Save the Date | Vi and Lalo are Getting Married!

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I LOVE a good, modern design when I see one.  I’ve been so excited to show off these awesomely modern, save-the-date coasters since I printed them last week, that I was even more excited this morning when I got an e-mail from Vi letting me know that she and her fiancé received them yesterday, loved them, and that I could put them up!  Check them out!

We designed Vi and Lalo’s Save-the-Date to be printed on a 4″ square coaster, with rounded corners, in black ink.  The design incorporates a fun mix of über-modern fonts, and all of the text is printed on an angle across the front of the coaster.  The words “Save the Date”, and the date to be saved, are printed entering from the top of the coaster, and the couples name’s, the phrase “Plans are Brewing” (I loved this coaster pun and it was totally Vi’s idea), the location, and “Formal invitation to follow” were printed at an opposing angle coming in from the bottom left.  I love these!  I love the fonts.  I love the angle of the printing.  I love that they are coasters, and I love that they are black and white.  These also came with coordinating little, square 4.25″ black envelopes that have the couple’s return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap in silver ink.

If you’re thinking you want black envelopes or black paper for your letterpress printed piece, silver ink is a fabulous option for printing on it.  White letterpress ink is actually clear, and is very translucent, so it doesn’t show up on black (or other dark) papers.  It’s mostly used as a mixer to lighten other colors.  Instead, printing with a light metallic color, like silver, can help us achieve the same effect, while having your printing be visible and most importantly, readable for the post office and your guests.

Aren’t these awesome!?!  I’m so excited!  Vi and Lalo have been so much fun to work with so far and I’m looking forward to designing and printing their invitations very soon!  Thanks Vi & Lalo!

Stylish & Classic Calligraphy Monogram Cards

Check out these lovely letterpress printed calligraphy monogram cards that we printed last week!  These cards are a 4bar size folded note card with the couple’s monogram in calligraphy on the front.  They were printed on Crane Lettra Bright White paper in black ink, and are blank on the inside.  Each of these cards also came with a matching 4bar Crane Lettra envelope with the couples return address printed in calligraphy on the back flap.  Both the calligraphy return address and the monogram on the front of the cards was created by the lovely and talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier in Los Angeles, California.

Calligraphy monogram notecards have been used for centuries for a variety of different occasions, and they are stylish, classic, and timeless all at the same time.  Notes like this would be great as thank you cards for a wedding or other special event, and they are also wonderful to use as stylish personal stationery for your ordinary correspondence.

I love the contrast of the deep, black letterpress printed calligraphy on the bright white paper.  It’s so elegant and timeless!  The small, calligraphy return address that we printed on the flaps of each envelope is so beautiful too!  You can see it in much better detail in the photo below.

Thanks so much Katrina for working with us on these for your client!  I just love letterpress printing your calligraphy and can’t wait to work with you again!  Talk to you soon!

Weddings | Micah & Jenn

Last summer we created a lovely green and grey set of wedding invitations for an east-coast couple who were married in Massachusetts last September.  Micah and Jenn were one of my favorite couples from last year, and their invitation suite was rather impressive, so I wanted to take the opportunity today to show it off to you!  In the above photo you can see the main components of their invitation suite.  It included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size accommodations card, rehearsal dinner invitation, celebration card and reply card and envelope.  The main invite envelopes were hand-lined with an awesome, floral screen printed paper and we later created matching wedding programs for them as well!

Below are Micah and Jenn’s wedding invitation and invitation envelope by themselves.  For the invitation, we created a lovely flourish to adorn the top of the card and then all of the text was in custom calligraphy by Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.  In order to do this, Micah and Jenn hired Fran and worked with her to get the calligraphy elements just how they wanted them, then Fran sent us scans of all of the calligraphy, and we turned it into vector images, scaled it down to size and arranged it in the layout of the invitation.  Using calligraphy within the design of your invitations creates a really beautiful effect and it ensures that your design will be entirely unique from any other design out there.

For the invitation envelope, we found a lovely screen printed floral patterned paper that we die-cut into envelope liners and then lined each envelope by hand.  I love how the olive background color on the paper really coordinated with the green ink we used on the invitation, and I think the black and gold, modern, floral pattern is just gorgeous!

Isn’t Fran’s calligraphy beautiful?!?  Before hiring us to do this design, Micah and Jenn discovered us from a previous design that was nearly identical, also using Fran’s calligraphy, that we had featured on this website about six months before.  If you’d like to check out that design, you can here.  We kept the flap of their invitation envelopes simple, and printed their return address in a roman typeface, centered on the back flap, in grey ink.

Micah and Jenn’s celebration was going to last the entire weekend, so they had us design and print a separate card featuring the events that were on different days from the actual wedding ceremony.  They had a get-together with s’mores and beverages on the Friday evening before the wedding, and a post-wedding brunch the Sunday after.  For this card, we incorporated more of Fran’s calligraphy for the dates and the “Celebrate with us” phrase, and we incorporated the green flourish design into the border of the card!

As you can see in the images below, we also created a matching rehearsal dinner invitation (for a Southern Barbecue Rehearsal Dinner – awesome!) and a separate Accommodations card for Micah and Jenn.  Each card was a little bit different, but all of them featured both the green and grey inks, flourishing, calligraphy, and some roman type to balance everything out.  I love how much variety we were able to achieve with one simple graphic and a couple of ink colors!

Several months after their invitations had been sent out, Micah and Jenn contacted me again to create a matching ceremony program for their wedding.  This program was a booklet style that featured a letterpress printed cover and a digitally printed interior page.  The cover was printed using Fran’s calligraphy in grey ink for their names and wedding date, and a bunch of green flourishes to match their other paper goods.  The interior page was a single sheet of paper folded in half to create four booklet pages.  The first page had information about all of the people in Micah and Jenn’s wedding party.  The two middle pages featured information on the different Jewish wedding traditions that Micah and Jenn were incorporating into their ceremony, and the last page had a thank you note from the couple to their guests, and a list of family members who were no longer with them, but who they wanted to acknowledge on their special day.  These programs measured 5″x7″ folded, and were tied together with a piece of green ribbon that was threaded through two holes in each page.  This is a simple, elegant, and fairly inexpensive way to create a booklet-style program for your wedding!

One of the best things about working with Micah and Jenn was getting to work with other members of their family too!  Micah’s mom, Beverly, contacted me a couple of weeks before the wedding and had me create another invitation, in the same style as Micah and Jenn’s invite, but in different colors, for a celebratory brunch that she would be throwing for the newlyweds back in New Jersey a few weeks after the wedding.  This invite was a simple A7 size card printed in two ink colors and was paired with coordinating blue envelopes from Green Paper Company.

I loved working with Micah, Jenn and Beverly last year and I think that all of their paper goods turned out so beautifully!  Thanks so much again Micah, Jenn and Bev!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!  All the best!

Save the Date | Erin & Adam are Getting Married!

The day before yesterday, I finished I really pretty set of Save-the-Dates for local couple, Erin and Adam.  I’ve known Erin for quite some time, and, although we’ve never been the best of friends, I was still pretty excited when she asked me to do her Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations on her friend Heidi’s recommendation.  Erin and Adam’s Save-the-Dates are an A6 size card printed in three ink colors: a light spring green, pink and orange.  They were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White, and were then matted on to a larger, Jackpine Green, A6 card from Green Paper Company, to give them a 1/4″ green border all the way around.  These Save-the-Dates were then paired with an orange envelope, also from Green Paper Company, that had the couple’s address letterpress printed on the back flap in pink.

For this design, Erin knew that she wanted Gerber Daisies to be the main decorative element.  They are her favorite flower and she’s planning on having them at the wedding.  Plus, they come in lots of gorgeous colors, which allowed us to incorporate lots of colors into her printing.  I created two Gerber Daisies, one in pink and one in orange, on the left side of the card and then we laid out the text in a classic roman typeface to the right of the flowers in all three ink colors (pink, orange and green).  I really love how the matting on this save-the-date really frames everything well and adds another shade of green to the piece.

In the above grouping of photos you can see the gorgeous letterpress impression of the daisies on the Holyoke paper and you can get a better look at the decoration on their envelopes.  We’re also working with Erin & Adam on their main invitation suite, and I’m super-excited to begin designing it.  If you like how these turned out, check back in a couple of months to see the rest of their paper goods.  Thanks so much Erin & Adam!  Talk to you soon!

Weddings | Lauren & Chris

Earlier this month we finished a lovely, modern-chic set of wedding invitations for a couple in Southern California, Lauren & Chris.  Lauren and Chris are getting married in Palm Springs at the end of March and wanted something that was both classy and traditional, and modern and chic at the same time.  For their suite, we created a large, 6.75″ square wedding invitation with matching envelope, an A6 size reply card with matching envelope and a 5.5″ square rehearsal dinner invitation.  The three main pieces were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White and they were paired with 100% cotton pearl white envelopes from Crane & Co.  Twin Ravens Press created the design and text layout and Lauren and Chris hired the very talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina in Pasadena, California to do the calligraphy for both the letterpress printed designs and for her envelope addressing.

Here is Lauren and Chris’ wedding invite all by itself!  For the design of this invitation, we created a fun and modern blind embossed tile border pattern that is about 1″ wide all around the outside of the invite.  This invitation is an oversized square shape and measures about 6.75″ square.  We then letterpress printed the text of their wedding invitation in a mix of all-caps and classic serif fonts in black ink and had their names letterpress printed in black calligraphy as the main focal point of the piece.  I just love the beautiful calligraphy that Katrina created for this design, and think it worked so beautifully with the other design elements and typefaces of the suite.

Check out the gorgeous texture that the letterpress printing of the calligraphy, blind embossed border and text of the invitation created in the Holyoke paper!  The results were just stunning!

Above you can see the back flap of Lauren & Chris’ invitation envelope.  These envelopes were a 7″ square, marquis, square flap envelope from Crane & Co. and feature the couple’s letterpress printed return address in black ink centered on the back flap.  The calligraphy for this address was also created by Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina.
Lauren and Chris’ reply card was designed to match their invitation.  They had quite a few different events for their wedding weekend that their guests needed to respond to, so we chose to do a fairly large, rectangular A6 size card for this piece.  The design of the card features more beautiful calligraphy, the blind embossed border pattern adorning the left side of the card only, and some very cute animal and vegetable graphics for entrée choices.  This card was paired with an A6 size, square flap envelope, also from Crane that featured letterpress printed, calligraphy return addresses on the front.
I love Lauren’s fun and different responses for each event on this card.  It’s much more unique than just a simple “Accepts” and “Regrets”!
Last, but not least, we created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for Lauren and Chris to go with each of their wedding invitations.  This card is also a square shape, but is quite a bit smaller than the wedding invitation, at 5.5″ square.  It also features the same blind embossed border all the way around and was printed with black ink.  Katrina wrote out the words “Let’s Celebrate!” in calligraphy, and we used that for the main decorative text of this piece.  We also decorated this card with a small, vintage palm tree image, which I love.
Lauren and Chris were so much fun to work with and I truly loved mixing Lauren’s patterned border idea with fancy, elaborate calligraphy.  Thanks so much again for working with us Lauren and Chris!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Custom Business Cards | The Crooked Hook

Last week I completed an awesome set of business cards for Leah Wolever of The Crooked Hook!  The Crooked Hook is Leah’s brand new crotchet business.  She has a shop on etsy and a facebook page and makes totally awesome crochet hats, accessories and toys.  Click on the links to check out her shop!

Leah wanted her business cards to really stand out in a crowd with fun colors, textures and fonts.  Well, let me tell you, these business cards were the most vibrant and fun business cards I’ve printed in a while.  These cards were printed on Crane Lettra 220 lb. Duplex paper in Bright White.  They feature a tonal blind emboss pattern of crotchet stitches all over the background of each card.  On top of the blind embossing, we printed The Crooked Hook’s logo and Leah’s name and contact information in a mix of three, fun fonts and two ink colors: a bright chartreuse green and black.  Then, for even more awesomeness, we edge painted these cards with a hot, hot pink (the hottest hot pink I could find).  I love how much extra color edge painting can add to a set of cards, especially when the color chosen for it is really vibrant or bright.  This hot pink is just about as bright as it gets.  I think I might have had hot pink socks in the ’80’s that were this color.  It’s that bright.  

I love how fun and modern the fonts that Leah chose for this design are!  She wanted a mix of funky scripts and typewriter fonts and was able to find both the font we used for “The Crooked Hook” and the one we used for her tag line and name on the internet.  I think they went really really well with our typewriter-inspired font that we used for her  phone number, email address and websites.  And, you just gotta love the texture of the crotchet stitching that is blind embossed in the background.  Totally awesome!

Another fun feature of these cards is their irregular shape.  Leah had us round the corners on three sides of the card and leave the fourth corner (the top left one) square.  Not only did this give the cards a fun and unusual shape, but that square edge is also somewhat functional.  If Leah wants to punch a hole in that top left corner and use her business cards as a tag on any of her crotchet pieces, she totally can without messing up the “look” of her cards.

Thanks so much again for working with us on these cards Leah!  I had so much fun working with you, and printing them, and I can’t wait to continue working with you more in the future!  Congratulations on your new business and I’ll talk to you soon!

Weddings | Kristina & Andrew

It’s been a little while since I showed off a really modern invitation suite, and I’ve been meaning to show off the one you see above since last year, and finally it just made since to do it!  I worked with Canadian couple Kristina and Andrew around this time of year last year on their wedding invitation suite, for their then-upcoming July wedding in Italy.  Kristina wanted the design of their wedding invitations to have a formal feel to them, while being very modern and graphical at the same time.  She really liked the idea of using geometric patterns in the design of her invites, and the above is what we came up with.  This suite includes an A7 size wedding invitation that was printed in one ink color: a nice, deep violet, with blind embossing that was mounted into a custom-made violet folder.  A small reply card was also included in the suite, as well as a matching, letterpress printed, custom-lined envelope for the invitation.

Let’s take a closer look at their envelopes first!

Kristina and Andrew’s envelopes are an A7 size, 100% cotton envelop from Crane & Co. with a square flap.  Kristina chose Crane Lettra Pearl White paper for all of the white pieces in her suite, including the envelopes.  The address treatment on these envelopes is very modern and non-traditional, which I love!  Most of the time we print the address on the back flap of an invitation envelope.  For Andrew & Kristina’s, we printed it on the bottom right of the backside of the envelope.  We used two fonts throughout this suite: a modern, not-too-flourish-y script font, and a thin, san-serif font.  The address was printed using both fonts, with the city emphasized with the script.  Because they weren’t going to have their last names on the invitation, Kristina and Andrew thought it was important to have them somewhere on their paper goods.  To accomplish this we printed their last names, and their last names only, in the top left corner of the front of their envelopes.  Awesomely modern, don’t you think?!?

In the grouping of photos below, you can see detail images of the two areas of printing on these envelopes.  You can also see the awesome, digitally printed, custom envelope liner we created for them.  This liner was printed digitally in a deep violet and die-cut to line each of their envelopes.  They choose a repeating geometric pattern of white lines for the liner, which I think turned out really cool.

If you had received one of their invitations, what you see below is what you would have seen inside:

Despite not having a lot of separate cards in her invitation suite, Kristina still wanted to enclose her invitation in something.  I thought this was a great idea, and since we didn’t need a pocket folder to hold a bunch of extra cards, what I proposed was a custom, A7 size folder with the invitation mounted inside.  Kristina had us print their names really small in the middle right of the front cover of this folder in silver ink.  The paper for these was a custom violet paper made by Porridge Paper in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I love working with Porridge!  They make the most unique, beautiful and wonderful custom papers to print on.  Seriously, where else are you going to find a paper that’s this purple, that’s also soft and cottony, and perfect for letterpress printing?  Nowhere.

In the bottom right photo above, you can see Kristina and Andrew’s lovely, minimalist reply card.  Kristina and Andrew explained to me that they travel a lot and as a result found that it would be easier to have their wedding guests RSVP via e-mail.   This card features a blind embossed pattern of tiny dots all over.  The small area on the card for the text was void of dots, but still featured both fonts we had been using throughout the suite.  We emphasized the date that Kristina and Andrew wanted their guests to reply by in the script, and wrote out both the e-mail address they were to reply to and the other text in the san-serif font.  The text of this card was printed in violet.

You may notice that there was a small typo on this card.  I hate to admit it, since I still feel kind of bad that this happened, but somehow, this card made it through me, the bride, groom and a few friends and family members, before anyone noticed the typo.  Oops.  If we had caught it before ordering their printing plates, or even as or shortly after the cards had been printed, it would have been an easy thing to fix, and we would have gladly fixed it, at no charge.  However, nobody caught it until long after the invites had been mailed out.  This is a great reminder of the importance of proofreading, and re-proofreading, before giving final approval of your design files.  I catch a lot of typos throughout the day, but very occasionally, I don’t catch them all, and ultimately, it’s the clients’ responsibility to make sure that everything (including spelling) on their invitations is exactly how they want it, prior to us going to print with it.

While I loved their reply card and envelopes, I must say that Andrew and Kristina’s invitation, in it’s custom folder, was my favorite part of the suite.  It’s so modern and minimalist and yet so perfect, all at the same time.  For the invitation design, we created a card that was slightly smaller than an A7 size so that about a 1/4″ of the purple folder would show, acting as a border, all the way around the invitation.  The top part of the invite was blind embossed with a geometric pattern of squares, and the text was printed below it aligned to the left.  All of the text of their invitation was printed in violet ink, and all of it was the modern, thin, san-serif typeface we had been using all along, except for their names, which were printed in script.

I just loved working on this design with Kristina and Andrew!  Working with them was wonderful, and I imagine that their wedding last July in Fiesole, Italy was wonderful as well.  Thanks so much for working with us again Kristina & Andrew!  All the best to you!

Save the Date | Amanda & Matthew are Getting Married!

Just before the New Year, I finished this lovely set of Save-the-Date cards for a couple in Massachusetts who are getting married in Windham, New Hampshire this coming August.  Amanda and Matthew wanted their Save-the-Date to have a formal elegance to it that would reflect their wedding venue.  Amanda had also seen the design and format of a few other Save-the-Dates on this website before she hired me that are similar to the design we created for her, and wanted us to model her’s after those.  Some of the Save-the-Dates that we’ve created in a similar style were for couples Kara & Steve, Jasmine & Kristin, and Cailin & Chris.  (Click on their names to see their respective versions).  I love how changing the motifs, fonts, and colors on this design really changes the “look” of the design, even though the formatting and layout is basically the same on all of the versions that we’ve done.

For Amanda and Matthew’s version, we used one ink color: black, on double-thick Crane Lettra Duplex Pearl White Paper.  The backside of the Save-the-Date, which you can see on the left in the photo above was blind embossed all over with phrases about Amanda & Matthew’s upcoming wedding.  We then printed the words “Save the Date” in an elegant script font centered on the bottom of the back.  On the front side, which you can see in the middle above, we printed all of their relevant Save-the-Date information in black in a mix of script and roman fonts.  We also decorated two of the corners with a beautiful flourish-y pattern.  The envelopes that accompanied these Save-the-Dates was a shiny, metallic white envelope from Green Paper Company.  Amanda and Matthew’s return address was printed with black ink on the flap below three little hearts.  They were pretty cute.

As a finishing touch, Amanda also had us edge-paint her save-the-dates after they were printed using one of their wedding colors: a deep, raspberry red.  I really love how “finished” edge-painting makes a set of cards look, plus, it’s a great way to add an extra color to your paper goods without having extra colors incorporated into your printed design.

We’re already working together on a coordinating design for Amanda and Matthew’s main invitations, and I’m really excited to see how they turn out!  Thanks so much for working with me Amanda and Matthew!  I’ll talk to you soon!

From the Mailbox | Awesome Wedding Bag from Erica & Noah

It’s really fun to open your mail and receive something other than bills and junk, and I wanted to let you all know, I got something totally awesome in the mail today!  Last spring I worked with a couple in New York, who were married in June, on an awesome set of wedding invitation booklets that were letterpress printed on wildflower seeded paper and hand-bound by us.  These invitations were featured on our blog here, back in May and they were one of the most complex (and beautiful) suites I’ve ever designed and produced, that utilized the talents of not only myself, but a couple of my other favorite artists/calligraphers/designers, Crystal Kluge and Fran Heider.  You may recognize her invitations from another well-known wedding site, WeddingBee, if you had seen them before, but not from us.  Erica is Mrs. Hermit Crab.  Erica and her husband, Noah, were two of my favorite clients last year, and so it was awesome to receive some mail from them several months after their wedding had passed.  They sent me the cute postcard that you see above with a photo of them on their wedding day, and the lovely blue canvas bag that you see below.

Erica’s postcard explained that she and Noah had had these bags printed for their out-of-town guests who were attending the wedding.  The bags featured the same hand-drawn map by Crystal Kluge that they had commissioned for their invitation suite.  I thought this was a cute idea, plus, I’m super-excited to have a bag of my own!  If you wanted to see just a glimpse of what their invitations were like, you can below.  The image on the left is of the actual invitation page in their booklet and the image on the right is of their map in the booklet.  If you’d like to see more photos of their invitations and read more about them, click on the link above to go to the full post!

Thanks so much again Erica and Noah!  You two are too sweet!  All the best!

Custom Business Cards | Persimmon Images

The pretty square business cards you see above and below, for Kat & Justin Speyer of Persimmon Images, a wedding, boudoir and portrait photography studio in Seattle, Washington, were in-the-making for quite some time before we completed them at the beginning of December.  Kat and I have been friends for a while, and her and Justin’s wedding invitations (which you can see a few photos of in that rotating masthead directly above this post) were one of the first commercial wedding jobs I completed after starting Twin Ravens Press.  Because of our longstanding friendship and history working together, I was super-excited when Kat decided to quit her soul-crushing office job and start her own photography business.  She poured through a lot of inspirational images when branding her company, coming up with her logo, and designing her business cards, and then I set out to turn them in to a reality.  At the time that Kat designed these cards, Twin Ravens Press wasn’t offering edge-painting and it was at Kat’s encouragement that I set out to learn the technique.  We went through a couple of failed attempts at her cards, while I was learning to edge-paint, before getting the results you see above.  I think these cards turned out so awesome and were well-worth the long wait and multiple failed attempts.  Plus, Kat’s encouragement about the edge-painting has not only allowed us to perfect the technique for use with her design, but if you look back through our archives you will see several other beautifully letterpress printed and edge-painted business cards and wedding invitations that we’ve created this past year!

The cards you see above are printed in one ink color: a lovely persimmon orange.  They are double-sided and feature a blind-embossed logo on one side, contact information in orange on the other, rounded corners, and light blue edge-painting.  They were printed on ultra-thick Crane Lettra Duplex Paper in bright white s.  I love the combination Kat chose of the orange with blind-embossing, and I think the blue edges really complete the card and make them stand out in a crowd!

If you haven’t done so already, click on the link above and check out Persimmon Images’ website! Kat has a great eye for photography and lots of talent and she’s photographed a wide variety of people, places and events.  She studied magazine journalism in college and discovered much of her love for wedding photography when she was a writer for WeddingBee a couple of years ago (She is Mrs. Cherry Pie!).  As I mentioned above, she and Justin are based out of Seattle, but they’ve been known to travel far and wide if there’s an exciting occasion or event that calls for it.

And, just because I know you all love pretty pictures, more of my favorite shots of their letterpress business cards are below!

Thanks so much for working with me on your new cards, Kat!  Keep up the awesome work!