Wedding Invitations set the tone for your event, so I would love to work with you to create a memorable paper suite. Designing invitations is meant to be fun, and I love to collaborate, so my goal is for you to be involved in the design process and get excited about paper! I encourage you to ask me anything throughout the wedding planning process. I will help you coordinate your whole paper suite from save the dates to wedding day paper needs. I will guide you through any questions of etiquette. Ella Letterpress is a service!
Ella Letterpress mainly focuses on letterpress printing, but I am pleased to announce that I am expanding to include a variety of print services. All of these print methods are done by hand using antique machines. I will show you the differences in our initial consultation.
Letterpress is a method of relief printing in which raised surfaces (plates) are covered in ink and pressed down into cotton paper making a deep impression. Please review the HISTORY OF LETTERPRESS section to learn more about the oldest form of printing.
Unlike letterpress, engraving is the method of raised printing. A copper plate is used to etch words into the paper and ink is applied as the next step to cover the etching. You can tell if something is engraved by etchings on the back on the invitaiton. Engraving is very traditional and more type oriented, but equally as elegant.
Foil stamping is the same process as letterpress, but used with foil instead of ink. Foil allows for a true metallic look that cannot be achieved with letterpress ink. It is very common to combine letterpress and foil stamping, especially if trying to achieve a true gold accent.
Calligraphy is hand lettering done by a professional calligrapher and is traditionally used for guest addressing. Hand lettering can also be digitized to be made into a letterpress or engraving plate should you want truly unique lettering for your invitation and coordinating pieces rather than a standard font. I work with many calligraphers that can provide custom lettering that fits your style.