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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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Nautical Themed Baby Shower Invitations

Our most recent job was invitations for a nautical themed baby shower for a member of the US Coast Guard. It was such a fun invite to design and letterpress. To make it a little extra special we used metallic gold paper anchors that we affixed to the invite to introduce another layer of texture. Thanks Vania for the opportunity to create such a fun shower invitation.

Our nautical themed invitations.

A close up of the invitation.

Another view.

Today I was lucky enough to get a little tour of the Coast Guard base on Staten Island. It is amazing what they do each day to protect our waterways. Their port is the third busiest in the country and there are a lot of people hard at work to make sure everything runs smoothly. Similar to what you’d expect to see in a movie, there are codes and ID passes to enter, televisions showing footage from cameras monitoring the water, giant maps, and continuous weather updates so they can track storms. Whether they are assisting weekend boaters in distress or monitoring giant cargo ships – the men and women of the Coast Guard are working hard to keep us safe. So, keeping on the nautical theme, we made a few more anchor themed note cards.

– Caroline

Our anchor themed stationery.

A close up.

The United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus, meaning “Always Ready.”

“For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

Today’s U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.”

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It’s Alive!

Finally, FINALLY we have our letterpress up and running! Nearly three months to the date after we found him on ebay. He has been pretty cranky about being brought out of retirement, but Caroline was able to persuade him into helping us get a project done and meet our deadline. We finally got our rollers at the beginning of the week, but alas, they were too big! After Caroline tried to perform rudimentary surgery on these things using only a hacksaw and a prayer, her father was nice enough to lend us a hand and professionally cut them to size.

So, on Wednesday night, Caroline had the chance to get acquainted with our letterpress and, as she tells it, he was pretty anti-social at first! However, he warmed up to her eventually and she was able to print the beautiful cards we have below. Stay tuned for pictures of Caroline’s arm. The press put up quite a struggle, so in a couple months time we think Caroline will have an amazing looking, totally ripped arm from pulling the letterpress lever so many times, arm (not arms) being the key word here!

A set of stationery we printed as wedding gifts for a client.

A detail of the stationery.

Another detail shot.

We packaged the stationery with the ribbon and our tag inside the box so that the client could wrap the box with wrapping paper of her choice.

We wrapped up a few extra cards for our friends.

We printed three different colors of this card, here is the deep pink color.

Here is a picture of how the plate looks on our letterpress, before it has ink on it.

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Casino Cards

Here is another project that we recently completed. These invitations were done for a casino themed party. For the design we used a detail from the Chrysler Building, here in New York. The Chrysler Building is one of our very favorite buildings and the art deco design that can be found throughout this building is absolutely stunning. We felt the art deco theme went very well with the casino theme, harking back to the days of glamor, jazz and speakeasies.

We decided to flat print these invitations since we still do not have our rollers 😦

Our casino/art deco themed party invitation.

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