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Nicole Cohen and Carl Smith

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

5 hours cutting stamps and paper
And a few evenings of stamping and folding

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.5 in × 4.25 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

French Paper Construction Concrete Green and Nightshift Blue

Number of Colors

1, silver pigment ink





Eyechart Bold
LHF Pilsner


The happy couple wanted something in the likes of letterpress printing for their wedding invitation, but their modest budget called for a different solution: rubber stamps. For being capable, inexpensive, and lending a hand-finished feeling to the invites and save-the-date cards.

I’m usually a control freak, but by necessity had to trust my client to do his own production with enormous stamps and temperamental ink. We made a few prototypes together and then he took his stamps and paper back to Baltimore where he did a smashing job cranking out 100 of these beauties. (He is now considering a career in rubber stamping.)

I resorted to the same technology and machinery I used on my business cards posted on FPO last year—there I mention that I used to work for Simon’s Stamps, a spectacular custom rubber stamp shop in Western Massachusetts. I kept up a friendly relationship with the business in general and owner Simon Alciere, which allowed me to come in and use the engraver during off hours. So during a weekend trip to visit the family, I stole off to Simon’ and spent an afternoon feeding individual sheets into the machine—I had a file to cut two of the leaf-shapes and then slice the paper down the middle.

Actual die-cutting has its advantages, namely the ability to automate the process of feeding the paper in. But there’s no way I could have done a run of 100, especially on the budget for the project. I love the precision available on a laser engraver with a minimum of set-up, but the process of manually positioning the paper, closing the lid, pressing start, opening the lid, inhaling some burnt paper, removing the paper, etc. is surprisingly tedious for such high end technology.

This serves to show you that having friends in high places is a good thing, they just might spend a day feeding paper to a machine so that you can have a pretty piece of paper with a pretty hole.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

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Date Published

October 15, 2010


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