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Starting a new business? Having a baby? Getting married? You're probably thinking about having something custom printed to suit the occasion. Our recommended Printing Consultant, Black Dog Press, can help you with everything you need!

Black Dog Press is a Boulder- based, woman owned business that offers custom design, letterpress printing, and flat digital printing. The studio also represents printing vendors William Arthur (a division of Crane) and Tag & Company. These companies offer many printing methods and designs, including thermography, engraving and custom photo printing. For more descriptions about available printing styles, see the Black Dog Press Custom Printing Style page on our website.

The Black Dog Press Studio is just five minutes south of Two Hands Paperie. Both weekday and weekend consultation times are available.

To set up a free consultation contact Black Dog Press directly:
 Email Black Dog Press:
carolyn@blackdogpressonline.com  or call: 720.231.4586

There's a lot to think about before the printing can actually happen. We've assembled some information that we hope you will find helpful as you venture into the process.

Why work with Black Dog Press? You know what to expect when you order through a personal consultation versus an online site. We have physical printing examples to show you. You can feel the quality of the paper you choose and you will have a sense of what you can expect from our print vendors. We've heard many times that people were disappointed in the quality of the printing and paper stock when working with an online retailer because what they saw on screen looked better than what they held in their hands.

Give yourself time. This is not a process you want to rush. If you're going to make the effort to have something printed, you want it to be done right...the first time. How much time? 6-8 weeks is the minimum time usually required to create a simple wedding invitation from design, proof approvals, adjustments, and printing. The print process you choose also determines the time frame.

Have an idea about what you are looking for. Bring in magazine clippings, Pinterest boards, or sketches of your vision so we can guide you through the options. Does a traditional, informal, modern or rustic design appeal to you? How many pieces do you want to include in the invitation suite? For example, will you want a return RSVP card or will you include a website response link on the invitation? Will you need a map or information card?

What is your printing budget? We can guide you in a direction that will work for any budget. For instance, if you love the look of traditional engraving, but feel it's outside your budget, we can look at thermography instead. It may give you the look and feel you are after and fit your price range. Do you love letterpress but don’t have the budget for an entire letterpress printed wedding invitation suite? Consider letterpress for the invitation, and flat printing for the rest of the pieces.

Know the quantity you need and make sure you order some extras. It costs much more money to do a reorder than to increase the quantity. Remember that for invitations the quantity required is less than the number of people you are actually inviting. Average minimum quantities usually start at 50 invitations and increase in increments of 25. The cost goes down per piece when more are ordered. Much of the cost that you are paying goes to design time and print set-up so increasing the quantity beyond 75 pieces is fairly reasonable.

Did we mention giving yourself time? Printing cannot begin until the design has been approved. All print companies count printing time required to do the printing from the day the proof is signed. Average turnaround time from proof approval is 14 business days (weekends and holidays do not count). Shipping time may be included in production process. As you can see there are a lot of things to factor in that increase start to finish time. Rush orders may be an option but the cost increase is significant. The availability of rush orders is not guaranteed.

Planning to use a photograph? Make sure the resolution is high enough. Your image needs to be 300 pixels per inch at the size you want it printed. If a professional photographer owns the rights to the image make sure you have permission to use it.

Read over your digital proof and pass it on. Once your order has been placed you will receive a digital proof within a few business days. PDF proofs are provided for you to review the layout, spelling, dates, etc. Always have someone else review it too.