Brides! Have you thought about your wedding invitations? I adore letterpress everything. The thickness of the paper and the old fashioned look of letterpress, just so classic! I met Gina of LittleOwl Letterpress at the Arizona Bridal Show and I just adore her! She will be printing my new business cards this summer as I’m happy to be undergoing a bit of changes, expanding and rebranding to come this summer! Allow me to introduce you to the wonderfully talented and sweet Gina who has answered these questions on behalf of LittleOwl Letterpress.
What is letterpress?
Letterpress is just like it sounds! Think of a rubber stamp, only in reverse. A plate with raised letters is inked and pressed to the surface of a piece of paper to reproduce an image. The image then becomes embedded into the paper, creating a beautifully crisp and textured look. Johannes Gutenberg introduced movable type to the process in the 15th century and letterpress became the predominant printing method for over 500 years!
Typically, metal type has been used but more recently photopolymer plates have added a modern touch. Letterpress is an extremely hands on and laborious printing technique. Each color is printed separately, therefore the more colors a design has, the longer it takes to set up and print. Lining things up can be tricky and these old presses can be fickle. But, when the stars align, there is nothing that warms our hearts more than seeing a finished wedding suite!
Tell me the story about how you started Little Owl Letterpress!
The LittleOwl family is comprised of Max, Gina, Katie and Dave. Our adventure in ink started a while back when my sister-in-law Katie and I developed an overwhelming love for all things “wedding”…. especially paper products! My husband Max didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he found a 1910 Chandler and Price hand press and purchased it on the sly for us to use.
All I can say is that it was love at first sight! Katie and I were hooked, Max and Dave got their hands dirty, and we set out to learn how to press. What started out as weekend projects printing cards and stationary transitioned into friends asking us to create their wedding stationary!
Over two years later we’ve worked out the kinks, added a second press – our Heidelberg Windmill, and now operate out of our custom backyard studio!
How does letterpress stand out from the typical invitation?
Letterpressed stationary is truly unique and provides a textural experience for its recipients. We print on cotton paper, so what you’ll feel is a wonderfully soft, velvety piece of paper. The images are embedded into the paper, creating a 3 dimensional design. This differs immensely from the flat look offset (or digital) printing provides.
Your guests may not know exactly what letterpress is when they receive your invitation in the mail, but the feeling they get when they open that envelope is that it’s truly something hand crafted and special!
What is the process of getting started?
Ordering invitations couldn’t be easier! We’re online so we can work with brides from any location. Take some time to look through our designs on our website. Make note of the invitations, fonts, and ink colors that best fit what you’re looking for. To begin your order, simply email us. We’ll send you an order form (contract) to help you keep all of your details organized! Complete the order form to match the items you love from our site, send it back to us, and we’ll email you to confirm your order.
We also LOVE having brides over to the studio for consultations. During these sessions, we’ll take time to look at samples, paper choices, ink colors, and discuss your wedding stationary needs so we can provide you with a custom quote!
How long does an order usually take?
Once we have your final approval for your design, an invitation suite is printed within 3-5 weeks!
What is your favorite part of owning your own letterpress studio?
Our customers! It’s so fun to work with brides and grooms to create wedding stationary that tells their story and compliments the overall feeling they want to convey for their wedding. We love letterpress and the excitement it evokes when a guest receives a hand pressed invitation! It’s also a joy to be able to work alongside family.