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Custom Business Cards | Threadbare

Earlier this year I was very excited to collaborate with fellow local Eugene artist and printer, Amy Vellutini, of Threadbare Print House on an awesome set of letterpress business cards.  Amy is a screen printer specializing in t-shirts, posters and vinyl transfers and wanted some really kick-ass business cards to hand out.  We incorporated her logo and a fun, modern typeface into these cards and printed them in two ink colors on Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  Aren’t they cool!?!

You can check out Threadbare’s work on their website or Facebook page.  And, if you’re interested in having t-shirts made, Amy is running a LivingSocial Deal this week, so be sure to snatch that up!  Thanks so much again, Amy!  You rock!

Weddings | Lauren & Brian

A couple of weeks ago, over President’s Day weekend, three wonderful couples that we worked with were married.  The first of the three were Lauren & Brian, who’s wedding stationery you can see above.  I’ve been working with Lauren and Brian, and Lauren’s awesome mom, Judy, for several months now, and I’m so excited to be finally showing off their stationery!  Their invitation suite, which you can see above featured a fun and modern A9 size invite printed in two ink colors: orange and black.  The invite was paired with a matching A9 envelope that was lined with a really fun orange Lokta paper.  We also designed and printed coordinating reply cards and envelopes to match.  

Inspiration for a design can come from a variety of places, and for Lauren and Brian’s stationery, the inspiration was the fun, orange, screenprinted Lokta paper that we ended up using for Lauren & Brian’s envelope liners that her mom, Judy, found.  I love the fresh orange-on-white pattern of this paper, and we found it to be the perfect motif to work with for Lauren and Brian’s stationery.  Towards the top of the invite you can see a tiny section of the pattern printed above the typography in orange.  Love it!

Several months prior to printing their wedding stationery, Lauren had hired us to print her Save-the-Dates.  Their save-the-dates were 4″ square coasters, letterpress printed with black ink and paired with little black envelopes.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may recognize the design.  It was originally created for a couple named Vi & Lalo a year earlier.

Lauren loved the modern typography from the Save-the-Date design, so when I went to design their invitations, I made sure to incorporate some of the same fonts for consistency from the first piece of their stationery onward.  However, for the main invitations, we also incorporated a second ink color (orange) and some pretty, modern script for their names.

Isn’t this a lovely invitation?!?  These invites were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper for a lovely impression that you can both see and feel.

Below is an image of the invite envelope so you can see the awesome liner better!  The photo in the top right shows the flap, which was printed with Lauren’s mom’s return address in black ink.  In the lower right image you can see their coordinating rsvp card and envelope.  The rsvp envelope was printed with Judy’s address in orange ink, and the reply card featured the same script we used for Lauren and Brian’s names for the word “Please”, and the other font from the invitation for the rest of the text in black ink.

Gotta love that deep, luxurious letterpress impression!

For the day of the wedding, Judy also had us design a set of matching wedding menus for the reception.  These were also printed on Holyoke paper in the same orange ink that we used for the invitations.

I just love how all of this stationery turned out!  Judy told me that they were able to incorporate the orange patterned lokta paper into other decorative elements for the wedding, like decorative votive wrappers, etc.  I’m sure everything looked amazing!

Wanna see the awesome couple that this pretty stationery was created for?  Here you go (all photos courtesy of Jacob Mariano Photography):

Don’t they look like a fun-loving, awesome couple?!?  Lauren, Brian and Judy – Thank you so much for working with me on your wedding stationery!  It was so much fun to work with you.  If anyone would like to check out more images from Lauren and Brian’s engagement photo session, you can on Jacob Mariano’s blog.

Thanks so much again Lauren, Brian & Judy!  You guys are awesome!

Programs, Thank You Cards & Favor Tags | Lindsay & Shawn

A lovely couple that we’ve been working with for quite some time, is getting married tomorrow in La Quinta, California!  Twin Ravens Press has worked with Lindsay and Shawn all throughout their wedding planning process on all of their stationery items from Save-the-Dates and invitations, through paper goods for the ceremony, and thank you cards for after.  This really and truly was a complete letterpress package!  If you missed the blog posts I did earlier on their Save-the-Dates or Invitations, you may want to go back and take a look at those, as they were pretty incredible.

Today, however, on the day before they are going to be married, I wanted to show off to you the last of the paper goods we created for their wedding.  We carried the same design elements, colors and theme through these pieces that we used on the save-the-dates and invitations, to really create a gorgeous, cohesive package.

As a favor for their guests, Lindsay and Shawn are planning to give away little bags of cookies from one of Lindsay’s favorite bakeries.  Twin Ravens Press designed and letterpress printed a cute set of 2″ round hang tags for each cookie bag.  These tags are going to have pink and black ribbon threaded through them and the ribbon will tie each glassine bag of cookies shut.  The tag features the couple’s last name, their wedding date and a little letterpress printed heart.  Aren’t these cute?

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For their programs, Lindsay and Shawn chose to go with a fairly traditional format.  This program measure 5″x7″ folded and has letterpress printing on all four of it’s panels.  The front panel, or cover, features their names, wedding date, the name of their church and their monogram.  The inside of the program has information about the wedding party on the left side and all of the ceremony information on the right.  The back panel of the program features a sweet message from Lindsay and Shawn to their guests and an “In Loving Memory” section where they name all of their late relatives who will be with them in spirit.

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I love how we were able to incorporate both of the fonts from Lindsay and Shawn’s invitations into this program, while still keeping everything very organized and easy to read.

All of the pieces that you’re seeing in this post were printed on Antique White Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper with black ink.

Last, but not least, we created a lovely, formal set of wedding thank you cards for Lindsay and Shawn to use after their wedding.  The front of each card features just their monogram, printed in black ink and the back side has a heart with their last name below it.  Lindsay has been using light pink envelopes throughout her wedding exclusively, but for these cards we chose to instead pair them with a matching white envelope, so that Lindsay could use these cards as personal stationery as well, after all of her thank you’s have been sent out.  I think this is a great idea and gives the cards a lot of versatility!

undefinedundefinedLindsay and Shawn have been a wonderful couple to work with throughout this entire process and I’m so excited for them for their wedding tomorrow!  Congratulations Lindsay and Shawn!  Thanks again for working with us and all the best to both of you!

Save the Date | Gina and Matt are Getting Married!

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Check out this gorgeous set of Save-the-Dates that we created for New York City couple, Gina and Matt, a couple of weeks ago!  Gina and Matt live in New York, but will be getting married this summer in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Gina had seen a design that we had printed for another bride last year that was originally designed by Christina Reinersmann of Maré C, on Style Me Pretty, and liked it so much that she hired us to create a similar design, in her color scheme for her own wedding.  The above image shows her Save-the-Date and it’s corresponding envelope.  This Save-the-Date measures 5.5″ square and was printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in one ink color: a reddish, aubergine purple.  We matched the purple ink color for the save-the-dates to Gina’s envelopes, which are a 5.75″ square size from Waste Not Paper Company.  The envelopes were then printed using similar decorative elements, and the same fonts, in metallic silver ink.  You can see some closer images of the printing on the envelopes below.

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Isn’t the design running up the left side of this card, just beautiful?!?  I really love how these turned out and I think they will do a wonderful job setting the tone of the wedding for Gina and Matt’s guests.  Gina also hired a friend of ours, Lori Raines, of Lori Raines Calligraphy Studio, to do the calligraphy for all of her envelopes.  I’m sure that’s going to be just gorgeous as well!

Thanks so much for working with us on these Gina and Matt!  I’m excited to start working with you on your formal invitations!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Terry & Maurice are Getting Married!

Check out this classy, black & white set of save-the-dates we printed last week for New York City couple, Terry and Maurice!  Terry commissioned the drawing you see at the top of this piece from an artist in New York City, and then sent it to us to be incorporated in to her Save-the-Dates!  She and Maurice wanted a classic layout that would compliment both their drawing, and be reflective of their venue: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  For the design of these cards, we chose a long and skinny #10 size card and envelope, and printed both the drawing and copy in a single ink color: black.  The paper that Terry and Maurice chose is 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in Antique White, with soft white envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.

In the above group of photos you can see the save-the-date on the left.  I love how the typography that we used for this Save-the-Date really matches the style of the drawing at the top so well!  It’s a really fun, contemporary script, and I think it paired so nicely with the other elements of this design.  You can see in the top right image that we used the same fonts from the invite for Terry and Maurice’s return address on their envelopes, so everything would match perfectly.  In the bottom right image, check out how the text just sinks into the 100% cotton paper from the letterpress printing.  I do love gorgeous black letterpress printing on white or ivory paper – it’s just so classy!

And, lastly, one more cute close-up of the couple, in hand-drawn, letterpress printed form.  Aren’t they cute!?!  I’m excited to begin working on Terry and Maurice’s formal invitations in the next couple of months.  If you love how these save-the-dates turned out, check back in later in the year to see their formals!  Thanks so much Terry and Maurice!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Erin & Adam are Getting Married!

The day before yesterday, I finished I really pretty set of Save-the-Dates for local couple, Erin and Adam.  I’ve known Erin for quite some time, and, although we’ve never been the best of friends, I was still pretty excited when she asked me to do her Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations on her friend Heidi’s recommendation.  Erin and Adam’s Save-the-Dates are an A6 size card printed in three ink colors: a light spring green, pink and orange.  They were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White, and were then matted on to a larger, Jackpine Green, A6 card from Green Paper Company, to give them a 1/4″ green border all the way around.  These Save-the-Dates were then paired with an orange envelope, also from Green Paper Company, that had the couple’s address letterpress printed on the back flap in pink.

For this design, Erin knew that she wanted Gerber Daisies to be the main decorative element.  They are her favorite flower and she’s planning on having them at the wedding.  Plus, they come in lots of gorgeous colors, which allowed us to incorporate lots of colors into her printing.  I created two Gerber Daisies, one in pink and one in orange, on the left side of the card and then we laid out the text in a classic roman typeface to the right of the flowers in all three ink colors (pink, orange and green).  I really love how the matting on this save-the-date really frames everything well and adds another shade of green to the piece.

In the above grouping of photos you can see the gorgeous letterpress impression of the daisies on the Holyoke paper and you can get a better look at the decoration on their envelopes.  We’re also working with Erin & Adam on their main invitation suite, and I’m super-excited to begin designing it.  If you like how these turned out, check back in a couple of months to see the rest of their paper goods.  Thanks so much Erin & Adam!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Priscilla & David are Getting Married!

Check out these gorgeous and delightfully tropical save-the-date cards I finished this past Monday for a couple in Jacksonville, Florida!  Priscilla and David wanted something bright, tropical and cheerful for their Save-the-Date cards that would really set the tone for their upcoming wedding in May.  This design features two ink colors: a bright green and orange, two lovely, modern fonts, and a vintage palm tree engraving.  The Save-the-Date card was printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White and was paired with a custom-lined orange envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

Check out the Save-the-Date by itself below!  This card is an A2 size and I absolutely love Priscilla’s bright color choices and the vintage palm tree engraving that we used.  The letterpress impression that was created during the printing process is just stunning as well!

Another absolutely gorgeous aspect of these Save-the-Dates are their envelopes!  These envelopes are an A2 orange envelope from Waste Not Paper Company, letterpress printed with the couple’s return address in green ink on the flap.  Priscilla then picked out a lovely Japanese Chiyogami paper with a beautiful palm frond pattern in greens, tans, silver and gold and we custom die-cut it into envelope liners and lined her envelopes with it.  I think this liner really ties the set together and makes the envelopes coordinate with the save-the-date cards perfectly!  Priscilla also hired the lovely Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele to calligraph her envelopes as well, and I’m sure that the calligraphy for these (like all of Michele’s work that I’ve seen) is going to be just beautiful.

I’ve had a wonderful time so far working with Priscilla and David and I’m really excited to begin working on their actual invitations in the New Year!  Thanks so much Priscilla & David!  I’ll be talking to you soon!

Save the Date | Cailin & Chris are Getting Married!

Shortly before Thanksgiving, I finished a lovely set of Save-the-Date cards for a Washington D.C. couple who are getting married in Arcata, California next spring.  This set of Save-the-Dates combines a lot of elements that I love from designs I’ve created previously, and I think it turned out great!  Cailin & Chris’ Save-the-Dates are a double-sided monarch size printed in one ink color on 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton rag paper.  The color they picked was a lovely shade of green and one side of the Save-the-Dates featured some decorative blind embossing.  These cards came with coordinating light green envelopes from Green Paper Company.

Below you can see just the Save-the-Date card all by itself.  Monarch size cards measure 3.75″x7.25″, which I think is a really fun and unique size for a Save-the-Date.  One side of this card features a tall evergreen tree and the handwritten words “Save the Date” printed in green ink.  Both “Save the Date” and the names on the reverse side were handwritten by the bride and then letterpress printed by us as part of the design.  We’ve done a few different Save-the-Dates and invitations now that feature different bride’s handwriting, and I think it’s a really fun way to personalize a design!  We also created some lovely texture on the back of the Save-the-Dates by blind embossing various phrases related to Cailin and Chris’ wedding in a repeating pattern in the background.

The other side of the Save-the-Dates features the bride and groom’s names in Cailin’s handwriting at the top and then all of the other information (date, place, website) in a modern san-serif font below.  For her envelopes, Cailin picked out a nice, light green color and we printed their return address in the same green ink on the flap.  We also decorated the front of the envelopes a little by having a small evergreen tree on the front to the left of where Cailin will write her addresses.

Aren’t those lovely?!?  I think they’re just perfect for a northern California wedding in the spring!  Cailin and Chris have been wonderful to work with so far and I’m really excited to start working with them on their main invitation suite right after the holidays!  Thanks so much Cailin & Chris!  Talk to you soon!

Engagement Party Invitations | Cindy & Brad

I hope everyone out there had a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!  Earlier this month we finished a small, but lovely, set of engagement party invitations for a couple down in Santa Cruz, California.  Not only are engagement parties a super-fun way for friends and family to help celebrate a couple’s recent engagement, but having really pretty letterpress invitations for such an event can make it that much more fun!  You can see Brad and Cindy’s pretty, ampersand engagement party invites above and below!  They were designed by the couple’s wonderful wedding planner, Ashley Dicksa of Creative Events by Ashley.  These were printed in two ink colors: a light pink and navy blue, on Holyoke 100% cotton rag, bone white paper, and they came with matching navy blue A7 size envelopes.

I love the color combination on these, and the simple, san-serif text paired with the big, decorative ampersand!  The ampersand was the only design element that was printed in pink, and all of the text was printed over the top of it in dark navy blue ink.

Check out the lovely impression that both the text and the giant ampersand made in the Holyoke paper.  It’s sometimes difficult to achieve a deep impression on large design elements with letterpress printing, but the Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper is so soft, that achieving that impression, even on a large design element like this wasn’t a problem.  I’m excited to see what Ashley, Cindy and Brad come up with for their save-the-dates and wedding invitations over the next several months.  If you like this design, check back in to see their other paper goods later on!

Thanks so much Ashley, Cindy and Brad!

Baby Announcements | Elizabeth Kathleen

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves.  For what you are about to see and read about, will quite possibly be the cutest thing you’ve seen and read about all week.

The baby announcements we created for Elizabeth’s parents, Edwina and John, were completed last week, and man, are they cute!  These announcements were printed in two ink colors: a light lilac-y purple and a light green on super-soft, 100% cotton rag, Holyoke Bone White paper, and came with matching, light purple envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.  These announcements featured a matted photograph of the cute little lady on the center panel of the tri-fold design.  Above you can see one of the announcements and envelopes.  The birth announcement information was printed on the left hand side with a cute little monkey and two little butterflies, and the right side of the tri-fold featured and panda, turtle, more butterflies, some pretty bamboo, and a calendar with Elizabeth’s birthday circled.

Above you can see the two letterpress printed panels of the tri-fold design a little closer.  I just love all of the whimsical little details in this design!  There is also a lot of symbolism in these announcements.  Elizabeth’s family has a partial Chinese background, and having panda bears associated with babies in Chinese (and a few other Asian cultures) is considered to bring luck and happiness for the child.  You’ll notice that these announcements also feature a small turtle wearing glasses.  Elizabeth’s late grandfather on her father’s side was nicknamed “Turtle”, and Edwina and John wanted there to be a little reference to him here as well.

One of the most fun things to me about designing baby announcements, aside from the fact that you often get to draw really, really cute things, is the fonts that you can work with!  I just love the three modern, very playful, fonts we used in Elizabeth’s announcements.  We used different fonts for the little calendar on the right-hand panel and different fonts for her name and the main text of the announcement information.  I just love how playful and light-hearted all three are!  So much fun!

Another thing to note about these adorable birth announcements is the wonderfully luxurious letterpress impression that we were able to achieve.  At Twin Ravens Press, we always strive to have at least some impression in all of the work we do, but depending on the design, and on the paper and other materials being used, sometimes it’s easier to get a deep impression than other times.  With these announcements we used super-soft and thick 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is specially manufactured for letterpress printing, by a company that does letterpress printing themselves, and it’s quickly becoming one of my most favorite papers to print on.  In all of these photos you can just see the deepness of the impression without having to look very hard.  This, combined with the fact that the paper is thick and wonderfully soft, make it one of the nicest papers I’ve worked with.

I mentioned above that the center panel on Elizabeth’s tri-fold announcements featured a photograph and no letterpress printing.  Edwina and John picked out three, totally adorable photos of their little girl to use in these announcements.  We had the photos printed by a photography studio here in Eugene, and they were each matted on a small, light purple matt and then matted onto the center panel of each announcement.  The paper we used for the photo mattes matches the purple envelopes that were created for the announcements as well.  In order to make the envelopes match perfectly with the baby announcements themselves, I used the same fonts for Edwina and John’s return address as we did for Elizabeth’s cards, and we printed two of the cute little butterflies on the flap as well!  Aren’t these just too cute!?!

If you were curious what three photos Edwina and John chose for the announcements, you can see all three together in the grouping of photos below.  Isn’t she beautiful?!?

And, because I know you all can’t get enough of the awesome pictures, and there were so many wonderful ones of these announcements, check out the extra, gorgeous, detail photos below.

Creating these baby announcements for Edwina, John and Elizabeth was so much fun!  I really can’t express enough what a wonderful family these three were to work with, and how much I just love designing birth announcements!  If you or someone you know is expecting, and are interested in custom letterpress baby announcements or shower invitations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We would love to work with you!

Thanks so much Edwina, John and Elizabeth!  You’re the best!