I've finally recovered from the shock of losing a little piece of myself from last week, and was able to enjoy quite a lovely Mother's Day with hubby and Bryson.
By the way, I'm still patiently awaiting my Mother's Day gift from Bryson (size 39... uh hmm).
And I bet it's an extra special Mother's Day for one mom- my cousin, Irene, in Boston- not only because she gave birth to my beautiful niece, Mia, last month, but probably also coz she finally received the slightly overdue but still fabulous baby announcements I letterpressed for her! Woo hoo!
Overall, I like the way they came out. They're kinda like the invites I did for my sister's baby shower last year before taking this letterpress class.
I think these are sweet and playful without being too frou-frou. Well, fact is girls in our family just don't do frou-frou, we can't even if we try. But it does kinda coordinate with the thank you cards I gocco'd for her. OK, maybe it's just a little frou-frou.
In case you're curious, these are the steps involved in producing these announcements-
- Sketch out the design on paper, do a mock-up (inspired by the pink chiyogami "ball" paper and lemongrass Midori ribbons to match, both from Flax, a art/craft megastore that has sucked my wallet dry over the years)
- Scan in the chiyogami paper, extract and process the "balls" on PhotoShop, gouge eyeballs out repeatedly when I couldn't get PS to do what I want it to do
- Lay the text and balls out on InDesign, which involves moving each ball by a few microns obsessively over and over again to get the right composition until eyeballs finally fell out
- Send the completed InDesign file out to a vendor to produce the film (same as a photo negative)
- When film comes back, make photopolymer plate from which the announcement will be printed off of (this process requires a lot of zen to get right. Say my Omm...)
- Cut the paper (and some finger nail) on the guillotine, mix ink
- Set up the Vandercook press, print (finally!), pray that the press doesn't fall apart half way
- Admire the "naked" letterpressed announcements, cry a few tears of joy
- Cut the chiyogami paper and ribbons
- Select photo, process, print (but not before printing a thousand trial prints with wrong shade/ wrong size/ wrong resolution, etc)
- Pour myself a generous glass of choya plum wine
- Assemble the chiyogami strips, tie ribbons, affix photo, repeat 80 times or till fingers start bleeding, whichever occurs first (or, chug down the glass of plum wine and scream like a crazy woman so your husband is forced to help out)
And voila! You've got a set of lovely Japanese-themed letterpress birth announcement! Piece of cake.
Let me know if you're having a baby (or wedding, or any other momentous occasions) coming up, love to tackle it all over again! (And don't forget to send some plum wine along with your order)