Two very wonderful people asked us to design and letterpress print their engagement party invitations. They were very trusting and left the brief quite open for us – but this can pose its own challenge, where to begin? When we were discussing their event over a glass of wine one evening Rosie described the night simply ‘as a celebration under the stars with their friends’. And so it began.
Jenna worked up the typography, modifying the La Portenia into two shooting stars while Simon illustrated and arranged the stars for the background. After several revisions, the scene was set with the rest of the type set in Archer Light. We printed the invitation on our favourite stock – Crane Lettra 300gsm. The soft stock took the fine impression of the star-filled sky very nicely.
We found an old star map in the New Concise Atlas of the Universe (picked up at the recent book fair) which we modified ever so slightly to form the envelope liners. We letterpress printed them as well, on regular bond paper. Some might say letterpress printing envelope liners is a bit of an extravagance, and maybe it is, but it was well worth using exactly the same mixture of ink so the colours matched perfectly.
The set was topped off with matching Crane Lettra custom printed envelopes. The whole job was a delight from start to finish, and this shows in the finished piece.