Weddings | Karllie and Steve (Or, "How We Got Featured In Cosmopolitan in Australia")


Hello, Lovelies!!  If you’ve been following our Facebook page recently, you may have caught our exciting news last week that a set of wedding stationery we printed last year was featured in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan Bride in Australia!  How did I find out about this, you might ask?  Well, an awesome prospective client from down under (Hi, Nikki!), emailed to tell me about it!  How cool is that?!?  Because I’ve been unable to figure out how to purchase a copy of an Australian periodical from Oregon so far, I haven’t seen the feature in person yet, but a couple of the coolest Australian folks we know, have offered to mail us a copy!  So, while we’re waiting for that, I figured it would be cool to show off the actual stationery that made it in to the magazine!

The stationery in question you can see above!  It was created for Victoria-based couple Karllie and Steve and featured an A7 size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope and a super-cool, coordinating, laser-cut tag on a silk ribbon to tie everything together.  This is how it would have looked, if you had gotten one in the mail:


Karllie and Steve’s suite was printed in a single dark-blue-grey ink on super-thick, eco-friendly 100% bamboo paper.  My favorite thing about this design is its simplicity and versatility.  I also love how, unlike a traditional wedding invitation, where the names are in a super-decorative (often script) typeface and the other info is in a block font, this invite switches that up and utilizes a large block typeface for the names and a fun, yet still readable, more decorative font for the body text.  We also used a pretty little glyph throughout the suite as a small decoration.  I love how small details like this tie everything together without being too bold and “design-y”.

Check out the matching reply card and envelope below.  Again, I just love how simple, yet elegant the whole design is.


Despite loving it all, one of my favorite design elements of this suite, is the custom tag we created to act as a belly band and tie the suite together.  This tag is a fold-over that measures approximately 1.5 x 2 inches.  It featured the couple’s initials and the same little design element from the rest of the suite, laser cut into the same bamboo paper.  We then found a text-weight paper in the same color as their ink and used this on the inside of the tag.  Karllie wrote each guest’s name on the inside of the tag for a beautiful touch of personalization!  You may notice the slight discoloration on the white part of the tags – when using a light colored, all-natural-fiber paper, this is often a side-effect to laser cutting.  If you are interested in having us create something like this for you, but are bothered by the discoloration, we are happy to utilize alternate paper types or colors that will minimize this side-effect.  Each tag had a cream silk ribbon threaded through it and the whole thing was tied around the other pieces to hold them together.


Isn’t this suite just gorgeous?!?  I love it so much, and Karllie and Steve were a fantastic couple to work with!  Oh, in case you’re wondering, I was able to track down the cover of the Australian Cosmo where these are featured.  It’s their current “Fall 2014” issue (since it’s currently fall in the southern hemisphere).  Here’s what the cover looks like for prosperity:

Cosmo Bride

So awesome!!  We’re so honored to even be a tiny part of a national publication in another country.  So cool!!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Karllie and Steve!  You two rock!

UPDATE: After posting this article, Karllie was sweet enough to get in touch with us and send over a couple photos of the actual feature!  Check them out:


Again, so cool!!  Thanks, Karllie!

UPDATE (PART II): And, more pics!  These came directly from Cosmopolitan!


Coming Tomorrow: Buddy Monday

Three years ago one of my awesome former Eugene (now Portland, Maine) friends, Sarah Lomba DeGrandis, did a weekly feature on her blog, S. Jane Craft, called “Buddy Monday”.  Sarah’s an artist and crafter, and as such, has a lot of awesome friends, family and other people in her life that are creatively inclined, and she used the weekly feature to show off their work.  It was cool.

About a year ago I asked Sarah if I could steal her weekly feature idea and she (being the awesome person that she is) totally didn’t mind.  I wanted to change it up a bit though.  Rather than featuring work by awesome friends that I know weekly (although that would be cool too), I wanted to feature awesome work that Twin Ravens Press has done for our friends.  You see, we work on lots and lots of wedding and business stationery every year…and it doesn’t all end up on the blog.  I wish it all could, but since I’d rather spend more of my time working with fine folks like you and actually letterpress printing, sometimes the blog gets put on the back burner.  I realized though that over the last five years, I’ve gotten to design some really kick-ass stationery for friends, and most of it hasn’t been shown on this blog.  So, this new weekly feature is going to hopefully be a way for me showcase awesome stationery that I’ve created for awesome people in my life, even though some of it was created 4-5 years ago.  I hope you enjoy it!  Check back tomorrow for our first ever “Buddy Monday”.

Featured! | Inside Weddings

I’m super-excited to announce that some of our work has been featured in the current, Winter 2011 issue of Inside Weddings Magazine!  This is the first time our company has been mentioned in a nation-wide print publication, so definitely worth celebrating!  We’ve had a lot of love from nationally and internationally read internet publications, like Wedding Bee, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, etc. over the past few years, but this is the first time we’ve been in a print publication!  I didn’t even know we were being mentioned until my lovely friend, Amanda Auer, owner of In the Now Weddings and Events in Los Angeles, sent me an e-mail saying to go down to the grocery store and pick up a copy.  Pretty exciting surprise, if I do say so myself!

The stationery that we created for the party being featured is a bridal shower invitation that was designed by Amanda’s talented staff and letterpress printed by us.  The invitation is a 5″ square that features only blind embossed text.  It’s very modern, and really takes advantage of the letterpress process.

If you’re having difficulties reading the text of the invitation in the picture above, here is what it says (I tried to take the best photo I could, but blind embossing is often difficult to capture in photographs):

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to share with us as we honor Bianca Juarez with joy before her impending marriage.  Saturday, the Seventh Day of August, Two Thousand and Ten.  Our celebration is set for 5 o’clock in the afternoon.  Please come wearing your Sunday best and donning all white in honor of diamonds.  Celebrating Bianca.

Below are some additional photos I took, including close-ups so you can check out the lovely blind embossing.

The bridal shower looks like it was a lovely affair from the pictures in the magazine, and I can’t wait to get other pictures that were taken by the photographers at Inside Weddings from Amanda when she has them.  The full spread (pages 72-73, if you pick up your own issue, is below).  Pretty, nifty!  Go us!

Brianne & Brandon's Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Earlier this summer we worked with a lovely bride in California that was also a blogger for Wedding Bee.  You may remember her as “Miss Turtle”.  We featured Brianne & Brandon’s wedding invitations on this blog back in May.  They were a lovely chocolate brown design with pink envelopes and some awesome silver edge-painting.  If you didn’t get to see those, you should totally check them out here.  They were lovely!  At any rate, I was browsing the internet this morning with a cup of coffee and ran across none other than the same Brianne and Brandon’s wedding over on Style Me Pretty!  While the feature on SMP doesn’t feature photos of their stationery, it does feature many gorgeous photos from their wedding day!  If you liked their stationery and are curious about how their big day turned out, check out the feature, right here.

(Photos by Chloe Murdoch of Mike Larson Photography Inc., courtesty of Style Me Pretty)

Featured! | Etsy Treasury: Just Another Day

Hi all!  So sorry for the lack of blogging as of late, it’s just been super-busy around here this summer!  I wanted to do a quick post though and let you all know that our Chocolate Lab with Heart greeting cards were featured today in an Etsy Treasury entitled “Just Another Day”.  We sell a lot of these cards around Valentine’s Day, but they are great for sending any time of year!  If you’d like one for your very own, they are available in our etsy shop right here.  Cheers!

Featured! | Etsy Treasury: Red Hair Guy

Check out this awesome and very red treasury that our Origami Crane Cards were featured in this morning!  These cards are a 4bar size and come with matching red envelopes in either packs of 6, 10 or as singles.  Visit our etsy shop to pick yours up today!

Twin Ravens Press & BnS Letterpress Interviewed by FLUX!

We recently participated in a video interview by John Bansky and Amy Carr of Flux Magazine.  Flux is both a printed magazine and a collection of video stories written and produced by the students of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.  FLUX Magazine, the traditional way the world has experienced FLUX, is an award-winning print magazine that delivers gripping feature stories and stunning photos. FLUXstories is the next step, bringing the excellence of FLUX Magazine to the digital world.

If you’ve ever been curious about what the letterpress process looks like, or wanted to hear about it from me and one of my favorite letterpress printer friends, Bob Giles, check out this video!  If you’d like to see more videos in FLUXstories recent collection, entitled “Do it Yourself, Again!”, you can find the videos here and more about the magazine here.  Enjoy!

The Letterpress Revival – FLUX Magazine – Do it Yourself (Again)

You Turn Me On.

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I listed anything new in our etsy shop, so I figured today was as good of a day as any to remedy that.  Way back in January I had some big plans to release several new greeting card designs for Valentine’s Day, and then I broke my leg, and my attention immediately shifted from doing both custom work and creating new cards for the shop, to making sure that custom work got done.  As a result, we didn’t release anything new for Valentine’s Day, which is okay.  Sometimes things happen that are out of your control.  I did, however, print up this super-fun, geeky, sassy, little card right before my accident and even though it’s no longer Valentine’s season, I figured, “Hey, you can be geeky and turned on at any point during the year.  Why not celebrate that?”  So, here it is folks, the Twin Ravens Press “You Turn Me On” card.

These cards are printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper with silver ink and each card comes with a coordinating light blue envelope.  They can be purchased individually here in our etsy shop, or if you are a retailer interested in ordering these in bulk at our wholesale price, please contact me directly.

In other Etsy-related news, our String of Crane’s cards were featured in an Etsy Treasury today entitled “Full Spectrum. Go.”. It’s a pretty cool treasury with a wide variety of super-colorful items.  Go and check it out here.  If you’d like to purchase some of our String of Cranes cards, they are also available in our etsy shop here and here.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Featured! | Junebug Real Weddings

It was lovely to discover that we recently got a lovely little mention over on Junebug Real Weddings for a wedding invitation suite we designed and printed for a lovely couple, Allison & Ryan, who were married on the Oregon Coast this past September. If you missed the post about their invitations on this blog, you should go and check it out here. A friend of mine, Kathryn Speyer, at Persimmon Images, photographed Allison and Ryan’s wedding and it was through her that I discovered the mention on Junebug! I hadn’t heard of Junebug until just recently, but their site seems to be a fabulous source for wedding inspiration, both on the actual site and on their blog. Go check out the feature here to see some of Kat’s fabulous photos and to read more about Allison and Ryan’s awesome wedding! Cheers!

Featured! | Stalked: Origami Crane Cards Featured on Etsy Stalker!


I received a lovely e-mail this morning that our Origami Crane Cards were featured on Etsy Stalker yesterday. Check out the feature here and the cards in our etsy shop!