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Custom Business Cards | Color & Dust

Earlier this year, we created a gorgeous, timeless, set of custom letterpress business cards for Kelsey Strawn of Color & Dust in Tyler, Texas.  Kelsey hired us to rebrand her photography business and I just love the logo and business card design we came up with!  Above you can see the finished letterpress business cards we made.  Kelsey’s cards feature rounded corners and were printed in silver ink on ultra-thick Crane Lettra 100% cotton duplex 220 lb. paper.  We used a combination of an ultra-modern san-serif font for the logo and a fun handwritten script for the tagline and URL.  

As an extra special finishing touch, we also edge painted Kelsey’s cards in silver!  I just love how modern and timeless these are!  Perfect for a photography business!

This is actually the second set of business cards Color & Dust has had us print.  The original set was done in the same design and was printed on a custom, handmade purple paper from Porridge Papers in gold ink.  These cards were super-awesome too, but unfortunately, I fogot to take photos of them.  : (  At any rate, I just love working with Kelsey, and her photography is amazing!  If you’re in or near Tyler, Texas, you should definitely look her up!

Kelsey was kind enough to share a few of her favorite images with us!  All photos below courtesy of Color & Dust.

Aren’t her photos just lovely!?!  I love her heavy use of natural lighting and bright colors!  If I had kiddos, I would totally hire Kelsey to do family portraits or pictures of my kids.  Seriously, if you’re in Texas, go check out Color & Dust!

 

Custom Business Cards | Adair Cannada Design

Check out this awesome set of edge-painted business cards we created last fall for Adair Cannada of Adair Cannada Design in Nashville, Tennessee!  These letterpress business cards were printed with two ink colors, double-sided, on thick, 220 lb. 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper.  Each card featured a lovely light blue, and a dark slate grey ink on both sides to make up Adair’s logo and contact information!

As an extra special finishing touch, we edge painted Adair’s cards with the same light blue color as we printed on the front and back.  I just love how edge painting adds a little extra pizazz to any card design!

Thanks so much for working with us on these Adair!  You rock!

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!

 

Custom Business Cards | Frauke Nelte Photography

Check out these awesome new business cards we designed and letterpress printed for Frauke of Frauke Nelte Photography! Frauke specializes in digital landscape photography and is based out of Eugene, Oregon.  When she and I originally talked, she wanted to incorporate elements of a landscape as well as a camera or an image of other photographic equipment into her card.  She also wanted a card that was unique and would stand out in a crowd.  These are what we came up with!

Frauke’s cards are 2.5″ squares with rounded corners and are printed on custom duplex Wausau Eclipse Black paper.  These cards feature two of my favorite, modern typefaces, a vintage 4″x5″ camera imprinted in the background and a lovely tree with leaves floating down amongst the text.  Originally, Frauke wanted to incorporate an image of a tree from her home town in Germany that she had taken into the design of the card, but the tree was so large that we ended up making a smaller, graphical representation of one of its branches to use, rather than the whole tree itself.  As a finishing touch, each of these cards features matching copper edge painting, which really helps make the copper text and tree stand out.  

Aren’t these awesome!?!  Check out Frauke’s photography on her website, and if you’re interested in working with her, you can contact her by email.  Thanks so much for working with me on these Frauke!  Keep up the beautiful work!

Custom Business Cards | Steel Bloom Flowers

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Hi everybody!  I apologize for my long blogging absence last week, but things have been super-busy around here.  The great thing about that though, is that it means I have a lot of new, very cool work to show you in the coming days.  Today I want to show off a very unique and cool set of business cards for a little floral design business in Bend, Oregon, called Steel Bloom Flowers.  Steel Bloom’s owners, Stephanie & Mark McKinley, hired me to design and letterpress print their cards as well as come up with their logo and branding, and I’m super-excited about how all of it turned out!

In the photo above you can see Stephanie’s business cards (front and back) on the left and her tags for bouquets, arrangements and such on the right.  These cards are really unique and exciting!   They were printed on a custom duplexed, black, 180 lb. Wausau Eclipse Black stock.  We used silver ink for the main information and logo text on these cards, and then printed the Dahlia logo in the background using a slightly shiny black ink to create a varnish effect.  All of the cards feature rounded corners and all of them were were edge-painted with metallic silver.  Aren’t they awesome?!?

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You’ll very rarely see my fingers in the photos on this blog, but for these cards I needed to show you how cool the black on black printing for Steel Bloom’s flower motif was.  When held in the sunlight, the flower really shimmers on each card.  I love the contrast too of the silver ink on the black.  We often have customers ask us if we can print white on black.  White on black really isn’t an option for letterpress printing since white letterpress ink is actually clear.  It doesn’t show up well on dark stocks.  I think that using silver though, creates a beautiful effect and is definitely a lot more readable than a non-opaque white ink ever could be.

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In the photos above, you can see the backs of Stephanie’s business cards.  The backs have a slightly smaller dahlia motif, centered, and Steel Bloom’s logo on the back.

Below is a close-up of the tags.  Steel Bloom’s tags are a 2.5″ square shape with rounded corners printed on the same custom duplexed, Wassau Eclipse Black stock we used for their business cards.  These were printed single sided with the black-on-black dahlia in the background and silver text over the top.  Each of these cards was also edge-painted in metallic silver, which you can see in the bottom right photo below.  It’s such a cool effect!

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Stephanie also ordered several adorable enclosure cards from us in different designs to pair with her arrangements.  Some feature the dahlia on a small, white folded card in either black, grey or silver, and others feature small hearts in the center of white cards in red, pink or silver.

I actually got to visit Steel Bloom Flowers and meet Stephanie and Mark in person over President’s Day weekend and it was so much fun to see their shop and actually meet them in person.  If you are in Bend, definitely stop by Steel Bloom Flowers on Arizona Avenue!  Stephanie and Mark are awesome!

 

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!

Custom Business Cards | Persimmon Images

The pretty square business cards you see above and below, for Kat & Justin Speyer of Persimmon Images, a wedding, boudoir and portrait photography studio in Seattle, Washington, were in-the-making for quite some time before we completed them at the beginning of December.  Kat and I have been friends for a while, and her and Justin’s wedding invitations (which you can see a few photos of in that rotating masthead directly above this post) were one of the first commercial wedding jobs I completed after starting Twin Ravens Press.  Because of our longstanding friendship and history working together, I was super-excited when Kat decided to quit her soul-crushing office job and start her own photography business.  She poured through a lot of inspirational images when branding her company, coming up with her logo, and designing her business cards, and then I set out to turn them in to a reality.  At the time that Kat designed these cards, Twin Ravens Press wasn’t offering edge-painting and it was at Kat’s encouragement that I set out to learn the technique.  We went through a couple of failed attempts at her cards, while I was learning to edge-paint, before getting the results you see above.  I think these cards turned out so awesome and were well-worth the long wait and multiple failed attempts.  Plus, Kat’s encouragement about the edge-painting has not only allowed us to perfect the technique for use with her design, but if you look back through our archives you will see several other beautifully letterpress printed and edge-painted business cards and wedding invitations that we’ve created this past year!

The cards you see above are printed in one ink color: a lovely persimmon orange.  They are double-sided and feature a blind-embossed logo on one side, contact information in orange on the other, rounded corners, and light blue edge-painting.  They were printed on ultra-thick Crane Lettra Duplex Paper in bright white s.  I love the combination Kat chose of the orange with blind-embossing, and I think the blue edges really complete the card and make them stand out in a crowd!

If you haven’t done so already, click on the link above and check out Persimmon Images’ website! Kat has a great eye for photography and lots of talent and she’s photographed a wide variety of people, places and events.  She studied magazine journalism in college and discovered much of her love for wedding photography when she was a writer for WeddingBee a couple of years ago (She is Mrs. Cherry Pie!).  As I mentioned above, she and Justin are based out of Seattle, but they’ve been known to travel far and wide if there’s an exciting occasion or event that calls for it.

And, just because I know you all love pretty pictures, more of my favorite shots of their letterpress business cards are below!

Thanks so much for working with me on your new cards, Kat!  Keep up the awesome work!

Custom Business Cards | The Proper Poppy

Happy New Year everyone!  I wanted to start the new year off by showing off some lovely business cards that we printed a few weeks ago for a client in California who is starting up her own floral design business, The Proper Poppy.  Click on the link and check out the photos in Jennifer’s portfolio – they are stunning!

Jennifer’s cards are double-sided and were printed in a single ink color: a nice medium grey, on ultra-thick, Crane Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton duplex paper.  One side of the cards features The Proper Poppy’s logo and the other features some fun, thick, vertical, blind embossed stripes surrounding Jennifer’s name and contact information.  To give these cards a more “finished” look we die-cut them with rounded corners.

I just love how sweet and simple Jennifer’s logo is!  It looks so professional on that all-white background!  These cards were designed for Jennifer by graphic designer, Liz Grant.  We’ve worked with Liz on a few different projects in the past including wedding invitations for local couple, Anna and Zane, and on Jennifer’s holiday cards early last month.  Liz is a terrific designer and we just love printing her work!

I just love the back side of this card!  The blind embossed stripes do a lovely job of framing the typography for Jennifer’s name and contact information and really create a lovely texture!  We’re going to be working with Jennifer and Liz on more stationery items for The Proper Poppy in the coming year, so if you love these cards, keep your eye out for the other pieces on this blog in the next few months!  Thanks so much Jennifer and Liz!  Talk to you both soon!

Custom Business Cards | Magnolia PR

I realized today that it’s been a little while since I showed off a set of awesome, letterpress printed business cards.  So, here I am to help remedy that.  I designed and printed these lovelies quite a while ago, for Adrienne Dorsey of Magnolia PR in Los Angeles, but they’re just so lovely, I still wanted to share them with you!  These cards are small – only 2″ square, and they have rounded corners.  They were printed double-sided on custom-made, creamy off-white, wildflower seed paper from Porridge Papers in chocolate brown ink.  The back side of Adrienne’s cards features a little magnolia drawing I created for her, and the front side features a smaller magnolia at the top and all of her contact information for Magnolia PR farther down.  Aren’t these pretty?!?

Magnolia PR is a Los Angeles-based boutique public relations company focusing on fashion, baby and lifestyle.  It was launched in 2006 by founder, Adrienne Dorsey, as a way to connect brands with their desired media for optimal exposure.  Magnolia PR’s clients have been featured in magazines such as In Style, Lucky, People, Brides, Parents, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, In Touch and others.  They have also been featured on television shows such as the Today Show, Access Hollywood, E! and more.  Adrienne works with all sizes of brands and companies, from small start-ups to large established brands.  Contact her today to discuss your PR needs!

Custom Business Cards | Flowers of the Field

Twin Ravens Press is very excited to be working with a brand-new floral designer in Las Vegas!  A couple of months ago Cheryl from Flowers of the Field contacted me about designing both letterpress printed business cards and bouquet tags for her brand new shop!  Above you can see what we came up with!  Both Cheryl’s business cards and bouquet tags are a standard business card size at 3.5″ wide x 2″ tall.

Both have rounded corners and were printed in two ink colors: a deep, forest green and a bright magenta pink.  You’ll notice that we used a couple of different papers for the cards and tags, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

Above are Cheryl’s bouquet tags.  These tags were printed in two ink colors with her logo and contact information for the business and have a small 1/8″ hole drilled in the upper left corner for Cheryl to tie a piece of ribbon or twine through.  These were printed on 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper and have rounded corners for a softer, more finished look.

Cheryl’s business cards are very similar, but feature a slightly different layout that incorporates her name and e-mail address, as well as the logo and all of the same location and contact information as was on the bouquet tags.  These were also printed in two ink colors, but for them we chose to go with a somewhat fancier paper stock.  These were printed on custom-made, white, Porridge Paper that has wildflower seeds embedded in the pulp.  These cards will actually grow wildflowers if they get wet!  How cool is that?!?  I’ve worked with paper from Porridge Papers on many occasions, and in a wide variety of colors, for both business stationery and wedding designs, and I just love the way letterpress printing on it turns out!  It’s so beautiful and the paper is so wonderful to work with!

Check out the lovely impression and texture of Cheryl’s letterpress business cards on the porridge paper.  Isn’t it awesome!?!

Lastly, just to show you what gorgeous work Cheryl does, check out the photos below that I pulled from her website of some lovely bridal bouquets she created.  They’re just gorgeous!

Thanks so much Cheryl for working with us on your new business stationery!  We’re very excited to be working with you!