kate's birthday invitations...

My oldest monkey-child will be turning 9 in just a few short weeks...man, oh man...9. Just one year before the double-digits, 7 years before the driver's license, 9 years before the start of college. Incredible...

This year, Kate decided to have a small little party, with just a few of her friends (thank goodness...). We will be taking the birthday girl, and 4 of her bffs, to Justice for a shopping spree and then to Cici's Pizza for dinner...sounds fun, doesn't it?

We made her invitations using my new favorite toy...my Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress system...oh my heck. A few years ago I became aware of this whole letterpress thing and I've always wanted to try my hand at it. Well, now that I have, I'm not sure I could ever go back to store-bought cards and invitations.



These are the printing plates I used...the "Splendor" plates...perfect, huh? 


GUESS WHAT? FROM NOW THROUGH APRIL 15, THE "SPLENDOR" LETTERPRESS PLATES ARE 25% OFF! WOO HOO! AND IF YOU USE THE CODE "MIDWESTERN" AT CHECKOUT YOU GET AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF! NOW WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THAT???

And this is how I made the invitations...


First I squeezed out some hot pink ink onto the ink base...I wasn't sure how much to use, so I kind of winged it. What you see up there was more than enough...



Then I inked up the brayer...this was fun...the ink is kind of sticky and thick (which surprised me a little), so it's fun to play in with...

...this is actually a photo of the plate post-printing...but I wanted you to see how it looked with ink on it...

Then I rolled the ink onto the printing plate I chose for the invites, closed the lid on top of the 
paper I was using, ran the whole thing through the Epic 6 Tool (which is also a die-cutter AND an embosser...awesome)...


and bingo-bango...the start of my awesome, CUSTOM invitations...


...those foam things are guides so that each paper is lined up the same way as the one before it...perfect impressions every single time...

Here are the 5 that I made (I made one extra just in case I messed something up...which I didn't...a miracle if there ever was one...)...


After these dried (which took a rather long time...like 2 days until they were COMPLETELY dry...I'm wondering if I over-inked), I headed back to the machine and printed "you're invited" in the middle of each white circle. Then, after that dried, I took some rub-ons I had around and added them to the invites.


Oh my gosh...I love these things!!!
Kate wrote out the details on the backs of the cards and we included this little tag in the envelopes...


Yay! Yay! Yay! I also made some little favor bags with the Letterpress system...I'll be posting about those tomorrow...AND I'll be including a little tutorial on something fun I did to dress the bags up a little...here's a little teaser...


Ooooh, have I piqued your interest? I hope so...

DISCLOSURE: Lifestyle Crafts sent me a Letterpress Combo Kit and the printing plates and ink used for these invitations. All opinions stated are my own...100%. I think this system is wicked-awesome and I love how the letterpress printing turned out. It's really classy looking...totally different from printing from your home computer and it's super-easy to do.

11 comments

  1. oh my goodness, the invites are BEAUTIFUL! And I have to say I am green with envy for that letterpress! I have always wished for one! Now you have made me start thinking about it again!! How cool! And again, just beautiful invites!
    Jaime

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  2. L♥VE!!! Makes me want to get out my ink and get crafting!!!

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  3. You totally have! That machine looks a-ma-zing. And the invites are so cool! Can't wait to see the rest!

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  4. These are wonderful! And shame on me because I have one of these and have yet to try letter pressing! Shame shame shame!

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  5. OMG! These are too stinking cute! I think I need to add this craft tool to my stash as well!

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  6. I'm so intrigued by the letter pressing thing ... it's so foreign to me but seems so neat! I love the invitations. Can't wait to see more tomorrow.

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  7. Those are too cute!!! I think I need a Letterpress... ;)

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  8. Well I think you are just a super duper Mama, for making such gorgeous hand made invites. he system is something I have had my eye on for some time. I need to save those pennies up. I love the colour combo,and it kind of has a Japanese feel. Enjoy you week.

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  9. Yes, you've piqued my interest!! Love the invitations, how fun!

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  10. Cute invitations! I actually won a Letterpress but have yet to use it *shame* but I guess I am a little baffled by it. This post makes sense though so maybe I should give it a go!

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  11. Hey, that's a nice invitation. I wish i can do that but i dont have the machine. I discovered your website while looking for birthday invitations. Have a nice day.

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