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Custom Business Cards | Write Away For You Calligraphy

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Boy, howdy!  Was I excited to get this little business card job!  We’ve been working with Lynda Asprinio and her wedding stationery clients at Write Away For You Calligraphy for years, so I was beyond thrilled when Lynda herself hired us to letterpress print her new business cards!  Lynda’s cards feature her calligraphy and some beautiful calligraphic vine border designs.  They were printed in two ink colors: gold and black, on a very unique paper.  The paper is Magnani Annigoni, which comes from a small mill in Italy and is a distinctive natural color with flecks of wool fiber it it!  I love it!

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Lynda is based in Pennsylvania and specializes in hand calligraphy for weddings and other special events.  You can find more information about her styles and pricing and see more examples of her work on her website!  If you’re planning a wedding or other special event, I would highly recommend Lynda!  Go check her out!

Custom Business Cards | Laura Goldenberger Photography

Check out the super-uniquely, awesome business cards we laser-cut and letterpress printed for Laura, of Laura Goldenberger Photography.  Laura is a Los Angeles-based wedding and portrait photographer, with a bright and inviting style!  Her business cards are one of the most unique sets we’ve had the pleasure of creating in a while! As you can see from the photo above, they’re a rather unique shape.  Laura’s cards were designed by OnePartGypsy and executed by us.  These cards were laser-cut from super-thick, 100% cotton, duplex weight paper, and then printed double-sided on our letterpress, in two different colors: turquoise and gold.  I took some photos of the process, which you can see below.  Each individual buffalo was laser-cut with a frame around it ,and then each framed buffalo was individually fed into our press. The front side of Laura’s card was her logo in full-bleed turquoise, which made registration tricky, but created an awesome overall look!  The back side was printed in gold ink with Laura’s website and email address.  After they were printed, each buffalo was removed from its frame by hand.  

Aren’t they so cute, and absolutely memorable?!?  I love custom-shaped things!  If you want to learn more about Laura’s work, and check out her beautiful photographs, please visit her website or facebook page.  She primarily shoots in Los Angeles and the Seattle area, but is willing to travel anywhere.  Check her out!

Weddings | Jeremy & Kim

Hi Everybody!  These invitations that we printed last fall for Oklahoma couple, Kim & Jeremy, combine two of my very favorite things: classic elements and contemporary styling, with a fun and funky combination of paper and inks!  When Jeremy first approached me about printing he and Kim’s invitations, they knew they wanted something a little out of the ordinary, and I think these black invitations with metallic gold ink and edge painting, really fit the bill. Their suite included an A7 size invitation printed on duplex-weight black paper with gold ink, a 4bar size reply card printed on shimmery gold, handmade Porridge Paper with black ink, and coordinating envelopes for both!  

I really love Jeremy and Kim’s invitation design, which you can see in better detail above!  Not only is the combination of gold ink on black paper really unique for a wedding, but I love how they were able to incorporate more classic looking flourishes and patterns into a really unique layout for their invite.  I love the large, rustic-looking, scripty names in the center, and the slightly western, serif typeface used for the body text!  They are romantic, rustic, western, classic, and just a tiny bit steampunk all at the same time!  Love it!!

As you can see in the top right photo below, we also edge painted Kim and Jeremy’s invitations with shimmery gold edge paint for an added bit of shiny!  Both the reply card envelope and invitation envelope were designed to match.  Both envelopes were black, printed with gold ink, and featured the bride’s mom’s address inside of a fun rustic border!

For their reply card, Jeremy and Kim wanted to continue using unique colored paper, but they also wanted their guests to be able to write on these easily, so, for these, we just flip-flopped the colors and used a handmade, slightly shimmery, gold cotton paper from Porridge Papers and printed the design in black ink.

Aren’t these invitations just so cool!?!  I just love how unique and interesting they are!  Jeremy and Kim were fabulous to work with this past fall and I imagine that their October wedding was just lovely!

Thanks so much again for working with us Jeremy and Kim!  Many congratulations!

Weddings | Kathryn & Richard

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Happy New Year and Happy Friday Everyone!  With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it’s been a while since we actually showed off anything new!  There’s no time like the present to remedy that!  To start off the year, I want to share with you one of my favorite new designs from last summer, that I hadn’t gotten around to showing you yet.  This invitation was created for San Francisco couple Kathryn and Richard, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!  You can see the full suite in the photo above.  It included an A7 size invitation with corresponding outer envelope, a 4-bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a cute, A2-size Welcome BBQ invitation!

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When I initially began talking to Kathryn about what she envisioned for her invitation suite, she mentioned really liking this set of invitations that was originally designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for her own wedding and letterpress printed by us.  While Kathryn loved Jihee’s suite, she also wanted her design to utilize some more traditional fonts and to possibly add a few more decorative elements, rather than just relying on the text as decoration.  I think what we came up with was a perfect melding of these two aesthetics!  Kathryn and Richard’s invite was printed in metallic ink colors: gold and silver on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper!  I love the large, gold script names in the center of the design, as well as the gold flourishes at the top and bottom!  So pretty!

For the invitation envelope, Kathryn chose an awesome, shimmery metallic black envelope and we letterpress printed the same flourishes from the invitation on the upper-left and bottom-right corners of the front in silver ink.  We also printed their return address in silver on the back flap, using the same fonts from the invitation!

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One of my favorite things about this suite is the awesome combination of different papers Kathryn chose for the different pieces!  For her reply card envelope, we matched the colors from the invite envelope and simply printed a matching envelope in a smaller size.  For the reply card itself, Kathryn picked out an awesome, shimmery grey (almost dark silver) paper for the actual card, and we printed the design on it in black ink.

Last, but not, least, is their Welcome BBQ invitation.  In lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner Kathryn & Richard held a fun, Welcome BBQ at their home in San Francisco, the evening before their wedding.  For this smaller invitation, we hired the wonderful folks at Porridge Papers to create a custom gold paper for us to print on.  It’s difficult to see in the photos, but this paper is bright and shimmery, much like the envelopes Kathryn chose, but still awesomely soft and perfect for letterpress printing.  For the design of this card, we used a slightly more casual and whimsical font for “Welcome BBQ”, and added two little hearts to the line at the bottom.  Too cute!  These cards were printed with shimmery silver ink.

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Check out the detail of the letterpress printing in the image above!  I just love printing on custom papers!

Kathryn and Richard, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  I hope the new year to come brings you both lots of joy!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Stationery for a Wedding in Finland

I’ve said it before, but I always get super-excited when couples from overseas find us and hire us to produce their wedding stationery.  There’s just something about the distance and the great big internet bringing us together that I find kind of amazing.  Earlier this year, I got to work with a lovely British couple, who were recently married in Helsinki,  Finland, this past September.  Their wedding invitations were modern and elegant and I just love the way everything for them came together!

These wedding invitations featured a single A7 size invite and corresponding envelope.  The invitation was letterpress printed in two ink colors: gold and red, on lovely, Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  The invitation design itself was simple and modern, which I personally really love!  It featured the main body text of their invitation in a red, all-caps, classic, serif font and their names in gold in a simple script (at the request of the couple the names have been blurred to protect their privacy, however, trust me, the script was gold and simple and beautiful).  The text was centered and was surrounded by a fun, organic pattern of little gold dots.  It was so simple and pretty – I just love it!  We paired their invitation with an antique gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed their return address on the flap in silver ink.

Check out the letterpress impression in the close up photo below!

This couple were wonderful to work with, even from such a great distance, and  I absolutely love how their invitations turned out!  If you’re not in Oregon, but are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to send us a quick “hello!”.  We love working with clients from all across the country and around the world!

Weddings | Jennie & Jason

The set of wedding invitations I have to show you today are pretty special for me and for Twin Ravens Press.  I’ll get to why in a second, but, in order to understand why this job means so much to me, you need a little back-story first.  A year ago today, I was working with an intern in the printshop and I smashed my hand in our platen press and broke it.  Not only was this accident terrifying on principle, but at the time, there wasn’t really any certainty as to whether or not I would fully recover, and I had no way to know how this would affect my ability to continue my career as a letterpress printer.  I’m happy to say that, a year later today, I’m fully healed and entirely capable of creating beautiful letterpress invitations with no loss of dexterity.  I was really lucky.  So, what does this have to do with the beautiful set of wedding invitations you see above?  Well, a couple of days prior to my accident, a year ago, Jennie and Jason signed a contract with us and put down a deposit to have me design and print their wedding invitations.  When I broke my hand, it was going to be at least six-ish months before I could work again and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this job. As I’ve always said, if something is meant to be, it finds a way of working itself out.  This job certainly did…

Up until last March, I was basically running Twin Ravens almost entirely by myself.  I had occasional help now and then from interns and very-part-time employees, but there wasn’t a whole lot of consistency in terms of that.  When I broke my hand, I called up a now-very-close friend, Darcy Jeffs, and asked if she wanted to work here, part-time, until I was able to print again.  Luckily for me, she said yes!  Darcy is a graphic designer herself and worked in both Holland and New York City prior to moving to Oregon.  She now lives in a century-old schoolhouse on the Oregon Coast with her fiance and three adorable cats.  She’s also the proprietress of Neue School Press, and one of my very best friends.  Darcy took over this job with gusto, and designed the gorgeous suite for Jennie and Jason that you see above.  After the designs were complete, we printed and assembled these together, here at Twin Ravens.

Jennie and Jason’s wedding suite included an A7 size matted wedding invitation, a 4bar reply card, a Paebaek Ceremony invitation, a small website card, a custom belly band and two sets of envelopes.  Let’s check out their wedding invitation first!

Jennie and Jason’s wedding invitation was an A7 size that was printed in three ink colors (orange, red and chocolate brown) on lovely, 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton paper.  Each invitation was matted on a shimmery deep red card stock to create a border.  Darcy created the gorgeous fall leaves and branch imagery that you see on each of the pieces.  We paired the invite with gold A7 envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed Jennie and Jason’s return address in red ink on the flap.

Didn’t the graphics and letterpress printing just turn out so beautifully!?!  Darcy did an amazing job taking on a project that I was (quite literally) unable to handle last year, and the invitations turned out absolutely gorgeous!  The fall theme that she and Jennie came up with was perfect for Jennie and Jason’s September wedding at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Above, you can see what the invite looked like with the belly band.  Jennie and Jason’s belly band was composed of a circular medallion that was made out of the same Holyoke paper they used for their invitation, and was printed with their initials in red ink.  The printed medallion was then matted onto a slightly larger medallion made out of the same shimmery red paper we used for their invitation matt.  Then, the actual band, was made out of a shimmery bronze (similar to chocolate brown) paper.  It was scored in two places and fastened in the back of the invitation with a clear round seal.

Above you can see two of Jennie and Jason’s inserts!  The one on the left was their invitation to their Paebaek ceremony.  A Paebaek ceremony is a traditional Korean celebration held at weddings.  If you’re interested in what this is, you can read more about it here.  The Paebaek ceremony invitation was a 4bar size and was printed in chocolate brown ink.  On the top right, above, you can see Jennie and Jason’s website insert.  The website card was the same size as a standard business card and was printed in the same orange ink that we used on their wedding invitation.

Below, Jennie and Jason had two different reply cards, one with a July RSVP date and one with an August date.  Sending out two rounds of invitations is a great way to limit the number of attendees to a certain head count, particularly if you have a large guest list.  Both reply cards were printed in red ink and featured a place where guests could indicate what type of entree they wanted at the reception.  Each reply card was paired with a shimmery red envelope that had Jennie & Jason’s address letterpress printed on the front in gold ink.

Jennie was so sweet and patient to work with throughout this whole process, especially considering that my prognosis was so unknown.  I loved working with both her and Darcy on these and I think the final product couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Jennie was sweet enough to also send us some images from her and Jason’s wedding day.  Check them out below!  In the next two groupings, you’ll see both family photos from the wedding and photos from Jennie and Jason’s professional photographer, Jennifer Hughes of Jennifer Hughes Photography in Baltimore.

Aren’t they just a lovely couple!?!  Jennie & Jason, thank you so much, for continuing to work with us in spite of my accident!  I’m so happy that we got to do these, and it looks like your big day was absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Karthi & Colin

The beautiful and unique set of wedding invitations you see above was easily another one of my favorite sets of invitations from last year.  I absolutely love working with all of our international clients, and Karthi and Colin, from Australia, were no exception!  Karthi and Colin were married this past December in Aukland, New Zealand in a ceremony that combined aspects of both traditional Hindu and western cultures.  Their invitations, which you can see above, included a #10 size ceremony invitation, a monarch size reception invitation, a small rsvp/website card and a red #10 envelope to mail everything in.

Below you can see the invitation all by itself.  For the design, we combined a lovely script font for Karthi & Colin’s names with a decorative serif font for the main body text.  We used the colors of a traditional Hindu ceremony: yellow and red, for the paper and inks, and also used decorative elements that suggested a more traditional ceremony within the design.  The paper for Karthi & Colin’s invite, reception invite and rsvp/website card was a custom-made yellow paper from Porridge Papers.  It had wildflower seeds embedded in it that will actually grow if the invitations are planted.  I love that we were able to have a custom yellow paper made for these!  They were so bright and cheerful!

Aren’t the decorative elements in this design just gorgeous!?!  I love how they reference traditional Hindu art and Mehndi while also being somewhat modern-looking.

For Colin & Karthi’s reception invitation, we used the same fonts, custom-made yellow paper, and red inks.  The design elements for this card were slightly more floral, and I love the Thoreau quote at the bottom.  Colin’s and Karthi’s ceremony was held in the morning at the Swami Narayan Temple Hall in Aukland, and their reception was held later that evening at Hopetown alpha, also in Aukland.

In the photo in the bottom left of the grouping below, you can see their website card.  This was a smaller card, measuring only 3.5″x2.5″.  Despite the small size, we were able to incorporate both the rsvp information and website information there, as well as use some of the decoration, for consistency with the other pieces, in the upper-lefthand corner.

The envelopes that Karthi and Colin used were a #10 size and were a bright red color from Waste Not Paper Company.  I love a decorative envelope when I see one!  These envelopes were printed with some of the same traditional design work from their invitation in gold ink on both the front and flap of these envelopes.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but this gold was super-sparkly in person.  We also printed their return address in script in gold ink on the flap of each envelope, which you can see in the lower-right photo below.

Are you ready to see photos of this gorgeous couple on their big day?!?  I was so excited when Karthi sent me photos of her and Colin’s ceremony.  I just love how bright and colorful a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is, and I think it’s totally awesome that Karthi and Colin were able to incorporate elements and traditions from both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day.  All of the photos below were courtesy of Kelly Newland Photography in Aukland, New Zealand.

I love the large group photo of everyone in front of the Swami Narayan Temple Hall above.  So much color and such a beautiful building! Colin and Karthi are such a beautiful couple and I just love how Karthi looked on her wedding day in traditional wedding saree with her bridal mehndi!  So gorgeous!!

Above you can see some of the images from their more western reception.  Karthi and Colin look just as amazing in a white dress and suit as in their traditional attire from earlier that morning.  I love their yellow wedding cake and Karthi’s birdcage veil too!  As I mentioned before, I was overjoyed to get to see these photos!

Karthi and Colin were an amazing couple to work with over such a long distance!  I love how they were able to incorporate aspects of both cultures into their ceremony, and creating their yellow and red stationery was so much fun!

Karthi and Colin, if you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’d love to stay in touch and work with you again sometime in the future!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Stephanie & Brad

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The gorgeous couple you see above almost needs no introduction.  If you are a reader of WeddingBee, you’ve probably already met the bride, Stephanie.  She’s Mrs. Panther!  I had the pleasure of working with her and her now-husband, Brad, last year on some really awesome floral wedding invitations and I’m excited to finally be showing them off!  Check ’em out:

Stephanie created her own invitation design and hired us to letterpress print it!  The letterpress parts of the suite were an A7 invitation printed in two ink colors with a corresponding A7 envelope and smaller, 4bar RSVP envelope.

The A7 invite features an awesome, violet, floral design on both the back and front.  The typography was a fun mix of modern san-serifs and scripts printed in a light, but bright blue and violet within a modern violet frame.

I love how bold and non-traditional Stephanie and Brad’s colors were, and I also love how she was able to incorporate classic, traditional elements, like flowers and scripts, into the design, as well as bold colors and modern typefaces.  It’s not something you see done very often and when it’s done this well, it looks just awesome!!

Something else that was totally cool about these invites was the bright teal edge-painting on the invitations.  All of Steph and Brad’s invites were edge painted with a shimmery teal-green paint that really added some extra pizazz to each one!  Check out that awesome pop-of-color more closely in the images below!

Twin Ravens Press also printed some lovely envelopes for Stephanie & Brad’s suite.  Both the invitation and rsvp envelopes were a dark, shimmery blue paper printed with gold ink.  The calligraphy for the fronts of all the invitation envelopes as well as the letterpress return address on the back, was created by Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele.  Michele’s awesome!  We’ve worked on several different projects together over the years and her work is always beautiful!

If you’d like to see the other pieces from Stephanie’s suite, how the whole thing came together, more gorgeous calligraphy from Michele, and read what the bride herself had to say about these, and working with us, you can totally read her posts about them here and here on WeddingBee.

I loved working with Stephanie and it’s been really fun to check in from time to time on her blog to see what other fun wedding goodness she incorporated into her big day!  Thanks so much again Stephanie!  If you ever need anything, just let me know!

Weddings | Jay & Michael

Happy November everybody!  I can’t believe how quickly the holidays are approaching.  Twin Ravens Press has several wonderful goodies in store for the upcoming holiday season that you’ll be hearing about here very soon, but in the meantime, I want to show off an absolutely gorgeous set of wedding invitations we finished early last month for a couple getting married on New Year’s Eve!  Jessica (who goes by “Jay”) and her soon-to-be husband are getting married at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs on New Year’s Eve and wanted a fun, modern and original design for their invitations.

Jay’s invitations are a long and skinny #10 size, letterpress printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton duplex bright white paper.  We created a monarch size wedding itinerary to accompany them, along with a set of 4bar reply cards and envelopes.  The invitation and other components were enclosed in a custom-made invitation sleeve with red and gold Thai Unryu paper that was sealed with a custom monogram belly band and ribbon and came in a black #10 string + button envelope.  Allow me to walk you through what you would see if you were to receive one of these beauties:

Here is what the invitations looked like when they were first removed from their envelopes.  We die-cut that small window at the top of each sleeve, so that a lovely, thin, red and gold Thai Unryu paper would peek through.  The inspiration for this window design came from photos Jay had sent me of a large wall that surrounds The Parker’s grounds that is made up entirely of this pattern.  The sleeves were tied shut with a black and white 1/8″ wide ribbon and each ribbon had a custom letterpress printed monogram medallion in the center.

Untie the sleeve and inside you would find the invitation’s contents wrapped in tissue-thin Thai Unryu paper.  This paper is a bright red color and has little gold threads woven throughout.  All of Jay and Michael’s stationery was printed in a single ink color: black, on white paper, so adding this bright red paper to the inside of the invitation sleeve really added a lot of color to the suite!

Here is just the invitation sitting nestled inside the sleeve.  Jay’s invite was double-sided and featured the same pattern that we used for the motif on the front of the sleeve, blind embossed into the invite itself.  The majority of the text of the invitation was printed using a traditional all-caps serif typeface, and the beautiful calligraphy for Jay and Michael’s names as well as “dinner, dancing and 2011 to follow” was created by Lori Raines Calligraphy Studio in Keizer, Oregon.  Lori created all of the calligraphy for Jay’s suite and then we letterpress printed it on each piece.  Lori also addressed all of Jay’s black invitation envelopes! The back side of Jay’s invite included the same monogram you saw on their belly band medallion, and their wedding website URL below it.  In the images below, you can see some close-ups of the die-cut window in the sleeve, the belly band, monogram and ribbon.

Here are some close-ups of the invitation by itself!  I absolutely love the combination of gorgeous calligraphy with traditional serif fonts and blind embossing.  You really can’t get much more modern and elegant than this.

For an extra-special touch, we also edge-painted the edges of Jay’s invitations in bright gold.  Edge-painting is a very subtle touch, but really adds a lot of punch to any invitation suite, especially when you use such an awesomely bright color!  The gold looks just fabulous with these!

Along with the invitation, Jay also chose to include a simple itinerary of the weekend’s events.  This piece was also letterpress printed in black ink on Crane Lettra 100% cotton bright white paper.  I love the simplicity of this piece and the tiny blind embossed designs that we included separating each day’s events.  These are the same little square motifs from both the invitation and die-cut sleeve!

Last, but certainly not least, is Jay and Michael’s reply card.  This card was also printed on Crane Lettra and came with a matching white envelope.  It features the same, lovely blind-embossed border elements as the other cards, as well as Lori’s calligraphy for the “M” and reply by date.  We tried to keep this card as simple and modern as possible, while still having all of the information that Jay and Michael will need for their event.  Jay also chose to utilize our super-cute beef and fish icons for her dinner choices, which I think is pretty awesome.

Jay and Michael were so much fun to work with and I know that their New Year’s Eve wedding celebration is going to be a gorgeous night to remember!  Congratulations Jay & Michael!  Thanks again!

Custom Business Cards | Symmetry Beauty

A couple of weeks ago we completed a lovely set of business cards for Nyrie Aitken of Symmetry Beauty.  Symmetry Beauty is a boutique beauty agency catering to brides and private clients all over Southern California.  Nyrie teams up with many of Los Angeles’ elite makeup artists, hair stylists, estheticians, manicurists and massage therapists to provide top-notch artistry and luxurious spa services in a client’s home or other location of choice.  Nyrie is one of the most sought after artists and hair stylists working in fashion, entertainment and advertising.  Her work can be seen in countless magazines, advertisements and commercials and she’s even worked with many recognizable celebrities such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Port and Zac Efron.  She’s also worked with countless brides to make their wedding day flawless!  If you’d like to see more of Nyrie’s work, check out her website here.

Nyrie wanted something simple, beautiful and unique for her new business cards, while also wanting a card that would stand out in a crowd.  We achieved this by beautifully letterpress printing her cards on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White duplex paper in two ink colors: a rich, bright persimmon orange, and a lovely, light tiffany blue (teal).  Nyrie’s logo was printed in the center on one side of the cards and her name and relevant contact information was printed on the reverse.  Each card was die-cut with rounded corners for a smoother, softer look and then for a bit of pizazz we edge painted each card with a bright metallic gold!  We actually went through several ideas when we originally talked about doing the edge painting.  We tested out tiffany blue, metallic silver and and metallic gold and ultimately the gold won out!  It was just too cool!

Working with Nyrie was an absolute pleasure and I can’t wait to collaborate with her again!

If you are interested in having a set of business cards letterpress printed by Twin Ravens Press, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much again, Nyrie, and keep up the gorgeous work!