LetterboxInk - Custom Wedding Invitations & Stationery

Chicago, Illinois 4309 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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LetterboxInk - Custom Wedding Invitations & Stationery

Chicago, Illinois | 4309 Sales

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Announcement    Delightfully different wedding paper design. Unique personalized invitations by Laura Nehls.

QUESTIONS? Please contact me! I'm happy to discuss any color, font, size and design related questions before you commit to an order.


Last updated on Oct 27, 2015

Delightfully different wedding paper design. Unique personalized invitations by Laura Nehls.

QUESTIONS? Please contact me! I'm happy to discuss any color, font, size and design related questions before you commit to an order.


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Delightfully Different Wedding Paper Design

LetterBoxInk offers unique, modern, and fully customizable wedding stationery with a wide range of printing techniques to fit any budget. All on high quality, heavy weight, and eco-friendly papers.

Located on the north side of Chicago, in lively Wrigleyville, LetterBoxInk is proud to use a number of local paper suppliers. Each order is personally delivered to the local post office or ups store just blocks away after being carefully designed, printed and assembled by hand. Not from Chicago? Don't worry! This small business ships just about anywhere. Previous shipments have been sent everywhere from Florida to France, California to Canada, Utah to the United Kingdom, Alaska, and Australia.

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Shop members

  • Laura

    Owner, Designer

    This tiny business is operated by me, Laura Nehls, a full time freelance graphic designer with experience in Scrapbook Design, Music Promotion and Marketing.

  • Barnaby


    Loves keeping me company during the day and protecting my studio from the dreaded mailman.

  • Ozzie


    My walking buddy to the nearby UPS Store and post office. He loves running errands.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 23, 2017
Found something you LOVE? Please contact me, or feel free to read through the commonly asked questions below.

Answers regarding PAPER, PRINTING TECHNIQUES and COLOR MATCHING are found towards the bottom of this page.

• • • [ HOW DO I BEGIN THE PROCESS? ] • • •
Please send an Etsy Convo or Email to LetterBoxInk [!at] gmail.com with:

- Desired Invitation Style

- Quantity

- Preferred Delivery Date / Deadline Expectations

Small quantity orders for intimate events are more than welcome, however I cannot accept any single print (1 print) customized orders at this time. I design/illustrate each order from scratch. The amount of time/energy that goes into creating a custom design, illustrating custom maps, setting up machinery, running color tests, and the general process of getting every detail "just right" does not allow for a quick or economical single (1 quantity) print option.

• • • [ CAN I GET A CUSTOM QUOTE? ] • • •
Yes! Please contact me with your desired invitation style and invitation quantity. I will get back to you shortly. I will also happily answer any initial questions you might have at this time.

You'll need to mail an invitation to each single guest, each couple (married or not) and each family. A simplified answer is "one invitation per household". If you'll be inviting 100 people, you may require anywhere between 40 to 60 invitation suites, depending on the number of single guests versus large families invited. The best way to finalize your invitation quantity is to start collecting your guest's addresses.

Timing tends to vary from couple to couple. The proofing and customization process can take just 1-2 days, or 1-2+ weeks. This depends on how fast content is submitted, changes requested and approval for print granted. Once a proof has been approved printing generally requires 2-3 days with domestic US shipping another 2-5 days on top of that. If you have any timing/deadline requirements, it's best to contact me directly to discuss.

• • • [ HOW CAN I ORDER SAMPLES? ] • • •
Ordering samples is a quick and easy way to view paper, color and printing options before committing to a custom order of your own. Each listing in my shop offers the ability to order a sample packet filled with previously created prints in that style. If you wish to see multiple invitation styles or specific color combinations, please contact to arrange for a sample packet with more personalized variety.

Love the samples? Than it's time to get started on bringing your design to life within a "digital proof". At this point we will discuss:
- Quote for your desired quantity
- Submission of your invitation text
- Your specific customization requests (colors, fonts and phrasing)

• • • [ WHAT IS A DIGITAL PROOF? ] • • •
This will be a digitally generated image of your custom design. Emailed to you in .pdf format.

You may request changes to the digital proof, as needed, via email. NOTE: All revision requests must be made via Email (no revision requests will be accepted over the phone). It is very important that I maintain digital documentation/record of all requests, no matter how big or small the change might be!

There is no cap on how many proofs/changes you may request, however keep in mind that with each proof the design should become closer to finalized.

When the digital proof looks perfect and no further changes/revisions are desired, you will give your "official approval" to print the entire order. We will print when, and only when, this official O.K. to print has been granted. At this time, final payment will be discussed.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
To make sure you are ordering exactly what you desire, please work with me closely by requesting invitation style, paper texture and color swatch SAMPLES before placing an order!

Due to the extensive proofing and customization process we'll proceed through before anything is printed, all customers should ideally know ahead of time what to expect with their final order. Should an issue be the fault of my own, your order will be re-printed without additional cost.
Online orders can be daunting and I want to earn your trust! This means that I am happy to discuss the creation of a custom design without a deposit. However, full payment is required before any personalized items are printed and shipped. Upon approval of a proof and submission of payment, your order will be printed, assembled, packaged and shipped to your confirmed address.
All orders are printed and shipped from my studio in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

• • • [ DOMESTIC SHIPPING ] • • •
U.S. and Canadian orders will be shipped via UPS standard ground (2-5 business days) with tracking number. Exact shipping costs will depend on the weight of your order. Average cost: $25 (to Canada $35 USD). Rush shipping is available and will be priced as needed.

International orders (outside the U.S. / Canada) will be shipped via the Postal Service with Priority status, and should be expected to take anywhere between 7-15 business days. Average Cost: $60 USD (to the U.K., most European countries and Australia).
Additional policies and FAQs
• • • [ WHAT PAPERS DO YOU USE? ] • • •

Paper weight / texture depends on the printing method selected (see 'printing method' section below). Your paper color / texture options are highlighted in the individual product listings. I make sure to use only the heaviest possible paper weights for each printing method:

- Smooth 130# ... Bright-White -or- Off-White (for Digital or Thermography)
- Linen 100# ... Bright-White -or- Off-White (for Digital or Thermography)
- Felt Cotton 220# .. Bright-White -or- Off-White (for Letterpress)
- Metallic 110# ... Pearl White (for Digital)

NOTE: All of the above paper weights and paper textures are lovely in their own way. I do not offer any paper that I wouldn't use for my own personal projects! Quality paper and printing machinery are of great importance to me. In my studio there is no such thing as "basic" paper, and no increased cost for "better" paper. Only industry leading paper for each printing method is offered, it's that simple! Preferred paper color / texture generally comes down to a customer's own personal taste. In the case of any doubt, please request swatches/samples before placing an order.


Three different printing methods are offered, a little something for every budget! Exact offerings and pricing for each is highlighted in the individual product listings and can fluctuate depending on paper texture desired and/or the number of ink colors used.

This is the most economical option, especially for small orders, due to the easy set-up and lack of required physical printing plates to be made. Digital (sometimes referred to as Flat) printing allows you to print as many or few colors as you desire for one flat cost. Orders printed with this method are done so on my RICOH C5100 Professional Press (a 500 pound industry award winning machine!) The ink coverage is flush to the paper (neither indented into the paper, nor raised from the surface). Any ink color / ink color combination can be achieved, with the exception of metallic inks. A metallic effect can be achieved by starting with a metallic finish paper. Papers that can be used: 'Smooth', 'Linen' or 'Metallic'.

The most expensive option, but the most luxe. This method of printing is a hand crafted process where each ink color is "stamped" in to the paper's surface. Orders printed in this manner will be priced "by color". A printing plate must be made for each color within the design. The more ink colors desired, the more expensive the order will become. Any ink color, including metallics, can be utilized. Papers that can be used: 'Felt Cotton', for best results.

Slightly more economical than Letterpress, Thermography gives the opposite effect. Where Letterpress stamps the ink in to the paper, Thermography offers ink that is Raised. To create this embossed effect, a printed piece starts on an Off-Set Press. From there, a plastic-based powder is added, and heated. The end result is much like braille to the touch. Orders printed in this manner will be priced "by color". A printing plate must be made for each color within the design. The more colors desired, the more expensive the order will become. Any ink color, including metallic inks, can be utilized. Papers that can be used: 'Smooth' or 'Linen'.

*NOTE ... printing methods cannot be combined on a single card. Different machines (and in some cases, different papers) are required for each of the above printing methods. Customers may order a Letterpress invitation, with insert cards printed Digitally. However, one single card cannot mix Letterpress with Digital.


Envelope color choices are highlighted in the individual product listings.


My most popular ink color choices are highlighted in the individual product listings. These ink colors have been pre-selected to match my envelope inventory.

If my pre-selected ink colors do not match your wedding day color scheme, I can mix any color you can dream up.

HOWEVER, in order to achieve the proper custom color, a mailed fabric or paper swatch of the desired hue will be requested. I will only mix custom colors if such a swatch is mailed to me for proper in-studio color matching. I cannot accurately match a color based on a photo or other e-mailed file. Color is not consistent from computer screen to computer screen.

If you are familiar with PANTONE (PMS) COLOR GUIDES. You are welcome to note a desired color by referencing it's "PMS #".


Love my style, but looking for something a little more budget friendly? I now offer an assortment of related, but economical designs at: http://www.zazzle.com/LetterBoxInk?rf=238343598297304903 NOTE: all invitation styles on Zazzle are templates that you will design on your own, and these orders would not be printed in my studio. For a more personal experience, stay here, on Etsy!