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Custom Holiday Cards | The Boege Family

One of my favorite custom holiday cards from this past season was created for one of my very favorite Chicago families!  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Edwina, John and little Elizabeth.  Edwina originally hired me to design and print Elizabeth’s adorable, tri-fold, birth announcements in the fall of 2010, and, my how that little girl has grown!  Edwina also had me create Elizabeth’s 1st birthday party invitations earlier this fall, but I haven’t posted them here yet (just you wait – they’re coming soon).  At any rate, I love this family an awful lot, and I feel like after working with them on so many different projects, I’m really getting to know them, despite the fact that we’ve never met in person.  It was an absolute joy to create their holiday cards this year, which you can see above and below.

The Boege Family’s holiday cards were an A6 size card printed in two ink colors, red and charcoal grey, on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is 140# and super-soft, which makes for a deliciously deep letterpress impression.  Edwina wanted to include a photo with these cards, so it was my challenge to design a card that incorporated one.  Above is what we came up with!  This card features a 2.5″ diameter die-cut circle window with the mitten design encircling it.  The front of the card reads “Warmest Wishes”, and the inside has a more personal message from the family, also in red.

Each family photo had rounded corners, and was tipped in by hand, so that it showed through the window on the front of the card.  Their holiday greeting was printed below each photo, and each card came with a matching red envelope with a copper return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap.

Aren’t they sweet?!?  I loved this design so much, that I actually created a non-photo-card version for our etsy shop!  You can find it here.  The Boege’s have been wonderful to me and Twin Ravens Press over the past couple of years and I love every new project that we get to work on together!  I can’t wait to see what projects are in store for us and the Boege’s in 2012!  Thanks so much again for working with us Edwina, John & Elizabeth!  Happy 2012!

 

Custom Holiday Cards 2010

Since today is the day before Christmas Eve, I thought it would only be appropriate to show off some of the lovely custom holiday cards we designed and printed this season!  Twin Ravens Press offers several lovely, letterpress greeting cards, gift tags and gift cards in our etsy store around the holidays, but we also welcome orders for custom and personalized holiday cards throughout the season.  If you didn’t get a chance to order holiday cards from us this year, but think you may want to in the future, I have one piece of advice for you: please plan ahead.  Creating custom cards takes time and we get a lot of requests starting in October to do them and we can only do so many.  The earlier you plan and order your cards, the more likely you are to be able to get one of our holiday spots and have guaranteed delivery of your cards a few weeks or more before Christmas.  Now that I got that out there, let’s look at a few of the holiday cards we designed and printed for Christmas 2010!

The holiday cards you see above were designed and printed for my mom, Edie, earlier this year.  They are an A6 size and feature a silhouette of the Grand Tetons, the Snake River, cute little green pine trees and Santa and his sleigh flying over the valley.  These were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper in four ink colors and came with coordinating envelopes printed in silver ink.

I always enjoy when wedding clients that we’ve worked with earlier in the year contact us to do holiday cards!  Rachel and Joseph hired us to do their wedding invitations in 2009 and then Rachel had us design the festive, gold holiday cards you see below this November!  These are A2 size flat cards printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton ecru paper in gold ink.  They came with coordinating kraft brown envelopes that were also printed with gold.  I love the tropical design for Florida!

These next cards, that you see below are also flat, rather than folded, and were printed in a single color: a bright, vibrant, holiday red.  They are an A7 size, printed on Holyoke Antique White paper and feature an area on the left for a family photo to be glued on, and a joyful holiday message on the right.  These cards were designed by a talented designer in California that we’ve worked with on and off for several years now, Liz Grant.  I just love the different fonts that Liz used in this design!  If you like Liz’s design and are interested in hiring her for some design work, you can contact her by e-mail.  She designs wedding invitations too and she’s awesome!

Last, but not least, are some cards we designed for one of our longest standing holiday card customers, Natalie.  This year Natalie wanted to do cards with silhouettes of her, her partner and their four-legged family members, so she sent me photos of everyone and I drew their silhouettes, along with a festive, green tree on an A2 size, folded card.

These cards came with matching green envelopes and we also printed their holiday message inside in green!  Aren’t they awesome?!?

Last year, Natalie customized one of the card designs from our regular collection, our holiday hedgehogs, with her own message and we printed her address in brown ink on coordinating pool blue envelopes to go with them.  Check them out below!

Custom letterpress holiday cards send a beautiful message to friends and family during the holiday season!  If you are interested in placing an order for holiday cards for 2011, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to work with you!  Merry Christmas Everyone!