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

Post Cake!

Postcake1I’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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Weddings | Alicia & Tim

Alicia1In the spirit of Throwback-Thursday, I’d like to show you one of my favorite wedding invitation suites from a couple of years ago that I just hadn’t gotten around to putting up on the blog, until now!  This suite was designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for Melbourne, Australia couple, Alicia and Tim!  I love how modern and timeless this suite is and how it utilizes many of the lovely things that letterpress printing has to offer, in such an elegant and classic way!
Alicia3Alicia4Alicia & Tim’s invitation suite featured a 5.5″ square invitation, letterpress printed in a charcoal grey ink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The suite also featured matching grey envelopes that were letterpress printed with black ink.  All of Alicia and Tim’s pieces incorporated a blind embossed monogram, which you can see at the top of the invite in the above photos.

Other pieces included a single color (gray) reply postcard and a smaller reception card with their wedding website info at the bottom.

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We also printed a gorgeous set of simple, modern thank you cards, and matching menus and ceremony programs for the day of the wedding.  Alicia & Tim’s thank you cards and thank you card envelopes are pictured below!

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(Above photos courtesy of Lakshal Perera)

Check out some of the gorgeous photos and details above from their day, courtesy of Lakshal Perera Photography in Melbourne.  If you’d like to see more of Alicia and Tim’s wedding photos, you can on Lakshal’s website here.

Thanks so much again for working with us, Alicia & Tim!  Cheers!

 

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Raven Moon Emporium!

RavenMoon3Hey, hey, Eugene!  If you haven’t done so already, you really ought to go and check out Raven Moon Emporium in the Whiteaker Neighborhood!  Twin Ravens Press is proud that they are our newest, local retailer.  At Raven Moon you can find Twin Ravens Press cards, as well as our sister company, Firehouse Lasercutting’s, custom laser-engraved liquor flasks!
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Raven Moon is also a full-service floral design studio offering everything from single bouquets of flowers to corsages, boutonnières and wedding floral design!  Their retail store also showcases lovely goods including, but not limited to antiques, furniture, body care products, stationery, jewelry, curiosities, clothing and air plants!  It’s truly a wonderful store with something new to see every time you shop there!

Raven Moon is located at 1093 W. 1st Street  in Eugene, Oregon.  You can also find them on Facebook or online here: http://ravenmoonemp.com/!  Go check them out!

New Ways to Keep Up With Us in Social Media

Hey Everybody!  Long time, no see!  It’s been a busy summer for Twin Ravens Press with a whole lot of exciting new happenings for me to share with you, including, but not limited to the following:

• We have a new 1938 printing press in our shop, lovingly nicknamed “Jules Vern”

• We are now offering foil stamping!  Keep watch on this blog for pictures to come of some really gorgeous, shiny things!

• We recently completed a new limited edition map collaboration with McKenzie Maps – this year’s theme was “Rivers of Oregon”

• New greeting cards are about to be released for wholesalers and Etsy shoppers for Fall!

• I have so many new and gorgeous wedding invitations, birth announcement and business custom projects to show you, I don’t even know where to start.

But, until I get to all of that, I also thought you should know that Twin Ravens Press is expanding our Social Media offerings.  If you’ve been looking for us on Instagram or Twitter, look no further!  We can now be found in all the following places:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/twinravenspress

Twitter: @TwinRavensPress

Instagram: TwinRavensPress

Etsy: www.etsy.com/twinravenspress

Thanks so much for all of your support and comments!  Regularly blogging will resume shortly!!

Happy Small Business Week!

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Google informs me that it’s Small Business Week this week!  In celebration of our small business, and in celebration of all of you who have a passion, who have decided to give the middle finger to corporate America, and  who have taken a chance and not looked back, we’d like to offer a lovely little discount.  In celebration of small business week, all business card and business stationery new and re-orders placed this week (with signed contract and deposit) will receive 15% off*.  Now that’s something to smile about.  Contact us for more info or to place an order.

* Discount does not include shipping and platemaking.

Laser-Engraved Stainless Steel Flasks! Oh Boy!

Happy Monday, everyone!  If you’ve been paying any attention to our Facebook page lately, you may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot of very excited noises about a new project I’ve had in the works, that isn’t actually related to stationery, letterpress or paper goods.  On Friday afternoon, I posted these two photos on Facebook, promising an unveiling of something entirely new on Monday:Flasks2Flasks1

Well, it’s Monday, and I love keeping my promises.

A few months ago, I engraved a stainless steel whiskey flask for a friend:

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He and I were both so smitten with the result, that it got me thinking about how I could be using our laser cutter for multiple products, on a consistent basis, outside of the paper/stationery realm.  (Don’t worry, we’re still laser cutting lots and lots and lots of pretty paper goods as well!!)  So, I did some more research into flasks.  I mean, really, they’re kind of the perfect object.  Almost everyone I know either is someone or know’s someone who loves a good whiskey (or other adult beverage) every now and then.  Plus, the flask is a time-honored accessory, a great conversation starter, and a prime gift that fits almost any occasion.

Below are images of the very first batch of flasks to come out of our engraver!  All of these vary in theme, occasion, and design, but all are totally awesome!!

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The flasks we are currently carrying are round, stainless steel,  and hold 5 oz. of your favorite beverage.  Custom engraving is available on all flasks, single or double-sided.  These run come with a flask funnel, and run $28 each, or less if ordering in bulk.  Please contact us for bulk pricing information, should you need more than one.

Custom metal engraving isn’t limited to stainless steel flasks!  We are happy to entertain projects involving engraving on other types of metals or other types of products.  Please contact us if you have an idea that you’d love to see us make happen!

Lastly, as I love keeping marketing streamlined and consistent, I also am pleased to announce that with this launch, you will also soon be seeing more information on the launch of Twin Ravens Press’ sister company, which will be specializing in our new, non-stationery line of products.  Please give a drum roll for Firehouse Lasercutting!  More information, a website, Facebook page and blog to follow.  Salut!!

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Custom Business Cards | Write Away For You Calligraphy

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Boy, howdy!  Was I excited to get this little business card job!  We’ve been working with Lynda Asprinio and her wedding stationery clients at Write Away For You Calligraphy for years, so I was beyond thrilled when Lynda herself hired us to letterpress print her new business cards!  Lynda’s cards feature her calligraphy and some beautiful calligraphic vine border designs.  They were printed in two ink colors: gold and black, on a very unique paper.  The paper is Magnani Annigoni, which comes from a small mill in Italy and is a distinctive natural color with flecks of wool fiber it it!  I love it!

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Lynda is based in Pennsylvania and specializes in hand calligraphy for weddings and other special events.  You can find more information about her styles and pricing and see more examples of her work on her website!  If you’re planning a wedding or other special event, I would highly recommend Lynda!  Go check her out!

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Pulp on La Brea

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Los Angelenos!  This one is for you!!  You can now shop for Twin Ravens Press cards and social stationery in person!  I wanted to give a huge shout out to our newest retailer, Pulp on La Brea, in Central Los Angeles, California!  I haven’t been there in person, but from what I can see from their Facebook page, Pulp is an absolutely darling little stationery and gift store, in the heart of Los Angeles.  Pulp is located at 452 S. La Brea Avenue, and you can find more information about them on their website.  If you’re in LA, go check them out!!  If you are not in LA, check out our Stockists page to find a retailer near you!