What is Letterpress?

Letterpress invitations are all the rage this wedding season. But you may be asking yourself, what are letterpress invitations? Letterpress is one of the earliest forms of printing text on paper. Johann Gutenberg is credited with the inventing of the movable press in the early to mid 1400’s to create printed images on paper. He is known as the father of letterpress printing in Europe, but it is the Chinese who are credited with creating letterpress characters and images as early as 750 AD.

Letterpress is a technique that stamps ink into paper using raised lettering. Traditionally, letterpress printing involved the inked type just lightly kissing the high quality, cotton-based paper and did not create an impression on the paper at all. Even though letterpress wedding invitations are considered an old-fashioned technique, they are quite modern and add an air of sophistication and class to your special event.

Letterpress printing is generally more expensive than some other forms of printing, due to it being more labor-intensive, but the final elegance and sophisticated look and feel of letterpress wedding invitations is worth it to many brides and grooms.

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