Dear future Zoë,
Please, please, PLEASE remember these insanely cool business cards/stationary sets when creating wedding invitations one day in the extremely distant future. Flickr user Eric Kass describes his process:
[It is a] four color process offset litho of one of mary’s wonderful images with silver letterpress overprint
Gahhhh. It looks like tie dye and I love it.
You might know letterpress printing as an obsolete art form, a luxury wedding invite method, or as a huge piece of machinery rich with history and squeaky gears. I’m no expert on the matter but I’m a believer of the latter (as well as the wedding invite one, a bit). I want to explain how it works for all of you who give me a blank stare every time I bring it up.
Letterpresses come in many forms and shapes but this specifically is a Chandler & Price named Leora who lives in Paper Boat Studios under the care of Amy Thompson. See all of the moving parts and pieces here (image courtesy of garloo.com). Watch this unnecessarily long video of me in action to get a sense: