Adorable Monster Cards by Josh Searl

Right before Valentine’s Day this year I had the pleasure of collaborating with an awesome local artist, Josh Searl, on a couple of new greeting card designs!  If you’ve visited our Etsy store since then, you’ve already seen these, but I figured they needed a little shout out on our blog too.  Josh is a design student at the University of Oregon and has been drawing adorable critters and making other awesome artwork from a very young age.  I’m good friends with his aunt and uncle, and was super-excited when Josh agreed to collaborate with me on these cards.  We started with two designs, the little blue monster you see above and below, and the little green one with the pink balloon that you’ll see further down in this post.

Aren’t they just adorable?!?  Both designs are printed as 4bar size cards on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and come with coordinating blue or chartreuse envelopes, depending on the design.  Josh and I are going to be working on additional designs in this series, so if you love his monsters as much as I do, check back!  There’s going to be more!  The two designs you see above are currently available online in our Etsy Store and at Gramberry.  You can also find them locally in Eugene at Modern on 5th and Pearl.

If you’d like to check out more artwork by Josh Searl, you can at his Deviant Art site.  Check it out!

Thanks so much for working with me, Josh!  You’re awesome!

Valentine's Day is Coming!

Happy February 1st everybody!  Is it just me, or is 2012 already flying by?!? At any rate, Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away.  Have you gotten your sweetie a card yet?  If not, check out our etsy store for some cute and quirky Valentines!  The photo on the left in the grouping above is the newest addition to our Valentine’s collection and it’s perfect for just about everyone on your list! 

There are many other cute options including the ones you see above, so head on over to Etsy and check them out!

Custom Holiday Cards | The Boege Family

One of my favorite custom holiday cards from this past season was created for one of my very favorite Chicago families!  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Edwina, John and little Elizabeth.  Edwina originally hired me to design and print Elizabeth’s adorable, tri-fold, birth announcements in the fall of 2010, and, my how that little girl has grown!  Edwina also had me create Elizabeth’s 1st birthday party invitations earlier this fall, but I haven’t posted them here yet (just you wait – they’re coming soon).  At any rate, I love this family an awful lot, and I feel like after working with them on so many different projects, I’m really getting to know them, despite the fact that we’ve never met in person.  It was an absolute joy to create their holiday cards this year, which you can see above and below.

The Boege Family’s holiday cards were an A6 size card printed in two ink colors, red and charcoal grey, on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is 140# and super-soft, which makes for a deliciously deep letterpress impression.  Edwina wanted to include a photo with these cards, so it was my challenge to design a card that incorporated one.  Above is what we came up with!  This card features a 2.5″ diameter die-cut circle window with the mitten design encircling it.  The front of the card reads “Warmest Wishes”, and the inside has a more personal message from the family, also in red.

Each family photo had rounded corners, and was tipped in by hand, so that it showed through the window on the front of the card.  Their holiday greeting was printed below each photo, and each card came with a matching red envelope with a copper return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap.

Aren’t they sweet?!?  I loved this design so much, that I actually created a non-photo-card version for our etsy shop!  You can find it here.  The Boege’s have been wonderful to me and Twin Ravens Press over the past couple of years and I love every new project that we get to work on together!  I can’t wait to see what projects are in store for us and the Boege’s in 2012!  Thanks so much again for working with us Edwina, John & Elizabeth!  Happy 2012!

 

New Greeting Cards for Spring & Summer!

Hi all!  In case you haven’t visited our Etsy Store in a while, I wanted to make you aware of three lovely new letterpress cards from our studio that are available now!  Above you will see three new designs I’ve released this spring/summer.  Clockwise from left are our Origami Pigs in Love, Magnolia Thank You Cards & Elegant Calligraphy Thank You Cards.  All three of these greeting card designs were inspired by our fabulous custom printing clients, and we thought they were so fun and/or beautiful, that we couldn’t resist offering them to you as well!

The Origami Pigs in Love cards are available as singles for $4.00 each, and are perfect for Valentines, anniversary cards or just to say “I love you!”.  The two different thank you cards are available as singles for $4.00, sets of 6 for $20.00 or sets of 10 for $28.00.  Each of these cards are 4bar size and were printed on 100% cotton paper.  Each also comes with a coordinating envelope.  Go check them out in our Etsy Store today!

Custom Holiday Cards 2010

Since today is the day before Christmas Eve, I thought it would only be appropriate to show off some of the lovely custom holiday cards we designed and printed this season!  Twin Ravens Press offers several lovely, letterpress greeting cards, gift tags and gift cards in our etsy store around the holidays, but we also welcome orders for custom and personalized holiday cards throughout the season.  If you didn’t get a chance to order holiday cards from us this year, but think you may want to in the future, I have one piece of advice for you: please plan ahead.  Creating custom cards takes time and we get a lot of requests starting in October to do them and we can only do so many.  The earlier you plan and order your cards, the more likely you are to be able to get one of our holiday spots and have guaranteed delivery of your cards a few weeks or more before Christmas.  Now that I got that out there, let’s look at a few of the holiday cards we designed and printed for Christmas 2010!

The holiday cards you see above were designed and printed for my mom, Edie, earlier this year.  They are an A6 size and feature a silhouette of the Grand Tetons, the Snake River, cute little green pine trees and Santa and his sleigh flying over the valley.  These were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper in four ink colors and came with coordinating envelopes printed in silver ink.

I always enjoy when wedding clients that we’ve worked with earlier in the year contact us to do holiday cards!  Rachel and Joseph hired us to do their wedding invitations in 2009 and then Rachel had us design the festive, gold holiday cards you see below this November!  These are A2 size flat cards printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton ecru paper in gold ink.  They came with coordinating kraft brown envelopes that were also printed with gold.  I love the tropical design for Florida!

These next cards, that you see below are also flat, rather than folded, and were printed in a single color: a bright, vibrant, holiday red.  They are an A7 size, printed on Holyoke Antique White paper and feature an area on the left for a family photo to be glued on, and a joyful holiday message on the right.  These cards were designed by a talented designer in California that we’ve worked with on and off for several years now, Liz Grant.  I just love the different fonts that Liz used in this design!  If you like Liz’s design and are interested in hiring her for some design work, you can contact her by e-mail.  She designs wedding invitations too and she’s awesome!

Last, but not least, are some cards we designed for one of our longest standing holiday card customers, Natalie.  This year Natalie wanted to do cards with silhouettes of her, her partner and their four-legged family members, so she sent me photos of everyone and I drew their silhouettes, along with a festive, green tree on an A2 size, folded card.

These cards came with matching green envelopes and we also printed their holiday message inside in green!  Aren’t they awesome?!?

Last year, Natalie customized one of the card designs from our regular collection, our holiday hedgehogs, with her own message and we printed her address in brown ink on coordinating pool blue envelopes to go with them.  Check them out below!

Custom letterpress holiday cards send a beautiful message to friends and family during the holiday season!  If you are interested in placing an order for holiday cards for 2011, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to work with you!  Merry Christmas Everyone!

Holiday Cards Galore & Thanksgiving Sale!

It’s that time of year, folks!  If you visited our Etsy shop recently, you will have noticed that we’ve been listing lots and lots of holiday-related goodies in our online store: everything from greeting cards to small gift cards and tags to letterpress printed goodies that would make great holiday gifts, like coasters.  If you haven’t been over there recently, I’m about to give you more of a reason than ever to go very soon!

First though, I’d like to give you a little taste of all of the lovely holiday items that are available, right now, in our etsy store!  Below is our Penguin Snowball Fight holiday card.  This design is the newest addition to our holiday line, and it is an A2 size, printed on Crane Lettra 110 lb. Pearl White Paper in 5(!) ink colors, and comes with coordinating pale blue envelopes.  These are available as singles and in sets of 6 or 12.

Last year, at the end of the holiday season we released these lovely sets of tags that  you see below.  These were a collaboration between the awesome calligrapher/hand-lettering artist Crystal Kluge and myself.  They come in packs of 6 (one of each different tag design) for only $5.00 a set.  They’re a super cute way to dress up your holiday gifts this season!

We’ve also started releasing a series of small (only 3.5″x2″, folded) gift cards in various designs and colors.  You can see four of those below (and yes, I did throw a birthday one in there just for variety, on purpose).  These are another very cute way to dress up your packages this holiday season! Clockwise from upper left: Origami Crane Holiday Gift Card, “Make a Wish” Gift Card, Snowflakes Gift Card, “Happy Birthday” Cupcake Gift Card.  All of these gift cards come in packages of six with coordinating envelopes for only $5.00 per pack!

The greeting cards in the grouping of photos below are all 4bar size and come in sets of 10, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Holiday Hedgehogs, Poinsettia Mouse and Peace Dove.

Above, the top left most card, the VW Bug Christmas card, is a 4bar size, and the others in the grouping are A2s.  The A2 size cards come in sets of 12, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Volkswagen Christmas Card, Cardinals, Holiday Cat & Lights and Crane String (Green-Copper-Red).  The Crane String card comes in other colors as well, if you like the design but want colors that aren’t so Christmas-y.

At Twin Ravens Press, I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving.  As of this coming January we will have been in business, making lovely letterpress printed goodies for people all over the country, and in a variety of countries around the world, for four years.  We’re doing great, and I couldn’t be happier running this business.  The thing about it is, the reason that Twin Ravens Press is working so well, is because of you, not me.  Your continued support and enthusiasm for our designs, printing and products, both custom and not, is what makes Twin Ravens Press possible.  So, as an extra special thank you to you, our customers, this holiday season, I’m extending an extra special Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale.  We aren’t going to be open tomorrow or Friday, so this is an online sale only.  Here’s how it’s going to work: visit our Etsy Shop between midnight tonight (the start of the Thanksgiving holiday), and midnight on Friday (Pacific Standard Time), and order anything from our store.  Enter the code: GIVETHANKS2010 when you check out, and receive 20% off of your entire order!  This sale applies to all products in our store, not only the holiday ones, so if there’s something you’ve been meaning to pick up, please don’t hesitate.  Please note that this sale only applies to items in our etsy shop, and not to custom orders, custom printing, or graphic design services.  That’s it!

As I imagine we might get a little more traffic this weekend as a result of the sale, I will be logging in periodically to re-stock items that have sold.  If you don’t see everything you want, right when you log in, check back in again, as it will probably be back.  All orders will be filled beginning Monday morning, November 29th, in the order that they were received.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

You Turn Me On.

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I listed anything new in our etsy shop, so I figured today was as good of a day as any to remedy that.  Way back in January I had some big plans to release several new greeting card designs for Valentine’s Day, and then I broke my leg, and my attention immediately shifted from doing both custom work and creating new cards for the shop, to making sure that custom work got done.  As a result, we didn’t release anything new for Valentine’s Day, which is okay.  Sometimes things happen that are out of your control.  I did, however, print up this super-fun, geeky, sassy, little card right before my accident and even though it’s no longer Valentine’s season, I figured, “Hey, you can be geeky and turned on at any point during the year.  Why not celebrate that?”  So, here it is folks, the Twin Ravens Press “You Turn Me On” card.

These cards are printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper with silver ink and each card comes with a coordinating light blue envelope.  They can be purchased individually here in our etsy shop, or if you are a retailer interested in ordering these in bulk at our wholesale price, please contact me directly.

In other Etsy-related news, our String of Crane’s cards were featured in an Etsy Treasury today entitled “Full Spectrum. Go.”. It’s a pretty cool treasury with a wide variety of super-colorful items.  Go and check it out here.  If you’d like to purchase some of our String of Cranes cards, they are also available in our etsy shop here and here.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tart Workshop + Twin Ravens Press Holiday Gift Tags



I recently had the opportunity to team up with the awesomely creative calligrapher/illustrator of Tart Workshop, Crystal Kluge, to design and letterpress print an absolutely adorable set of holiday gift tags. Crystal and I have had (and currently have) some mutual custom clients, so it was really exciting to get to work with her again on a project specifically for Tart Workshop & Twin Ravens Press!

These gift tags come in sets of six, one tag each of six different designs. All of the patterns were created by Crystal and all of the letterpress printing, die-cutting and assembly was done by Twin Ravens Press. These gift tags are 2.75″ in diameter and feature a different pattern in one of four ink colors (red, green, copper or silver) on one side, and a place to write who the gift is to and from on the back side.
Each tag is tied with a piece of all-natural hemp twine, making them easy to attach to gifts or hang from a Christmas tree. The tag sets come packaged in a 100% biodegradable, clear, corn-cello bag.

Since we are releasing these tags so late in the season, we are offering you a very special deal on them! Visit the Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop today or tomorrow and purchase $20.00 (or more) of our products (this can be single greeting cards, boxed sets, coasters, etc.) and receive one set of gift tags free with your purchase! This offer is only valid until tomorrow, Sunday, December 20th at 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time, or while supplies last, so head over to the shop now! If you just want the tags, that’s perfectly fine too, they are also available for purchase on etsy, right here.
If you are currently a Twin Ravens Press retailer or you are considering carrying our products in your retail store, these tags will be added to our collection, and are available for wholesale purchases now. If you’re already looking ahead for next year, keep these in mind, as they are super-cute!
If you’d like to check out more of Crystal Kluge’s gorgeous hand-lettering, graphic design, illustration and typography design, check out her website and blog. I love working with Crystal, so check out her work if you have a custom project in mind!
Thanks so much again for the collaboration Crystal, and to all of my lovely readers out there: Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

New Dahlia Gift Cards available on Etsy!



Check out these brand new Magenta Dahlia Gift Cards that are now available in the Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop! These cards were created on the suggestion from another etsy seller, mudpuppy, who liked our normal size Dahlia cards, but wanted a smaller size to use as small thank you cards for his customers. I thought it was a great idea!

These cards are a very small, 3.5″x2″ size, letterpress printed with a magenta dahlia on the front. They are blank on the inside for your own personal greeting. These small cards come in sets of 6 for $5.00 and are accompanied by coordinating rhubarb pink envelopes! They would be great for gift giving, escort cards, as fancy place cards for a special event, or just about any occasion where you might need a beautiful and small little note.
If you need more than six, I am more than happy to give bulk discounts on larger orders! I’m also planning to offer this small card size in a few brand new holiday designs for the upcoming holiday season! Those will be available in a couple of weeks. Keep your eye out for them!