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Letterpress save the dates: Spring flowers

sweetolivepresswedding I’ll put Katherine and Jeff’s save-the-dates here as a pretty diversion, until I can be a good blogger again…


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Letterpress save the dates: Songbirds

A save-the-date with a springtime feel for Laura and Michael’s April wedding… these songbirds are just right for the occasion!


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Letterpress correspondence cards

I promised I’d show you these letterpress correspondence cards once they made it to Dallas. Well, I delayed a bit longer (no sunshine for photos!) but at last here they are.

Chocolate ink printed with magnesium plates on white cotton cards, teamed with papaya envelopes.


{The address has been digitally altered for privacy. Also, upon looking at this post I realise the address looks crooked. It’s not!  I’m so uptight about straightness. Just the angle of the photo makes it look that way….}


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On the press : Paris summer wedding invitations

Here’s a walk through the process of printing the letterpress invitation suite for Kate and David’s summer wedding in Paris…

The picture above shows the magnesium plate for the scrollwork. And below is the black-and-white proof I used while setting up the job on the press and checking measurements and alignment.

The invitations go through the press for the first time – scrollwork in soft grey.

Next, the invitation text in mint-green ink. A second magnesium plate, new makeready, and another trip through the press.

While the mint ink was still on the press I set up and printed the green scrollwork for the response cards.

I printed grey text on the response cards…

…and more grey for the outer envelopes. In the picture below, I’m using my trusty AlignMate to make sure the return address is straight.

And in case you forgot what the end product looks like….

The end!  Much happiness.


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Letterpress birth announcements: Halle Joan

I’ve waited forever to show you these pictures…

This birth announcement was a thrill to print – not least of all because little Halle is my niece, and she is absolutely ADORABLE.

Okay fine, I’ll save the overexcited-Aunty talk for later.

{Printed on a Chandler & Price Old Style press; magnesium plates; 5x7in 100% cotton card; mint, rose and chocolate hand-mixed inks; antique gold envelopes; print run of 100}


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Ooohh, voting!

I’m up late-ish and I’m about to prep some files for platemaking (for a letterpress wedding suite I’m so excited about, by the way!) but first I wanted to share this bit of excitement – Sweet Olive Press has been nominated for The Poppies Awards in the Favorite Paper Goods category! Hooray!!

If you’re in a voting mood, I’d love you to click over to Poppytalk and cast your vote for Sweet Olive Press.  (You’ll need to scroll down the list a fair way…. oh alphabetical order, you are not my friend…)

Voting runs until Saturday, January 30. Thank you!!!! (Yes, I’ve now used up my quota of exclamation marks for the week…)

In other (non-voting-type) news, our kitchen renovation is finally finished! I’m so excited I will definitely be showing you pictures here, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with letterpress.  You watch.

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Celebrate: letterpress for a cause

I designed these cards to honour Bryan’s mum, and women everywhere who face cancer with courage, and the families and friends who support them, and the researchers and fundraisers working tirelessly to find a cure.

We only met Bryan’s mother for a couple of days in New Orleans years ago, back when Bryan and Nathan and I were bar-hopping, stoop-sitting, black-cat-owning neighbours in the French Quarter. Bryan’s mum was sweet and off-beat and lovely, and I’ve always remembered her. I wish I’d had the chance to see her again.

When Bryan asked me to design some letterpress Christmas cards themed for breast cancer awareness, I felt completely inspired and filled with an urge to do something good. After many hours at the press, these are the cards:

…and this is the Good: I’m donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of these pink-ribbon Celebrate Love card sets to Susan G. Komen For The Cure® and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation. Bryan’s mom supported both, and they supported her.

These cards are letterpress printed one by one on my 107-year-old Chandler and Price letterpress, creating an impression on luxurious 100% cotton (tree-free) stock. They are available in boxed sets in the Sweet Olive Press online store.


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