The clean, chic look of letterpress invitations is a popular trend for brides-to-be, and many are choosing the DIY route. Designer Ayumi Trubschenck knew early on that she wanted to make her own and used the L Letterpress to design and create wedding invitations, announcements, and thank you cards for almost 500 guests attending her wedding. We asked her a few questions about the letterpress process and she shared her thoughts and advice below:
Why did you decide to use the Letterpress for your announcements?
Even before the letterpress hype, I've always wanted to design and letterpress my wedding invitations. My husband (then boy friend) had bought me the Epic 6 and Starter Kit for my birthday when it first came out. And when the time came for me to make my invitations, it was a cheaper option for me and it allowed me to use something my husband had given me.
Did you expect the process to be difficult? Was it easier than you thought?
I had used the L Letterpress a few times prior to making my invitations so I had a good idea of what to expect. The first 30 minutes or so is where you have to get it set up, figure out the quirks like how many sheets of paper you need for padding, and getting through the first few prints to make sure there's no bleeding. But after that, you just put on a movie and go for it. So it wasn't difficult to use the press but more time-consuming. Although surprisingly, I printed the cards a lot faster than I thought I would.
What would you have done differently, if anything?
I knew that printing multi-color was out of the question for how many things I had to print but if it was something on a smaller scale, I would love to use multiple colors and try registering on the Letterpress. I would have also loved to mix colors to get something a little different. I also didn't realize that Lifestyle Crafts allowed you to make custom plates so that might be nice to try out next time.
Didn't these turn out great? Thanks for sharing your letterpress story with us, Ayumi!
Learn more about Ayumi's custom letterpress invitations at iyouandme.blogspot.com.