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Custom Business Cards | Michael Werner

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It’s really cool to have really cool friends.  I think that goes without saying, but it’s nice to point it out every now and again.

I met Michael Werner and his wife, Katie, four years ago when both were teaching Journalism at the University of Oregon, and they were looking for someone to create their wedding invitations.  The wedding invitations we did for them are still one of my favorite suites we’ve done, ever, and after doing the job, the three of us became great friends.  Michael and Katie moved north to Seattle not too long after that, but we’ve kept in touch, and I was super-excited when Michael contacted me about creating a set of business cards for him.

Michael’s snazzy cards are black & red and feature some awesome blind embossing of a photograph he took outside of Seattle on one side.  They were printed on super-thick Crane Lettra Bright White paper and feature really bright red edge painting.  They really stand out from the crowd!

Michael2Michael is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and editor who’s work has been featured by PBS, The New York Times Company, The Associated Press, and The U.S. Olympic Committee, among others.  His work has also been shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.  If you’d like to learn more about Michael and his work, check out his website!

Thanks so much for working with me on these, Michael!  I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch!

Weddings | Alicia & Tim

Alicia1In the spirit of Throwback-Thursday, I’d like to show you one of my favorite wedding invitation suites from a couple of years ago that I just hadn’t gotten around to putting up on the blog, until now!  This suite was designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for Melbourne, Australia couple, Alicia and Tim!  I love how modern and timeless this suite is and how it utilizes many of the lovely things that letterpress printing has to offer, in such an elegant and classic way!
Alicia3Alicia4Alicia & Tim’s invitation suite featured a 5.5″ square invitation, letterpress printed in a charcoal grey ink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The suite also featured matching grey envelopes that were letterpress printed with black ink.  All of Alicia and Tim’s pieces incorporated a blind embossed monogram, which you can see at the top of the invite in the above photos.

Other pieces included a single color (gray) reply postcard and a smaller reception card with their wedding website info at the bottom.

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We also printed a gorgeous set of simple, modern thank you cards, and matching menus and ceremony programs for the day of the wedding.  Alicia & Tim’s thank you cards and thank you card envelopes are pictured below!

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(Above photos courtesy of Lakshal Perera)

Check out some of the gorgeous photos and details above from their day, courtesy of Lakshal Perera Photography in Melbourne.  If you’d like to see more of Alicia and Tim’s wedding photos, you can on Lakshal’s website here.

Thanks so much again for working with us, Alicia & Tim!  Cheers!

 

Weddings | Jackie & Brent

One of the things I get asked for, all the time, is whether or not we can “put a modern twist on a classic wedding invitation”.  The answer is “Yes!”.  Twin Ravens Press prints lots of different “classic” and “traditional” looking wedding invitations, that incorporate modern elements into their design.  For example, check out the suite that we created above, last year, for Massachusetts couple, Jackie & Brent.  Jackie and Brent wanted a classic, elegant, black & white wedding invitation suite that incorporated a few modern details.  Their suite included an invitation and reply card that featured black ink and blind embossing.  Matching, white envelopes that were printed with black ink and a paper + ribbon belly band to tie the suite together.  We lined the invitation envelope with a custom printed, light blue, damask liner for a touch of color!

As you can see below, the invitation itself is traditional looking.  It features a nice, crisp letterpress impression in black ink, script names, roman body font and a decorative blind embossed pattern at the top and bottom to frame the text.  These invitations were printed on super-thick, duplex-weight, 100% cotton paper.

As I mentioned above, both sets of envelopes were white and were designed to match the invitation.  The reply card was also printed on duplex paper stock and featured blind embossing on the bottom of the card.  Jackie & Brent’s belly band medallion was printed in black ink and featured their initials as a scripty monogram.  Look how pretty it looked, tying their invitations together with an ivory, satin ribbon!

I love how this suite is a classic, black & white letterpress suite, making it perfect for just about any formal occasion, yet it incorporates some modern and whimsical elements like the belly band and damask envelope liner to add a splash of color!  Contact us if you’re seeking something classic, with a contemporary twist for your upcoming event!

 

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!

Buddy Monday: Weddings | Sarah & Adam

Happy Buddy Monday, everybody!  I’ve been really excited to start this weekly feature now for over a year (yeah, it’s been planned for that long…).  If you read my post from yesterday, you already know a bit about what this series is going to be.  You’ll also know that I stole the idea for the blog series from my friend Sarah, as she did something similar on her blog three years ago.  At any rate, I thought it was only appropriate (since she gave me the idea) to have Sarah & Adam as my first Buddy Monday!

I met Sarah & Adam when Adam started working at a videogame company that my boyfriend was working at several years ago.  Adam had moved to Eugene for the job, while  Sarah had stayed behind on the East Coast.  It wasn’t very long before Sarah moved out to Eugene to join Adam.  A couple of years ago they were married in an awesome wedding on Bailey Island, Maine near where Sarah had grown up in Bath, Maine.  I was super-lucky to be able to attend their wedding, and was overjoyed to collaborate with Sarah on creating their wedding stationery!

Sarah and Adam’s stationery suite featured a custom folder that contained their invitation and directions/information card, a postcard rsvp card and an awesome yellow & cyan invitation envelope!

Sarah is an awesome designer herself and she designed all of the patterns that you will see throughout their invitation suite and that were incorporated into other details of their wedding!  Above is the invitation folded up with the invite envelope.  The invite envelope was an awesome curry yellow color from Waste Not Paper Company.  Sarah designed the cyan envelope liners and we die-cut and glued them in each envelope ourselves.  Each folder was created by hand by blind embossing one of Sarah’s patterns across the length of the folder.  It was scored in three places and sealed shut with a handmade, embossed sticker.

Upon opening the folder, here’s what you would see:

One panel of the folder contained the actual wedding invitation, and the other was reserved for an additional information card with directions, registry and website information.

Sarah and Adam’s invitations were printed in four ink colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK…hee, hee), on Crane Lettra 110 lb. Bright White Paper.  I love all of the different colors and textures Sarah was able to create for these, and their use of modern, unconventional fonts was totally awesome!

Isn’t the texture of these just amazing?!?

Sarah and Adam’s RSVP postcard was designed to match and was printed in two ink colors: yellow and black.  It was printed single-sided with instructions to have guests draw a picture on the reverse side.  At the wedding, Sarah & Adam had a photo album filled with all of their reply cards to show all of the different pictures everyone drew.  It was pretty cool!

Aren’t they so cool?!?  I absolutely love Sarah’s unique design sense, and her color palette was super-fun!

Prior to their wedding I had never been to New England, let alone Maine.  It was an awesome trip and a wonderful celebration of two very special people!  Wanna see some photos from their wedding?!?  I know you do…  All photos below were taken either by me, or by Sarah & Adam’s wedding photographer, Erin, of A Love Supreme Photography.

I love this photo of the happy couple…

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Sarah created most of the decor herself using many of the same patterns she had created for the invitations.  See the cute little bird in the wine glass?  Those were her place cards.  Everyone got to take one home!  (I have two of them on my desk right now).  She had all of the fabric for them custom printed by Spoonflower and then sewed them together herself.  She’s one crafty gal!

Above, Sarah & Adam’s reception was held at Library Hall on Bailey Island, Maine.  I love all of the crochet pieces that Sarah made to adorn all of the tables and place settings at the reception.  She also made all of the garlands you see above.

The night before their wedding, we attended Adam & Sarah’s rehearsal dinner which was at an awesome lobster restaurant on Bailey Island.  I had never eaten a whole lobster prior to this, and I have to tell you, it was maybe one of the awesomest culinary experiences of my life to date.

Below left, I just love this timeless photo of Adam & Sarah by Erin of A Love Supreme Photography.  Below, top right, Me and the beau, just in case you wanted to know what I look like.  Below, bottom right: They even had custom printed M&Ms made for the reception!  The two in my hand say “Sarah & Adam, for realsies”.  I just love these two people so much!!

Adam and Sarah have actually moved back to Portland, Maine since I was in Maine for their wedding.  I miss them, but am excited about what they’re up to out there.  Adam is teaching at the Maine College of Art and Sarah just recently started her own event planning business, Daycraft Events.  Check out her Pinterest and Facebook pages while you’re at it!

Adam & Sarah: Thank you for awesome summer BBQ’s, craft projects, DIY popsicles in Dixie Cups, a fabulous trip to Maine, Friday nights at Jameson’s, your awesome sense of humor, style and design, and for teaching me that it is, in fact, possible to dance and drink beer at the same time, so long as you use a straw.  You rock my socks, for realsies!  : )

Custom Business Cards | LeadPencil Designs

Check out these awesome business cards we printed last month for Eugene/Springfield, Oregon architectural designer Shawn Jenkins of LeadPencil Designs!  I love the simple, clean, modern design of these business cards.  They utilize a couple of great letterpress techniques without going overboard!  The front of the card, which you can see above has Shawn’s logo printed in two ink colors: red and grey in the center of the card.  We blind embossed a pencil image behind the text as well.  These cards are double-sided, 2.5″ square, and were printed on ultra-thick Crane Lettra Bright White 220 lb. Duplex paper to minimize the show-through from one side to the other.

The backside, which you can see below, has Shawn’s name and contact information in grey at the bottom and an area above his name to write down any notes you might want to remember after talking with him.  This is a very handy idea for a business card, in my opinion.

Aren’t they great?!?  If you’re in the Eugene/Springfield area and are looking for an architectural designer, give Shawn a call!

 

Beautiful Photos from Boracay, Philippines

You may remember that last summer I worked on a really beautiful wedding invitation that was made up of letterpress calligraphy and blind embossed elements, for a couple getting married in Boracay, Philippines in January 2011.  That couple was Chatie and Hanzy, and you can see the post I did about their wedding stationery here.  Or, if you don’t want to click on the link, below is a reminder photo of how their wedding invitation turned out.  This invite had a blind embossed monogram at the top, and blind embossed tropical motifs along the bottom and right side.  The text of the invitation was printed in a light turquoise blue and the calligraphy for it was created by Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.  Isn’t it pretty?!?

Well, I was super-excited to hear from Chatie the other day, almost six months after we completed their invitations.  She e-mailed me to say thank you again for creating her and her now-husband’s wedding invitations, and to say that the wedding went absolutely beautifully.  She even sent pictures.  : )  Check them out below!

Such a gorgeous and wonderfully nice couple, and I love their super-tropical pictures!  Thanks so much for staying in touch with us Chatie!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.  All the best!

Weddings | Lauren & Chris

Earlier this month we finished a lovely, modern-chic set of wedding invitations for a couple in Southern California, Lauren & Chris.  Lauren and Chris are getting married in Palm Springs at the end of March and wanted something that was both classy and traditional, and modern and chic at the same time.  For their suite, we created a large, 6.75″ square wedding invitation with matching envelope, an A6 size reply card with matching envelope and a 5.5″ square rehearsal dinner invitation.  The three main pieces were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White and they were paired with 100% cotton pearl white envelopes from Crane & Co.  Twin Ravens Press created the design and text layout and Lauren and Chris hired the very talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina in Pasadena, California to do the calligraphy for both the letterpress printed designs and for her envelope addressing.

Here is Lauren and Chris’ wedding invite all by itself!  For the design of this invitation, we created a fun and modern blind embossed tile border pattern that is about 1″ wide all around the outside of the invite.  This invitation is an oversized square shape and measures about 6.75″ square.  We then letterpress printed the text of their wedding invitation in a mix of all-caps and classic serif fonts in black ink and had their names letterpress printed in black calligraphy as the main focal point of the piece.  I just love the beautiful calligraphy that Katrina created for this design, and think it worked so beautifully with the other design elements and typefaces of the suite.

Check out the gorgeous texture that the letterpress printing of the calligraphy, blind embossed border and text of the invitation created in the Holyoke paper!  The results were just stunning!

Above you can see the back flap of Lauren & Chris’ invitation envelope.  These envelopes were a 7″ square, marquis, square flap envelope from Crane & Co. and feature the couple’s letterpress printed return address in black ink centered on the back flap.  The calligraphy for this address was also created by Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina.
Lauren and Chris’ reply card was designed to match their invitation.  They had quite a few different events for their wedding weekend that their guests needed to respond to, so we chose to do a fairly large, rectangular A6 size card for this piece.  The design of the card features more beautiful calligraphy, the blind embossed border pattern adorning the left side of the card only, and some very cute animal and vegetable graphics for entrée choices.  This card was paired with an A6 size, square flap envelope, also from Crane that featured letterpress printed, calligraphy return addresses on the front.
I love Lauren’s fun and different responses for each event on this card.  It’s much more unique than just a simple “Accepts” and “Regrets”!
Last, but not least, we created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for Lauren and Chris to go with each of their wedding invitations.  This card is also a square shape, but is quite a bit smaller than the wedding invitation, at 5.5″ square.  It also features the same blind embossed border all the way around and was printed with black ink.  Katrina wrote out the words “Let’s Celebrate!” in calligraphy, and we used that for the main decorative text of this piece.  We also decorated this card with a small, vintage palm tree image, which I love.
Lauren and Chris were so much fun to work with and I truly loved mixing Lauren’s patterned border idea with fancy, elaborate calligraphy.  Thanks so much again for working with us Lauren and Chris!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Custom Business Cards | The Crooked Hook

Last week I completed an awesome set of business cards for Leah Wolever of The Crooked Hook!  The Crooked Hook is Leah’s brand new crotchet business.  She has a shop on etsy and a facebook page and makes totally awesome crochet hats, accessories and toys.  Click on the links to check out her shop!

Leah wanted her business cards to really stand out in a crowd with fun colors, textures and fonts.  Well, let me tell you, these business cards were the most vibrant and fun business cards I’ve printed in a while.  These cards were printed on Crane Lettra 220 lb. Duplex paper in Bright White.  They feature a tonal blind emboss pattern of crotchet stitches all over the background of each card.  On top of the blind embossing, we printed The Crooked Hook’s logo and Leah’s name and contact information in a mix of three, fun fonts and two ink colors: a bright chartreuse green and black.  Then, for even more awesomeness, we edge painted these cards with a hot, hot pink (the hottest hot pink I could find).  I love how much extra color edge painting can add to a set of cards, especially when the color chosen for it is really vibrant or bright.  This hot pink is just about as bright as it gets.  I think I might have had hot pink socks in the ’80’s that were this color.  It’s that bright.  

I love how fun and modern the fonts that Leah chose for this design are!  She wanted a mix of funky scripts and typewriter fonts and was able to find both the font we used for “The Crooked Hook” and the one we used for her tag line and name on the internet.  I think they went really really well with our typewriter-inspired font that we used for her  phone number, email address and websites.  And, you just gotta love the texture of the crotchet stitching that is blind embossed in the background.  Totally awesome!

Another fun feature of these cards is their irregular shape.  Leah had us round the corners on three sides of the card and leave the fourth corner (the top left one) square.  Not only did this give the cards a fun and unusual shape, but that square edge is also somewhat functional.  If Leah wants to punch a hole in that top left corner and use her business cards as a tag on any of her crotchet pieces, she totally can without messing up the “look” of her cards.

Thanks so much again for working with us on these cards Leah!  I had so much fun working with you, and printing them, and I can’t wait to continue working with you more in the future!  Congratulations on your new business and I’ll talk to you soon!

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