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Custom Business Cards | Petite Vintage Interiors

pv2Twin Ravens Press recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful owner of Petite Vintage Interiors, a Children’s Interior Design Boutique located in Queensland, Australia, on a new set of custom letterpress business cards, that are super-fun and unique!  Bel wanted something really special for her business’ new cards and definitely wanted them to be “not something you’d see everyday”.

The above card is what we came up with!  It’s a custom laser-cut cloud shaped card that was cut from 100% cotton duplex paper and then printed in three ink colors: pastel pink, minty green and black.  The front of each card has the company logo and is reminiscent of the cloud logo on their website.  The back side has Bel’s name and contact information.  I just love a super-unique business card!!

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If you happen to live (or be visiting) Queensland, Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast, go check out Petite Vintage!  If you live in Australia, they are happy to do consultations for folks on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane.  You can find more information about them, and view a gallery of rooms they’ve designed, on their website and Facebook page.

Thanks so much again for working with us Bel!  I’m so glad you love your cards!!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Emma & Joseph

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I’ve shown this particular design before, but I love it so much that I figured it was time to show it off again!  The wedding invitation suite you see above was originally designed by Jihee Wu, and printed by us, for her own wedding in 2011, but Australian couple, Emma and Joseph, saw it on our site, and loved it so much, that they hired Jihee and I to recreate it for their wedding!

Their suite includes an A7 size invitation, printed in two colors, with a coordinating envelope, and an A2 size reply card with coordinating envelope.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The envelopes we used were from Waste Not Paper Company.

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I just love the contrast in this design between the super-modern, san-serif type used for the majority of the invitation and the lovely, custom script Jihee created for the names.  I also love how we made the single line “joyfully invite you to their wedding” stand out by printing it in such a bright pink!  The address on the invite envelope was designed to match using the same script for the names, stretching across the flap and the same modern type for the rest of the address.

The reply card and envelope that you can see below also featured custom script and modern type, printed in grey ink!  I love it!!

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If you’d like to check out more designs that we’ve worked on with Jihee, you can here and here.  If you like her style, please contact us and we’d be happy to put you in touch!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Emma & Joseph!

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 | Vivian & Allen

This past December, a lovely couple we worked with in Australia were married in Kew, Victoria.  Vivian and Allen designed their wedding invitations themselves and hired Twin Ravens Press to do their letterpress printing!  Vivian and Allen’s stationery suite included an A7 size wedding invitation and a small gifts insert that were enclosed in an unprinted A7 invitation envelope from Crane & Co.  All of Vivian and Allen’s stationery was printed in one ink color: a gorgeous, deep, dusty-rose pink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.

Below on the left is their invitation by itself.  I love the combination of classic roman type with the large calligraphic script they chose for their names.  The lovely rose graphic that Allen created is a gorgeous motif for a wedding invitation, and it letterpress printed beautifully!  In the photo on the bottom right you can see their gifts insert.  In Australia, enclosing a card like this is fairly common, as many couples don’t do a registry, but do a wishing well instead.  I love how simple and pretty this suite turned out!

Allen and Vivian – thanks so much for working with us last year on these!  I just love all of our Australian clients – it’s so much fun to work with you, even though you’re over 8,000 miles away!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  Congratulations!

Custom Business Cards | Simply Rose Photography

I just love a gorgeous letterpress printed business card!  They just stand out from the crowd in a way that no other type of business card can.

I was very excited when we got to design and print the set of business cards you see above for Rose Dykstra of Simply Rose Photography in Vancouver, Canada last month.  Rose’s cards feature double-sided letterpress printing in two colors (an organic, grassy green and light pink) on 100% cotton, duplex Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The front side features Rose’s logo in two colors and the back side features her name and contact information in green.

As an extra-special finishing touch we edge painted these cards in light pink to match the pink of her logo!

Aren’t these cards just gorgeous?!?  I love how the letterpress impression turned out on the super thick paper, and I think that the edge painting really helped to finish the design off!  Rose took some additional photos of these cards and posted them on her blog here.  If you’d like to check out some of Rose’s gorgeous photography, you can on her website.

Thanks so much for working with us on these Rose!  I love how they turned out and I’m so glad you did too!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Jihee & Isaac

The suite you see above was another one of my favorites that we got to print last summer!  All of the pieces in this very modern and beautiful suite were designed by the bride, Jihee, and then letterpress printed by us.  The main invitation suite included an A7 invitation printed in two ink colors with corresponding envelope, and a single-color rsvp card with corresponding envelope.

One of the elements that really tied all of the different pieces in Jihee & Isaac’s wedding stationery together was the meticulous and gorgeous, hand-drawn script text that Jihee created for her and Isaac’s names on their invitation, and then used for a variety of other elements throughout the other pieces in her suite.  Creating a font by hand (particularly a script) can be a very slow and meticulous process, and Jihee’s was beautiful and absolutely flawless.  I love how the words are all linked together too, and how the ends of each line trail off of the page.  So fun!!

In the photo on the left above, you can see the invitation all by itself.  As I mentioned above, I love that their custom script names are a focal point in the design, but I also love how Jihee had us print one single line in the middle of the block of text in a bright pink, while the rest is printed in a subtle, delicate light grey.  The combination of a bold splash of color with an otherwise very delicate and subtle one is really striking!  Jihee chose to have us print all of her stationery on Holyoke 100% cotton rag 140# paper in bone white.  The bone white is Holyoke’s whitest white and I think that this paper also helped really make the letterpress printing and combination of subtle and bold colors stand out.  For envelopes, we paired this invite with a very light “cement” grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed Jihee and Isaac’s return address in a darker grey on the envelope flap.  Registration was a little bit tricky on the envelope printing as the ends of their names trail off of the flap, but it turned out really, really cool!

Jihee designed her reply card and envelope in the same style and we printed them in light grey only.  I love how both the “m” and “kindly reply” lines of the reply card were done in Jihee’s same custom script.  The white rsvp envelope was also printed in grey ink with Jihee’s address on the front.

The image you see above was taken by Jihee & Isaac’s wedding photographer on their big day.  I wanted to show it off as well in order to show you Jihee’s custom envelope liner that she designed herself.  In Jihee’s words:

The idea behind them [the envelope liners] was to have a bold punch of color with some personal element. I played around with having a pattern or motif, but ultimately decided upon the graphic of the three skylines of the cities we’ve lived in together! Boston, for where we met, Chicago, where we spent the most formative years of our relationship, and finally New York City, where we got engaged and now currently live!  I’m not sure that every one of our guests might have gotten that subtle message (especially the ones that tore the side of the envelope open and didn’t even see the liner at all!) but it was fun for me to design!

I think they’re just lovely!

The final pieces we letterpress printed for Jihee and Isaac were a set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  Each thank you card set featured an A2 size flat thank you card printed in the same bright pink ink we used on the invitation, and a matching light grey envelope printed with their return address on the flap in the same style as the invitation envelope.

Aren’t those pretty?!?  I love how the thank you cards still look beautiful and formal without having a lot of text or extra design elements to them.  I also, again, love Jihee’s custom script that she created for the words “thank you”.  It was such a nice pairing with her more modern, all-caps, san-serif font.

Jihee was kind enough to share some additional photos with us from her wedding!  I love how she was able to incorporate her beautiful graphic design elements into other parts of the wedding such as her table numbers, signs, place cards, and programs.  All of the details looked just beautiful!

I’m really excited to be collaborating with Jihee on design work for another client in the near future.  If you love her designs and are interested in working with her on creating a design for your wedding or other event, contact her!  She’s awesome!

Thanks so much again Jihee for working with us, and sharing your photos!  I can’t wait to work with you more this year!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Kathryn & Jeffrey

Right around this time last year we worked with one of my favorite East Coast designers, Katie M. and a good friend of her’s on a beautiful charcoal grey and pink set of wedding invitations featuring Lilies of the Valley.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll remember Katie.  We’ve worked with her several times before.  The first job we ever printed for her was her wedding invitations back in 2009, and I just love all of the projects we’ve worked together on since.  I was super-stoked to print Katie’s, friend Kathryn’s invitations last year that you see above.  The invitation suite featured an A7 size wedding invitation and 4bar size RSVP card printed in grey ink on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper.  The RSVP envelopes are a lovely shade of pink from Paper Presentation and the outer envelopes are a matching white European style envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

Check out the gorgeous letterpress impression in Katie’s Lily of the Valley floral design and in the typography!  I just love how the letterpress printing looks on our cotton rag paper!

I love how everything that Katie M. designs coordinates so well with all of her other pieces, without being too matchy-matchy.

We actually worked with Katie and her mom just before the holidays this year on a really sweet set of greeting cards that will be up on this blog shortly.  If you are interested in working with Katie on the graphic design for your upcoming wedding, branding or other graphic design project, check out her design studio and feel free to contact her!  You’ll be very glad you did!

 

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!

Custom Business Cards | The Crooked Hook

Last week I completed an awesome set of business cards for Leah Wolever of The Crooked Hook!  The Crooked Hook is Leah’s brand new crotchet business.  She has a shop on etsy and a facebook page and makes totally awesome crochet hats, accessories and toys.  Click on the links to check out her shop!

Leah wanted her business cards to really stand out in a crowd with fun colors, textures and fonts.  Well, let me tell you, these business cards were the most vibrant and fun business cards I’ve printed in a while.  These cards were printed on Crane Lettra 220 lb. Duplex paper in Bright White.  They feature a tonal blind emboss pattern of crotchet stitches all over the background of each card.  On top of the blind embossing, we printed The Crooked Hook’s logo and Leah’s name and contact information in a mix of three, fun fonts and two ink colors: a bright chartreuse green and black.  Then, for even more awesomeness, we edge painted these cards with a hot, hot pink (the hottest hot pink I could find).  I love how much extra color edge painting can add to a set of cards, especially when the color chosen for it is really vibrant or bright.  This hot pink is just about as bright as it gets.  I think I might have had hot pink socks in the ’80’s that were this color.  It’s that bright.  

I love how fun and modern the fonts that Leah chose for this design are!  She wanted a mix of funky scripts and typewriter fonts and was able to find both the font we used for “The Crooked Hook” and the one we used for her tag line and name on the internet.  I think they went really really well with our typewriter-inspired font that we used for her  phone number, email address and websites.  And, you just gotta love the texture of the crotchet stitching that is blind embossed in the background.  Totally awesome!

Another fun feature of these cards is their irregular shape.  Leah had us round the corners on three sides of the card and leave the fourth corner (the top left one) square.  Not only did this give the cards a fun and unusual shape, but that square edge is also somewhat functional.  If Leah wants to punch a hole in that top left corner and use her business cards as a tag on any of her crotchet pieces, she totally can without messing up the “look” of her cards.

Thanks so much again for working with us on these cards Leah!  I had so much fun working with you, and printing them, and I can’t wait to continue working with you more in the future!  Congratulations on your new business and I’ll talk to you soon!