Archive for year: 2016
Weddings | Ryan and Makena/0 Comments/in Weddings /by Kristin
Check out these awesome invitations we letterpress printed earlier this spring for Eugene, Oregon couple, Ryan & Makena! The style of these invitations is very different than a lot of the invitations we print, which made them super-fun to do! Ryan and Makena had their friend, and British Illustrator, Alice Bowsher, draw their custom invitation artwork and then they hired us to print it! I really love Alice’s thick, sketchy, hand-drawn style and the way she’s able to fit so much visual information and interest into each one of her compositions! If you check out her website, or her Instagram (seriously, do it: she’s amazing), you’ll see that she also incorporates adorable robots, birds, and other fuzzy critters, as well as people, into much of her work, which really pulls at our heartstrings.
The artwork was sized to fit a standard 5″x7″ invitation and was printed in black ink on Holyoke 100% cotton Natural White paper. I love that the paper Ryan & Makena picked isn’t a stark white. The warmth of the paper I feel really adds to the warmth and cheeriness of the illustration work.
For the back of the invitation, we figured we needed to print a little more information and details for the ceremony. In laying this out, I wanted to keep the feel of the typography consistent with the front of their invitation, so I set all of the type in thicker, black, fonts that look at least somewhat handwritten, while still being very legible.
I really love how this invitation came together and I was really excited to get to work with a new artist’s work! Thanks so much Alice, Ryan, and Makena for working with me! If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Weddings | Josie and Matt/0 Comments/in Weddings /by Kristin
Twin Ravens Press would like to send a big congratulations out to our clients, Josie & Matt who were married at a sweet farm ceremony in Brownsville, Oregon, last Saturday! Josie and Matt were married outside of a historic Victorian farmhouse and garden at AtaVista Farm which was built in 1876. Josie wanted their wedding invitations to be simple, beautiful, and incorporate their wedding colors, which she described as “Peaches ‘n Cream”. They ended up choosing to modify our Yours Truly Wedding Suite to fit their stationery needs.
Josie and Matt’s take on the Yours Truly suite featured an A7 size wedding invitation and 4bar size rsvp postcard that were printed in a single color, a nice deep coral/peach. It also came with a coordinating invitation envelope in that same coral/peach color printed with their return address. Josie chose a really warm “Natural White” 100% cotton paper from Holyoke for the invitations and reply cards. We also rounded all the corners on the two cards to give them an even softer touch.
The top of Josie & Matt’s invitation featured the image of the Victorian farmhouse at AtaVista Farm, which you can also see on their website. Aside from adding the little photo motif to the top, we kept the remainder of the fonts in the design consistent with our original Yours Truly suite. I love the way Josie & Matt’s names looked in the modern, all-lowercase script font that we used!
To save a little on postage and paper, Josie & Matt chose to do a reply postcard in lieu of a card and envelopes for their rsvps. This postcard was printed double-sided and had their standard RSVP information on one side and their return address on the back. This card was also printed in the same peachy-coral ink color we used for their main invitation.
Aren’t they pretty?!? Thanks so much Josie & Matt for working with us on your wedding invitations! I’m sure the wedding itself was just beautiful!! Congratulations!
New Letterpress Card Subscription – Take our Survey!/0 Comments/in Shop Talk, Greeting Cards, Coasters & Tags /by Kristin
Hello, Letterpress Lovers! Twin Ravens Press is going to be launching a letterpress greeting card and stationery subscription service soon! Think of it as a wine club for stationery lovers!
For as little as $19.99/month, you can receive a box of specially curated paper goods and other items directly to your mailbox! No more not-having-a-card-when-you-really-need-one, and no more having to go to the store last minute, because you forgot to buy a card for that special someone, or big event! With this service you can get new, exciting, beautiful stationery and cards delivered directly to your door! And, who doesn’t love getting awesome surprise mail?
Before we launch this new service though, we need your help! Please check out our short survey and give us some feedback on what you’d like to see for this service. Three lucky survey participants will be entered to win a free month when we launch!
Weddings | Lilly & Patrick/0 Comments/in Weddings /by Kristin
A little more than a year ago, my mom remarried a wonderful guy, and in doing so, I, at the age of thirty, gained two step-brothers and a super-cool, somewhat bohemian, step-sister in Montana. My step-sister, Lilly, got engaged shortly thereafter and is getting married later this summer in Bozeman. I was overjoyed to design a set of custom letterpress wedding invitations just for her and her fiancé!
Lilly and Patrick’s invitations feature a hand-drawn range of the Tetons, which is the backdrop for their wedding venue. I was going for a rustic, yet classy, vibe which incorporated their local mountain range with some other sweet Montana-y touches. All of the pieces in their suite feature navy blue letterpress printing on thick, 100% cotton paper with accents of copper foil stamping throughout.
Lilly and Patrick’s standard, A7-size invitation features a hand-drawn sketch of the mountain range outside of their home in Montana, with a custom laser-cutout revealing the sky above it. To create the sky, I used handmade blue Lokta paper from Nepal and printed the stars that will form constellations on their wedding night in gold foil, with letterpress printed lines connecting them. In the right light, all of the little stars seem to glow in the night sky, which created a really beautiful, almost three-dimensional effect.
We used a combination of modern script and serif fonts for the text of their invitation printed in navy blue ink. Their names were accented with copper foil, as is a sweet heart shape in the mountains.
On the backside of Lilly & Patrick’s invitation we printed a set of driving directions and a custom, hand-drawn map. The map and directions also feature navy blue letterpress printing and copper foil stamping.
Their reply card featured the same mountain range sketch and copper heart accent. We also laser-cut the top of the card in the shape of the mountains to mimic the cutting that was done on the invitation.
The reply card was paired with a matching navy blue envelope with the address printed in copper foil. The invitation envelopes are a natural paper-bag color with navy ink.
Another prominent element in Lilly & Patrick’s invitations was a reoccurring Montana shape with a small heart over Bozeman. This motif was printed below the address on their invitation envelope and was also used to create a custom laser-cut wooden tag to tie their invitations together with. The tag was cut from cherry veneer and had their wedding date engraved into it. This was then tied around each invitation with rustic-looking jute twine.
I am so happy with how unique, rustic, beautiful, and special these invitations turned out! I love that I was able to combine several elements I love into their design and that they helped set the stage for my step-sister and future-step-brother-in-law’s wedding to come!
Lilly, I love you! Thanks so much for working with me on these!! xoxo
May Custom Printing Special: 20% Off “Floral” Wedding Collection Invitations!/0 Comments/in Save the Date, Deal of the Month, Shop Talk, Weddings /by Kristin
April showers bring May flowers!
For the month of May, enjoy 20% off* all wedding invitation designs in the “Floral” section of our Wedding Collection. Whether it’s “Blossom”, “Magnolia”, “Tagetes”, or any of the other fabulous designs in that section, that suit your fancy, you can get a great deal by placing your order with us in May!
Check out some of the fabulous designs in this section:
Customizations including papers, envelope colors, ink colors, and wording are available for any of these designs! To place your order, and get 20% off, simply sign a contract and put down a deposit for one of these suites on or before May 31st. Feel free to contact us for more details!
*Please note: discount excludes platemaking, special-order materials, and shipping.
March + April Custom Printing Special | Modern Wedding Invitations/0 Comments/in Shop Talk, Deal of the Month /by Kristin
March has been a busy and exciting month for Twin Ravens Press, and we have a lot of new things in store for you in the works! We were so busy in fact, that I pretty much forgot about our deal-of-the-month for March, which means, you get it for the rest of March and all of April!! How great is that?!?
For the remainder of this month through April 30th, Twin Ravens Press is pleased to offer 20% off* all wedding invitation designs in the “Modern” section of our Wedding Collection. Whether it’s “Darling”, “Declaration”, “Modern Romance”, or “Your Truly” (or any of the other fabulous designs in that section) that suit your fancy, you can get a great deal by placing your order with us in March or April!
Customizations including papers, envelope colors, ink colors, and wording are available for any of these designs! To place your order, and get 20% off, simply sign a contract and put down a deposit for one of these suites on or before April 30th. Feel free to contact us for more details!
*Please note: discount excludes platemaking, special-order materials, and shipping.
Custom Business Cards | Soul Restoration Project/0 Comments/in Business Stationery /by Kristin
(Image Courtesy of The Soul Restoration Project)
Happy Friday, Letterpress Lovers! Today, I wanted to share with you a really awesome set of business cards we created for Eugene’s most awesome soul band, Soul Restoration Project! With most of their repertoire in ’60s and ’70s soul tunes, SRP “provides the foundation for grooving, shaking, dancing, and widespread pleasure through adult, yet family-friendly, music.”
Soul Restoration Project’s business cards were printed on a custom duplexed turquoise-ish blue paper stock with a laid (ie. paper that has a finely ribbed appearance) finish. (There’s all kinds of innuendo there that I want to take advantage of, but won’t). Their logo was printed on the front side in black ink with accents of white and shiny gold foil!
The backsides of the cards feature the logo and white accents from the front and has their Facebook page and email address info.
SRP has a sweet gig coming up tomorrow: Eugene’s 3rd Annual Winterfest Music Festival at the Eugene Veteran’s Club. They also play at Mac’s at The Vet’s Club every other Thursday night. You can check out Mac’s calendar for more details on that. They also play for festivals, weddings, dance parties, and more! Eugene: if you aren’t familiar with this band, you seriously need to check them out! Also, they have rad business cards. 😉
Save the Date | Hillary & Peter are Getting Married!/0 Comments/in Weddings, Save the Date /by Kristin
Check out these fun, festive, letterpress save-the-date cards we created for local, Eugene couple, Hillary & Peter for their upcoming wedding at Sweet Cheeks Winery in July! When Hillary met with me at the beginning of this year to discuss her design options, she really fell in love with our new Confetti Thank You Cards, which you can see below, and wanted to do some sort of similar motif for her save-the-dates.
I loved the idea of incorporating the two-color confetti pattern into more stationery, so we changed up the colors just a little bit and came up with these:
Hillary and Peter’s save-the-dates are a double-sided postcard featuring black letterpress ink and gold foil stamping on the front side, and their return address and space for writing their recipients’ addresses in black ink on the reverse side. Hillary chose a fun combination of fonts that to me, look vaguely reminiscent of the elvish writing from Lord of the Rings. These save-the-dates were printed on 100% cotton paper. Check out how shiny the gold foil is below!
I just love how these turned out and can’t wait to continue working with Hillary and Peter on their main invitations!
If you’re interested in working with us on fancy letterpress printing and/or foil stamping for your upcoming wedding (or anything else), get in touch! We’d love to work with you!
Join Us for the First Friday Art Walk at Passionflower Design/0 Comments/in Shop Talk, Greeting Cards, Coasters & Tags /by Kristin
Eugene, Oregon! Join us this afternoon, Friday, February 5th for the First Friday Art Walk in downtown, Eugene! We will be doing a letterpress demo at Passionflower Design located at 128 West Broadway, along with members of the Valley Calligraphy Guild who will be showing off impressive penmanship, just in time for all of your Valentine’s Day card and shopping needs!
You may have joined us for Art Walk at Passionflower this past December when we were there right before Christmas! If you did, you would have seen me with our tiniest letterpress Kelsey, aka “The Brat” printing the adorable holiday tags pictured below (that’s me, in the suspenders!).
(Above Photos from December 2015 Art Walk courtesy of Athena Delene)
Join us again for a new letterpress printing demo, some pink champagne, gorgeous Valentine’s cards and gifts, and more from 5 pm – 9 pm! I hope to see you there!