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Ian Johnson

Annamarie & Shane’s letterpress invitations.  It was designed by Ana herself, a woman after my own heart, who appreciates clean lines and letting the beautiful cotton paper breathe :) 
Their wedding is featured in the new issue of Rocky Mountain Bride Montana. Go check it out! 
@rockymtnbride @anacs88 @shanedowaliby #letterpress #invitation #montana #montanawedding

Annamarie & Shane’s letterpress invitations. It was designed by Ana herself, a woman after my own heart, who appreciates clean lines and letting the beautiful cotton paper breathe :)
Their wedding is featured in the new issue of Rocky Mountain Bride Montana. Go check it out!
@rockymtnbride @anacs88 @shanedowaliby #letterpress #invitation #montana #montanawedding

Alanna and Guthrie

Ian Johnson



This invitation was such a blast to design.  Often times the best part of producing a wedding invitation suite is the couple themselves, and working with Alanna and Guthrie perfectly exemplified this.  They’re two of the absolute sweetest people around, no joke.  They even lent us their tools when we needed to cut some frames for our own wedding.  Good folks, these two.

Alanna and Guthrie wanted to highlight the Rocky Mountain Front, an awe-inspiring mountain range outside their home town in Montana.  Not only had they spend many a night under the stars in these mountains during elk season, but they also chose a stunning venue nestled in the foothills for their wedding day.  What an amazing and apt setting for such a remarkable couple.  And to top it all off, the charming hand-drawn map was done by Guthrie himself, who happens to be an incredibly talented artist.  We couldn’t have done it any better!  Custom calligraphy by Anna at Cast Calligraphy.


A Wedding Invite Fit for a Graphic Designer

Ian Johnson

Emily Newhouse is a crafty gal and conveniently enough, a super talented graphic designer.  She designed this amazing invite for her own wedding in July, and we had the honor of printing it for her.  We’ve always been pretty DIY ourselves, so it was a blast to work with Emily and her husband Michael.  



The design is a two-color sea foam and slate grey invite, printed on thick 220# lettra in A7.  We love the way the two colors work together, and the swirly accents perfectly compliment the bold typography.  We’re happy to have met Emily and Michael and wish them all the best!

 

A Montana Fly Fishing Inspired Invitation

Ian Johnson

We’re so excited to share this beautiful wedding invitation that we printed for a wonderful Wisconsin couple.  The custom suite was designed by Cast Calligraphy here in Bozeman.  Anna at Cast did an exquisite job drawing the fly and hand-lettering Janie and Michael’s names, which turned out just perfectly on the press!  She also flat-printed the RSVP postcard, which features a stunning picture of the groom himself fly fishing on the rivers of Montana.
We printed the two-color invitation on soft Lettra ecru paper, and finished the invite with hand-deckled edges to match the organic feel of the suite.  The gravel gray envelopes were a great match for the tone of the suite, and worked wonderfully with the dark gray letterpresses return address.  
After the wedding these lucky ducks have a fly fishing honeymoon planned in Bozeman, which we’re sure will be incredible.  Cheers to you guys!

Moab Wedding Invite

Ian Johnson

Shawn and Steve Knudsen had planned a beautiful wedding in Moab, Utah and wanted a modern western-feeling invite to match.  We designed this dual-purpose Save the Date/Invitation for them, featuring a custom-illustrated Delicate Arch.  The invite is comprised of three colors chosen from a natural, earthy palette.  We specifically chose our inks to achieve the rustic, salty coverage reminiscent of vintage newspapers.  

Printed on Lettra #110 cotton paper.  

Letterpress Hack: Distribution Roller on a Platen Press

Ian Johnson

For a while we’ve been noticing ghosting on our Old Style Gordon press.  It’s a problem that happens with large print areas where the ink is removed from the roller(s), and the ink disk can’t re-ink enough to cover the loss.  The rollers are then left with a “ghost” of the plate, causing the proceeding prints to end up printing lighter or patchy.  

 

Old Style Gordon default roller setup

 

Since our press is and oldie (but a goodie!), the roller design wasn’t the best thought out.  There are three roller arms, but the lowest arm baaaaarely gets far enough up the ink disk to actually be inked.  However, those two rollers alone often aren’t great at masking ghosting so we came up with a fix for bigger prints.

 

Distribution roller clip

Distribution roller clip

 

Enter the distro-clip!!  Using some brass rod from the amazing Kenyon Noble (we tend to have local hardware store pride in Montana), we bent a set of clips to hold a third roller on top of the two already in place.  This roller never touches the plate, but it serves an equally important role.  The extra surface area provided by a third roller helps to evenly distribute ink between the rollers, as well as cache ink from the ink disk for longer.  

 

ink distribution roller

 

It’s been amazing the difference this has made.  Prints that were previously coming out patchy or salty are now even and deeply colored.  This has been a great way to extend the capabilities of our old Gordon, and now it can keep up with the most pressing (no pun intended) of jobs.