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Nashville Wedding Invitations

Designing your own wedding invitations has to be a designers most challenging project ever. And these are some to be proud of. The groom, Jefferson Perky of Perky Bros., designed these with an elegant typographic flair. They combine textural wood grain photography and letterpress printed type.

We produced these cards together on a 13 x 18 press sheet. The wedding invite was printed along with a save the date card, a thank you card, an accommodations card and a die cut vertical belly band. The stock was 100% cotton 110lbC Pearl White Crane Lettra. The wood grain was digitally printed, then the black type was letterpress printed.

When thinking about doing a letterpress wedding invitation it is important to consider all the cards you need upfront. We ultimately print everything together – saving us time and our clients cost. (Example – if you know you need a thank you card, plan to print it with the main invitation set.)




Birds Of A Feather, Letterpressed Together


Wedding invitations need not be all typographic. This is a nice change in pace from most invites that tend to focus more on type than image. And we love letterpress printing lots of color, so this artwork does the trick. It was designed by Sheraton Green over at CSA Design.  The peacock image comes from the CSA Image collection – an easy $40 bucks to license for wedding invites.

Since CSA also designs all the French Paper stuff, they sent over 140lb Cover Poptone Sweet Tooth paper stock. We printed four PMS colors, with some really beautiful overprinting happening inside  the illustration. These kind of solid areas are always a challenge for letterpress. Note how the solid areas are a bit “salty” in the ink coverage.


1st 100,000 – Thanks Beast Pieces Readers

The benefit of slow times is they make us try new things. At the end of January it was a slow time in our studio, and we certainly don’t like to sit with idle hands. We had this blog started in 2008 but due to low content we were only seeing a trickle of 50 or so daily visitors. With a camera in hand, I started writing nearly every day here on beastpieces.com showing our press work in detail and talking about our production process. We never imagined the response. Six weeks later it has become part of our daily routine and a great extension of our studio to the design community. This week marks some sort of milestone for us – over 100,000 visits in the past six weeks.  We’ve heard from so many designers and made many new friends.

We live and breathe great design and production. We’d like to thank some of the fine blogging folks and design sites that have taken notice of beastpieces.com recently. We enjoy these sites and invite you to take a visit:

Bad Ass Ideas – Blog of design, culture and typography

Black Eiffel – Blog of people, places, things, and ideas

Booooooom – Fostering a community of people excited to go out and be creative

Briar Press – A letterpress community

Card Observer – Business card design inspiration

CMYKern – Blog of simple clean design with good thought process

Designers Talk – Design community discussion board

Design Sponge – Daily website dedicated to home and product design

Draplin Design – Blog of damn good designers, makers of Field Notes

The Fleuron – The Britsh Journal of Typography and Design

FFFFound – Image bookmarking (will someone please invite me already!)

Grain Edit – Modern graphic design plus vintage graphics

Graphic Exchange – Amazing selection of graphic design projects

How Design Magazine – Top 10 websites for designers

I Love Typography – Bringing the subject of Typography to the masses

Image Spark – A new site for image collection and inspiration

Oh So Beautiful Paper – A celebration of all things paper

Qbn.com – A great design community discussion board

Quipsologies – Daily creative morsels for design awareness

Snippet And Ink – Daily wedding inspiration

Style Me Pretty – Blog for the style obsessed bride

Subtraction.com –  Blog by Khoi Vinh – Design Director for the NYtimes.com

The Best Part – Daily commentary on all things design

Type Theory – A journal of contemporary typography


So, thank you for visiting us. As we continue to post on beastpieces.com we’d love to hear from you. Is there something you’d like us to post about? Anything missing? What should we talk about more? Feel free to leave comments.

And of course we’d like to hear about your upcoming letterpress project and always appreciate estimate requests and the chance to work with new people. Reach us at numbers(at)studioonfire(dot)com with details about your project. Maybe it is perfect for the next post on beastpieces.com