We like to make things. See how we made our hand-printed wedding invitations.
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink through the mesh openings to wet the substrate during the squeegee stroke. Basically, it is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it be t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other material. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design.
Each print is unique, with slightly different imperfections—the beauty of hand-made. And after the run is finished the screens are washed out and used for something else, making the prints a limited edition. In order to print more, a new screen would have to be made.
We documented the entire process with screen shots, an iphone, and a go-pro, then sped up the footage to give you a peak of how they were designed and printed. Not included is the embossing, gluing and cutting. Each set of invitations was individually and completely handmade.
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