2012 Holiday Card Round-Up!

Before we get too far into 2013, I wanted to take a moment to show off the awesome custom holiday cards we created for our clients for this past holiday season.  It always brings a smile to my face when a client from the past that we made wedding invitations or birth announcements, or business cards for, comes back during the holidays to order a special holiday or New Year’s card.  I also love getting holiday and New Year’s card orders from new clients!  Everyone can use a little letterpress in their life, whether they’re getting married or not!  Above is a small collection of my favorite custom holiday cards that we printed in 2012!

Allie and Ryan Hole were married in 2011 in California and they hired us to print their Save-the-Date cards, which you can see here.  For their holiday cards this year, they decided to re-use the tandem bike and whippets from their Save-the-dates, and had me “holiday-it-up” a little bit.  In order to do this, I paired the original drawing with a snowflake theme and some festive fonts to create the A6 flat holiday card you see below.  These were printed in gold ink on Crane Lettra Ecru Paper.

Another sweet, doggie-themed holiday card we created this past season was for Julia Swartz of Maryland Standard Poodles.  Julia published a children’s book entitled “Wishing Star: a Poodle’s Tale” about a year ago, and hired us to print some letterpress greeting cards to commemorate the publication.  Julia still carries those cards as well as these new ones, and the book, in her online shop.  Go check them out!  Everything you will see there is really adorable!

These blue, A7-size flat holiday cards for Lisa Brooks and her husband, James, were very sweet and classic!  We printed these in a single ink color on 100% cotton paper and paired them with matching blue envelopes.

Along the same lines as Lisa’s cards were these awesome folded holiday greetings for Portland, Oregon couple York and Julie!  I love the retro typefaces and the awesome use of overprinting.  York designed these holiday cards himself, and I just love how well he took advantage of the letterpress process’ strengths.

One particularly touching set of cards I printed this December was for a Seattle family whose daughter had vanquished cancer in 2012.  Sally Lanham hired us to customize our Crane String Cards with a personal message on the inside.  I think this was a lovely way to celebrate her daughter’s triumph over cancer, and to wish their friends and family a healthy, Happy New Year.

Another couple that I’ve been working with for several years now, hired us to do holiday cards this year that both celebrated the season, and announced their move into their first (“Furst” is their last name) home!  Miami couple, Rachel and Joseph Furst are awesome and I just loved printing these cards for them!  We also printed their wedding invitations back in 2009, and their holiday cards in 2010.  The drawing of their new house for this year’s card was done by the couple’s architect!  I think it turned out so awesome!

I also bought my first house in 2012 and was inspired by Rachel & Joseph to use that achievement as the theme for my own holiday cards this year.  I was a little late sending mine out (as always – when you work on other folks’ stationery all day, you’re not terribly motivated to do your own), but you can check them out below!  The small house drawing was done (really fast) by moi.

Thanks so much everyone who ordered holiday cards this past year!  It’s always a pleasure working with all of you!  I’m looking forward to more exciting letterpress adventures in 2013!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, everyone!  Oh my, I’ve kept you waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting…  Frankly, 2011 was a crazy year!  It was wonderful in many ways, and not so much in others.  Honestly, I’m happy to see it out the door and really excited for what this next year has in store for us!  In the coming year, I resolve, among other things, to catch up on my huge backlog of posts for this blog for all of you and post new work more regularly.  So check back often, and don’t hesitate to poke me if you don’t hear from me in a while!  In honor of the New Year, I’d like to offer you all a little bit of a discount in our etsy store.  Now through January 15th, enter the coupon code Happy2012 at checkout and you’ll receive 20% off your greeting cards and/or coasters!  Please note that this discount is not available on graphic design work or on custom printing.  It is, however, good on everything in our etsy store.  This would be a great opportunity for you to stock up on holiday cards for next year or maybe pick up an early valentine or two for your sweeties!

Enjoy this coming year and we’ll look forward to working with you!  In the words of Neil Gaiman, “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” Happy New Year, lovelies!


Happy New Year's Eve!

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Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  I had been contemplating doing a “Best of 2010” sort of post for today on the blog, but quite frankly, in looking back over all of the jobs I’ve done this year, all of the photos I’ve taken of wedding invitations we’ve created, baby’s births that we’ve announced, and other awesome business and personal stationery we’ve designed and printed this year, it was just too hard for me to pick out “Best of’s”.  If I had, this post would be as long as my leg, and as much as I know you love looking at pretty pictures, I’d rather give all of the jobs featured here their moment in the spotlight, rather than lumping them all together.  And, honestly, I have loved just about every client and every set of stationery we’ve done this year.  Of course, I do have some favorites, but the vast majority of customers I worked with this year were just too cool, that I don’t want to single anyone out (or forget anyone that was totally awesome).  So instead, I present you above with a photo from the first ever New Year’s celebration held in Times Square in 1904, courtesy of everyone’s friend, le internet.

2010 has been a wonderful year for Twin Ravens Press, and I feel so fortunate that I get to get up every morning and come to work doing something that I love.  Without all of you, this wouldn’t be possible.  Thanks for helping to make my love of great design, beautiful printing and century-old antique machinery into a career.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  Happy New Year’s Eve and I’ll be seeing you in 2011!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you out there had a wonderful New Year’s Eve last night and are looking forward to the year to come!

Twin Ravens Press has quite a few new and exciting things in store for you this coming year and I can’t wait to tell you all about them! However, as good things come to those who wait, I’m not going to tell you about all of them in full detail this morning, but I will give you a smidgeon of a sneak-peek into what I have in store for you for 2010! Here it goes:
• First off, there are going to be some brand new greeting card designs for Valentine’s Day coming out in the next few weeks. They will be available in our Etsy Shop. I already have a few very sweet V-Day designs listed up there already, so if you’re planning ahead for Valentine’s, go check them out!
• Over the last few months I’ve been working with an awesome web programmer in Tucson, Arizona. Said programmer is creating an awesome and much more bona fide website for us, and I’m really excited about it! Version 1.0 of this site should be up and running this month. Don’t worry – you’ll still be able to access this blog and our etsy shop from the new site, this will just be a great way of getting everything all in one place.
• For my lovely retailers out there, Twin Ravens Press will be releasing our first ever (!) printed greeting card and stationery catalog this spring. Normally I’ve sent out catalogs in .pdf form only in the past, but this spring we will actually have our first ever printed one. It’s pretty exciting! If you are already a Twin Ravens retailer, you will be sent one of our catalogs automatically once they are out. If you have been following this blog and are a retailer who is considering carrying my products, send me an e-mail if you’d like to receive a wholesale catalog!
• Speaking of the catalog, it’s going to be showing off a couple of expansions to two of our lines that have been pretty tiny until now. For 2010, our baby & child stationery and greeting card line, as well as our small gift tag/gift card line will be growing! Both lines will be featuring both some brand new products and brand new designs! The new stuff will be in the catalog and will also be up on this blog when they come out. If you are giving a gift in the near future or are having, or know someone who has a new baby on the way, check back to see the new, cute, letterpress printed goodness that is coming!
• All of this expansion and newness has recently got me thinking about trade shows. TRP hasn’t attending a large wholesale show yet, but I’m thinking that 2010 might be the year for it. Research is currently under way into all that this would entail. I will keep you posted on which show(s) we decide to attend, if we attend them this year!
• Last, but certainly not least, I’m very excited to announce that we will be offering a new technique to custom clients very soon to add a little extra-special touch to your letterpress printed pieces. I won’t reveal what this new technique is yet, but I can tell you that I am doing it for a current business card client and the results are looking awesome!
So, there you have it! All of this and more is what I have in store for you for 2010. If you have any questions about any of the above, or about working with us, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Years Eve!

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The above image was a behind-the-scenes photograph of New Year’s Eve in Times Square in 1907. I love old photographs just as much as old printing presses, so I figured it a fitting image for this blog post.
Anyway, what to say about 2009. It’s really a difficult thing to try and sum up in a short blog post, especially when it’s been a year filled with both awesome and tough things all at once – but I suppose all years are like that really.
Probably one of the most major events of 2009 was the inauguration of the United States’ first ever African-American President, Barack Obama. As my friend, Joe, wrote in his blog post today,

“Yes, there’s lots of problems with the health care legislation, and no, Obama didn’t magically fix everything with his ultra-charismatic Jesus-like wizardry, but it’s still fantastic that the U.S. elected a black dude. And, despite Proposition Eight passing in California [in 2008], gay people are getting married in the U.S., and we will have it sooner or later. There’s gay marriage in Iowa! That’s pretty amazing…” – Source

Along with this we’ve made amazing advances in technology over the last decade. Think about it: when my mother was in college a computer was an enormous and highly-specialized machine that ran off of paper punch cards. Today the computer is something most of us have at least one of at home, possible along with our other handheld devices which we use to do business, connect with the world, educate ourselves, record our thoughts, and create and share a plethora of amazing things from videos, to websites, to printable art, all at the touch of a few buttons. It was kind of fascinating when I was traveling through airports earlier this week, on my way back from my holiday break, that nearly everyone at the airport had either a laptop, iPod, iPhone or other device. We are all connected, and computers aren’t the only thing; other technologies have advanced substantially over the last decade as well. Lasers for instance – once a subject of science fiction films, we can now do everything with laser technology from performing heart and eye surgery, to scanning barcodes, to cutting out intricate designs, patterns and shapes in wood, plastic, metal and paper. It’s really all pretty cool. Go us.
Along with the good of the year and decade though there always has to be some not-so-good. The main complaint I hear most people talking about these days has to do with the recession, and I agree, it’s not something to be taken lightly. We may be in the worst recession we’ve seen since the 1930s, but as awful as it is for a lot of Americans, at least we don’t have people standing in bread lines or trying to sell pencils in the street. We’ve been through a long, crushing recession, and in spite of it all, we’ve managed to avoid total destitution, which, in and of itself, is really pretty great. Despite financial hardship, many of Americans are still doing amazing things, starting businesses, and volunteering for the causes that matter to them most.
For Twin Ravens Press, 2009 has been a great year. I feel so very fortunate that I’m able to get up in the morning and do something I love for work everyday. When we’re living in an era where the majority of employed people don’t actually like their job and where there’s another hefty percentage of people who aren’t employed at all, I feel amazingly fortunate to do what I do. I was able to help over 75 couples announce, invite and celebrate their weddings with lovely letterpress printed stationery this year, along with also creating paper goods to celebrate births, businesses, holidays and other celebrations. That’s pretty cool. I’m already working with several new couples who are getting married in 2010, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them and everything else I have in store for you this coming year. 2010 is going to be fantastic!
As Carl Sagan put it, “We live in an extraordinary age.” He wrote this back in the eighties and it’s just as relevant now, if not even more so, than it was then, and it’s getting even better all the time. So to everyone out there, have a very Happy New Years Eve, and here’s to 2010!

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 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!!