Shop Twin Ravens Press at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge!

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Ladies and Gents, I have been a terrible blogger this month.  My apologies.  It’s been an uber-busy month around here though, and boy, do I have all kinds of cool stuff to show and tell you about!  Today though, I want to give a shout out to Martha B. in Anchorage, Alaska, who just started carrying our cards in her store, Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge!  Modern Dwellers is Anchorage, Alaska’s only chocolate lounge, featuring chocolate bars and hand crafted artisan truffles from around the world, rich drinking chocolates, a full espresso bar, as well as fine art, handmade jewelry, and now, letterpress printed greeting cards and gifts!  Modern Dweller’s is our very first retailer in Alaska and I couldn’t be more excited that they’re carrying our products!

If you’re in Anchorage (or are planning to visit Anchorage anytime soon), you should check out Modern Dwellers!  They have two locations, one at 751 East 36th Avenue and a second at 423 G. Street.  For their hours and additional information, please check out their website from the link above!

If you are not in Alaska, but would like to check out our products in person, check out our Stockists page to find the retailer nearest you!  If there are currently no retailers in your particular state carrying our products and you know of someone who might be interested in them, please send us an e-mail and we would be happy to send you or your retailer a wholesale catalog and price sheet.  You can also check out our greeting cards online in our etsy shop.

Thanks so much for working with us Martha!  I hope you and your customers love your new letterpress goodies!

Weddings | Thom & Rachelle

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Check out this awesome, modern set of wedding invitations I finished last week for southern California couple, Thom and Rachelle!  Thom is a graphic designer and design professor, and he designed these invitations and hired us to print them!  If you’d like to check out more of Thom’s awesome work, you can find his portfolio here.  Thom and Rachelle’s invitation suite included an A7 size invitation, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and an inner/outer envelope set.  All pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and the envelopes were also Pearl White Lettra envelopes from Crane & Co.  undefined

Isn’t this just a gorgeous invitation?!?  I love Thom’s use of bright, saturated orange ink for the big script “And” and all of the little slashes separating the information below their names.  I also love the fact that they chose a dark grey for the rest of the ink, rather than black or another color.  The combination of the two is modern and eye-catching, but still formal and beautiful, all at the same time.

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Thom and Rachelle’s envelopes were designed to match.  The outer envelope is simply printed with Rachelle’s return address in orange on the back flap.  The inner envelope is unprinted, but was custom lined with a gorgeous, red and cream, Italian patterned paper.  I love the way an envelope liner can add so much more texture and interest, to an otherwise basic envelope; and I just love the pattern that they picked!

The response card and envelope, which you can see below, was also designed to match.  It’s a standard 4bar size, printed again in both orange and grey and came with a corresponding white envelope with an orange address.  I love how Thom and Rachelle made the word “Please” stand out on their RSVP card in the same way that they made the “and” stand out on the invitation.

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Aren’t these just gorgeous invitations!?!  If you like this design you should definitely check out Thom’s website that I linked to above.  He’s also done design work for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Metropolitan Master Chorale and Mendocino Farms, as well as several other businesses and organizations.  Check it out!

And here’s one more shot of their fabulous invite…

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Custom Business Cards | Steel Bloom Flowers

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Hi everybody!  I apologize for my long blogging absence last week, but things have been super-busy around here.  The great thing about that though, is that it means I have a lot of new, very cool work to show you in the coming days.  Today I want to show off a very unique and cool set of business cards for a little floral design business in Bend, Oregon, called Steel Bloom Flowers.  Steel Bloom’s owners, Stephanie & Mark McKinley, hired me to design and letterpress print their cards as well as come up with their logo and branding, and I’m super-excited about how all of it turned out!

In the photo above you can see Stephanie’s business cards (front and back) on the left and her tags for bouquets, arrangements and such on the right.  These cards are really unique and exciting!   They were printed on a custom duplexed, black, 180 lb. Wausau Eclipse Black stock.  We used silver ink for the main information and logo text on these cards, and then printed the Dahlia logo in the background using a slightly shiny black ink to create a varnish effect.  All of the cards feature rounded corners and all of them were were edge-painted with metallic silver.  Aren’t they awesome?!?

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You’ll very rarely see my fingers in the photos on this blog, but for these cards I needed to show you how cool the black on black printing for Steel Bloom’s flower motif was.  When held in the sunlight, the flower really shimmers on each card.  I love the contrast too of the silver ink on the black.  We often have customers ask us if we can print white on black.  White on black really isn’t an option for letterpress printing since white letterpress ink is actually clear.  It doesn’t show up well on dark stocks.  I think that using silver though, creates a beautiful effect and is definitely a lot more readable than a non-opaque white ink ever could be.

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In the photos above, you can see the backs of Stephanie’s business cards.  The backs have a slightly smaller dahlia motif, centered, and Steel Bloom’s logo on the back.

Below is a close-up of the tags.  Steel Bloom’s tags are a 2.5″ square shape with rounded corners printed on the same custom duplexed, Wassau Eclipse Black stock we used for their business cards.  These were printed single sided with the black-on-black dahlia in the background and silver text over the top.  Each of these cards was also edge-painted in metallic silver, which you can see in the bottom right photo below.  It’s such a cool effect!

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Stephanie also ordered several adorable enclosure cards from us in different designs to pair with her arrangements.  Some feature the dahlia on a small, white folded card in either black, grey or silver, and others feature small hearts in the center of white cards in red, pink or silver.

I actually got to visit Steel Bloom Flowers and meet Stephanie and Mark in person over President’s Day weekend and it was so much fun to see their shop and actually meet them in person.  If you are in Bend, definitely stop by Steel Bloom Flowers on Arizona Avenue!  Stephanie and Mark are awesome!