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In The Mood For Love

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It’s our tip, lovebirds (from our many years of experience printing your invites) that something happens around this time of year that creates a spike in engagements. Put it down to all the mistletoe and champagne.

If you find yourself or someone you care about down on bended knee this Christmas or New Year, then it won’t be long before you will need to get thinking about dates. Save the Dates, in particular. These are cute little reminders that guarantee as early as possible that your friends know about your wedding date, even if you haven’t decided on anything else (except, perhaps, who you are planning on marrying.)

We have seen, in recent times, some incredible advances in technology, pushing the limits of print. But one thing we have noticed is that the technology seems unable to never believable reproduce depth and texture on the screen. There is nothing that can replicate the wonderful feel of letterpress printing.

The tips of our fingers will never cease to delight in running over the indentation of the impression, and the slightly burnished surface of the opposite side. It is a sensation that evokes a very simple, deeply human pleasure  connecting to the history of handmade crafts.

That’s why letterpress and print embellishments are a beautiful part of our clients’ special occasions. The celebration of what it is to be human, calls for the magic of this tactile art.

One designer who understands this very well, is designer Clare Stuban (clarestuban@hotmail.com) who created the artwork for this pretty “Save The Date” (pictured) for her own wedding.  She brought in a few of our processes, including foiling the edge and date in gold, the date was also embossed to pop, we letterpressed the text and die-cut the unique shape she chose. It was printed on BJ Ball’s Stardream Opal 285 GSM, for a shimmery finish.

Another timeless art is calligraphy and we’re lucky enough to see excellent examples of the work of professional letterers, right here in our workshop. Clare asked Calligraphy By Jennifer to create a bespoke handwriting style for some wording on the front and back of the invitation.

So, enjoy the magic of this most romantic time of year and remember that one of the best ways to share your special moments with others, is by thinking of special touches that activate the senses and make a memorable impression.