FINE STATIONERY & LETTERPRESS STUDIO

Est. 2009

CHRISTA ALEXANDRA DESIGNS specializes in custom designed wedding invitation suites that we hand print on our 100-year-old letterpress. When no other invitation will do, a one-of-a-kind couture design will set the tone long before your guests arrive.

We are best known for our elaborate and layered stationery suites employing varying textures and styles. We also create all of the day-of stationery, such as menus, programs, place or escort cards, table numbers, and more, to give your event a gorgeously cohesive look.

When no other invitation will do, a one-of-a-kind couture design will set the tone long before your guests arrive.

Meet

CHRISTA

I believe the only way to be successful is to do what you love and work hard at it every day. I also believe in perfection each and every time I design. If you are looking for wedding stationery, I promise you are in the best of hands—my business and I are one and the same— and there is no one more committed to great service and product than myself.

I am often asked how I got started with letterpress and stationery. As a graphic designer by trade, I was asked to create wedding invitations for others and immediately feel in love with it. During that first year, I felt the printing did not come back as pretty or perfect as I envisioned in my mockups. After months of research, I found myself buying a one-ton cast iron letterpress from 1918 from an antique dealer in Rhode Island. Learning to print on this press was just what I needed to make my designs come to life. Those who understand the nature of letterpress, know it can only be described as a labor of love.

It’s amazing connecting with the couples, hearing the stories of how they met, who said the four letter word first, the engagement story and thinking through all the details that will capture this excitement on paper (or other materials). Creating beautiful tangible pieces for the wedding is important, there are so many memories to come from that day – by the time it’s come and gone, it’s nice to have something to hold on to.

Meet Christa

Owner | Designer, Printer & Etiquette Expert

I believe the only way to be successful is to do what you love and work hard at it every day. I also believe in perfection each and every time I design. If you are looking for wedding stationery, I promise you are in the best of hands—my business and I are one and the same— and there is no one more committed to great service and product than myself.

I am often asked how I got started with letterpress and stationery. As a graphic designer by trade, I was asked to create wedding invitations for others and immediately feel in love with it. During that first year, I felt the printing did not come back as pretty or perfect as I envisioned in my mockups. After months of research, I found myself buying a one-ton cast iron letterpress from 1918 from an antique dealer in Rhode Island. Learning to print on this press was just what I needed to make my designs come to life. Those who understand the nature of letterpress, know it can only be described as a labor of love.

It’s amazing connecting with the couples, hearing the stories of how they met, who said the four letter word first, the engagement story and thinking through all the details that will capture this excitement on paper (or other materials). Creating beautiful tangible pieces for the wedding is important, there are so many memories to come from that day – by the time it’s come and gone, it’s nice to have something to hold on to.

OUR STUDIO

We are the proud owners of a Chandler & Price New Style 10×15 Letterpress, first cast in 1918. We love to print our designs on this press – ensuring that the care and quality of each design is literally pressed into each sheet of paper. We’re not sure where she’s been this past century, we imagine she has many stories and seen her fair share of interesting projects and people. Weighing in at one ton, a solid frame of cast iron and many moving parts – our press currently resides in our print shop.

When we got her, she needed a few fixes. We replaced her missing foot pedal that operates the machine and ordered a new set of ink rollers. Although we own movable type, we mainly print our designs using polymer plates. They are adhesive and can be mounted to a Boxcar Base. The letterpress printing process takes hours to set up and then print. We create our own designs and see them come to life, hand fed sheet by sheet, one color at a time, on a press that’s been printing for nearly 100 years. The indentation left over by the plate being pushed by thousands of pounds of pressure into soft, cotton paper is simply gorgeous. No electricity is used to print, only a foot peddle keeps the motion of the heavy flywheel rotating, which opens and closes the press while printing.

We are proud to say our designs are truly handmade, lovingly from Vermont. To learn more about the printing process, head over to our letterpress & printing page.

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