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Custom Business Cards | Steel Bloom Flowers

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Hi everybody!  I apologize for my long blogging absence last week, but things have been super-busy around here.  The great thing about that though, is that it means I have a lot of new, very cool work to show you in the coming days.  Today I want to show off a very unique and cool set of business cards for a little floral design business in Bend, Oregon, called Steel Bloom Flowers.  Steel Bloom’s owners, Stephanie & Mark McKinley, hired me to design and letterpress print their cards as well as come up with their logo and branding, and I’m super-excited about how all of it turned out!

In the photo above you can see Stephanie’s business cards (front and back) on the left and her tags for bouquets, arrangements and such on the right.  These cards are really unique and exciting!   They were printed on a custom duplexed, black, 180 lb. Wausau Eclipse Black stock.  We used silver ink for the main information and logo text on these cards, and then printed the Dahlia logo in the background using a slightly shiny black ink to create a varnish effect.  All of the cards feature rounded corners and all of them were were edge-painted with metallic silver.  Aren’t they awesome?!?

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You’ll very rarely see my fingers in the photos on this blog, but for these cards I needed to show you how cool the black on black printing for Steel Bloom’s flower motif was.  When held in the sunlight, the flower really shimmers on each card.  I love the contrast too of the silver ink on the black.  We often have customers ask us if we can print white on black.  White on black really isn’t an option for letterpress printing since white letterpress ink is actually clear.  It doesn’t show up well on dark stocks.  I think that using silver though, creates a beautiful effect and is definitely a lot more readable than a non-opaque white ink ever could be.

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In the photos above, you can see the backs of Stephanie’s business cards.  The backs have a slightly smaller dahlia motif, centered, and Steel Bloom’s logo on the back.

Below is a close-up of the tags.  Steel Bloom’s tags are a 2.5″ square shape with rounded corners printed on the same custom duplexed, Wassau Eclipse Black stock we used for their business cards.  These were printed single sided with the black-on-black dahlia in the background and silver text over the top.  Each of these cards was also edge-painted in metallic silver, which you can see in the bottom right photo below.  It’s such a cool effect!

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Stephanie also ordered several adorable enclosure cards from us in different designs to pair with her arrangements.  Some feature the dahlia on a small, white folded card in either black, grey or silver, and others feature small hearts in the center of white cards in red, pink or silver.

I actually got to visit Steel Bloom Flowers and meet Stephanie and Mark in person over President’s Day weekend and it was so much fun to see their shop and actually meet them in person.  If you are in Bend, definitely stop by Steel Bloom Flowers on Arizona Avenue!  Stephanie and Mark are awesome!

 

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!

Tart Workshop + Twin Ravens Press Holiday Gift Tags



I recently had the opportunity to team up with the awesomely creative calligrapher/illustrator of Tart Workshop, Crystal Kluge, to design and letterpress print an absolutely adorable set of holiday gift tags. Crystal and I have had (and currently have) some mutual custom clients, so it was really exciting to get to work with her again on a project specifically for Tart Workshop & Twin Ravens Press!

These gift tags come in sets of six, one tag each of six different designs. All of the patterns were created by Crystal and all of the letterpress printing, die-cutting and assembly was done by Twin Ravens Press. These gift tags are 2.75″ in diameter and feature a different pattern in one of four ink colors (red, green, copper or silver) on one side, and a place to write who the gift is to and from on the back side.
Each tag is tied with a piece of all-natural hemp twine, making them easy to attach to gifts or hang from a Christmas tree. The tag sets come packaged in a 100% biodegradable, clear, corn-cello bag.

Since we are releasing these tags so late in the season, we are offering you a very special deal on them! Visit the Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop today or tomorrow and purchase $20.00 (or more) of our products (this can be single greeting cards, boxed sets, coasters, etc.) and receive one set of gift tags free with your purchase! This offer is only valid until tomorrow, Sunday, December 20th at 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time, or while supplies last, so head over to the shop now! If you just want the tags, that’s perfectly fine too, they are also available for purchase on etsy, right here.
If you are currently a Twin Ravens Press retailer or you are considering carrying our products in your retail store, these tags will be added to our collection, and are available for wholesale purchases now. If you’re already looking ahead for next year, keep these in mind, as they are super-cute!
If you’d like to check out more of Crystal Kluge’s gorgeous hand-lettering, graphic design, illustration and typography design, check out her website and blog. I love working with Crystal, so check out her work if you have a custom project in mind!
Thanks so much again for the collaboration Crystal, and to all of my lovely readers out there: Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!