Tuesday, September 20, 2011

White Washing Wood

We love trying new things here at Sideshow. Our latest experiment; white washing wood for a invitation (we will share the full invite soon!). To achieve the affect we were looking for, the white washing turned out to be a 3 step process.

1.) We brushed on a thin coat of grey stain to blonde wood veener paper.

2.) We applied a watered down white paint over the top of the grey stained wood.

3.) We took to the sheets with a light grade of sand paper and spot sanded each piece.

The whole process was a nice reminder of how we love to experiment! The finished piece of white washed wood was letterpressed 1 color. We are thrilled with the out come.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Letter Perfect

We were thrilled to be included in Charleston Weddings article "Tips & Ideas: Letter Perfect".
Read the entire article here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Calligraphy Map Invitations

A beautiful grey and yellow invitation from Melissa and Amy, the talented designers behind Atheneum Creative. We enjoyed being the printer on this job and bringing these thoughtful invitations to life.

From Melissa and Amy: Katy and Alex were look ing for a unique way to introduce and share their story—starting right with the invitation. Chicago is home to both the bride and groom; it’s where their relation ship began and it is where they will share their fist kiss as husband and wife. The city means so much and holds so many memories for them, what better way to tell their story than with a custom illustrated map of their personal Chicago land marks (such as their high rise apartment, the bench they got engaged on, the church and reception location, and many others).

The beautiful map illustration was done by Elizabeth Porcher Jones, stunning work as always.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kristen and Jay

Something we've been doing more and more at Sideshow Press lately is printing other designers work. We always love the chance to work with talented designers to produce their work on the press. So when Jay Fletcher came calling, we were thrilled. We're big fan of Jay and his work so it was a true honor to get the chance to print his well designed wedding invitation.

As much as it might have been fun to use a bunch of blackletter typefaces and neon inks, I figured it’d be best to reign it in and create something that felt like a merger of both our personalities. The end result takes that idea literally by sandwiching simple elements & textures which represent the two of us as individuals to create a finished package that’s distinctly “us.” That’s my design mumbo-jumbo explanation, anyway. Really, I just wanted to put her in a cameo and myself in a plaid shirt, and somehow print it on actual wood.

The invitation was letterpressed cherry wood veneer which we then duplexed to crane lettra pearl white cover stock.