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Shop Twin Ravens Press at Elephants Delicatessen

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Portland, Oregon!  Check out our newest retailer!  You can now shop for adorable Twin Ravens Press cards and coasters at Elephants Delicatessen on NW 22nd!  Elephants has had the pleasure of providing awesome local food and other products to the Portland area and beyond since 1979!  From great local wines and cheeses, handmade sandwiches, catering, coffee & tea, and a scrumptious bakery, Elephants is a great place to grab a bite and also shop for great local gifts and foodie items!  We’re so happy they’re carrying our stationery and coasters! Next time you’re in the NW 23rd area, stop by Elephants, grab a bite to eat and pick up a card or two!

Are you an Oregon retailer looking to carry Twin Ravens Press cards and paper goods?  Head on over to our wholesale application and get in touch, or get in touch with our regional manufacturer’s rep, LeAnn Wassom, of The Vintage Collection.  We’d be happy to work with you!  Not in Oregon, but still want to carry our products?  Click the link above to our wholesale application and contact us!  We’re happy to ship anywhere!

Spurcycle Coasters

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I’ve had a busy day, so this post is going to be brief, but I wanted to tell you all about a really cool promotional product that we did back in December for an awesome little company in Sausalito, California called Spurcycle!  Spurcycle was founded in 2012 and specializes in designing and producing beautiful bicycle products.  Owners Nick & Clint Slone are engineers who embrace clean, quality designs that serve well understood cycling needs.  Their main product is the gorgeous brass and stainless steel bike bell that you see below.  They are made in the USA and guaranteed for life!

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Aren’t they beautiful?!?

At any rate, back in December Clint contacted us about letterpress printing a promotional product that they could write notes on and slip in with their orders.  We worked with them to produce the beautiful black hot foil stamped coasters that you see at the top of this post and below.  These coasters were letterpress printed with a shiny black foil and die-cut from Sirio Ultra Black cover stock.  They are 3.5″ in diameter and feature the company logo on one side and space to write (in white, metallic or gel pen) on the back!  They’re so clean and crisp and I just love how the black-on-black combination turned out!

 

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Here’s a candid photo we took that you may have seen on our Instagram back in December of all of the coasters in a giant stack after they came off of the press.

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Thanks so much for working with me Clint, Nick, & Adisti!  I really enjoyed working with you on this project and hope we can collaborate again in the future!

Fall Sale!

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Hi All!  With just a little over a week until Halloween, I decided it was time to do some cleaning up around the Etsy shop, and put a bunch of stuff on sale!  In honor of the changing seasons, you’ll find several items discounted by 50% or more in the new “Sale” section in our shop!  In addition, now through Halloween, use the coupon code HAPPYFALL13 to take an extra 15% off anything in our Etsy shop.  We’ve also begun listing holiday cards, so if anyone is up for some early holiday shopping, there’s that too!  Happy Shopping!

Join Us Tomorrow for the Letterpress Printer’s Fair in Portland, OR!

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If you’re in Portland, Oregon, join us tomorrow for the 5th Annual Portland Letterpress Printer’s Fair, held in conjunction with Design Week Portland!  This year’s fair is going to be held from noon to 7pm on Saturday, October 12th at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, which is located at 2250 SE Water Avenue.  Twin Ravens Press will be selling new greeting cards and paper goods along with old favorites.  There will also be several other independent artists, designers and small studios represented at the fair.  Come down and visit and see the wide variety of awesome letterpress goods we and our fellow Pacific Northwest artists have to offer.  Admission is free and Ninkasi Brewing is donating beer for the event!  We hope to see you there!!

New Cool Stuff: Now Available on Etsy!

Hey Everybody!  I know I’ve been a terrible blogger this past month, and I want to apologize to you for that.  However, my lack of blogging has been directly related to my steady production of stationery awesomeness, so really, you’ll have to forgive me.  I wanted to catch you up on a few new cool things, starting with new, cool things that are available in our Etsy shop!  I just posted three new items, and I think you’re going to love them!

Now, I know that Valentine’s Day was over two months ago, but, let’s be honest here.  I’m just going to come right out and admit it: I love love.  I love it when people are awesome and adoring and sexy and happy and fantastic to each other.  We should celebrate that continuously, not just on a singular day in February.  So, while these cards would be awesome valentines, I’d also like to suggest that they be used to express general, awesome, happy sentiments to those you love, year round.

Let’s start here.  Quirky, cute, and totally honest: say it like it is, folks, with our “I Just Want You To Be Happy…” Card.

The other brand new greeting card I posted today is a little more widely applicable.  I originally made this card for my mom, because she says this to me all the time, but then figured that other people (you!) might like it too!  I know it’s not a contest or anything, but sometimes it’s important to assert the level at which you love someone.  So, I Love you more…

And, last, but not least, I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from wedding clients and others about table numbers.  I’ve also been getting a lot of requests for custom coasters.  So, I thought, “Why not combine the two?”.  Now available are this set of twelve letterpress printed number coasters.  They’re pretty perfect for use as wedding table numbers or for helping guests keep track of their drinks at parties.  Each coaster is 4″ round, printed with black letterpress ink, and they come packaged as a set of 12 in a clear acrylic box.  Go get ’em!

Custom Business Cards | Oregon Social Media

Twin Ravens Press is very excited to be working with Don Jeter and his fiance, Stephanie, at Oregon Social Media.  Oregon Social Media is a new company based here in Eugene that specializes in helping businesses and non-profit organizations understand and use social media.  Whether it’s helping your business network with consumers and other businesses and organizations through social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, or helping you start or manage a blog, or put on a guerrilla marketing campaign, Oregon Social Media is your source to turn to.

We were excited to work with Don and Stephanie on letterpress printing their business cards this past December.  Don’s cards are printed on a heavy, 100% cotton, duplex weight stock in three ink colors.  The logo side of the card was printed in two different greens with the word “Oregon” being a knock-out to the white of the paper.  This made the “Oregon” stand up a little bit while the words “Social Media” and outline of the state were pressed into the paper.  It was a very fun logo to letterpress print!  The back side of their card features their website and contact information.  I love the clean, modern look of this design!

Shortly after printing their business cards, we were also hired to print a really sweet set of coasters for their office!  These were printed in light green on our 3.5″ square, recycled pulp-board coaster stock.  Aren’t they cool?!?

If you’re an Oregon small business or non-profit looking to launch your marketing into the 21st century, contact Oregon Social Media!   You can also check out their website and blog.  They wrote a really nice article about us there too!

Thanks so much Don & Stephanie!  I’m looking forward to working with you again soon!

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, everyone!  Oh my, I’ve kept you waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting…  Frankly, 2011 was a crazy year!  It was wonderful in many ways, and not so much in others.  Honestly, I’m happy to see it out the door and really excited for what this next year has in store for us!  In the coming year, I resolve, among other things, to catch up on my huge backlog of posts for this blog for all of you and post new work more regularly.  So check back often, and don’t hesitate to poke me if you don’t hear from me in a while!  In honor of the New Year, I’d like to offer you all a little bit of a discount in our etsy store.  Now through January 15th, enter the coupon code Happy2012 at checkout and you’ll receive 20% off your greeting cards and/or coasters!  Please note that this discount is not available on graphic design work or on custom printing.  It is, however, good on everything in our etsy store.  This would be a great opportunity for you to stock up on holiday cards for next year or maybe pick up an early valentine or two for your sweeties!

Enjoy this coming year and we’ll look forward to working with you!  In the words of Neil Gaiman, “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” Happy New Year, lovelies!

 

Visit Us at the 4th Annual Letterpress Printer's Fair in Portland!

We’ve been super-busy this week preparing for the 4th Annual Letterpress Printer’s Fair in Portland, Oregon tomorrow!  If you’re in Portland, come down to 323 SE Division Place, next to the Em Space Book Arts Center and visit us!  This is an annual fair featuring local and regional Letterpress printers and book artists, suppliers of letterpress equipment and type, ephemera, rarities, broadsides, cards and more!  Twin Ravens Press will be showing off new items from our custom printing portfolio, and we will also have cards, coasters and other art prints for sale.  This is a great event to come and hang out with us and meet lots of other wonderful artists and printers too!

Other fair participants include:

Alisa Walton, American Amateur Press Association, Art Bureau, Autumnattic Press, Bedouin Books, Cathemeral Press, Caitlin Harris, Cindi Pedersen, Em Space Book Arts Center, Independent Publishing Resource Center, Ink in Tubes, Keeganmeegan & Co., May Day Press, One O.A.K. Book Arts, Painted Tongue Studios, Phillip Stewart, Platemark X, Power and Light Press, Red Bat Press, Rendij Studio, Tiger Food Press, Triangular Press, Zebra Press and more.

You won’t want to miss it!  Hope to see you there!

Save the Date | Vi and Lalo are Getting Married!

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I LOVE a good, modern design when I see one.  I’ve been so excited to show off these awesomely modern, save-the-date coasters since I printed them last week, that I was even more excited this morning when I got an e-mail from Vi letting me know that she and her fiancé received them yesterday, loved them, and that I could put them up!  Check them out!

We designed Vi and Lalo’s Save-the-Date to be printed on a 4″ square coaster, with rounded corners, in black ink.  The design incorporates a fun mix of über-modern fonts, and all of the text is printed on an angle across the front of the coaster.  The words “Save the Date”, and the date to be saved, are printed entering from the top of the coaster, and the couples name’s, the phrase “Plans are Brewing” (I loved this coaster pun and it was totally Vi’s idea), the location, and “Formal invitation to follow” were printed at an opposing angle coming in from the bottom left.  I love these!  I love the fonts.  I love the angle of the printing.  I love that they are coasters, and I love that they are black and white.  These also came with coordinating little, square 4.25″ black envelopes that have the couple’s return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap in silver ink.

If you’re thinking you want black envelopes or black paper for your letterpress printed piece, silver ink is a fabulous option for printing on it.  White letterpress ink is actually clear, and is very translucent, so it doesn’t show up on black (or other dark) papers.  It’s mostly used as a mixer to lighten other colors.  Instead, printing with a light metallic color, like silver, can help us achieve the same effect, while having your printing be visible and most importantly, readable for the post office and your guests.

Aren’t these awesome!?!  I’m so excited!  Vi and Lalo have been so much fun to work with so far and I’m looking forward to designing and printing their invitations very soon!  Thanks Vi & Lalo!

Holiday Cards Galore & Thanksgiving Sale!

It’s that time of year, folks!  If you visited our Etsy shop recently, you will have noticed that we’ve been listing lots and lots of holiday-related goodies in our online store: everything from greeting cards to small gift cards and tags to letterpress printed goodies that would make great holiday gifts, like coasters.  If you haven’t been over there recently, I’m about to give you more of a reason than ever to go very soon!

First though, I’d like to give you a little taste of all of the lovely holiday items that are available, right now, in our etsy store!  Below is our Penguin Snowball Fight holiday card.  This design is the newest addition to our holiday line, and it is an A2 size, printed on Crane Lettra 110 lb. Pearl White Paper in 5(!) ink colors, and comes with coordinating pale blue envelopes.  These are available as singles and in sets of 6 or 12.

Last year, at the end of the holiday season we released these lovely sets of tags that  you see below.  These were a collaboration between the awesome calligrapher/hand-lettering artist Crystal Kluge and myself.  They come in packs of 6 (one of each different tag design) for only $5.00 a set.  They’re a super cute way to dress up your holiday gifts this season!

We’ve also started releasing a series of small (only 3.5″x2″, folded) gift cards in various designs and colors.  You can see four of those below (and yes, I did throw a birthday one in there just for variety, on purpose).  These are another very cute way to dress up your packages this holiday season! Clockwise from upper left: Origami Crane Holiday Gift Card, “Make a Wish” Gift Card, Snowflakes Gift Card, “Happy Birthday” Cupcake Gift Card.  All of these gift cards come in packages of six with coordinating envelopes for only $5.00 per pack!

The greeting cards in the grouping of photos below are all 4bar size and come in sets of 10, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Holiday Hedgehogs, Poinsettia Mouse and Peace Dove.

Above, the top left most card, the VW Bug Christmas card, is a 4bar size, and the others in the grouping are A2s.  The A2 size cards come in sets of 12, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Volkswagen Christmas Card, Cardinals, Holiday Cat & Lights and Crane String (Green-Copper-Red).  The Crane String card comes in other colors as well, if you like the design but want colors that aren’t so Christmas-y.

At Twin Ravens Press, I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving.  As of this coming January we will have been in business, making lovely letterpress printed goodies for people all over the country, and in a variety of countries around the world, for four years.  We’re doing great, and I couldn’t be happier running this business.  The thing about it is, the reason that Twin Ravens Press is working so well, is because of you, not me.  Your continued support and enthusiasm for our designs, printing and products, both custom and not, is what makes Twin Ravens Press possible.  So, as an extra special thank you to you, our customers, this holiday season, I’m extending an extra special Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale.  We aren’t going to be open tomorrow or Friday, so this is an online sale only.  Here’s how it’s going to work: visit our Etsy Shop between midnight tonight (the start of the Thanksgiving holiday), and midnight on Friday (Pacific Standard Time), and order anything from our store.  Enter the code: GIVETHANKS2010 when you check out, and receive 20% off of your entire order!  This sale applies to all products in our store, not only the holiday ones, so if there’s something you’ve been meaning to pick up, please don’t hesitate.  Please note that this sale only applies to items in our etsy shop, and not to custom orders, custom printing, or graphic design services.  That’s it!

As I imagine we might get a little more traffic this weekend as a result of the sale, I will be logging in periodically to re-stock items that have sold.  If you don’t see everything you want, right when you log in, check back in again, as it will probably be back.  All orders will be filled beginning Monday morning, November 29th, in the order that they were received.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!