Twin Ravens Press Holiday Cards Now Available!

Happy November everybody! I hope everyone out there had a very Happy Halloween weekend! Now that the holiday season is on its way, I thought I take a moment to show off some of the Twin Ravens Press holiday cards that are available now or are going to be available over the next few days in our etsy shop! All of these cards are available as singles or come in sets of six or 12 cards. I’m going to be adding a few more designs to this collection in the next couple of weeks and will let you know more about those very soon! All of the designs in this post are either general holiday or Christmas-related, but we are also going to be adding a few Hanukkah designs in the coming weeks as well. We will also have holiday coasters and small gift cards available in late November, so keep an eye out for those too!

The following designs are available now for those who want to get an early start! If you don’t see them in our etsy shop, keep an eye out over the next few days and they will be up shortly. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on them, though, you can always e-mail me, and I would be glad to set up a special listing just for you! If you are a retailer and would like to carry any of our holiday designs in your store, please e-mail me and I would be glad to send you a .pdf of our wholesale catalog!
The image at the top of this post is of our Holiday VW Bug card. It is a 4bar size (measuring 3.5″x4.875″) and comes with coordinating red envelopes.
This is Poinsettia Mouse. It is also a 4bar size and comes with coordinating red envelopes.
Below is an image of our Crane String card in red, copper and green. You’ll notice that this design is available all year round and also comes in other color combinations. I think this design makes a lovely holiday card though as well! It is an A2 size, measuring 4.25″x5.5″ and comes with red envelopes.
The design you see above is one of our oldest greeting card designs. Holiday Cardinals is an A2 size card, now printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton ecru paper in red and black inks and comes with matching red envelopes.
This cute Holiday Cat with Lights card is sure to brighten anyone’s holiday! The A2 card features a mischievous orange kitty and a long strand of tangled, green christmas lights that reach around from the front to the back of the card. It comes with coordinating green envelopes!
Here is another oldie-but-goodie! Our Holiday Hedgehogs card features four ink colors, and coordinating pool blue envelopes. These cards are 4bar size.
The two cards above are our Peace Dove card and our “Let it Snow!” holiday card. They are both 4bar size and come with coordinating pale blue envelopes.
As I mentioned above, all of these designs will be available in our Etsy Shop over
the next few days. If you can’t wait for a design to show up in the shop, please feel free to e-mail me and I would be happy to set up a special listing just for you! More designs will be available in the coming weeks as well, so keep your eyes out! Happy (early) Holidays!

Coasters and Meet Your Maker at PRI!

I have two exciting announcements today for all Twin Ravens Press lovers out there!  First, if you’re in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area today and are looking for something fun to do on Friday night, you should come down to the Last Friday Artwalk in the Whiteaker neighborhood and stop by The Pizza Research Institute (otherwise known as PRI), on 5th and Blair!  PRI  is hosting its first ever Last Friday Artwalk/Meet Your Maker Indie Arts and Crafts Show and Sale this evening from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  The admission to the show/sale is free and you can enjoy awesome beer, wine and pizza at PRI!  You can see the poster for the show at the top of this post.  Twin Ravens Press will have a booth there and you can also shop with other fabulous local/Oregon artists and small businesses including: La Petite VieLoop’dBellybalooEsther Lee Jewelry, Knotty Girl Designs and several others!  Come down, see some cool art, drink some beer or wine, eat some pizza, and check it out!  

The second (totally awesome) announcement I have for today is that the brand new Twin Ravens Press coasters featuring our favorite robot with a heart will be available for sale starting today at the show!  

These coasters were letterpress printed in two ink colors on 3.5″ square heavy-weight coaster stock and are available in packages of one dozen for $10!  Are you not in Eugene, or are, but can’t make it to the show?  These awesome coasters are also available in my etsy store!  Check out the listing here!  

June Meet Your Maker & First Friday Artwalk Tomorrow!

If you’re in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area tomorrow and are looking for something fun to do on Friday night, you should come downtown for the First Friday Artwalk!  All of our local galleries will be open and food and beverages will be served!  While you are looking at all of the awesome art, you should also swing by The Broadway Wine Bar on the corner of Broadway and Charnelton Streets.  The Broadway is hosting a wine tasting as well as the one year anniversary of the Meet Your Maker Indie Arts and Crafts Show and Sale tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Both the admission to the show and wine tasting are free!  You can see the poster for the show at the top of this post.  Twin Ravens Press will have a booth there and you can also shop with other fabulous local/Oregon artists and small businesses including: La Petite VieLoop’dBellybaloo, Firefly Jewelry Design, Practical Rabbit and several others!  Come down, see some cool art, drink some wine and check it out! 

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and long Valentine’s Day and President’s weekend this past weekend.  I’ve been meaning to do a little blog post for a while now to show off all of our new love-themed cards for Valentine’s and this spring, but we’ve been so busy with custom work lately that this blog has been sadly neglected for over a week.  If you’ve been watching our Etsy shop, you’ve probably already seen these designs, but in case you haven’t here they are below!  With the exception of the Valentine Checklist card, I feel that all of these designs would be a wonderful way to tell the people you care about and are thinking about that you love them throughout the year!  And really, who doesn’t love getting a sweet “I love you and I’m thinking of you.” message at random?  Just because it’s not Valentine’s Day anymore, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell ’em you love ’em.  
Our first new love-inspired design is an A2 size card that we’re calling “Love Letters”.  Inspired by vintage valentine’s and wedding postage stamps this letterpress card features the letters L-O-V-E inside of a light pink rectangle with little grey finches perched on and flying towards them.  You can see the full card at the top of this post and there are a few detail images below.  

Check out how awesome the embossed white letters look in the above detail photo!  They are really fun and tactile and beautiful to see and touch!  Each of these cards comes with a corresponding A2 envelope in light pink and they are available for purchase as singles here.
For our next new love-inspired card, we decided to try out a brand new card size.  The size is a monarch size, which measures 7.25″ x 3.75″.  I’ve done a few save-the-date cards for weddings and a few programs that were this size in the past, and I liked the size so much that I thought I’d try it out for a greeting card.  Check it out below:
Each of these cards features an adorable baby elephant running across the front with a trail of little pink heart-shaped bubbles trailing behind him.  The bubbles continue across the front of the card and a few even float around to the backside.  It features a very simple message: “Love you.”, letterpress printed on the front and it is blank on the inside for your own personal message.  Want one of your own?  You can find it here.  
Our totally Valentine’s specific design for this year was a cute and somewhat humorous checklist card.  The card is a 5.5″ square size that is folded and has a lovely brown, leafy vine pattern stretching around the list on the front.  The list was printed in brown also with little pink checkboxes that you can fill in yourself depending on who you plan to send it to.  It’s really the perfect card for all of the Valentines on your list!  Here is a photo:  
We still have a few of these cards available in our etsy store, so if you’d like to stock up for next year, you can find them here.  
And, last but not least, is an adorable card design for the dog-lover in all of us!  My family and I had black labrador retrievers growing up and they were such wonderful family pets – and so sweet and loyal – that I decided to make a love card featuring them.  The card design is fairly simple – there is a black lab on the front with a light pink heart in his mouth.  See below: 
You can find the black lab cards here.  Do you love this design, but would rather have a chocolate or yellow lab?  We have those too!  
You can find the yellow labs here and the chocolate labs here.  
I’m going to try to get back into a regular schedule of posting here soon, and I have lots and lots of new custom stuff to share with you!  So if you’re especially interested in custom wedding invitations stay tuned, more of those will be up very soon!

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 Holidays!

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I’m working on finishing up a big custom job today, which I will tell you all about soon, but in the meantime, I thought I should let everyone know that the last of this year’s holiday cards (what’s left of them, anyway) are now available in the Etsy shop.  I can’t guarantee that they will reach you before Christmas this year, but it’s never a bad idea to stock up early for next year.  Here are some photos of the last of them:

This one features a string of three origami cranes.  It’s printed in red, green, copper and black inks and was inspired by our recent trip to Japan.  It is an A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and comes with matching red envelopes.  You can purchase them in packs of 12, packs of 6 or as singles.  The Christmas Volkswagen card at the top of this post was printed in 6 colors (that’s a lot for letterpress!!) and is also available in packs of 10, packs of 6 and as singles.
Lastly, this cheerful mouse holding a Poinsettia flower card is a 4bar size (3.5″x4.875″) and was printed in 5 colors (grey, green, red, pink & black).  It is also available in packs of 10, packs of 6 or as singles.  Go check them out!

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!  

Cat & Lights Holiday Cards

My sources indicate that there are some very adorable holiday cards now available in the Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop featuring an orange tabby cat and a long string of tangled up Christmas lights.  The lights loop around the whole card from the front to the back, and the inside is left blank for your own personal message.  These cards are an A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and come with matching pine green envelopes.  They are available in packs of 12, packs of 6 and as singles.  Go check them out!

They're back!

Hello everyone!  I just thought that I would make a quick post to let you all know that the first of the holiday cards are (finally) back up in the etsy shop.  There will be more designs added later this week, but if you would like a set or a single of the hedgehog holiday cards they are now available for purchase via etsy.  You can find sets of 10 here, sets of 6 here, or the singles here.  Go check them out!

It's beginning to look a lot like…

Happy December Everyone!    Because we were away and closed for a good portion of November we’re a little behind on getting our 2008 Holiday card designs out, but if you’ve been waiting, I think you will find that they’re worth the wait.  Below you will find pictures of the computer-ized designs for this year’s holiday cards.  All of these designs will be available in my etsy shop, one by one, starting tomorrow, and all of them will be available by the end of next week!  I’ll also be offering the cute holiday hedgehogs that you see at the beginning of this post from last year again as well.  They’re going to be $4 for singles, $20 for a box of 6 or $24 for a box of 10.  The larger boxes of 10 are new, and they’re a great deal, which is pretty exciting!  If any of you wonderful readers out there would like to pre-order any of the designs you see below (available for shipment or delivery next week), please send me an e-mail at [email protected] with the Subject line “Holiday Cards” and I will get back to you soon!  Happy Holidays everyone!