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Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you out in blog land had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! We have some very exciting new things in store for you for this upcoming year, so stay tuned to this blog, if you want to be the first to know about the new stuff.  

Just to give you a little sneak preview of what we have in store for you: 
  • There are going to be at least half a dozen brand new Valentines Day card designs available in our etsy shop starting the week after next.  Be sure to check those out!  
  • We are working with an awesome web designer and good friend on making twinravenspress.com into a fully functional, awesome, bona fide website.  I’m hoping that it will be up by March or April.  Don’t worry, you will still be able to get to this blog and the etsy shop from the new site.  The new site will just make it easier to view all sorts of stuff that we’re doing and stuff that we’ve done in the past all in one place.
  • Remember those cool wedding coasters we did this past fall?  Well, we enjoyed doing them so much that we’re going to be adding a whole new product line of decorative and functional letterpress coasters to our wholesale/retail line.  These coasters will be more general-purpose or holiday related than the wedding coasters, and they will all be customizable.  The first ones will be available in the Etsy store starting in early spring.
  • And, speaking of new stuff: Twin Ravens Press will be offering another brand new line of stationary products that I know you’ll be excited about.  I’m going to be mean though and not reveal them yet, but trust me, I know you’re going to love ’em.  
If you haven’t been over to Etsy lately, go and check out the showcase this morning.  One of our card designs is being featured there (today and today only).  
It’s been a busy week and I have several awesome new things to post about over the next few days, so come back and visit soon!  Have a very Happy 2009!!

Cat & Lights Holiday Cards


My sources indicate that there are some very adorable holiday cards now available in the Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop featuring an orange tabby cat and a long string of tangled up Christmas lights.  The lights loop around the whole card from the front to the back, and the inside is left blank for your own personal message.  These cards are an A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and come with matching pine green envelopes.  They are available in packs of 12, packs of 6 and as singles.  Go check them out!

Espresso Colored Calling Cards


I finished up a unique little calling card job on Thursday right before I went out of town to Portland.  The client already had the design, so this was a quick, just-print-it, sort of job.  What made it unique though was that I got to try out a new paper stock.  These calling cards are printed on Crane’s Palette Espresso Brown Cover Stock.  This paper is 100% cotton like a lot of the other papers I use, 134 lb. and very, very stiff… but it’s brown, which is cool.  I was trying to match a very light, creamy, off-white for the ink.  The off-white ink almost looks slightly silver on the brown paper, but I really like how the color turned out.  I really like them because they’re so different.  Let me know what you think!

Frogs!

It’s been a while since I gave my little etsy shop any real attention on this blog – so I thought I would share one of the newest additions to it with you!  If you haven’t been to my etsy shop in a while, you’ll notice a couple of really cute new additions, both in the form of little green frogs.  

The first of the two is a great multi-purpose card.  It features a little green thoughtful looking frog with the words “Thinking of You” on the front.  As always, this card is blank on the inside for your own personal message.  They are sold as singles for $4 each or as a box of six for $20. 

The second frog card is a little more occasion specific.  He is jumping for joy with the message “Happy Birthday to You” on the front.  These cards are currently only sold as singles, but if someone wanted a box of six, I’d be happy to arrange that.  

Both frog card designs were printed on Crane’s Lettra Bright White 100% cotton cover stock and both come with lovely, 4bar size, leaf green envelopes to match.  Both have a really awesome texture particularly because of the raised white hearts on their chests.  Because the green of the frogs gets pressed down all around the little white heart from the letterpress, the hearts came out quite a bit raised – it’s kind of silly, but really pleasing to run your fingers over. The artwork for both of these cards was originally created by my good friend Ashley, if you want to check out more of her original art work, go take a peek at her etsy shop.  Happy Etsy Shopping!
  

For Babies & Birthdays

Well, I was worried that it might happen and it seems to have: it’s been almost a month since my last blog post.  Granted, I don’t really think of myself as a “writer” per se, and business has been really busy, but I promise, I will try to be better in the future.  Seriously…  

So to get out of this blogging dry spell, I present you with these totally cute cards in celebration of babies and birthdays!  

Aren’t they cute?  I drew and made photopolymer plates for the giraffe several months ago and just never got around to printing them.  The text on all three of the cards is handset metal type, which was a lot of fun.  
If you know of anyone who is having an upcoming birthday (a cute little kid, or a kid at heart) who might enjoy a giraffe, or you know of someone who just a had a baby and would like one of these cards, they are available in my etsy shop. You can find the birthday one here, the girl here or boy here.  Also, if you or someone you know has just had a baby, I think that the “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!” Giraffe cards would also make adorable letterpress baby announcements.  Therefore, they are also available in sets, here or here
I’ll have more on what’s been keeping me so busy in letterpress land lately, very soon! Promise…

New Summery Dahlia Cards are up on Etsy!


I originally printed this design for my very first Bat Mitzvah invitation, which happened to be for a girl named Dahlia, but I loved the big letterpress printed Dahlia flower so much that I thought it would make a lovely greeting card.  I just uploaded these light blue beauties to my etsy shop.  They come in packages of 6 or as singles.  I also printed them in a few other colors, including magenta, light pink and spring green.  Those other colors are not up on etsy yet, but they will be later this week.  I think that they will make great little notes for almost any occasion, and they’re blank on the inside so you can write whatever you want.  

Check out the awesome detail on the fine lines that separate and give detail to the petals. The large plate made such a nice impression, that the white lines are somewhat raised and have a really nice texture to touch.  That’s one of my favorite things about the letterpress process: not only do you get to print really nice, clean images and designs on beautiful paper, but the text and designs that you print have texture that you can feel as well as see.  It’s pretty cool…  Let me know what you think of the new cards!