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Custom Business Cards | Michael Werner

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It’s really cool to have really cool friends.  I think that goes without saying, but it’s nice to point it out every now and again.

I met Michael Werner and his wife, Katie, four years ago when both were teaching Journalism at the University of Oregon, and they were looking for someone to create their wedding invitations.  The wedding invitations we did for them are still one of my favorite suites we’ve done, ever, and after doing the job, the three of us became great friends.  Michael and Katie moved north to Seattle not too long after that, but we’ve kept in touch, and I was super-excited when Michael contacted me about creating a set of business cards for him.

Michael’s snazzy cards are black & red and feature some awesome blind embossing of a photograph he took outside of Seattle on one side.  They were printed on super-thick Crane Lettra Bright White paper and feature really bright red edge painting.  They really stand out from the crowd!

Michael2Michael is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and editor who’s work has been featured by PBS, The New York Times Company, The Associated Press, and The U.S. Olympic Committee, among others.  His work has also been shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.  If you’d like to learn more about Michael and his work, check out his website!

Thanks so much for working with me on these, Michael!  I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch!

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!

Weddings | Amanda & Jorge

This was one of my favorite, modern, fall wedding invitations from last year!  We created this awesome set of stationery for Miami, Florida couple Amanda & Jorge, who were married last October.  Their colors were grey and red and we incorporated them, along with a very modern, architectural drawing of their venue, and modern typography into their wedding suite.  The suite included an A7 size wedding invitation, 4 bar reply card, 3″ square place cards, and A2 size thank you cards, all with coordinating envelopes.  All pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton bright white paper.  

I just love the way that the modern typography and architectural drawing really sets the tone for an urban, modern wedding!  The invitation, which you can see above, was printed in both colors, while all of their other pieces were printed in one or the other.  I love the way that the bright red ink we used on the invite, really makes Amanda & Jorge’s names stand out!  It’s such a great, modern design!

All of the other pieces were designed to match the invite, including the reply card you see above and the place cards and thank you cards that you see below.  I love how the thank you cards were flat, and featured just the couple’s married names.  This way, they could use these as personal stationery as well, if they had any left over after their thank you’s had all been sent out!  This is an awesome, versatile way to get both thank you cards and personal stationery out of the same print run!

Thanks so much again for working with us Amanda & Jorge!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  We’d love to work with you again!  All the best!

Weddings | Stationery for a Wedding in Finland

I’ve said it before, but I always get super-excited when couples from overseas find us and hire us to produce their wedding stationery.  There’s just something about the distance and the great big internet bringing us together that I find kind of amazing.  Earlier this year, I got to work with a lovely British couple, who were recently married in Helsinki,  Finland, this past September.  Their wedding invitations were modern and elegant and I just love the way everything for them came together!

These wedding invitations featured a single A7 size invite and corresponding envelope.  The invitation was letterpress printed in two ink colors: gold and red, on lovely, Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  The invitation design itself was simple and modern, which I personally really love!  It featured the main body text of their invitation in a red, all-caps, classic, serif font and their names in gold in a simple script (at the request of the couple the names have been blurred to protect their privacy, however, trust me, the script was gold and simple and beautiful).  The text was centered and was surrounded by a fun, organic pattern of little gold dots.  It was so simple and pretty – I just love it!  We paired their invitation with an antique gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed their return address on the flap in silver ink.

Check out the letterpress impression in the close up photo below!

This couple were wonderful to work with, even from such a great distance, and  I absolutely love how their invitations turned out!  If you’re not in Oregon, but are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to send us a quick “hello!”.  We love working with clients from all across the country and around the world!

Red Crane Tattoos & Awesome Shoes

Back in November a lovely Etsy shopper in the UK, named Catherine, contacted me about ordering a set of our Red Origami Crane Thank You Cards.  She was getting married in April and wanted to use them as thank you cards after her wedding.  She also told me that she loved my crane design so much that she was hoping to get it tattooed in celebration of her impending nuptials.  She wanted to know if it was okay with me for her to use my design as a tattoo.  Frankly, I found the idea totally exciting, and said yes.

I was extra excited to wake up this morning and discover an email from Catherine.  She got married last week and sent us a photo of her awesome wedding shoes, with our little red crane peeking out from them.

(Photo Courtesy of Julie Tinton Photography)
 

Isn’t that totally awesome?!?  I’m honored.  Plus, I LOVE her shoes.  I’m so excited that  Catherine shared this photo with us and that she loved my little crane artwork so much that she wanted to carry it with her forever.  : )

Above is an image of the original card design that Catherine had her tattoo based off of.  These cards are available in our Etsy Store as singles and in packages of six or ten.  Larger quantities and bulk pricing is available for larger orders.  If you’d like some little red cranes of your own, go check them out!

Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine!  You rock!

Weddings | Jennie & Jason

The set of wedding invitations I have to show you today are pretty special for me and for Twin Ravens Press.  I’ll get to why in a second, but, in order to understand why this job means so much to me, you need a little back-story first.  A year ago today, I was working with an intern in the printshop and I smashed my hand in our platen press and broke it.  Not only was this accident terrifying on principle, but at the time, there wasn’t really any certainty as to whether or not I would fully recover, and I had no way to know how this would affect my ability to continue my career as a letterpress printer.  I’m happy to say that, a year later today, I’m fully healed and entirely capable of creating beautiful letterpress invitations with no loss of dexterity.  I was really lucky.  So, what does this have to do with the beautiful set of wedding invitations you see above?  Well, a couple of days prior to my accident, a year ago, Jennie and Jason signed a contract with us and put down a deposit to have me design and print their wedding invitations.  When I broke my hand, it was going to be at least six-ish months before I could work again and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this job. As I’ve always said, if something is meant to be, it finds a way of working itself out.  This job certainly did…

Up until last March, I was basically running Twin Ravens almost entirely by myself.  I had occasional help now and then from interns and very-part-time employees, but there wasn’t a whole lot of consistency in terms of that.  When I broke my hand, I called up a now-very-close friend, Darcy Jeffs, and asked if she wanted to work here, part-time, until I was able to print again.  Luckily for me, she said yes!  Darcy is a graphic designer herself and worked in both Holland and New York City prior to moving to Oregon.  She now lives in a century-old schoolhouse on the Oregon Coast with her fiance and three adorable cats.  She’s also the proprietress of Neue School Press, and one of my very best friends.  Darcy took over this job with gusto, and designed the gorgeous suite for Jennie and Jason that you see above.  After the designs were complete, we printed and assembled these together, here at Twin Ravens.

Jennie and Jason’s wedding suite included an A7 size matted wedding invitation, a 4bar reply card, a Paebaek Ceremony invitation, a small website card, a custom belly band and two sets of envelopes.  Let’s check out their wedding invitation first!

Jennie and Jason’s wedding invitation was an A7 size that was printed in three ink colors (orange, red and chocolate brown) on lovely, 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton paper.  Each invitation was matted on a shimmery deep red card stock to create a border.  Darcy created the gorgeous fall leaves and branch imagery that you see on each of the pieces.  We paired the invite with gold A7 envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed Jennie and Jason’s return address in red ink on the flap.

Didn’t the graphics and letterpress printing just turn out so beautifully!?!  Darcy did an amazing job taking on a project that I was (quite literally) unable to handle last year, and the invitations turned out absolutely gorgeous!  The fall theme that she and Jennie came up with was perfect for Jennie and Jason’s September wedding at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Above, you can see what the invite looked like with the belly band.  Jennie and Jason’s belly band was composed of a circular medallion that was made out of the same Holyoke paper they used for their invitation, and was printed with their initials in red ink.  The printed medallion was then matted onto a slightly larger medallion made out of the same shimmery red paper we used for their invitation matt.  Then, the actual band, was made out of a shimmery bronze (similar to chocolate brown) paper.  It was scored in two places and fastened in the back of the invitation with a clear round seal.

Above you can see two of Jennie and Jason’s inserts!  The one on the left was their invitation to their Paebaek ceremony.  A Paebaek ceremony is a traditional Korean celebration held at weddings.  If you’re interested in what this is, you can read more about it here.  The Paebaek ceremony invitation was a 4bar size and was printed in chocolate brown ink.  On the top right, above, you can see Jennie and Jason’s website insert.  The website card was the same size as a standard business card and was printed in the same orange ink that we used on their wedding invitation.

Below, Jennie and Jason had two different reply cards, one with a July RSVP date and one with an August date.  Sending out two rounds of invitations is a great way to limit the number of attendees to a certain head count, particularly if you have a large guest list.  Both reply cards were printed in red ink and featured a place where guests could indicate what type of entree they wanted at the reception.  Each reply card was paired with a shimmery red envelope that had Jennie & Jason’s address letterpress printed on the front in gold ink.

Jennie was so sweet and patient to work with throughout this whole process, especially considering that my prognosis was so unknown.  I loved working with both her and Darcy on these and I think the final product couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Jennie was sweet enough to also send us some images from her and Jason’s wedding day.  Check them out below!  In the next two groupings, you’ll see both family photos from the wedding and photos from Jennie and Jason’s professional photographer, Jennifer Hughes of Jennifer Hughes Photography in Baltimore.

Aren’t they just a lovely couple!?!  Jennie & Jason, thank you so much, for continuing to work with us in spite of my accident!  I’m so happy that we got to do these, and it looks like your big day was absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks again!

Custom Business Cards | LeadPencil Designs

Check out these awesome business cards we printed last month for Eugene/Springfield, Oregon architectural designer Shawn Jenkins of LeadPencil Designs!  I love the simple, clean, modern design of these business cards.  They utilize a couple of great letterpress techniques without going overboard!  The front of the card, which you can see above has Shawn’s logo printed in two ink colors: red and grey in the center of the card.  We blind embossed a pencil image behind the text as well.  These cards are double-sided, 2.5″ square, and were printed on ultra-thick Crane Lettra Bright White 220 lb. Duplex paper to minimize the show-through from one side to the other.

The backside, which you can see below, has Shawn’s name and contact information in grey at the bottom and an area above his name to write down any notes you might want to remember after talking with him.  This is a very handy idea for a business card, in my opinion.

Aren’t they great?!?  If you’re in the Eugene/Springfield area and are looking for an architectural designer, give Shawn a call!

 

Weddings | Karthi & Colin

The beautiful and unique set of wedding invitations you see above was easily another one of my favorite sets of invitations from last year.  I absolutely love working with all of our international clients, and Karthi and Colin, from Australia, were no exception!  Karthi and Colin were married this past December in Aukland, New Zealand in a ceremony that combined aspects of both traditional Hindu and western cultures.  Their invitations, which you can see above, included a #10 size ceremony invitation, a monarch size reception invitation, a small rsvp/website card and a red #10 envelope to mail everything in.

Below you can see the invitation all by itself.  For the design, we combined a lovely script font for Karthi & Colin’s names with a decorative serif font for the main body text.  We used the colors of a traditional Hindu ceremony: yellow and red, for the paper and inks, and also used decorative elements that suggested a more traditional ceremony within the design.  The paper for Karthi & Colin’s invite, reception invite and rsvp/website card was a custom-made yellow paper from Porridge Papers.  It had wildflower seeds embedded in it that will actually grow if the invitations are planted.  I love that we were able to have a custom yellow paper made for these!  They were so bright and cheerful!

Aren’t the decorative elements in this design just gorgeous!?!  I love how they reference traditional Hindu art and Mehndi while also being somewhat modern-looking.

For Colin & Karthi’s reception invitation, we used the same fonts, custom-made yellow paper, and red inks.  The design elements for this card were slightly more floral, and I love the Thoreau quote at the bottom.  Colin’s and Karthi’s ceremony was held in the morning at the Swami Narayan Temple Hall in Aukland, and their reception was held later that evening at Hopetown alpha, also in Aukland.

In the photo in the bottom left of the grouping below, you can see their website card.  This was a smaller card, measuring only 3.5″x2.5″.  Despite the small size, we were able to incorporate both the rsvp information and website information there, as well as use some of the decoration, for consistency with the other pieces, in the upper-lefthand corner.

The envelopes that Karthi and Colin used were a #10 size and were a bright red color from Waste Not Paper Company.  I love a decorative envelope when I see one!  These envelopes were printed with some of the same traditional design work from their invitation in gold ink on both the front and flap of these envelopes.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but this gold was super-sparkly in person.  We also printed their return address in script in gold ink on the flap of each envelope, which you can see in the lower-right photo below.

Are you ready to see photos of this gorgeous couple on their big day?!?  I was so excited when Karthi sent me photos of her and Colin’s ceremony.  I just love how bright and colorful a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is, and I think it’s totally awesome that Karthi and Colin were able to incorporate elements and traditions from both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day.  All of the photos below were courtesy of Kelly Newland Photography in Aukland, New Zealand.

I love the large group photo of everyone in front of the Swami Narayan Temple Hall above.  So much color and such a beautiful building! Colin and Karthi are such a beautiful couple and I just love how Karthi looked on her wedding day in traditional wedding saree with her bridal mehndi!  So gorgeous!!

Above you can see some of the images from their more western reception.  Karthi and Colin look just as amazing in a white dress and suit as in their traditional attire from earlier that morning.  I love their yellow wedding cake and Karthi’s birdcage veil too!  As I mentioned before, I was overjoyed to get to see these photos!

Karthi and Colin were an amazing couple to work with over such a long distance!  I love how they were able to incorporate aspects of both cultures into their ceremony, and creating their yellow and red stationery was so much fun!

Karthi and Colin, if you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’d love to stay in touch and work with you again sometime in the future!  All the best!

 

Custom Business Cards | Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier

Since I started Twin Ravens Press in 2007, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several awesome calligraphers from around the country!  One of my favorites, however, is Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier.  Katrina’s work is absolutely beautiful and I’m more than happy to recommend her to any of our couples who are looking for wedding calligraphy.  I was also super-excited this past fall when she asked me to letterpress print her business cards.  

The cards you see above are a standard business card size and were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White.  We used a stunning burgundy ink, which I think looks fabulous with Katrina’s calligraphy.  Both her logo and name were done in calligraphy and we used a classic roman font for her contact information.  If you’re in need of an awesome calligrapher, contact Katrina!

Custom Holiday Cards | The Boege Family

One of my favorite custom holiday cards from this past season was created for one of my very favorite Chicago families!  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Edwina, John and little Elizabeth.  Edwina originally hired me to design and print Elizabeth’s adorable, tri-fold, birth announcements in the fall of 2010, and, my how that little girl has grown!  Edwina also had me create Elizabeth’s 1st birthday party invitations earlier this fall, but I haven’t posted them here yet (just you wait – they’re coming soon).  At any rate, I love this family an awful lot, and I feel like after working with them on so many different projects, I’m really getting to know them, despite the fact that we’ve never met in person.  It was an absolute joy to create their holiday cards this year, which you can see above and below.

The Boege Family’s holiday cards were an A6 size card printed in two ink colors, red and charcoal grey, on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is 140# and super-soft, which makes for a deliciously deep letterpress impression.  Edwina wanted to include a photo with these cards, so it was my challenge to design a card that incorporated one.  Above is what we came up with!  This card features a 2.5″ diameter die-cut circle window with the mitten design encircling it.  The front of the card reads “Warmest Wishes”, and the inside has a more personal message from the family, also in red.

Each family photo had rounded corners, and was tipped in by hand, so that it showed through the window on the front of the card.  Their holiday greeting was printed below each photo, and each card came with a matching red envelope with a copper return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap.

Aren’t they sweet?!?  I loved this design so much, that I actually created a non-photo-card version for our etsy shop!  You can find it here.  The Boege’s have been wonderful to me and Twin Ravens Press over the past couple of years and I love every new project that we get to work on together!  I can’t wait to see what projects are in store for us and the Boege’s in 2012!  Thanks so much again for working with us Edwina, John & Elizabeth!  Happy 2012!