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Delectatio Wines

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Production Time

6 days

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5 in × 7 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Invitation: Crane's 110lb Lettra, Flourescent
Envelope: Crane's 32lb Lettra

Number of Colors

2 spot inks, PMS 875 metallic and handmixed PMS 5115




Cantoria (Ron Carpenter for Monotype)


It makes sense to use letterpress printing when inviting guests to a wine tasting, thus continuing to delight the senses with tactile and visual stimuli. With this invitation, Jennifer Blanco encountered a recurring challenge, and that is the use of metallic toned typography—one where the metallic aspect of the ink is not so readily apparent. Sometimes this is a nice surprise, but for her it was a bit of a letdown. Perhaps you have some experience and found a solution to this?

Delectatio Wines, a new wine importer based out of Texas, was having an event to announce their launch with a wine tasting. The occasion would be even more special because one of their winemakers from Italy would be in attendance. To grab more attention and have more impact, they wanted to really print something less ordinary. We recommended letterpress. Inspired by a lovely photo of bronze capped wine bottles from their website, a bronze metallic ink was used highlight the Delectatio burgundy (5115) brand color. An pattern based from their logo was also created as an additional element to compliment the brand and invite, as well as showcase the printing technique.

The biggest challenge with the printing portion was getting the metallic ink to be more rich. While up close you can see it is in use, it would have been even better if it were more apparent. I’m not sure that there is much to be done aside from either printing on a dark color or double inking.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

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Date Published

January 12, 2011


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