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New Critter Greeting Cards from Josh Searl!

I’m thrilled to announce that we now have three new, awesome greeting card designs available in our Etsy shop from our continued collaboration with Eugene artist and designer, Josh Searl.  We first began working with Josh just over a year ago and have had two of his adorable monster designs available since (you can find them here and here).  I love working with Josh, and think that his creatures are so funny and cute.  You can see the three new designs above: two different birds, and one adorable dinosaur.  All three of these designs were letterpress printed as 4bar size cards (measuring 3.5″x4.875″) and each comes with a coordinating envelope.  They are available as singles for $4.00 each.  If you would like to order more than one of any of the designs, or are interested in a mixed set, please email us.  Bulk discounts apply.

If you’d like to check out more of Josh’s artwork, you can on his DeviantArt site.  Thanks so much again Josh!  I just love your work!!

Weddings | Louise & Dagan

Hi all!  I must apologize for my lack of blogging this week, but it’s been crazy – busy around here!  To make up for my absence, I want to show you a really special set of wedding invitations that we created last year for a couple in Indiana who had a destination wedding in Florida last April.  Let me tell you, this is a post I should have written, literally, about a year ago.  The couple I’m going to be writing about, Louise and Dagan, were so awesome and wonderful to work with, and so understanding when situations weren’t ideal, that they have been long overdue for some blogging love.  You see, I worked with Louise last year on her fairly extensive set of invitations that you can see in the photo above.  The invitation suite included an A6 size invitation, A7 size inner and outer envelopes, An A2 size reply card and coordinating envelope, a custom monogram belly band, 4bar size rehearsal dinner and brunch invitations and a smaller website card.  The suite utilized combinations of three different ink colors including chocolate brown and two lovely shades of green.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and the invite envelopes were also from Crane.  The lovely light green envelopes that Louise chose for her reply card envelopes were from Waste Not Paper Company.  Everything went completely as planned with this job, and we were a week away from going to print on it, when I fell hiking and broke my leg last January.  I expected Louise to freak out about the sudden, unplanned delay in her printing, but she took everything with stride and was so completely sweet about it to boot.  Despite the delays, her invitations were amazing, and I’m so excited to finally be showing them off to you on this blog.

In the photos above you can see what the whole “package” looked like together.  Louise and Dagan’s invitation suite came in an A7 size envelope and featured all of the cards I mentioned above tied up with a custom, letterpress monogram belly band.  If you have a lot of different pieces in your invitation suite, and aren’t including something like a pocket folder, this is a really nice way to tie everything together (no pun intended) and make it look really nice for your guests when they pull it out of the envelope.

Louise and Dagan’s belly band was a 2″ round medallion featuring their initials in the darker of their two green inks with two little love birds perched on either letter.  The medallion had two small holes drilled on either side of the initials so that we could thread a 1/4″ wide, green, double-faced satin ribbon through each one.  Each ribbon tied in a small knot behind all of the stationery.

The main piece in Louise and Dagan’s suite was their gorgeous, three-color, A6 size wedding invitation.  The invitation featured a classic roman typeface for the majority of the invite text and then a lovely, playful script in green for their names.  The motif on the top of the invitation, was one that I’ve used before several times, but that I love very much.  It’s a couple of love birds in branches surrounded by clusters of lovely blossoms.  Isn’t this invitation gorgeous?!?

Louise and Dagan’s A2 size reply card was also printed in three colors and was designed to match their invitation.  It featured a smaller bird-in-branches motif in the top right corner and all of their response options below in a mix of the roman and decorative script fonts we had used on the invitation.  For the meal at the reception, Louise had her guests indicate whether they wanted Surf-n-Turf with a cow + lobster icon, or vegetarian, represented by a couple of carrots.  I use little animal and vegetable icons for meal choice options on reply cards all of the time, and let me tell you, for some reason they just never get old.  I love them!

Loise and Dagan’s reply card envelopes were printed simply with one ink color (the darker green) on a light green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

There were also two smaller invitations – one to a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding and one for a brunch the morning after the wedding, included in Louise and Dagan’s invite suite.  Both of these invitations were printed on 4bar size cards in one ink color.  The Brunch invite was vertically oriented and printed in the darker green ink and the rehearsal dinner invite was horizontally oriented and printed in the mintier green.  Last, but not least, they also included a small, 3.5″x2.5″ card with their website information and two more little birdies in an even darker green ink.

I just love how everything coordinated so well with this suite!

After we completed their invitations, Louise and Dagan hired me again to do some design work and letterpress printing for their actual wedding ceremony and reception.  We designed and printed for them a coordinating set of thank you cards, some cute monogram favor tags, table numbers and place cards.  Louise’s thank you cards, which you can see in the top photo below, were a 4bar size folded card printed in one ink color that came with matching white envelopes.  The thank you’s featured the same script we used throughout the invitation suite and two little flying love birds across the front of the card.

For their favor tags, Louise and Dagan had me print more of the the little monogram medallions we had used for their belly bands, but instead of drilling small holes in the sides, we drilled a single hole in the top of the medallion instead.  This allowed Louise to run a tiny 1/8″ wide satin ribbon through each medallion and tie them to her favors.

Their table numbers and place cards were really cute!  These weren’t actually letterpress printed, but what we did is took one of the bird designs from the invitation and scaled it up fairly large.  We then found coordinating papers that would match their green inks and custom die-cut several little birdies out of the different green papers.  Louise used one shade of green for the place cards and the other for her table numbers.  She hired a calligrapher to write out the names and numbers on each little card and for the place cards, we drilled holes in the cards so she could hang them from a small tree at the entrance to their reception.  Totally cute idea – don’t you think?!?

Lastly, in lieu of a guest book, Louise and Dagan had me print a run of double-sided postcards in their design in green ink.  The postcards were left on a table, where you might find an ordinary guest book, and guests were instructed to write their well-wishes on a postcard that would be mailed to Louise and Dagan later on in the upcoming year.  I think this is a totally fun idea, not only because it’s more letterpress, but also because then you get wonderfully happy mail from all of the people who attended your wedding throughout the coming year.  Very cool idea.  Very cool.

So, do you want to see some wedding photos from Louise and Dagan’s big day?   I know you do.  Louise sent me these a couple of months after the wedding.  She was such a beautiful bride!  All photos below courtesy of Goode Green Photography in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Aren’t they one of the loveliest couples you’ve ever seen?!?  Thanks so much again Louise and Dagan for working with me last year!  You two were so wonderful to work with and I hope I get to work with you again at some point in the future.  All the best!

Custom Business Cards | Robin Yukiko

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this past weekend, if you celebrated it!

Today I wanted to show off a set of business cards that were printed a while ago for a friend of mine, Robin Yukiko.  During November of 2008, I spent three weeks traveling around Japan and visiting a friend named Joe who had been living there for the past two years teaching English in Tokyo.  Japan was amazing, and I spent my last week there visiting the sites and just generally hanging out in Tokyo with Joe.  One of Joe’s friends, whom he had met there and who was also a fellow English teacher, was Robin.  Robin had been spending time in Japan teaching English, but her real career is as an amazing musician/singer/songwriter.  We (all of Joe’s teacher-friends, my boyfriend and I) went out to Karaoke one night at a little ex-patriot bar in Funabashi, and Robin and I hit it off shortly after she sang what still stands, to this day, as the most amazing karaoke version of Phantom of the Opera that I’ve ever heard.  She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area and shortly after she returned to the U.S. from Japan, contacted me about designing and printing her some business cards.  The cards you see above are what we came up with.

Robin wanted something unique, a little rough around the edges, but still beautiful, sophisticated and professional.  The cards were printed on Pearl White, 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and the design features a rough, hand-drawn border and a classic, black and white baby grand piano.  I printed her name, tag line and contact information to the right of the piano and we printed one, tiny robin in bright green ink (robin’s favorite color) on top of the piano.  If you’re interested in Robin’s work, you should totally check out her website.  A lot of her music is available via iTunes as well!

I love the way these cards turned out and I had meant to show them off on this blog earlier, but at the time they were printed, I wasn’t much for blogging, and this website wasn’t in existence yet.  I was thinking of Robin and all of the other awesome people I’ve met over the years this past week, and thought that now was just as good of a time as any to show them off.  Thanks so much again Robin!  I’m so glad that I got to meet you in Tokyo, and I look forward to the next time we run into each other again!

Weddings | Lindsay & Derek

Here’s another lovely wedding design that we letterpress printed earlier this year, this time for a couple in Indiana.  Derek and his now-wife, Lindsay, are both graphic designers, and they designed their wedding invitations themselves and had Twin Ravens Press do their printing!  Their invitations included a 4bar size rsvp card and a slightly-smaller-than-A7 invitation that was matted onto navy blue card stock and then mounted into a custom, digitally printed invitation folder that had other information about their registry, directions and ceremony.

Below you can see a closer photo of the center invitation panel.  The actual invite was letterpress printed in two ink colors: a bright, chartreuse green and navy blue.  If you look at the bottom of the invite too, you’ll notice some subtle, but pretty, blind embossed circles.  I love all of the little details that Lindsay and Derek put in to the design of these invitations.  After the invite was printed it was mounted onto a matching navy blue invite matte and then that was mounted onto the center panel of their folder.

Aren’t the blind embossing and the branch + love birds details in the above photo just stunning?!?  I really love the way that all of the little details in this design came together!

Below, you can see images of the other two panels of the invitation folder.  This folder was digitally printed on an 80 lb. Gravel Grey card stock from Waste Not Paper Company.  The left panel was much smaller than the other two, and included a note from the couple about their ceremony and reception, as well as their registry information.  The right panel was the same size as the center, and included an awesome map that Derek and Lindsay designed with the birds representing the location of the church where they were married, and the champagne glasses representing their reception location.  They also had written driving directions for how to get from one location to another on this panel.  When folded, this piece fit into a chartreuse green A7 envelope.

The other piece for their stationery that we printed, was a 4bar size reply card.  These cards were also paired with chartreuse envelopes  and were printed in navy blue ink with blind embossing.  I love how the reply card is much simpler than the invitation, but still coordinates so well with their choices of fonts, ink color, design elements (like the little love birds) and the blind embossing!

Lindsay and Derek were so much fun to work with on this project and I’m really excited  to be working with them again on some business cards for their design business!  Congratulations and thanks so much again Lindsay and Derek!

Weddings | Julie & Todd

Earlier this year we did some printing for a lovely couple up in Maryland, Julie and Todd.  Julie’s sister designed her wedding invitations and she hired Twin Ravens Press to do her letterpress printing!  We didn’t print Julie’s entire suite of paper goods, but we did letterpress print her wedding invitation, Save-the-Date postcards and reply cards (she did her envelopes herself)!  All of Julie and Todd’s pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White paper in either one or two ink colors.  You can see their invite above, but let’s take a look at their Save-the-Dates first.

Julie and Todd’s Save-the-Date cards for their October wedding in Maryland were A2-size postcards printed in one ink color, a nice Aubergine purple.  Julie’s sister designed the lovely type treatments for all of these pieces as well as the two cute little birdies that you see on both these postcards and their invitation.  The front of the postcards was predominantly decorative, while the backside was set up like a regular postcard, with the wedding information on the left-hand side and a place for a stamp and recipient address on the right.  Aren’t these cool?!?

Their wedding invitation was designed in a similar style and featured the same, sweet, long-legged birdies on the left side of the A7-size card with the rest of the invitation information in a variety of fonts completing the rest of the design.  The invitation was printed in a slightly redder aubergine purple than the postcard save-the-date, and black ink.  I love how the use of two colors in this design really makes the couple’s names, Julie’s parent’s names and the wedding date stand out!  Their reply card was a simple 4bar design featuring the same fonts as the invitation, printed entirely in purple ink.  Check out more awesome close-ups below!

Julie and Todd were a really great couple to work with and I’m sure their wedding last month in Maryland was just lovely!  Thanks so much for working with us Julie & Todd and congratulations!

Weddings | Michelle & Thomas

Twin Ravens Press owes a big “Happy Anniversary” to one of the awesome couples we worked with last year, Michelle & Thomas.  Michelle & Thomas’ one-year anniversary will be this upcoming Sunday, and since I didn’t get to blog about the invitations we created for their wedding when we did them, I’d love to share them with you now!   You can see Michelle & Thomas’ full invitation suite in the photo above.  It included an A7 size, matted invitation with inner/outer invitation envelopes, and a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope.  The invite and reply card were printed in two ink colors: chocolate brown and a pretty, reddish-purple, and the envelopes were printed in one ink color: chocolate brown.  

For this invitation we did a two-color variation on our original birds in branches design.  Michelle and Thomas’ version featured two little birdies in the branches above the text of their invitation.  Most of the design was printed in chocolate brown, but we used our accent color (reddish-purple) to set off their names and the two little birds.  We actually matched the purple to the matting that we used to matt each of their invitations, which was Waste Not Paper Company’s “Beet” purple color.  In the grouping above you can also see the back flap of Michelle & Thomas’ outer envelopes.  We used the same fonts for the envelope addresses as we did for the main pieces in the suite to create a totally matching set.

For their reply cards, we used the same decorative elements and fonts.  These were also printed in two colors.  Again, the majority of the design was done in brown with just the birds and “Réspondez s’il vous plaît!” accented in purple.  This card also came with a matching white envelope from Crane with their address printed on the front of it in chocolate brown ink.

Wasn’t Michelle & Thomas’ invitation suite absolutely gorgeous?!?  Even though it’s nearly a year after their wedding, I still needed to share it with you!  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Michelle & Thomas!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Linda & James

Our lovely spring wedding busyness is continuing nicely and I will be showing off several new sets of wedding stationery to you very soon!  This is one of the first of those newly completed sets.  A month or so ago, I was contacted by a lovely bride-to-be in New York City named Linda, who had fallen in love with the custom letterpress wedding invitations that we created last year for Mrs. Coconut on Wedding Bee.  If you want to see the post we did on that set of invitations, with pictures, on this blog, you can find it here.  Linda is getting married in June at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and thought that a design similar to the one we did for Lynn (Mrs. Coconut) would be just perfect for her!  Linda wanted to use different colors and fonts and change the design up just a little bit, but still keep pretty much the same layout and design elements.  You can see the complete suite we designed and printed for her above!
Here is Linda’s invitation by itself.  We used a very nice spring green for the scroll pattern, the birds, and the couple’s names and a chocolate brown for the little dots and the rest of the text.  The invitation is a standard A7 size and was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White paper.  Isn’t it pretty?  Below is an even closer close-up so you can see the pretty fonts and colors that we used: 
The invitation was paired with a coordinating green invitation envelopes from Green Paper Company.  We used the same script font that you can see above for their return address that was printed on the flap.  The return address was printed in chocolate brown, which stood out really nicely against the green.  Check it out below: 
Linda also ordered a set of reply cards to compliment her suite.  For the reply card envelopes we used the same green from Green Paper Company and printed the same style of address on the front of a 4bar envelope.  You can see that here: 
Her reply cards are double-sided.  The front side features the reply information along with a space for the guests names and a reply-by date and the back side features a space where the guests can write a message to the couple.  Here is a photo of the front and back side of the reply card with the envelope: 
To save some money on printing and platemaking, we decided to go with one color for the reply card.  We used the same green from the invitation and this is how it looks: 
I really love the way this design turned out in one color and I think Linda’s use of two colors for the invite and one for the reply card was an excellent and cost-effective idea!  If you really like a particular design, but want to try to save some money on your printing, mixing up whether you do one or two colors on your different pieces is a great way to do that!  Notice in the above two photos how you can see the letterpress impression from the front side on the back and vice-versa?  Linda asked me
to do a really deep impression and this is what you get.  I don’t recommend going super-deep on pieces that are double-sided because it can make them hard to read, but for this design I think it worked out well.  
Congratulations Linda & James!