Letterpress is all the rage right now, and for good reason! It’s a beautiful printing process that can give your designs a unique look and feel. However, letterpress can be expensive, especially if you’re on a limited budget.
Worry not! We’ve got a little bit of good news for you. While letterpress printing isn’t always cheap, it doesn’t need to break the bank either.
In fact, there are ways to make your project more affordable and we want to show them all off in this guide on how to get ‘the most bang’ from every single penny spent designing an invitation suite.
So, buckle up and let’s get started.
Skip the Unnecessary
Wedding or birthday invitations often come with a lot of extra pieces that can be overwhelming. They are fun to look at, of course, before tossing them in the trash. Your guests will most likely save the invitations only. Instead, stick to the essentials and you’ll have more impactful suite pieces in your event kit.
Make It Monochromatic
When designing letterpress invitations, it’s easy to go overboard with colour. After all, letterpress is a beautiful printing process that can create stunning colours on paper. However, using too many hues will quickly increase the price of your project. A great way to save money is to stick to one or two colours for your entire suite. This will also make your suite look more cohesive and elegant.
Keep in mind that even if you are only printing on one colour of paper or ink it will have two colours: the background and text. It’s important to consider how many different prints this can produce before going into production. This way you can save money.
Keep the Design Simple
The design of your letterpress invitation suite should be simple and elegant. That doesn’t mean that your invitations have to be boring—far from it! But, you’ll want to avoid anything too fussy or complicated. The simpler the design, the easier (and less expensive).
Make Use of a Rubber Stamp
What better way to save time and money than by making your own rubber stamps? If you’re up for some DIY, this is the perfect project. You can get a custom design made that will add an extra touch of class when adding a return address to the envelopes.
This is a great option if you’re on a budget or if you need to print a large number of invitations.
You can find rubber stamps at most craft stores or online. Be sure to buy one that is specifically designed for use with letterpress ink.
Use White Space
When it comes to letterpress printing, less is often more. So, don’t be afraid to use white space in your design. This will help keep the focus on the important elements of your invitation and make your suite look more elegant.
Do Some Research
Before you start your letterpress project, it’s important to do some research. This will help you find the best deals on supplies and services. You can also learn a lot about the printing process and how to avoid common mistakes.
Choose The Right Paper
The type of paper you choose for your letterpress invitations can have a big impact on the overall cost of your project. If you’re on a budget, we recommend choosing a less expensive paper stock. There are plenty of options that will still look great and be easy to print on.
In general, letterpress printing works best on thicker papers. But, if you choose a thinner paper stock, you may be able to get away with fewer sheets. This can save you money in the long run.
Get A Quote Before You Begin
The best way to avoid any surprises is to get a quote before you start your project. This way you’ll know exactly how much it will cost and what options are available to you.
Save on Stamps
If you’re mailing your invitations, you can save money on stamps by using a bulk mail service. This is a great option if you’re sending out a large number of invitations. You’ll need to do some research to find the best deals on these services.
What better way to send out your reply card than with a beautiful postcard? We think it’s such an environmentally friendly and fun idea. You won’t have any envelopes or stamps necessary, which saves you money too.
Stick to the Standards
So you’re on a budget? Then don’t get caught up in all the upgrades and just stick with standard options. There are certain standard sizes that will save you money. These include A0, A12, and B14. If you’re not sure what size you need, we recommend asking your printing service provider for help.
Bring Out Your Inner Artist
One of the great things about letterpress printing is that it’s a very hands-on process. If you’re creative and have an artistic side, then this is the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner artist.
There are a lot of ways to personalise your letterpress invitations without breaking the bank. One way is to add a simple design element that you can do yourself. This could be anything from a hand-drawn map to monogrammed initials.
Another way to add a personal touch is to use unique paper stocks or ink colours. This can really make your invitations stand out and give them a one-of-a-kind look. Instead of spending a ton on upgrading papers, find ways to make it super fun and unique without breaking the budget.
You can do this by using photos or designs that represent the theme.
Letterpress printing can be a beautiful and unique way to showcase your business, products, or event. However, it’s important to understand the cost of doing so before you get too invested.
By following these tips for saving money when working with letterpress, you can ensure that this popular printing technique remains within reach. Have you tried any of these methods yourself? These will definitely sort everything out.