So, my good friend Naz is quite amazing at seeking out top-notch wedding websites with top-notch wedding ideas; and when she first heard about my interest in wanting Letterpress invitations but not wanting to spend $103,589,327 on them, she was on the hunt for a good substitute.
Her first suggestion was the Gocco. A printing machine that’s part-screen printer, part-letterpress, this nifty Japanese creation would give your invites the illusion of letterpressed art, without actually debossing the paper. The problem with the Gocco, however, is that only one single company in Japan, Riso, makes the Gocco….or should I say “made” the Gocco, because the nifty printing device has been discontinued, thus making it a hard-to-find item on eBay or similar websites. So although the price is doable — $300 or less — if something breaks, runs out, etc., you’re kinda out of luck.
But then, Naz’s amazing search skills struck DIY wedding gold: there actually exists a do-it-yourself LETTERPRESS! Who knew? Not me. But they exist, and are affordable.
The folks at Lifestyle Crafts offer an at-home letterpress kit for only $149.99, which includes all the fundamentals you’d need to create a basic design, like the press itself and a die-cutting tool, a tube of black ink, and some simple, standard plate designs. But — cue cheesy infomercial background music — that’s not all! If you’re skilled in the way of Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator, you can create a custom printing plate so that your invite can be just as snazzy as those thousand dollar designs you’d get from an experienced printer. Lifestyle also offers a decent array of colors for ink; and since you don’t need a lot for letterpressing, a single $6.99 tube goes a long way.
Awesome? I think so.
Check out Naz’s site, Begums and Badsha’s, for more amazing ideas, insights, and general awesomeness.