Calligraphy Workshops from Katie Hoffman Ink!

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Hey Oregonians!  My friend and colleague up in Corvallis, Katie Hoffman, of Katie Hoffman Ink, is going to be offering a series of workshops in calligraphy at a few different spots around the state!  If you are in Eugene, Salem, or Portland, and have been interested in exploring this art form, I would highly encourage you to check out Katie’s offerings, as she’s a total pro and really sweet to boot!

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Katie’s workshops are going to be geared towards designers and brides, and are going to focus on learning the skills to add special flourishes to your upcoming event like: envelope addressing, place card lettering, signage design, and more!  Her two-hour beginner’s calligraphy workshop covers modern pointed-pen calligraphy with an overview of letter anatomy, tools of the trade, basic techniques, alphabet variations, and one-on-one coached practice time!  All of the hosts she’s working with for these workshops are also planning on offering special discounts, cocktails and sweet treats the day of, AND you get to take home a curated collection of Katie’s favorite calligraphy supplies.

Locations of Katie’s workshops are:

June 25 | 7-9 pm | Heritage Dry Goods | Eugene, OR

June 27 | 2:30-4:30 pm | Darling Distraction | Portland, OR

July 9 | 6-8 pm | Red Pearl Designs | Salem, OR

Spaces are limited, so please get in touch with Katie either by phone: 925.708.4093 or email: katie@katiehoffmanink.com to reserve your spot!  You can also check out more of Katie’s work on her website: www.katiehoffmanink.com.

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Custom Business Cards | Xeinium Productions

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Hello, Friends!  I apologize for the long blogging-absence, but it’s for a good reason!  Twinravenspress.com is getting a fancy new facelift in the form of a website re-design that will hopefully be up and running by mid-May of this year and I can’t wait to show it to you!  In the meantime, though, I’d love to show off a brand new set of business cards we just finished earlier this week for Xeinium Productions in Nairobi, Kenya!  It’s not everyday that a little boutique letterpress shop in Western Oregon gets contacted by a boutique studio in Africa, but hey, it’s pretty cool when we can all work together even from so far away!  Xeinium offers a variety of digital media goodness including tv, film, animation web design and all things digital!  Hussein was a joy to work with throughout this process (we worked entirely via email and Skype!).  Check out his cards, above and below!

These cards are 2-inches square and were letterpress printed on super-thick Crane Lettra Duplex 100% cotton paper in two ink colors: bright pink and purple.  The back has a full bleed pattern and the front has Hussein and Salim’s contact information!  One of my favorite details on these is the bright pink edge painting we did to match the pink ink on the contact info side!  It’s such a nice pop of color!

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I have to say, as cool as these cards are, they also mark a personal milestone for me, and for Twin Ravens Press.  With this order we have now produced and shipped letterpress business cards to clients on all 6 continents!  Pretty awesome!!  Thanks so much Hussein & Salim!

Weddings | Renee & Peter

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What do you get when a really awesome Australian couple with Scottish roots decides to get married?  Really awesome wedding invitations, with a nod to their Scottish heritage.  Renee and Peter contacted me earlier this spring about creating a set of wedding invitations for their upcoming wedding in November and I had such a wonderful time working with them, I couldn’t help but show their invites off to you!

Renee and Peter’s suite features so many fun elements including lined envelopes, blind embossing, letterpress printing, and a really fun and unique laser-cut piece!

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Renee and Peter’s invitation is a standard A7 size that features a blind embossed woodgrain pattern all over the background and letterpress typography printed in black ink.  The design of the invite is casual and fun and I was super-excited when they asked if the graphic at the bottom could be a set of bagpipes!  (It was honestly really exciting, no one has ever asked me to draw bagpipes before).

Like many modern couples, Renee and Peter planned to have their guests RSVP online, so we needed some sort of way to indicate where to do that.  In order to do that, we took of running with the bagpipe motif and created a custom, laser-cut and engraved set of double-sided website cards out of maple wood veneer that featured their website address on one side and the password on the opposite.  The wooden bagpipe cards were then tied around each invitation with jute twine.

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Aren’t they just too cool!?!  This combined with the green and navy blue tartan envelope liner you see in the top photo, I think, were a really nice nod to their Scottish roots!  I’m imagining that there will be some awesome photos of gentlemen in kilts, possibly playing bagpipes, to come from this wedding in just a few short months!

Renee & Peter, thanks so much again for working with us!  You two are awesome!!

Custom Business Cards | Michael Werner

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It’s really cool to have really cool friends.  I think that goes without saying, but it’s nice to point it out every now and again.

I met Michael Werner and his wife, Katie, four years ago when both were teaching Journalism at the University of Oregon, and they were looking for someone to create their wedding invitations.  The wedding invitations we did for them are still one of my favorite suites we’ve done, ever, and after doing the job, the three of us became great friends.  Michael and Katie moved north to Seattle not too long after that, but we’ve kept in touch, and I was super-excited when Michael contacted me about creating a set of business cards for him.

Michael’s snazzy cards are black & red and feature some awesome blind embossing of a photograph he took outside of Seattle on one side.  They were printed on super-thick Crane Lettra Bright White paper and feature really bright red edge painting.  They really stand out from the crowd!

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Michael is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and editor who’s work has been featured by PBS, The New York Times Company, The Associated Press, and The U.S. Olympic Committee, among others.  His work has also been shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.  If you’d like to learn more about Michael and his work, check out his website!

Thanks so much for working with me on these, Michael!  I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch!

Debbie Lemoine - November 10, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Hi there,

I am very interested in cloud shaped business cards for my business. Can you please let me know if that is a possibility?

Thank you,
Debbie

Post Cake!

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I’m pretty excited to announce a very fun little project that I’ve been working on with a good friend, and owner of Funhouse Productions, in Eugene, Drew Parrish!  Together we created the Post Cake!  Post Cake is a mailable, 3-dimensional postcard, shaped like a real piece of chocolate cake.  The frosting even smells like chocolate!  All you have to do is add stamps, and the post office will take care of the rest (no box or extraneous packaging material is required for mailing).  Each cake has a letterpress printed postcard on the back with space for your own personal message.

These cakes are available in our Etsy shop for $12.00/ea.  We’re also gladly accepting bulk, wholesale and custom orders!  Go check them out!

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