Custom Business Cards | Frauke Nelte Photography

Check out these awesome new business cards we designed and letterpress printed for Frauke of Frauke Nelte Photography! Frauke specializes in digital landscape photography and is based out of Eugene, Oregon.  When she and I originally talked, she wanted to incorporate elements of a landscape as well as a camera or an image of other photographic equipment into her card.  She also wanted a card that was unique and would stand out in a crowd.  These are what we came up with!

Frauke’s cards are 2.5″ squares with rounded corners and are printed on custom duplex Wausau Eclipse Black paper.  These cards feature two of my favorite, modern typefaces, a vintage 4″x5″ camera imprinted in the background and a lovely tree with leaves floating down amongst the text.  Originally, Frauke wanted to incorporate an image of a tree from her home town in Germany that she had taken into the design of the card, but the tree was so large that we ended up making a smaller, graphical representation of one of its branches to use, rather than the whole tree itself.  As a finishing touch, each of these cards features matching copper edge painting, which really helps make the copper text and tree stand out.  

Aren’t these awesome!?!  Check out Frauke’s photography on her website, and if you’re interested in working with her, you can contact her by email.  Thanks so much for working with me on these Frauke!  Keep up the beautiful work!

Custom Calling Cards | Brittany Horn

Hot off the press this week!  Check out these cool orange and green calling cards we created of soon-to-be journalist, Brittany Horn!  Brittany is the sister of Ally whose business cards we designed and printed about a year ago.  You can see Ally’s calling cards here.  Brittany liked her sister’s cards so much that she hired me to design and print her her very own calling cards.  For Brittany’s cards we used a combination of bright orange and green  inks on Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper.  I love how the flourish design framing her name leaves both the top and left side of the card.  Both the colors and design of these are a lot of fun.  Check them out!  They’re too cool! 

Thanks so much for working with us on these Brittany!  You rock!

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!

Custom Business Cards | Magnolia PR

I realized today that it’s been a little while since I showed off a set of awesome, letterpress printed business cards.  So, here I am to help remedy that.  I designed and printed these lovelies quite a while ago, for Adrienne Dorsey of Magnolia PR in Los Angeles, but they’re just so lovely, I still wanted to share them with you!  These cards are small – only 2″ square, and they have rounded corners.  They were printed double-sided on custom-made, creamy off-white, wildflower seed paper from Porridge Papers in chocolate brown ink.  The back side of Adrienne’s cards features a little magnolia drawing I created for her, and the front side features a smaller magnolia at the top and all of her contact information for Magnolia PR farther down.  Aren’t these pretty?!?

Magnolia PR is a Los Angeles-based boutique public relations company focusing on fashion, baby and lifestyle.  It was launched in 2006 by founder, Adrienne Dorsey, as a way to connect brands with their desired media for optimal exposure.  Magnolia PR’s clients have been featured in magazines such as In Style, Lucky, People, Brides, Parents, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, In Touch and others.  They have also been featured on television shows such as the Today Show, Access Hollywood, E! and more.  Adrienne works with all sizes of brands and companies, from small start-ups to large established brands.  Contact her today to discuss your PR needs!

Custom Business Cards | Symmetry Beauty

A couple of weeks ago we completed a lovely set of business cards for Nyrie Aitken of Symmetry Beauty.  Symmetry Beauty is a boutique beauty agency catering to brides and private clients all over Southern California.  Nyrie teams up with many of Los Angeles’ elite makeup artists, hair stylists, estheticians, manicurists and massage therapists to provide top-notch artistry and luxurious spa services in a client’s home or other location of choice.  Nyrie is one of the most sought after artists and hair stylists working in fashion, entertainment and advertising.  Her work can be seen in countless magazines, advertisements and commercials and she’s even worked with many recognizable celebrities such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Port and Zac Efron.  She’s also worked with countless brides to make their wedding day flawless!  If you’d like to see more of Nyrie’s work, check out her website here.

Nyrie wanted something simple, beautiful and unique for her new business cards, while also wanting a card that would stand out in a crowd.  We achieved this by beautifully letterpress printing her cards on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White duplex paper in two ink colors: a rich, bright persimmon orange, and a lovely, light tiffany blue (teal).  Nyrie’s logo was printed in the center on one side of the cards and her name and relevant contact information was printed on the reverse.  Each card was die-cut with rounded corners for a smoother, softer look and then for a bit of pizazz we edge painted each card with a bright metallic gold!  We actually went through several ideas when we originally talked about doing the edge painting.  We tested out tiffany blue, metallic silver and and metallic gold and ultimately the gold won out!  It was just too cool!

Working with Nyrie was an absolute pleasure and I can’t wait to collaborate with her again!

If you are interested in having a set of business cards letterpress printed by Twin Ravens Press, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much again, Nyrie, and keep up the gorgeous work!

Fabulous Eco-Friendly Business Cards for Trees Creation & Happy Grow Lucky

A few months ago I created a couple of lovely sets of business cards for a wonderful client and good friend, Teresa Ennis. Teresa is a business owner two-times-over, and wanted brand new, totally awesome business cards for both of her businesses. Both of her businesses are somewhat nature-oriented in one way or another and we wanted to really express that in her branding and in the design and execution of her cards. Here is what we came up with:

The first of Teresa’s businesses is called Happy Grow Lucky, a local landscaping business she runs here in Eugene. I loved her business name as well as her tag line: “Dig Deep, Reach High!”. For the design of this card we used a gorgeous tree image that has tons of roots spreading out across the bottom of the card. The trunk and branches of the tree twist around moving up the card vertically and accent the shape of the logo I created for her. The tree was printed in a very pale green and all of the typography on this card was printed in a darker evergreen color. These cards were printed on a custom seeded cream paper from Porridge Papers that will actually grow wildflowers if the paper gets wet. How cool is that?!?
I’m pretty proud of this design: it’s perfect for Teresa’s business and the whole concept really just kicks ass.
Besides having tons of talent for landscape design and making things grow happily, Teresa is also a talented artist. She creates everything from hand-bound books and journals, to jewelry, to found object art pieces. Her shop, Trees Creation, is up and running over on etsy. Go check it out by clicking here. Teresa’s Trees Creation cards were also printed on cream colored Porridge Paper with wildflower seeds, this time in three ink colors: chocolate brown, green and plum purple. We continued the tree theme for this card, but created a different tree image and used some different fonts. Check it out:
Aren’t they pretty? I just love how we can take the tree theme and create two business cards that are totally different, with a lot of the same elements. Below are a few detail photos of the Trees Creation cards so you can see the letterpress impression, ink colors, fonts and the details of the lovely Porridge Paper a little bit better.
Make sure to go and check out Teresa’s etsy shop, and if you’re in need of any landscaping in Eugene, give her a call at Happy Grow Lucky. Thanks so much Teresa! You are awesome!

Business and Calling Cards Galore!

Happy almost Christmas Eve, to those who celebrate it! I realized the other day while writing this post, that it’s been a little while since I posted about business or calling cards, so I figured it was about time. You may remember that we had a month-long special on business and calling cards back in October (Don’t remember? That’s okay – you can read about it here), which was really great. If you missed out on that particular special, fear not, we will be doing the same or a similar one again, and you will be able to find out about it right here on this blog as soon as we do! Not all of the cards I’m about to show you were a result of that special, but they are all a great little taste of what is possible in the business/calling card realm from Twin Ravens Press!
Below is a little round-up of nine different business or calling cards that I designed and/or printed within the last year.
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Calling Cards – Alexandra Horn
Alexandra (who goes by Ally) is a friend-of-a-friend that I printed these business cards for a while back. Ally is majoring in Spanish at the University of Oregon and will be finished with her degree and out on the job market this spring. She wanted a professional and classy calling card with her name and basic contact information to hand out to prospective employers that wasn’t too industry-specific. This sweet and simple calling card design featuring two green aspen leaves sure fit the bill! I letterpress printed Ally’s name and the leaves in an earthy, green ink and her phone number and e-mail address in chocolate brown on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Ecru. I love how clean, simple and classy this calling card is without being too job or industry-specific, and the texture and colors are just awesome!
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Calling Cards – Dominic Tringali
Dentist by day, problem solver and international man of mystery (or something) by night, Dominic Tringali is another one of my Eugene acquaintances who desired a stylish and classy calling card to hand out to friends, lovers and potential business contacts. I love how this card is classy and masculine all at the same time! We chose a classic serif font in all caps for Dominic’s name, a smaller lower-case italic font for the tag line, and another classic, roman font for the contact information. Both the typography and the silhouette motif were printed in black ink on Crane Lettra Bright White 100% cotton paper. Aren’t these totally great?!? I love ’em!
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Business Cards – Kerplunc
I’ve actually posted about the design and print work that we’ve done for the web design, development and hosting company, Kerplunc, before on this blog. You can read more about them, and the work we’ve done for them, in this post from last January. Kerplunc is a two-man team based in Canada and the UK. We originally worked with and printed cards for one of Kerplunc’s team members, Matt Hall, last January, and later this year we printed cards for Matt’s business other-half, Nick Barrett. The design of Nick’s cards is the same as the design of Matt’s, for corporate consistency purposes, but the back side was updated with Nick’s information.

I love how clean and modern these cards are! Nick was so excited when he received his cards that he put up a little post about them over on his blog, here. Go check it out and check out the link above for more info on Matt, Nick and Kerplunc. They are awesome folks with an awesome little company, so go check them out!
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Calling Cards – Marilee Enright Gordon
Marilee Enright Gordon is a friend of my mom’s and an L.C.S.W., or Licensed Clin
ical Social Worker. She splits her time between Wilson, Wyoming and Montecito, California and these calling cards were a surprise gift for her from my mother, as she had once mentioned to my mom that she needed new calling cards badly. They feature her name, both towns where she resides and her e-mail address. Her previous calling cards had a small half-moon and star motif that we chose to continue in the new design. These were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton paper in navy blue ink. Once again, I love the way a clean and simple, yet elegant design can really convey a person’s personal contact information, oh so nicely.
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Calling Cards – Edie Walker
Speaking of my mom, here are a couple of different calling card designs I created for her this past June as a surprise birthday gift. My mom is a very smart woman of many talents, who has had many different careers throughout her life, so it was really difficult, in a way, to come up with a single design for her – so I created two. Both designs feature her name, telephone number and e-mail address as the primary information, but the design of both cards are really really different.
One card featured a Japanese-woodcut-inspired wave pattern in light blue ink with her contact information in black. Like Ally Horn’s business card above, I love how clean and simple and non-specific this card is, while being fun, pretty and elegant all at the same time. This set of cards was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper.
The other design featured a lovely blind-embossed pattern and a floral design printed in chocolate brown and burnt sienna (orange) inks on Crane Lettra 100% cotton ecru paper.
In my opinion, this design is a little more feminine and elegant than the first design, but both are really really beautiful. I love how the blind-embossed circle pattern at the top of the card really adds an extra bit of visual interest and texture to the overall card design. My mom loved both cards, but which was her favorite, you ask? She preferred the second one with the flowers. Great choice, Mom!
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Calling Cards – Elisabeth Mason
Elisabeth originally sought me out when she was in search of business cards for her law practice. We ended up deciding that trading our services would be mutually beneficial, however, when we got to my end of the trade, Elisabeth decided that she would rather have a pretty, personal calling card created that she could hand out to non-business-related contacts, rather than one specifically for her work. She mentioned that she really liked hummingbirds, which I thought was great, so we used that little tid-bit of inspiration to create the personal calling card you see above. Elisabeth’s cards were printed in metallic copper ink on 100 lb. speckletone starch rain cover stock from French Paper Company. I love how the little hummingbird and flight path motif is somewhat whimsical and really compliments the free-flowing, whimsical font we used so well!
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Calling Cards – Nami Bigos
Nami is a Portland, Oregon-based graphic designer who designed her own awesomely modern calling card and hired Twin Ravens Press to print them! I love how simple, professional and modern Nami’s design is. It’s clean, straight-forward, and totally down-to-business. These cards were printed in bright, rhodamine red ink (which, in all honesty, is really a bright magenta color), on crisp, 100% cotton, bright white Crane Lettra. Very nice!
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Calling Cards – Evan Lally
Last, but certainly not least, are these fabulous calling cards, created for a good friend of mine, and self-proclaimed metro-sexual, Evan Lally. Evan’s a pretty classy guy. He dresses super-snappy, lives in a very chic, downtown studio apartment in Eugene, and is just pretty much awesome. Evan’s cards feature both modern and 19th century styling and typefaces, combined with a super-classy cherry blossom motif. These cards are vertically oriented and were printed in two metallic ink colors: silver and copper on 100 lb. Speckletone Wine cover stock, also
from French Paper Company.
The cards feature the cherry blossom motif and Evan’s name in a wood-type inspired typeface towards the top of the card, and his contact information in another classic typeface towards the bottom.
The center of the card features an oversized, bracketed tag line that is separated from the name and contact information by two stylish flourishes. We printed these cards with three different tag lines, which you can see in the top photo: “Totally Metro”, “Not British, no really, I swear” and “Certified Show-Stopper”.
I know that these tag lines may not mean anything to you, but trust me, if you knew Evan personally, you would understand. : )
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If you enjoyed this little business and calling card round-up, check back again soon as I have many more 2009 calling cards to write about in the very near future!
If you would like more information about ordering calling or business cards of your very own, please feel free to contact me at any time!
I may not be blogging for the next few days, so to those of you who celebrate it, have a very Merry Christmas! Ta-ta for now!

October Special: Business and Calling Cards

Happy October Everyone! I’ve been pondering the idea of doing semi-monthly specials for a while now on certain retail products that we print or on custom printing, and I’ve decided that we’re going to give it a shot! I know I write a lot on this blog about all of the awesome wedding-related stationery that we design and print, but you should know that we also print some wonderful business-related cards and stationery as well!
So, for the month of October, our special will be (drum roll, please): 10-20% Off on all Business or Calling Card orders!
You heard me right! If you are a current business or calling card customer of Twin Ravens Press, place an order with a deposit for reprints of your current business card design between October 1 and October 31, 2009 and receive 20% off of your printing!
If you are a new business or calling card customer, don’t worry, you can get in on this deal too! If you haven’t ordered business or calling cards from us before, but would like to, place your order with a signed contract and deposit between October 1 and October 31 and receive 10% off of the printing of your cards. This discount does not apply to design work or platemaking.
If you have any questions, or would like to place your order, please contact us at [email protected]!

Letterpress Calling Cards | Anton Fraga

I recently printed this set of calling cards for a friend-of-a-friend who is going to be finishing his graduate program at the University of Oregon very soon and wants to start looking for jobs in the area.  Anton studied Spanish and wants to find work where he can use his dual-language skills in a professional business setting.  
For the card designs, Anton really liked the design that I did last October for Chuck Herro’s calling cards.  You can find photos of those here.  Anton wanted a clean, simple, but also professional looking design that wasn’t too occupation-specific, since he’s not quite sure what exactly he’ll be doing yet.  We thought that this design with two clean, crisp, classic fonts would be just perfect!  The cards are printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Bright White in black ink!  
Very professional, if you ask me!