okayama pattern in letterpress.

Detail of type in letterpress.

A flat print sample of a wedding invite with the Okayama pattern, to get an idea what it could look like. We are not yet set on color and font.

A flat print, Okayama sample RSVP card.

This time round, we are offering our Okayama design. It is inspired by the gorgeous antique Japanese patterns that were used to adorn kimonos.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where they can purchase matching envelopes.

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We are not yet set on ink color or font yet.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveway & Winner Announcement!

Our next giveaway is perfect for Spring! Our Orleans design, based on the wood inlay on a piece of 18th century French furniture.

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!! So, please re-enter. To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

Third, we have a winner. Congratulations,  EMMA & MIKE. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

This time round, we are offering our Orleans design. Perfect for Spring, it is named for and inspired by the intricate wood inlay work on a beautiful piece of 18th century French furniture. Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide you with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We are not exactly set on color yet, although we think the pink and grey combo is lovely. We are also not completely decided on font yet either, although the ornate script does look very nice. Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is April 13th and we will announce a winner on April 18th. We will go to press at the end of April, so the winner will receive their invites by early to mid-May.

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Our Orleans invitation in flat print. We can't wait to see it in letterpress!

A detail of the RSVP card.

Our Orleans design, letterpressed on notecards.

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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveway & Winner Announcement From Our Last Wedding Giveaway!

Our Mayfair invitation. The next design we will be giving away to one lucky winner! Pictured here is a flat print version of the design.

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!! So, please re-enter. To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

Third, we have a winner. Congratulations, VERONICA M. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

This time round, we are offering our Mayfair design. Classic and clean, it is named for and inspired by an upscale neighborhood in London. Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide you with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper, with black ink. The name of the couple and RSVP will be in the ornate script as shown in all the photos. However, we have yet to decide if we will print the small text in the ornate font as shown or in the more modern, sans-serif  AnoHalf font, which can be seen as font Sans 1 in our Wedding Invitation Catalogue for reference. Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more. Also, we have been experimenting with the use of Swarovski crystals on this design. This giveaway does NOT include the crystals, but if you would like to upgrade and purchase the crystal option, you will certainly have that option.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is March 20th and we will announce a winner on March 23rd. We will go to press at the beginning of April, so the winner will receive their invites by mid-April.

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

The names on the invitation.

The Rsvp card.

Our Mayfair invitation with hand-applied Swarovski Crystals. The winner will have the option to upgrade and purchase this option, if desired.

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Our Japanese inspired letterpress wedding invite, with Swarovski crystals…and our wedding invitation give away!

Our Hyogo letterpress card. This cherry blossom pattern is based on antique kimono patterns.

After a bit of a break for the holidays, we are back! Just before we went on vacation, we printed these lovely invites. The bride-to-be picked deep red, black and sliver for her colors. To amp it up a little, we also added Swarovski crystals. We were very happy with the end result!

Also, we are having another LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITATION GIVE AWAY!! We will be giving away 20 letterpress wedding invitations and RSVP cards. They will be letterpressed on our lush 118lb Savoy paper. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is email and enter your name to Caroline, her email can be found here. The deadline to enter is February 25th and we will announce the winner, here on our blog, on February 28th. So check back to see if it is you! The design we will be giving away is our Avignon design. You can see photos of it at the bottom of the page. It is based on an antique, French pharmacy tin from the early 1900s. We are in the process of letterpressing and photographing all of our designs for our website, so the winner will need to be ok with us photographing their invitation. Of course, additional invites can be ordered if needed.

A detail of the cherry blossom design, with Swarovski crystals.

The matching RSVP card.

A detail from the RSVP card.

So, here it is, our Avignon card. These are flat print versions of it. It is pretty versatile and can be made rustic with the addition of twine, craft paper envelopes and dried flowers or it can be made more modern with the addition of silver envelopes.

– Caroline & Stephanie, pressedinbrooklyn.com

Our Avignon invitation. Made rustic with twine, a craft paper envelope and dried rosemary.

Made modern with a silver envelope.

The matching RSVP card.

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Inexpensive, DIY Wedding Invitations for the Cost Conscious Couple

Our Multi-color Chevron Wedding Suite. We can customize the text and colors. You can print it yourself or we can print it for you.

The economy, what can we say, it isn’t all that great right now. However, good news! I just read that the recession is officially over…the only bad part, incomes keep falling.

With that sad bit of information in mind, we decided to create a line of wedding invitations for the cost conscious couple. Just because someone is on a tight budget, doesn’t mean they can’t have a beautiful wedding.

Our DIY line, available in our Etsy store, comes in two options. We can customize the text and colors and email the client PDF files so that they can print and cut the invites at home or a local print/copy shop. Certainly a very cost conscious option. Or, if the client prefers, we can flat print the designs for them on our 92lb, Savoy, 100% cotton paper. The result can be seen in these photos.

While we love letterpress, the process is certainly more costly and not everyone has that option. We also love that we can fit lots of color into these designs and use patterns that we typically would not be able to do with letterpress. We plan to do a number of designs for this line and will post them as we complete them.

As we try new ideas, we certainly welcome any feedback!

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Our bold chevron pattern.

Our crazy candy cane chevron. Colors can be customized to any that you pick.

 

 

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Our Okayama Wedding Invitation and Stationery – Japanese art as inspiration

Our Okayama letterpress design for wedding invitations and stationery.

We recently letterpressed our Okayama design. It seems pretty popular and we have already had a couple requests to use it as personal stationery. We will be printing the client’s name at the top of the card and putting the pattern at the bottom…although that could just as easily be reversed. We can’t wait to press this pattern on a wedding invitation! If you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check out our Etsy Shop.

Since we are posting this design, we thought it might be a good opportunity to talk a little about the inspiration behind it. We named the card Okayama, after a city in Japan. Most of our cards are named for the geographical regions that inspired their design. For this pattern, we really focused on antique Japanese art, patterns and illustration. The floral patterns, the clean and simple design, it is all a wonderful source for ideas.

Below are a few pieces that we really love. All can be found in the online exhibit of Japanese Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in New York. Also, starting in November, they have an exhibit “Storytelling in Japanese Art,” which we are looking forward to.

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A detail from our Okayama letterpress card.

Two Ladies; One is Playing the Biwa and the Other, the Koto - Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)

Seaweed Food and Kitchen Utensils - Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820). We love the colors in this piece.

Seven Gods of Good Fortune and Chinese Children - Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)

Two Japanese Women Posing with Fans - Shinichi Suzuki (Japanese, 1835–1919)

Performer in Bugaku-style Costume - Unknown Artist, Japanese

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