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Personal Stationery | Amy McCann

Personal stationery can make a great gift or treat for yourself or a loved one!  A little while back we printed this lovely set of stationery for long-time client, Amy McCann.  You may remember a set of business cards that we created for Amy and her partners at Local Food Marketplace a while back.  Amy wanted a set of matching stationery for her to use personally, and this is what we came up with! This stationery was printed on 100% cotton ecru paper in two ink colors: red and chocolate brown, and featured Amy’s name and Local Food Marketplace’s tomatoes at the top.  We paired them with matching, ecru envelopes that were unprinted.  Aren’t they pretty?!?  

If you’re interested in ordering a set of personal stationery for yourself or a loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We’d love to hear from you!

Pretty Personal Stationery for a Lady Named Laurel

Just because you aren’t getting married, doesn’t mean you can’t have pretty stationery!  About six months ago we created a really lovely set of personal stationery for a lady in Newport Beach, California named Laurel.  Laurel wanted a set of beautiful cards and envelopes to send her personal correspondence, and I can’t think of a more lovely way to do that than with custom letterpress stationery!

Laurel’s personal stationery is an A2 size flat card with coordinating envelopes.  The actual card was fairly simple.  It had Laurel’s first name letterpress printed in a lovely, deep turquoise ink in a fun, modern script in the bottom right hand corner of each card.  These cards were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper.  We then paired these stationery cards with an exciting mix of three different colors of envelopes and three different envelope liners.

Laurel’s envelopes were a fun mix of European pointed flaps in white, yellow and kraft brown.  She then picked out three different, lovely, decorative papers for her envelope liners.  Each decorative paper design had at least some turquoise in it, which helped to coordinate them perfectly with the turquoise letterpress printed name on her cards.

We also printed Laurel’s return address in turquoise on the flap of each envelope.

Aren’t all of Laurel’s color and liner combinations so much fun!?!  I love how it’s basically like receiving nine different sets of stationery from a single order and design!  So many combinations and cool choices!

If you’d like to make your personal correspondence more fun with a set of personal stationery of your own, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Thanks so much again for working with us Laurel!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know!

Stylish & Classic Calligraphy Monogram Cards

Check out these lovely letterpress printed calligraphy monogram cards that we printed last week!  These cards are a 4bar size folded note card with the couple’s monogram in calligraphy on the front.  They were printed on Crane Lettra Bright White paper in black ink, and are blank on the inside.  Each of these cards also came with a matching 4bar Crane Lettra envelope with the couples return address printed in calligraphy on the back flap.  Both the calligraphy return address and the monogram on the front of the cards was created by the lovely and talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier in Los Angeles, California.

Calligraphy monogram notecards have been used for centuries for a variety of different occasions, and they are stylish, classic, and timeless all at the same time.  Notes like this would be great as thank you cards for a wedding or other special event, and they are also wonderful to use as stylish personal stationery for your ordinary correspondence.

I love the contrast of the deep, black letterpress printed calligraphy on the bright white paper.  It’s so elegant and timeless!  The small, calligraphy return address that we printed on the flaps of each envelope is so beautiful too!  You can see it in much better detail in the photo below.

Thanks so much Katrina for working with us on these for your client!  I just love letterpress printing your calligraphy and can’t wait to work with you again!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Dana & Robert are getting married!

I’ve been really busy printing lately and I wanted to share with you a very cool set of Save the Date cards that were completed for a lovely couple in New Jersey last week.  This is perhaps one of the most unique sets of Save-the-Date cards that I’ve printed lately.  The design for them was fairly simple – we used only text elements in the design, but it was fun because we played around with several different combinations of fun fonts until we came up with the set you see above.  The really unique thing about this set is the paper that it’s printed on.  Dana and Robert’s Save-the-Date cards are printed on a stiff 100% cotton paper from Crane & Co. in Espresso Brown.  This is the same paper that I used back in October for some really cool calling cards. Because of the papers stiffness, you can’t achieve the same deep imprint with the letterpress that you can with a lot of other 100% cotton papers, without the print looking kind of smashed in and messy, but the color of the paper is so unique that I love the way the printing looks on it anyway.  With letterpress, it’s often fairly difficult to achieve a good print on such a dark color of paper, but I think that Dana and Robert’s Save-the-Dates turned out fabulously!  The ink colors we used were a metallic copper and a very dark plum purple.  I was worried that the plum wasn’t going to show up well, but check it out in the detail shot below:
Pretty cool, don’t you think?  They also chose to include a small accommodations card with their Save-the-Dates rather than with the invitations so that if they have guests that are planning to come really far in advance they can already make their accommodations arrangements.  Check out the card below:
We chose to round the corners of both of these cards, which I think was a really nice touch. Unfortunately, Crane & Co. doesn’t produce a matching monarch size envelope for this paper, so instead, I paired the set up with a chestnut brown monarch envelope from Green Paper Company and printed the return address on the flap.  I think the pairing of papers from the two different companies was a really good match – not exact, but they still look very nice together. 
I was so excited about how the copper metallic ink turned out on the dark brown paper that I ended up printing a few Twin Ravens Press business cards with it on the same stock.  I’m not going to do this all the time for my business cards, because the chocolate brown paper is quite a bit more expensive than my regular stock, but I figured they would look really cool, so I had to try it out.  Check out the photo below!
I’m really excited to have gotten to work with Dana and her fiancee on her Save-the-Dates.  I actually worked with them before on another stationary project last year, prior to starting this blog.  Dana really likes fancy envelopes with cool envelope liners, so I created this set of stationary earlier last year based on a very cool envelope liner paper she found.  You can see pictures of that whole stationary set below:

Above is a single sheet of the stationary with the matching envelope.  The envelope had their address letterpress printed on the flap.  Below is a close-up shot of the stationary with the open envelope, so that you can see the aforementioned fancy envelope liner.
And above is a fun close-up of a few sheets of the stationary fanned out together.  I really love the way this pattern turned out.  
Thanks again, Dana & Robert!  You’ve been really great customers and I’m really looking forward to working with you on your wedding invitations!