Lucky for me, the ink color I chose came ready out of the ink can, which saved me the time and trouble of mixing inks!
|Letterpress plate with Pantone color guide|
So the first thing we did was cut up all our paper into roughly the size of the invitations. When I was at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, all we had was a regular cutting board, but LaLa Press has this incredible guillotine cutter which cuts several sheets at the same time! I wish I had a picture of the cutter because it was so old, but so incredibly efficient with safety levers and everything! Basically, it took two hands at once to get the machine to cut so that your fingers would never be under the blade!
|Polymer plate mounted onto bunting base.|
Once the paper was cut, we mounted the polymer plate onto the bunting base on the letterpress machine. In my case, I used a Vandercook Universal I. Her name is Maddie. She was my dancing partner and we did the side-step hundreds of time that day.
|Me feeding envelopes into the Vandercook|
|Me and Maddie|
|First complete invitation! I almost cried.|
|Pre-trimmed, but already still so pretty. Just look at that texture.|
Once everything was printed, we did final cuts on all the prints, and shrunk wrapped everything for me to take home!
And here's a little video on the whole process that I found on YouTube:
Next, I'll talk about assembling the finished product!