Baby Announcements | Lucas Hudson

This past fall, we worked with an awesome family in New York City on a very cute set of birth announcements for their second son, Lucas.  These announcements were simple and adorable, just like a brand new baby boy!  You can see the announcement we designed and printed above.  It’s an A2 size and was printed in two ink colors with matching white envelopes.

One of my favorite things about designing baby announcements are the cute fonts and colors!  Lucas’ announcements were printed in orange and brown and featured two different, adorable fonts and a hand-drawn baby kangaroo with a little orange hopping trail printed behind him.

Aren’t those just adorable?!?  I love ’em! Lucas’ mom, Kim, also had us design a matching set of flat thank you notes as well.  The thank you cards were also an A2 size and were printed on the same 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper as the announcements. They featured the cute kangaroo and Lucas’ full name in orange at the top.  We paired them with white envelopes with the Pillemer’s return address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Thanks so much for working with us Kim!  I just love how these turned out!


Baby Announcements | Kathryn Elisa

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday last week, I finished up a set of really adorable baby announcements for a local couple, here in Eugene, that I’ve known for some time.  Sean & Rebecca just had their first child in late October, and I was super-excited when Rebecca asked me to design and print birth announcements for them!

Before she was born, Rebecca and Sean knew they were having a little girl, so we worked on several cute designs prior to her birth, and Sean and Rebecca ended up choosing this one.  They have two pups in their household – a daschund and a basset hound, and Rebecca thought it would be cute to have their silhouettes featured on Katie’s announcements.  I couldn’t have agreed more!

Katie’s announcements are an A2 size flat card, which measures 4.25″x5.5″.  They were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag Bone White paper in two ink colors: a deep, chocolate brown and a light, baby pink.  They were paired with matching A2 size pink envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company, and had Sean and Rebecca’s address letterpress printed on the flap.

The announcements were designed using two fun fonts!  All of Katie’s information was printed in chocolate brown ink in one of the fonts and her name was printed larger in pink in the other font.  For the design at the bottom, I created two silhouettes of each of the Sullivan’s pups and printed them in chocolate brown.  They each have little pink footprints trailing behind them, and the daschund is chasing a little pink butterfly.  Aren’t those too cute?!?

Check out the letterpress impression below in the Holyoke paper!  I know I’ve been saying it a lot lately, but Holyoke is quickly becoming one of my favorite papers for letterpress printing.  It’s just so pretty and wonderful to the touch!

Thanks so much for the custom order Sean & Rebecca and congratulations on your new little lady!  I can’t wait to meet her!  See you soon!

Baby Announcements | Elizabeth Kathleen

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves.  For what you are about to see and read about, will quite possibly be the cutest thing you’ve seen and read about all week.

The baby announcements we created for Elizabeth’s parents, Edwina and John, were completed last week, and man, are they cute!  These announcements were printed in two ink colors: a light lilac-y purple and a light green on super-soft, 100% cotton rag, Holyoke Bone White paper, and came with matching, light purple envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.  These announcements featured a matted photograph of the cute little lady on the center panel of the tri-fold design.  Above you can see one of the announcements and envelopes.  The birth announcement information was printed on the left hand side with a cute little monkey and two little butterflies, and the right side of the tri-fold featured and panda, turtle, more butterflies, some pretty bamboo, and a calendar with Elizabeth’s birthday circled.

Above you can see the two letterpress printed panels of the tri-fold design a little closer.  I just love all of the whimsical little details in this design!  There is also a lot of symbolism in these announcements.  Elizabeth’s family has a partial Chinese background, and having panda bears associated with babies in Chinese (and a few other Asian cultures) is considered to bring luck and happiness for the child.  You’ll notice that these announcements also feature a small turtle wearing glasses.  Elizabeth’s late grandfather on her father’s side was nicknamed “Turtle”, and Edwina and John wanted there to be a little reference to him here as well.

One of the most fun things to me about designing baby announcements, aside from the fact that you often get to draw really, really cute things, is the fonts that you can work with!  I just love the three modern, very playful, fonts we used in Elizabeth’s announcements.  We used different fonts for the little calendar on the right-hand panel and different fonts for her name and the main text of the announcement information.  I just love how playful and light-hearted all three are!  So much fun!

Another thing to note about these adorable birth announcements is the wonderfully luxurious letterpress impression that we were able to achieve.  At Twin Ravens Press, we always strive to have at least some impression in all of the work we do, but depending on the design, and on the paper and other materials being used, sometimes it’s easier to get a deep impression than other times.  With these announcements we used super-soft and thick 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is specially manufactured for letterpress printing, by a company that does letterpress printing themselves, and it’s quickly becoming one of my most favorite papers to print on.  In all of these photos you can just see the deepness of the impression without having to look very hard.  This, combined with the fact that the paper is thick and wonderfully soft, make it one of the nicest papers I’ve worked with.

I mentioned above that the center panel on Elizabeth’s tri-fold announcements featured a photograph and no letterpress printing.  Edwina and John picked out three, totally adorable photos of their little girl to use in these announcements.  We had the photos printed by a photography studio here in Eugene, and they were each matted on a small, light purple matt and then matted onto the center panel of each announcement.  The paper we used for the photo mattes matches the purple envelopes that were created for the announcements as well.  In order to make the envelopes match perfectly with the baby announcements themselves, I used the same fonts for Edwina and John’s return address as we did for Elizabeth’s cards, and we printed two of the cute little butterflies on the flap as well!  Aren’t these just too cute!?!

If you were curious what three photos Edwina and John chose for the announcements, you can see all three together in the grouping of photos below.  Isn’t she beautiful?!?

And, because I know you all can’t get enough of the awesome pictures, and there were so many wonderful ones of these announcements, check out the extra, gorgeous, detail photos below.

Creating these baby announcements for Edwina, John and Elizabeth was so much fun!  I really can’t express enough what a wonderful family these three were to work with, and how much I just love designing birth announcements!  If you or someone you know is expecting, and are interested in custom letterpress baby announcements or shower invitations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We would love to work with you!

Thanks so much Edwina, John and Elizabeth!  You’re the best!

Baby Announcements | Nodumo Melody

Admittedly, Twin Ravens Press prints a lot more wedding invitations than birth announcements, and we totally love doing them, but there’s just something about creating sweet little cards for families with newborn babies that makes me smile.  Earlier this month we printed this sweet little birth announcement for the boss of a really good friend, Emma.  I met Emma earlier this year when she wanted to visit Twin Ravens Press, and since then she’s been coming by and helping us out on a regular basis with whatever needs to be done, which is really really cool.  Emma studied design and printmaking while she was in school at the University of Pennsylvania and had been looking for a way to get back into it in Oregon.  I’ve really loved having her around, not only as a helper, but as an awesome friend.  So, when Emma proposed that we worked together on the announcements for her Pennsylvania boss’ first baby, how could I say no?  Emma designed the super-cute, A7 letterpress announcement that you see above and she and I printed them together!

Nodumo’s announcements were printed in two ink colors: a light, bright, purple and a bright, earthy green on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  I love the design Emma created for the text of this announcement and I just love the fonts that she used!  Plus, her flowers and butterflies are totally cute!  We paired this announcement with a lighter, coordinating green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed the family’s return address on the envelope flap in green ink.

Aren’t those totally adorable?!?  If you or someone you know is expecting a baby in the near future, please contact us if you are interested in creating some custom baby announcements and/or shower invitations of your own!  We would love to work with you!