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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!

Save the Date | Lindsay & Shawn are Getting Married!

Check out this elegant Save-the-Date set we created for Corona del Mar, California couple Lindsay and Shawn earlier this month!

When Lindsay contacted us to letterpress print these Save-the-Date cards, she already had her design pretty figured-out, but left it to us to make some minor design alterations to really make the letterpress work fantastically!  The Save-the-Date card is a long, skinny #10 size and was printed in black ink on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White.  I absolutely love this new paper stock!  It’s soft, subtle and perfect for letterpress printing!  The antique white color has that old-world, elegant, classy feel to it.  For the design, Lindsay had us use a custom-made damask pattern, a custom-made monogram and some wonderfully rich, romantic typefaces for the design.  We mounted a black and white photo of the couple on a 1/4″ black matt on top of the damask pattern on each Save-the-Date.  Isn’t it pretty?!?  Check out some of the details in the photos below!

Lindsay and Shawn’s Save-the-Date was paired with a romantic, super-light-pink envelope from Green Paper Company.  We printed Lindsay’s return address on the monarch-style flap of the envelope in the same style as here Save-the-Date card, also with black ink.  I love the way this envelope added just a hint of color to the otherwise classic, monochromatic set.  It’s just a hint of a color, without being too much!  Love it!

Lindsay and Shawn are having us design and print a set of invitations for them as well, in the coming months, and I’m really excited to see what we come up with for those!  If you like this style, check back in to see their full invitation suite in the next few months!  Thanks so much Lindsay and Shawn!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Erica & Noah are Getting Married!


Check out these super-cute Save-the-Date cards that I finished earlier this week for a couple in Syracuse, New York who are getting married next June! Erica & Noah’s save-the-date card is an A6 size card measuring 4.5″x6.25″, printed in Navy Blue ink on a custom-made, 100% cotton, recycled, light pink paper that is embedded with wildflower seeds from Porridge Papers. The cards were printed and then affixed with a small photograph of Erica and Noah. They came with coordinating cream-colored envelopes from Waste Not Paper company that were printed with the couples’ return address in navy blue ink.
I love how gorgeous and textural the papers from Porridge Papers are! They are so pretty, unique, and absolutely wonderful for letterpress printing. They take letterpress impression beautifully and are so fabulous to the touch. Check out these close-up photos for a better look:
Aren’t they cute and beautiful all at the same time?!? I love that Erica had us print on a light pink paper too – it’s not a color that my clients ask for too often, but I think this paper would be lovely for other wedding stationery or for some really sweet baby shower invitations or baby announcements too! Erica, Noah and I are currently working on the designs for the rest of their invitation suite which will be printed shortly after the first of the new year. If you like this design, make sure you check back to see the rest! It’s going to be pretty!