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Custom Business Cards | Simply Rose Photography

I just love a gorgeous letterpress printed business card!  They just stand out from the crowd in a way that no other type of business card can.

I was very excited when we got to design and print the set of business cards you see above for Rose Dykstra of Simply Rose Photography in Vancouver, Canada last month.  Rose’s cards feature double-sided letterpress printing in two colors (an organic, grassy green and light pink) on 100% cotton, duplex Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The front side features Rose’s logo in two colors and the back side features her name and contact information in green.

As an extra-special finishing touch we edge painted these cards in light pink to match the pink of her logo!

Aren’t these cards just gorgeous?!?  I love how the letterpress impression turned out on the super thick paper, and I think that the edge painting really helped to finish the design off!  Rose took some additional photos of these cards and posted them on her blog here.  If you’d like to check out some of Rose’s gorgeous photography, you can on her website.

Thanks so much for working with us on these Rose!  I love how they turned out and I’m so glad you did too!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know!  Thanks again!

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Type Books!

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Canadians rejoice!  Now you can shop for Twin Ravens Press products at two lovely Type Books locations in Toronto, Ontario! Type Books buyer, Lauren Stewart, contacted us back in March and ordered several of our greeting cards and other letterpress products for her stores.

If you’re in Toronto (or are planning to visit Toronto anytime soon), you should check out Type Books!  They have two locations, one at 883 Queen Street West and a second at 427 Spadina Road.  For their hours and additional information, please check out their website.

If you are not in Toronto, but would like to check out our products in person, check out our Stockists page to find the retailer nearest you!  If there are currently no retailers in your area carrying our products, and you know of someone who might be interested in them, please send us an e-mail and we would be happy to send you or your retailer a wholesale catalog and price sheet.  You can also check out our greeting cards online in our etsy shop.

Thanks so much for working with us Lauren!  I hope you and your customers love your new letterpress goodies!

 

Weddings | Kristina & Andrew

It’s been a little while since I showed off a really modern invitation suite, and I’ve been meaning to show off the one you see above since last year, and finally it just made since to do it!  I worked with Canadian couple Kristina and Andrew around this time of year last year on their wedding invitation suite, for their then-upcoming July wedding in Italy.  Kristina wanted the design of their wedding invitations to have a formal feel to them, while being very modern and graphical at the same time.  She really liked the idea of using geometric patterns in the design of her invites, and the above is what we came up with.  This suite includes an A7 size wedding invitation that was printed in one ink color: a nice, deep violet, with blind embossing that was mounted into a custom-made violet folder.  A small reply card was also included in the suite, as well as a matching, letterpress printed, custom-lined envelope for the invitation.

Let’s take a closer look at their envelopes first!

Kristina and Andrew’s envelopes are an A7 size, 100% cotton envelop from Crane & Co. with a square flap.  Kristina chose Crane Lettra Pearl White paper for all of the white pieces in her suite, including the envelopes.  The address treatment on these envelopes is very modern and non-traditional, which I love!  Most of the time we print the address on the back flap of an invitation envelope.  For Andrew & Kristina’s, we printed it on the bottom right of the backside of the envelope.  We used two fonts throughout this suite: a modern, not-too-flourish-y script font, and a thin, san-serif font.  The address was printed using both fonts, with the city emphasized with the script.  Because they weren’t going to have their last names on the invitation, Kristina and Andrew thought it was important to have them somewhere on their paper goods.  To accomplish this we printed their last names, and their last names only, in the top left corner of the front of their envelopes.  Awesomely modern, don’t you think?!?

In the grouping of photos below, you can see detail images of the two areas of printing on these envelopes.  You can also see the awesome, digitally printed, custom envelope liner we created for them.  This liner was printed digitally in a deep violet and die-cut to line each of their envelopes.  They choose a repeating geometric pattern of white lines for the liner, which I think turned out really cool.

If you had received one of their invitations, what you see below is what you would have seen inside:

Despite not having a lot of separate cards in her invitation suite, Kristina still wanted to enclose her invitation in something.  I thought this was a great idea, and since we didn’t need a pocket folder to hold a bunch of extra cards, what I proposed was a custom, A7 size folder with the invitation mounted inside.  Kristina had us print their names really small in the middle right of the front cover of this folder in silver ink.  The paper for these was a custom violet paper made by Porridge Paper in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I love working with Porridge!  They make the most unique, beautiful and wonderful custom papers to print on.  Seriously, where else are you going to find a paper that’s this purple, that’s also soft and cottony, and perfect for letterpress printing?  Nowhere.

In the bottom right photo above, you can see Kristina and Andrew’s lovely, minimalist reply card.  Kristina and Andrew explained to me that they travel a lot and as a result found that it would be easier to have their wedding guests RSVP via e-mail.   This card features a blind embossed pattern of tiny dots all over.  The small area on the card for the text was void of dots, but still featured both fonts we had been using throughout the suite.  We emphasized the date that Kristina and Andrew wanted their guests to reply by in the script, and wrote out both the e-mail address they were to reply to and the other text in the san-serif font.  The text of this card was printed in violet.

You may notice that there was a small typo on this card.  I hate to admit it, since I still feel kind of bad that this happened, but somehow, this card made it through me, the bride, groom and a few friends and family members, before anyone noticed the typo.  Oops.  If we had caught it before ordering their printing plates, or even as or shortly after the cards had been printed, it would have been an easy thing to fix, and we would have gladly fixed it, at no charge.  However, nobody caught it until long after the invites had been mailed out.  This is a great reminder of the importance of proofreading, and re-proofreading, before giving final approval of your design files.  I catch a lot of typos throughout the day, but very occasionally, I don’t catch them all, and ultimately, it’s the clients’ responsibility to make sure that everything (including spelling) on their invitations is exactly how they want it, prior to us going to print with it.

While I loved their reply card and envelopes, I must say that Andrew and Kristina’s invitation, in it’s custom folder, was my favorite part of the suite.  It’s so modern and minimalist and yet so perfect, all at the same time.  For the invitation design, we created a card that was slightly smaller than an A7 size so that about a 1/4″ of the purple folder would show, acting as a border, all the way around the invitation.  The top part of the invite was blind embossed with a geometric pattern of squares, and the text was printed below it aligned to the left.  All of the text of their invitation was printed in violet ink, and all of it was the modern, thin, san-serif typeface we had been using all along, except for their names, which were printed in script.

I just loved working on this design with Kristina and Andrew!  Working with them was wonderful, and I imagine that their wedding last July in Fiesole, Italy was wonderful as well.  Thanks so much for working with us again Kristina & Andrew!  All the best to you!

Weddings | Joyce & Tim

I get to work with so many awesome couples during the summer months on wedding-related stationery, that I simply don’t have time to feature them all on this blog in the summer.  I really love the winter months though, because I can take some time to go back and remind myself of all of the beautiful and fun invitations we created over the summer and show off the ones to you that I didn’t quite get to during those months.

The invitations you see above and below, were one of my favorites to design from early summer 2010!  Joyce and Tim of Vancouver, Canada were very fun and had a lot of unique, quirky elements to their wedding that made designing their stationery really fun!

When Joyce first contacted me, she described her upcoming wedding and the stationery she wanted.  Her stationery was to incorporate chartreuse and violet inks on a creamy white paper and she liked the idea of mixing typewriter fonts with fonts that looked handwritten.  She wanted her stationery to incorporate different flight elements, and we chose paper airplane motifs as well as classic “Airmail” stripes to accomplish this.  All of the graphics on these invitations were hand-drawn in a very simplistic style, which I absolutely love.  It’s very cute and quirky and fun!  As we hammered out ideas, we also decided that printing these invitations with all of the pertinent information as one sheet of paper, would be pretty cool, so we designed these as a long accordion folded invite with four separate panels, each of which was printed double-sided, to maximize the space.  Each invitation measures 15.25″x5.75″ unfolded, but folds up to slightly larger than an A2 size card.  Letterpress printing something this large on a platen press can be a challenge, but I love the format and think that it’s a great way to fit a lot of information onto not a lot of paper.

In the image on the left above, you can see the two main panels of the exterior side of the invite.  The small panel at the top folds over the whole package and has the couple’s return address printed on the flap.  The way that this is designed, you could potentially mail them without envelopes.  They actually almost look like they are in an envelope, when they’re folded up, even though they are not!  Because Joyce wanted them to arrive in great shape for her guests though, she also had a us print some A6 size, deep purple envelopes for them to be mailed in.  I do love how the format allows for them to be mailed without envelopes though, and I think this plays into the “airmail” theme in the design really well.  The panel below the one with the address on the backside features an area for Joyce to write in her guest’s names (as well as their address, if she had been mailing them without envelopes).

In the image on the right above, you can see the interior side of the small panel as well as the next two main panels to the right of it.  The two main panels on the inside were the actual invitation panel (left) and a panel with lift ticket, accommodations and directions information all relevant to the wedding celebration (right).  Check out these two center panels closer below!

I just love all of the fun little elements in this design!  The hand-drawn paper airplanes and clouds are so joyful and inviting along with the funky typewriter and handwriting-like fonts, and the airmail stripes!  I also love Joyce and Tim’s unconventional choices in color.  Chartreuse and violet are just awesome together!

Another thing I love about this design is how Joyce gave just enough information in her different informational sections on the right-hand interior panel, without going overboard.  Sometimes I think it’s difficult for couples planning a destination wedding to decide what information is absolutely essential for their guests and what information is extraneous.  Joyce and Tim did a great job of giving just enough information in their informational section, and then directed guests to their wedding website if they needed more info.

The fourth panel of Joyce & Tim’s wedding invitation was a detachable RSVP postcard.  It was also double-sided, and featured all of the important RSVP information on one side (guest’s names, rsvp date, and a place for guests to choose their reception entrée).  I love how Joyce let me incorporate little animal and vegetable icons into the design for the entrée choices.  They’re too cute!

The backside of this reply card/panel was designed to look like a vintage postcard back.  It was divided down the center and featured Joyce & Tim’s address and a place for a postage stamp on the right side and the left side was blank with a little note asking guests to write a message to the couple.  I think this is such a cute RSVP idea and I imagine that they were really fun for Joyce and Tim to receive in the mail in the months before their wedding.

Last, but not least, we also designed a set of coordinating thank you cards for this stationery suite, for Joyce and Tim to send out their guests after the wedding.  These were also printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and violet, and featured many of the same design elements from the actual invitations, including the airmail stripes, handwriting font, and a chartreuse paper airplane.  These cards were an A2 size, folded, and came with coordinating chartreuse envelopes that had Joyce and Tim’s address printed on the back flap in violet.  Aren’t they cute!?!

Thanks so much again Joyce & Tim for working with me on your wedding stationery!  I really enjoyed it!  All the best!