Letterpress: One Color on Color

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004

Colored paper paired with one shade of ink adds visual interest without creating extra printing costs. Even normally overlooked items, such as matchbooks (2), turn into works of art with letterpress. In a save-the-date set (4) each card is a different hue, but the same copper-colored ink is used to render the words and designs in letterpress.

Both the favor box and its sticker have red letterpress decorations. One factor printers take into account with colored paper is the transparency of the ink: To print white script on a dark red invitation (7), white foil (which is opaque) was used instead of ink; the foil was laid over the paper before the plate was pressed down.



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