December is a busy time of year for letterpress wedding announcements and love is in the air! These custom designed save the dates came in from a designer in Alabama. Blind impression and charcoal grey ink on Crane Lettra single ply. Finished size is A7 (5"x7"). Contact us today with your wedding invitation needs. We'd be happy to supply you with a quote!
Time for that Autumn Sweater!
Come September it's common to find invitations featuring warm reds and browns but sometimes it's more fun to push further into the concept. Seasonal invitation designs can be approached in so many more ways! Autumn Sweater- (Seasonal Wedding Invitation Design) - is very subtle but we snuck a few season-appropriate ideas into the final concept.
We often print others design work but every now and then we're given the opportunity to really let our design skills shine. This custom designed invitation was a labor of love and we had the pleasure of adding a few fancy print features to the concept as well. We included a touch of foil along with both letterpress printing and a blind impression. The pattern in the back is similar to a knit sweater texture which naturally lent itself to the diamond-shaped center area. Once we had these elements flowing it was just a matter of selecting the right fonts! The gold foil was an elegant exchange for the usual brown colors and the silver ink spoke more directly to our cozy Minnesota trees blowing in the fall breeze. The wedding was last week and it sounds like everyone was pretty pleased (as were we).
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The weather is finally starting to turn for the better here and we have so much on the horizon! We've been hard at work this winter creating some really amazing work for brides and businesses alike! We're very excited to announce a few new designs and we're also going though the site and cleaning house! Here's a sneak peek at a couple things we've had come through recently.
We're in St Paul Minnesota so we really like to take as much advantage of the summer season as possible. This last summer lasted a little longer than usual but now as the fall approaches I can't help but daydream about warmer days, vacations and day tripping across the country. Here's a pics from driving across the tops of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Such amazing memories and adventures made this last year.
Woo Hoo! We received an email last night that one of our weddings was featured on the Mpls/StP Magazine Aisle File! Big congrats to Catherine, Ken and the rest of the vendors that took part in this one. Dick & Jane provided the design, letterpress printing and foil stamping on these absolutely beautiful wedding invitations. We can definitely attribute the inspiration to the venue and it looks like Olive Juice Photography did a great job knocking this one out of the park. We're sol happy to see our clients and our work highlighted for the rest of the Twin Cities to celebrate. So much love and appreciation to everyone at MPLS/StP Magazine for sharing this as your Aisle File feature!
photography courtesy of Olive Juice Photography
What a success! If you're not familiar with the Big Fake Wedding, definitely check them out! We recently took part in their Minneapolis event at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel by producing a custom invitation suite geared to fit their wedding theme. Our design aesthetic was "Folk-Floral-Fabulous!" We created a custom gold foil and digital print along with a matching rsvp, envelopes with printed labels, coasters and novelty tags. The different finish techniques we used included duplexing invitations and rsvps, foil stamped invites, foil stamped rsvps, die cutting labels, letterpress coasters, and some fun twine binding to finish it all off.
We attended the completely SOLD OUT faux wedding, met with guests, had dinner, partied and danced the night away alongside out other participating vendors and guests. We'll definitely be doing this again!
For a letterpress printer, there's nothing more fun than seeing a Heidelberg in the papers! So Letterpress printing and the Star Tribune?! ... well... sorta! We were visited last week by a writer and photographer from the Star Tribune. They we're researching for an article that came out last Sunday. The article was in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the light rail titled "University Avenue, Hopes are High!" The article mentioned our little shop and talked some about what the light rail has meant for us. If you haven't seen the article or are just curious about the new beginnings here on University Ave, we welcome you to visit the Star Tribune and read the article for yourself! Many thanks to the Tribune and all the supporters and small biz owners here on the Ave! - also - my friends tell me this pic makes me look old. .. boo.
Wedding Invitations in HD!
Working on a really great video collaboration. Showing folks around the shop and diving into the ins and out of letterpress wedding invitations. We'll detail some of the custom design as well as the production elements that go into creating your unique wedding invitations. Invitation paper, invitation envelopes, inks, foils, you name it! We can't wait to share the final piece with all of you! - DJL
Trends will come and go but classic black on white will never get old. Never underestimate just how important your wedding invitations can be. They are the first glimpse your guests will get of what is to come and they truly set the tone. With this Benson + Robbins invitation suite, the couple simply commented, "we want a design we're going to love in 50 years time." We went typographic with the layout and ultimately I think these letterpress wedding invitations really nailed it. Grateful to work with Julie and George and we wish them the best on their wedding day!
Dig on these absolutely beautiful gold foil business cards. They're trimmed at a stylish 2.5" square dimension and printed double sided on our single-ply house stock. We just finished these super cute cards for Nicola Harger. She's a photographer based in the North Loop area and her work is absolutely stunning. Check out her site and maybe if you get a chance to meet her, you'll walk away with one of these beauties?!?!
Business cards, wedding invitations and so much more! Contact Dick & Jane Letterpress for all your Hot Foil and Letterpress needs!
Finally got my hands on a few of the pictures from Katie and Aaron's wedding. Their wedding was featured on the Knot some time ago but I'd had a really hard time finding the pics to upload. Today I was surprised to see that the images and the original feature were magically linked to our Knot profile! Katie is an amazing illustrator and she and Aaron designed the invitation suite together. Together with Dick & Jane, we nailed down the colors, paper and final details. Everything turned out wonderfully and the pics from the ceremony/reception were just AMAZING! Have a look for yourself!
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We recently worked with Jessica Wonders (Jessica Wonders Events) on a style shoot and it turned out absolutely stunning! Even more exciting, the whole thing has been featured on the Wedding Lovely blog! You can check out all the details including the cute, tiny menus we came up with and hopefully the post and pictures will bring a little inspiration to your plans! Many thanks to Jessica for organizing the whole thing and to Wedding Lovely for sharing everyones hard work!
These sat on the table begging to be photographed for months but we'd just been too busy to get a photo session in. Finally, we managed to make it happen this afternoon. True to our city, here's a really wonderful Minneapolis skyline wedding invitation set we did for T&M. We talked about a few different directions for the invitation set but once we worked up the art for the city skyline, the answer was clear and we ran with it! Blue on Blue duotone set with snow (since it was a winter wedding). If you're looking for an invitation design with some local flavor, perhaps this is just what you've been looking for?? Contact us today to get a quote on your letterpress wedding invitations!
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Another one for the books! This piece was designed by the groom and she really had her mind set on black foil over black stock with the varnish. I think we were all a little nervous if this was going to work out as well as we all had hoped. However, in the end, the invitation suite really exceed everyones expectations. This is a really great example of just how much a simple black can in-fact be quite a complex beast with a lot of shade variation. We're so grateful to Stephanie for having the guts to stick to her guns and see this black-on-black concept all the way to the end!
We do a lot of dark colors but occasionally we're mixing up something so delicious you just want to try a little taste. But seriously... DO NOT TASTE INK - IT'S GROSS. If you've got a magical color palette in mind, send it our way! Dick & Jane Letterpress will be more than happy to go all Lemony-Tangerine-Dream with it! Check out our blog and site for examples of our work and be sure to give is a follow on instagram as well!
Maybe it's just us but around here, it's already starting to feel like spring! We've made it through the grey part of the winter and the sun is shining. We just got a picture sent from a photographer ASHLEYMICHELLE who got a fabulous shot of one of our invitation sets completed back in 2014. So much VIBE! The set features fuscia and gold foil with calligraphy, color coordinated envelopes and FANTASTIC envelope liners! I'm looking at this arrangement as a whole and it's a real marvel. Thanks so much to the client and photography studio for sending this over. - You're the best!
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Often time we wonder what happens to the pieces we produce for customers. The jobs can be so different from one to the next.
We received an email from a past client, Jordan Fretz who had us produce a set of very elaborate coasters. Turns out the final product was packaged in pairs for guests and included a pair of individually wrapped bags of tea and honey. Very cool idea indeed! Jordan did a great job on these and we just wanted to share a quick pic of the coasters for all to enjoy.
Many thanks Jordan!
We've had a few inquiries in this past week about letterpress wedding invitations printed in a gold ink. I thought it might be good to show an example here on the letterpress blog. I've included a pic below of a project we printed with a gold ink. The result is clean and luxurious contrast. We also have a champagne gold which has a little lighter contrast but still very very elegant. Thanks for visiting the site. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
We are gearing up for another exciting wedding show at the Convention center in Downtown Minneapolis. We are at booth number 657. Be sure to come by and get your $50 coupon, enter to win a FREE invitation set and see our letterpress wedding invitation work first hand! We had a blast last year. It gets so crazy in there but its a lot of fun. Music, food, beverages and all sorts of great vendors alike. If you are looking for something to do this Sunday... this is it! See you all there!