Weddings | Ana & Rafael

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of working with a lovely couple in Brazil on invitations for their upcoming wedding in Rio de Janeiro!  Ana and Rafael wanted a gorgeous, fancy invitation in a classic, black and white style.  Twin Ravens Press designed and printed both their invite and a set of lovely lined envelopes for Ana to deliver them in.

When I create invitations for American couples, they often vary widely in size, style and color choices.  In Brazil though, as in many other Central and South American countries, wedding invitations tend to be very traditional documents, so a more traditional style and size was necessary for this design.  Ana and Rafael’s invitations were much larger than most of the invitations I print, at 6″x8″.  They featured a nice, thick black border all the way around, with Ana and Rafael’s names in a large, decorative script font near the center.  Both sets of parent’s names were printed at the top of the invitation, because in cultures like this, it is actually the parents who are inviting the guests to the ceremony, not the couple themselves.  We printed the invitations in black ink on 140 lb. 100% cotton Holyoke paper in Bone White.  I love the thickness and texture of this paper and the fact that it’s super-soft makes it really easy to get a nice, deep impression.

For her envelopes, Ana chose a matching white envelope with a Monarch style flap and we lined it with a custom printed, sparkly silver paper with a black pattern on it.  You can see the liner in the photo at the top of the post, and, if you look closely, you may notice that the envelopes Ana chose don’t have glue on the flap.  Typically, in European and North American cultures, these envelopes (without glue) are typically only used as an “inner” envelopes and have a corresponding outer envelope that has the glue and the return address printed on the outside.  Ana explained to me that, in Brazil, invitations are typically delivered by hand, rather than being sent through the postal service (isn’t that neat?!?), so having an envelope with glue wasn’t necessary.  She also was originally planning to put the return address on the actual invitation, which is traditional there, but she liked all of the photos on our site of envelopes with the return address on the flap, so we decided to do that for her instead.

Isn’t that a lovely set of invitations?!?  This is the first set we’ve done in Portuguese too, and it’s the first set we’ve done for someone in Brazil, which was pretty exciting.  I know Ana & Rafael’s wedding on September 11th is going to be just lovely!

Thanks so much again and congratulations Ana & Rafael!

Weddings | Angela & Lý

Check out this set of wedding invitations!  I’ve been super-excited about showing off this set since they were completed this past April, but I hadn’t quite found the time to do so until now!  You’re in luck though, these babies are well worth the wait, and I sure hope we get to see pics of the bride and groom from the event, since their wedding was this past Saturday!  Check them out!

Bellevue, Washington couple, Angela & Lý, had contacted me earlier this spring to design and print a set of wedding invitations for their sleek, modern, awesome wedding to be held at Court in the Square in Seattle last weekend.  You can see the set in full glory in the image above.  It included a large 6.75″ square invite, a coordinating 5.25″ square reply card and two sets of matching, square envelopes.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper (including the envelopes!) with black ink and blind embossing.

For the design of the invite (and really the suite on the whole), we used a super-modern, sleek, serif font printed in black ink.  The main focus of the invite is Angela & Lý’s names, with all of the other relevant information in the same font much smaller above and below.  This invite is on the large side, at 6.75″ square.  This size was a perfect choice for this design because it allowed us to utilize lots of open white space for the blind embossing and also allowed us to have generous margins on all sides of the text.  For the blind embossing, I created a fun, modern, free-flowing pattern of different sized circles, some of which touching and interlocking and others flowing freely behind the type.  The embossing gave this invite (and the other pieces in the suite), a look and feel that was just phenomenal!

Angela and Lý’s invitation envelopes are also quite lovely, and coordinated beautifully with their invitation!

These envelopes are a large, 7″ square size with a square flap and are also made from 100% cotton.  In keeping with the design of the invitation, I chose to use more of the free-flowing circles on both the front and flap of the envelope.  Because envelopes are significantly lighter in weight (thinner) than the papers we use for the actual cards that go inside of them, blind embossing on envelopes doesn’t show up very well.  Because I wanted the envelope to have the same “look” though as the pieces on the inside, I printed the circles using a really really light grey ink to get a similar effect.  Aren’t they cool!?!  Angela & Lý’s names and return address were printed on the back flap in the same style and font as on the invite in black ink.

To jazz up these large envelopes even more, Angela chose a fun, but not over-the-top paper to use as an envelope liner.  This paper is a little more elegant and romantic, and slightly less modern looking than the rest of the stationery, but I love how well it coordinated with the color choices and I love how the pattern gave everything just a touch of sparkly-ness!  It was a great way to add a soft, romantic touch to an otherwise very modern invitation suite!

Angela and Lý’s reply card is very similar to their invitation and also features black ink and lovely blind embossing!  I mixed up the pattern of the circles for the blind emboss quite a bit on this piece, to keep things fresh and it really turned out nice.  Check out the image below to see the texture of the printing and embossing a little bit better – it’s just awesome!

Last, but certainly not least, we created a lovely square response card envelope to match.  It’s quite similar to the larger invitation envelopes, with super-light grey printing for the circles and Angela and Lý’s address in black ink on the front.

I love love love how everything in this suite coordinated so well!  Angela and Lý were so much fun to work with and I loved how they let me take their super-sleek, modern style and just run with it!  I’m sure their wedding this past weekend in Seattle was just fabulous!

Thanks again and congratulations Angela & Lý!

Weddings | Rochelle & André

We printed this lovely set of invitations, that were designed by the bride & groom, Rochelle and André back in May of this year, and even though their wedding has already happened, they were just too cool for me to not show off!

Rochelle and André created a very simple, but beautiful, set of letterpress invitations for their late-July wedding in Glendale, California.  The set featured an A7 size invitation, printed in two ink colors, and a 4bar size reply card printed in a single color on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  I absolutely love Rochelle’s tree design!  It’s organic and whimsical and I love the little heart shape in the trunk of the tree that they carried throughout all three of their pieces.  The ink colors they chose were a nice, deep chocolate brown and a bright, cheerful green.  Check out some of the details closer below!

Another aspect of their invites that I love is how the font for their names that Rochelle chose closely mimics the little flourish at the base of the tree!  It just tied everything together so well.  The reply card, which you can see below on the left was printed in chocolate brown and features the trunk of the tree with leaf shaped “boxes” for guests to indicate whether or not they were attending the wedding.  The envelope we paired with this set was a lovely goldenseal orange color from Green Paper Company and featured their address and tree-trunk-heart in brown ink on the monarch-style flap.

Aren’t those just lovely?!?  Rochelle was a fabulous bride to work with and I’m sure her and André’s wedding a few weeks ago was just fabulous!  Thanks again and congratulations Rochelle and André!

Join Us For the Third Annual Letterpress Printer's Fair in Portland!

If you’re in Portland, Oregon, tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th, you should come and visit us at the Third Annual Letterpress Printer’s Fair!  This show only happens once a year and features many different studios and individuals from the Portland Letterpress Community as well as shops (like ours!) from other parts of Oregon and Washington!  The Printer’s Fair is an outdoor event and will be held at the Em Space Book Arts Center, which is located at 323 SE Division Place near the start of the Spring Water Corridor Trail.  The show will feature vendors and suppliers of letterpress printing equipment, foundry type, cards, broadsides, ephemera and more.  There are going to be many great deals to be had and a lot of folks available to answer questions about letterpress printing.  So, if you’re in Portland, and if you’ve ever been curious about what we do, and would like to see us in-person, come on down and say “Hi!”.  We’d love to see you!

Custom Business Cards | Symmetry Beauty

A couple of weeks ago we completed a lovely set of business cards for Nyrie Aitken of Symmetry Beauty.  Symmetry Beauty is a boutique beauty agency catering to brides and private clients all over Southern California.  Nyrie teams up with many of Los Angeles’ elite makeup artists, hair stylists, estheticians, manicurists and massage therapists to provide top-notch artistry and luxurious spa services in a client’s home or other location of choice.  Nyrie is one of the most sought after artists and hair stylists working in fashion, entertainment and advertising.  Her work can be seen in countless magazines, advertisements and commercials and she’s even worked with many recognizable celebrities such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Port and Zac Efron.  She’s also worked with countless brides to make their wedding day flawless!  If you’d like to see more of Nyrie’s work, check out her website here.

Nyrie wanted something simple, beautiful and unique for her new business cards, while also wanting a card that would stand out in a crowd.  We achieved this by beautifully letterpress printing her cards on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White duplex paper in two ink colors: a rich, bright persimmon orange, and a lovely, light tiffany blue (teal).  Nyrie’s logo was printed in the center on one side of the cards and her name and relevant contact information was printed on the reverse.  Each card was die-cut with rounded corners for a smoother, softer look and then for a bit of pizazz we edge painted each card with a bright metallic gold!  We actually went through several ideas when we originally talked about doing the edge painting.  We tested out tiffany blue, metallic silver and and metallic gold and ultimately the gold won out!  It was just too cool!

Working with Nyrie was an absolute pleasure and I can’t wait to collaborate with her again!

If you are interested in having a set of business cards letterpress printed by Twin Ravens Press, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much again, Nyrie, and keep up the gorgeous work!