Customize it!

One of the coolest things about letterpress printing, in my opinion, is that each sheet of paper that’s printed, is fed into the press by hand, one color at a time. Each color that’s printed is either a separate metal cut (image), a separate block of metal type, or a separate photopolymer plate. What this should mean to you, my wonderful readers, is that each part or color of everything we print can be 100% customizable to your liking, without a whole lot of extra work…

For example, remember those cool scroll pattern thank you cards?  I’ve made them in several different colors for the etsy shop including red, yellow and blue.  Well, a shopper in Boston, Massachusetts contacted me a while back wanting to know if she could order several of the blue ones to use as thank you cards for her wedding.  I told her absolutely and that she could even get a bulk discount on them, and that we could print her return address on the flap of the envelope at no extra charge.  How cool is that?  Check them out below:

Another way to customize one of our designs is to ask for it in another color.  Here are the same thank you cards that I customized for the aforementioned Boston bride, printed in green for a customer in Florida.  This customer wanted white envelopes instead of colored ones which also wasn’t a problem at all.  The photos of these were taken right after I finished printing them, which is why they are sitting on the press.  If you were ever curious what a printing press from 1912 looks like, here you go: 

Want another example of how we can customize just for you?  Okay.  Lets say you’ve seen something on our website that you really like, but want to use it in an entirely different format for an entirely different purpose.  We can probably do that too…  Below are some photos of some awesome paper goods I made last spring for a commitment ceremony in New York.  I used that same scroll pattern from the last two examples, but printed it on a light grey 100% cotton paper in a slate grey ink so that it looked kind of like decorative iron metal work.  I then created a T-length program, thank you cards with envelopes, table numbers and a set of menus using the same motif.  You can see pictures of those below: 

We can also customize many of our other designs, other than the scroll pattern one.  For example, remember those pretty wildflower thank you cards that I printed in yellow and orange or pink and magenta last spring?  My mom really liked them, but wanted them to have her name on them instead of “Thank You” and she wanted them in a different color.  This is what hers looked like: 
Pretty, don’t you think?  (By the way, those blue floral ones at the top of this post were custom made just for her too).  
So, if you happen to see a Twin Ravens Press design on this blog that you like, but maybe you want there to be something different about it, let me know.  Maybe you want it in a different color or a different size.  Maybe you want different colored envelopes or you want the envelopes to have your return address on them.  Maybe you see a design that we’ve done but want to use it for a different type of card, event or purpose all together.  Let me know!  I love customization and I would love to hear your ideas and then see what we can do to make one of our designs uniquely you!  

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you out in blog land had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! We have some very exciting new things in store for you for this upcoming year, so stay tuned to this blog, if you want to be the first to know about the new stuff.  

Just to give you a little sneak preview of what we have in store for you: 
  • There are going to be at least half a dozen brand new Valentines Day card designs available in our etsy shop starting the week after next.  Be sure to check those out!  
  • We are working with an awesome web designer and good friend on making into a fully functional, awesome, bona fide website.  I’m hoping that it will be up by March or April.  Don’t worry, you will still be able to get to this blog and the etsy shop from the new site.  The new site will just make it easier to view all sorts of stuff that we’re doing and stuff that we’ve done in the past all in one place.
  • Remember those cool wedding coasters we did this past fall?  Well, we enjoyed doing them so much that we’re going to be adding a whole new product line of decorative and functional letterpress coasters to our wholesale/retail line.  These coasters will be more general-purpose or holiday related than the wedding coasters, and they will all be customizable.  The first ones will be available in the Etsy store starting in early spring.
  • And, speaking of new stuff: Twin Ravens Press will be offering another brand new line of stationary products that I know you’ll be excited about.  I’m going to be mean though and not reveal them yet, but trust me, I know you’re going to love ’em.  
If you haven’t been over to Etsy lately, go and check out the showcase this morning.  One of our card designs is being featured there (today and today only).  
It’s been a busy week and I have several awesome new things to post about over the next few days, so come back and visit soon!  Have a very Happy 2009!!

Merry Christmas (One Day Late…)!

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it!  I meant to post this yesterday, but in all honesty I was lounging around enjoying the holiday instead of paying attention to my blog.  We had a very nice Christmas filled with good food, fun presents and not doing too much of anything.  Last weekend we decorated our tree – we got a live tree in a pot this year so that we can potentially use it again as a Christmas tree next year, or plant it in the backyard this spring.  Here it is the night that we decorated it:  
My cat, Oliver, thoroughly enjoyed the tree decorating process.  
At least the laying in the tissue paper that the ornaments were wrapped in part.  Isn’t he cute? At the top of this post is a picture of our tree on Christmas morning, with all of the presents under it.  
In work related news, we had a small, but exciting event happen just before Christmas.  Our etsy shop, which has only been online since December 14th of last year, now has 200 people who are calling it (us) a favorite!  That’s a pretty good milestone I think for only one year of being online.  See the screenshot I took of the favorites below.  I don’t know how many of them are reading this blog, but if you are one of those now 200+ favorites, thank you, it’s really neat to see how many of you there are out there.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Let it Snow!

A couple of days ago an unusual occurrence happened in Eugene.  We got snow!  That stuck on the ground… for more than a couple of hours!  (See my feet standing in it above outside of the shop.) We have been planning to release a new set of snow related holiday cards for a while, but now that we actually have snow on the ground it seems a little more fitting.  So here you are: there are now some very fun and festive letterpress printed snowflake cards in our etsy shop.  You can purchase these as singles and in sets of 6 or sets of 10.  

Also new in the shop as of today are some simply elegant Peace Dove cards.  I really love the way this script face looks stretching across the whole front of the card.  
These are also available in sets of 10, sets of 6 and as singles.  Both card designs are a 4bar size, come with really light blue coordinating envelopes and are blank on the inside for your own personal message.  All of our cards generally ship within one business day of order, so if you’re running short (or haven’t gotten around to sending out any holiday cards yet), head over to etsy and snatch some of these up!  

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

There won’t be any new blog posts for a while because I’m taking my first vacation since I started Twin Ravens Press.  My boyfriend and I are going to visit a very good friend in Japan starting tomorrow.  I’ll be back and the press will be in full swing again starting November 20th!  If you are a client or prospective client and would like to get a hold of me, please send me an e-mail and I will respond as soon as I get back.  See you soon!  Bon Voyage!

Good Design

I was blog hopping earlier today and ran across this poster. The first thought that came to my head was, literally: “Dude, that would look pretty cool letterpress printed, with some nice old wood type.” The second thought was “Wow, that’s sad, but painfully true.”

(Image via Design Crush)

Carlos Lascano

I’m headed up to Portland this afternoon to run a few letterpress-related errands and potentially do some shopping.  While I’m away, you can tide yourself over with this lovely stop motion animation.  I recently discovered Carlos Lascano, and I think that I may be in love (with his work).  As another blogger put it: his talent truly runneth over.  More letterpress tomorrow.  Enjoy!


I’m proud to say that I dropped off my ballot for the upcoming November 4th election this morning.  If you live in Oregon you will probably be receiving your ballot by mail this week if you haven’t received it already.  With one of the most important elections of our time (in my opinion) occurring only 16 days away, I would encourage you to educate yourself about the issues if you haven’t already, and then have your say about what the next four years are going to be like in this country, by voting.  
Normally, I intend to keep my personal opinions about everything other than letterpress and graphic design off of this blog, but in this case I feel I can make an exception.  This month I created 250 of the cards you see pictured below in support of the Obama campaign.  Each card is approximately 4″ x 5″ and was printed in three ink colors (red, blue and black) on Crane Lettra’s Bright White 100% cotton letterpress paper. Each card features the following quote from one of Obama’s campaign speeches: 

“Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young men and women to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom’s cause.  Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.” Barack Obama, January 3, 2008

I sent 155 of these cards off to the Amalgamated Printer’s Association for inclusion in their monthly mailing and I gave several out to family, friends, neighbors, etc.  I have approximately 50 left, if you would like one for your very own, please contact me and I would love to send one to you (while they last).  
I hope as a country we can come together and make better decisions for ourselves than we did the past eight years, because making the wrong decision in this election would only cause us 4-8 more years of the same failed politics that we’re dealing with now.  If you need more convincing that voting for change is the way to go, watch this video: 
Seriously.  Think about it.  Happy Voting!!