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Weddings | Alison & Matthew

The invitations I’m posting today are one of my favorite classic, yet modern, black & white suites from last year!  They’re big, beautiful, and classy with just a touch of whimsy!  Alison and Matthew hired me last year to design and print this suite, based on some samples they had seen of some of my previous invitations, but also wanted to incorporate some custom calligraphy!  Their suite included a large 7″-square invite and corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and matching envelope, and a small 3.5″x2.5″ reception card. 

Alison & Matthew’s gorgeous invite was printed in two ink colors: black and silver.  We used the silver for their names only and the black for all of the other text.  The invites were printed on double-thick Crane Lettra Duplex paper.  Alison hired the awesome Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl to create her custom calligraphy.  Isn’t it beautiful?!?  Alison had Kelle create a few key phrases in calligraphy for the other pieces for us to incorporate into their design.  You can see the reply card and matching envelope in the photo below.  I love how the phrases “kindly reply”, “m______________”, and “mr. and mrs steven jones” are in calligraphy!  I love the contrast between them and the other phrases in the serif font – it’s such a nice contrast.

In the top left photo above you can see that we used the same return address for the back flap of the main invitation envelope.  The top right photo is a close up of the reception card.  This insert measured 3.5″x2.5″ (just slightly larger than a regular business card) and featured Kelle Anne’s calligraphy for “dinner and dancing” and the rest of the info in the serif font.  Lastly, to make the invites even more special, we edge painted them in a shimmery silver edge paint to match Alison & Matthew’s names.  I just love how these invitations turned out!

Alison and Matthew, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

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!

 

Weddings | Jennifer & Ari

Happy Friday Everyone!  The wedding invitations you see above are easily one of my top 10 favorite invitation suites from last year!  Jennifer and Ari were so entirely awesome to work with and I just love their designs!  Jen & Ari’s suite included a 6.25″ square invitation printed in two ink colors with a coordinating, lined envelope, an A2 size reply card and envelope, an A2 size directions card and a smaller website card.  Everything was printed in a super-fun and unique combination of kelly green and navy blue colors, and the combination of script and modern fonts we used is just awesome!

One of the things that really sets the design of Jen & Ari’s invitation apart from many others is that, while we incorporated some script into their invitation design, we didn’t use it for their names or much of the prominent wording at all.  Instead, Jennifer & Ari’s names were printed centrally in kelly green ink and were done in a stylish, modern, all-caps font with the other invitation text layed out around them.  We printed a small, thin green border about 1/8″ in from the edges of the card and used the same lines to accent and separate other information in the design.  I love the large, decorative flourish coming off of the script “and”.  We managed to incorporate this single flourish into almost all of the other pieces in their suite.

Jen & Ari’s invitation was printed on luxurious, 100% cotton, duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The paper is super thick and soft which makes for a gorgeous letterpress impression!

We designed the return address on their invitation envelope to match the fonts used on the invite and printed it in navy blue.

Jen and Ari’s reply card was an A2 size, also printed on duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The card is double-sided and features a couple of lines for guests to write their names, whether or not they’re attending, a spot to indicate whether or not they need a kosher meal option, and lines to write in requests for the band and the bartender.  We managed to incorporate all of the fonts from the invite on to this card and all of the lines and check boxes were printed in the same kelly green ink.  The back side of the reply card was blank, except for a header at the top.  I hope they got a lot of notes on these reply cards!

We paired Jen & Ari’s reply cards with kelly green envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and printed their return address on the front in navy blue ink.

In the top left photo in the grouping below you can see an individual image of Jen & Ari’s invite envelope.  The envelope was a 6.25″ square one from Waste Not Paper Company printed with the couples’ return address on the flap in navy ink.  Jen picked out an total awesome, modern, floral decorative paper for her envelope liners.  The envelope liner pattern featured 3 different blues, including navy, kelly green and copper and they were absolutely gorgeous!  I think that adding a liner like this was a great way to add a little bit of floral to an otherwise very modern suite.

Below the photo of the envelopes you can see an image of Jen & Ari’s website card.  We designed this card in two ink colors to match the other pieces.  This was a very small insert measuring only 3.5″x2.5″ – the perfect size for your website information!

Jen & Ari also wanted to include a separate insert with directions to their venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers,  and information on alternative transportation for guests who didn’t wish to drive in New York City.  The directions card was an A2 size and was printed in navy ink.

For the reception, Jen had us print up a set of coordinating place cards with a kelly green border and decorative flourishes.  She then had her calligrapher write each of the guest’s names in navy ink on each one.

The final piece we designed for Jen & Ari was a coordinating set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  These cards were an A2 folded size featuring the same styling we used in the main invitation suite and both ink colors: green and navy.  For the envelopes, we chose to go with navy this time, and re-incorporated the touch of copper from their invitation envelope liners into the return address color on their thank you card envelopes.  Then, Jen found a totally sweet and playful green paper with white and yellow daisies on it that we used for the envelope liners for her thank you card envelopes!  I think this was a totally cute pairing, and again love the floral + modern combination of styles.

Aren’t Jen & Ari a beautiful couple!?!  The photos above are courtesy of their photographers at 5 West Studios in Manhattan.   If you’d like to check out more photos from their day, you can on their photographer’s blog.

Thank you so much again for working with us Jen & Ari!  I had so much fun working with you last year and would love to work with you again!  All the best!

Weddings | Lauren & Chris

Earlier this month we finished a lovely, modern-chic set of wedding invitations for a couple in Southern California, Lauren & Chris.  Lauren and Chris are getting married in Palm Springs at the end of March and wanted something that was both classy and traditional, and modern and chic at the same time.  For their suite, we created a large, 6.75″ square wedding invitation with matching envelope, an A6 size reply card with matching envelope and a 5.5″ square rehearsal dinner invitation.  The three main pieces were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White and they were paired with 100% cotton pearl white envelopes from Crane & Co.  Twin Ravens Press created the design and text layout and Lauren and Chris hired the very talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina in Pasadena, California to do the calligraphy for both the letterpress printed designs and for her envelope addressing.

Here is Lauren and Chris’ wedding invite all by itself!  For the design of this invitation, we created a fun and modern blind embossed tile border pattern that is about 1″ wide all around the outside of the invite.  This invitation is an oversized square shape and measures about 6.75″ square.  We then letterpress printed the text of their wedding invitation in a mix of all-caps and classic serif fonts in black ink and had their names letterpress printed in black calligraphy as the main focal point of the piece.  I just love the beautiful calligraphy that Katrina created for this design, and think it worked so beautifully with the other design elements and typefaces of the suite.

Check out the gorgeous texture that the letterpress printing of the calligraphy, blind embossed border and text of the invitation created in the Holyoke paper!  The results were just stunning!

Above you can see the back flap of Lauren & Chris’ invitation envelope.  These envelopes were a 7″ square, marquis, square flap envelope from Crane & Co. and feature the couple’s letterpress printed return address in black ink centered on the back flap.  The calligraphy for this address was also created by Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina.
Lauren and Chris’ reply card was designed to match their invitation.  They had quite a few different events for their wedding weekend that their guests needed to respond to, so we chose to do a fairly large, rectangular A6 size card for this piece.  The design of the card features more beautiful calligraphy, the blind embossed border pattern adorning the left side of the card only, and some very cute animal and vegetable graphics for entrée choices.  This card was paired with an A6 size, square flap envelope, also from Crane that featured letterpress printed, calligraphy return addresses on the front.
I love Lauren’s fun and different responses for each event on this card.  It’s much more unique than just a simple “Accepts” and “Regrets”!
Last, but not least, we created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for Lauren and Chris to go with each of their wedding invitations.  This card is also a square shape, but is quite a bit smaller than the wedding invitation, at 5.5″ square.  It also features the same blind embossed border all the way around and was printed with black ink.  Katrina wrote out the words “Let’s Celebrate!” in calligraphy, and we used that for the main decorative text of this piece.  We also decorated this card with a small, vintage palm tree image, which I love.
Lauren and Chris were so much fun to work with and I truly loved mixing Lauren’s patterned border idea with fancy, elaborate calligraphy.  Thanks so much again for working with us Lauren and Chris!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Weddings | Jasmine & Kristin

Remember the pretty celadon green and blind embossed Save-the-Dates we created for Jasmine and Kristin who are getting married in May, this past fall?  Well, shortly after we finished their Save-the-Dates, I finished designing and printing their wedding invitations!  Jasmine and Kristin were really on top of it when it came to figuring out what they wanted, so designing for them was an absolute breeze!

Jasmine and Kristin’s wedding invitation suite included a 5.5″ square invite with corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope and a ribbon belly band with a medallion to hold all of the pieces together.  Both the invitation and reply card were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in their Bone White color and both sets of envelopes were a khaki color from Waste Not Paper Company.

For their invitation envelope, we wanted to do something fancy that incorporated one of their wedding colors that we hadn’t used in the save-the-dates: chocolate brown.  In order to do this, Jasmine and Kristin picked a khaki colored envelope and I printed some gorgeous flourishes on the top left and bottom right corners in chocolate brown ink with their return address printed on the back flap.  For their names in the return address, we used Jasmine’s handwriting, just like we did for the Save-the-Date!  I love how personal and unique it is when we use a bride or groom’s handwriting as part of their invitation design.

When you open up their invitation envelope, this is what you would see.  Enclosed are the invite, reply card, and reply card envelope, stacked in order of size, and tied together with a 1/4″ light pink ribbon that has a celedon green medallion in the center of it with Jasmine and Kristin’s initials printed on it in chocolate brown ink.  I make these types of belly bands a lot and I think that they are a lovely way to, literally, “tie-together” an invitation suite! You can see the whole “package”, in greater detail, in the photo below.

For the actual invitation, Jasmine and Kristin chose a design with cascading light pink flourishes and celadon green text.  For the majority of the text on this invite, we used a modern san-serif typeface, and for the names, we used Jasmine’s actual handwriting.  In order to achieve this for the letterpress print, I had Jasmine write out several versions of her and her fiancée’s names on a plain sheet of white paper, then we scanned the names in to the computer, turned them in to vector graphics and made a photopolymer plate of the version they liked best.  I think it turned out great!

Their reply card was designed to match the invite and was also printed in two ink colors: light pink and celadon green.  I used one fancy cascade of flourishes to decorate this card coming in from the top left corner of the card and the same combination of fonts (the modern san-serif and Jasmine’s handwriting) for the text.  It’s so simple, but so beautiful, at the same time.

Last, but not least, we created a reply card envelope in the same colors and style as the invite envelope, but this time in a 4bar size to fit the reply card.  I decorated the front of this envelope with some chocolate brown flourishes and we used a combination of handwriting and regular type for the address on the front.
Jasmine and Kristin were such a fun couple to work with and I’m sure their wedding in Tennessee this upcoming May is going to be just lovely!  Thanks again Jasmine and Kristin!  You are awesome!

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!

Weddings | Grace & Mike

The weekend before this past one, a lovely New York City couple that we worked with earlier this summer, celebrated their destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Grace and her now-husband, Mike, had seen this design that we created last year on our website, and they liked it so much, that they wanted to do something similar for their own wedding stationery.   Above you can see all of the pieces in Grace and Mike’s stationery suite together.  The suite included a 5.5″ square wedding invitation with corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply postcard and a small 3.5″x2″, business card-size website card.  Grace’s invitation and reply postcard were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton Duplex paper and the website was printed on the standard, matching 110 lb. weight.  We paired these invitations with a lovely purple euro-flap envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

I absolutely love the elegant, Japanese wood-cut-inspired, wave design that we created last year and re-used for this design.  The waves were printed in a very light grey and the text of the invitation was printed in a lovely violet purple over the top of them.  For the invitation text, we used two, fun, modern and playful typefaces.  I just love the font we used for their names!  It’s called Silverstein, and was a great match up for this design because it’s not a script, but is still decorative, modern, and it pairs nicely with the movement of the wave image.  Isn’t this just an awesome design?!?

The large image in the grouping above shows off the lovely impression this design created in the paper when letterpress printed.  I just love the way that both the waves and the violet type sink in to the 100% cotton duplex paper!  On the top left of this grouping, you can see the back flap of Grace & Mike’s invitation envelope.  I love the purple they chose to compliment their violet ink in their design!  This purple envelope was a different enough color that we were still able to letterpress print their address on the flap in violet without losing readability.  We used the same fonts from the invitation for the envelope, to tie both pieces together nicely.

The photo in the top right of the above grouping shows their website card, all by itself.  This card was printed on the standard weight, 110 lb. Crane Lettra paper, and is the same size as a standard business card.  In keeping with the ocean theme, we created some cute, whimsical starfish and bubble graphics to decorate this tiny card.  They were letterpress printed in the same light grey as the waves, with the website information printed in violet.  Creating a separate website card is a nice thing to do in an invitation suite, because it allows you to share your wedding website information with your guests without having to stick your website URL directly on the invite itself.  People can also keep these small cards near their computers and use them for a quick reference!

Grace and Mike’s reply card was a postcard, and featured both the wave and starfish/bubble design elements that we used on the other pieces in their suite.  The front side featured the waves and a fairly standard response card layout.  There’s a reply by date and a line for guests to write their names, followed by choices to accept or regret.  Under the “accepts” section Grace listed out all of the events of their wedding for guests to indicate which one(s) they planned to attend, and they could also specify a meal preference for the reception.  I love how we were able to get a lot of information on this card, without it seeming too overwhelming or crowded.  The back side of the reply postcard was very simple: it featured the same starfish design from the website card and their return address printed in the center.  Check out the awesome letterpress impression on this card in the photo below!  It’s just gorgeous!

From working with Grace, I can only imagine that her and Mike’s wedding in Mexico two weekends ago was just beautiful!  She has such great taste!  She and Mike were so much fun to work with!  Congratulations Grace & Mike!  All the best!

Custom Business Cards | In The Now Weddings & Events

Check out the awesome new business cards we letterpress printed earlier this fall for California wedding and event planner, Amanda Auer, and her staff, at In the Now Weddings & Events!  Twin Ravens Press had worked with Amanda before on a set of awesome promotional cards which you can see here, so I was pretty excited when she came back to us in search of new business cards for her company.  These cards are small – only 2″ square – and utilized a couple of different printing techniques to achieve the best result.  Generally speaking, printing large floods of color, like the black that you see on the back of the In The Now Weddings cards, isn’t very feasible with letterpress.  You can print large areas of color, but you won’t get much impression, and the color that you’re printing will often turn out really splotchy.  Amanda wanted a very clean looking, very black back for her cards with the thin white logo for her company showing through.  In order to achieve this we had the back sides offset printed on to Crane Lettra 110 lb. cotton paper and then the reverse side with the contact information was printed on the letterpress.  This allowed for some lovely texture on the backside, without sacrificing the quality and uniformity of the front.

I really love working with Amanda and I can tell you that it’s totally obvious that she and her staff just love what they do.  If you’d like to know more about In the Now Weddings & Events, you can check out their website or head over and visit their blog.  Go check them out – you won’t be disappointed that you did!

Thanks so much again Amanda!  You rock!

Weddings | Angela & Lý

Check out this set of wedding invitations!  I’ve been super-excited about showing off this set since they were completed this past April, but I hadn’t quite found the time to do so until now!  You’re in luck though, these babies are well worth the wait, and I sure hope we get to see pics of the bride and groom from the event, since their wedding was this past Saturday!  Check them out!

Bellevue, Washington couple, Angela & Lý, had contacted me earlier this spring to design and print a set of wedding invitations for their sleek, modern, awesome wedding to be held at Court in the Square in Seattle last weekend.  You can see the set in full glory in the image above.  It included a large 6.75″ square invite, a coordinating 5.25″ square reply card and two sets of matching, square envelopes.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper (including the envelopes!) with black ink and blind embossing.

For the design of the invite (and really the suite on the whole), we used a super-modern, sleek, serif font printed in black ink.  The main focus of the invite is Angela & Lý’s names, with all of the other relevant information in the same font much smaller above and below.  This invite is on the large side, at 6.75″ square.  This size was a perfect choice for this design because it allowed us to utilize lots of open white space for the blind embossing and also allowed us to have generous margins on all sides of the text.  For the blind embossing, I created a fun, modern, free-flowing pattern of different sized circles, some of which touching and interlocking and others flowing freely behind the type.  The embossing gave this invite (and the other pieces in the suite), a look and feel that was just phenomenal!

Angela and Lý’s invitation envelopes are also quite lovely, and coordinated beautifully with their invitation!

These envelopes are a large, 7″ square size with a square flap and are also made from 100% cotton.  In keeping with the design of the invitation, I chose to use more of the free-flowing circles on both the front and flap of the envelope.  Because envelopes are significantly lighter in weight (thinner) than the papers we use for the actual cards that go inside of them, blind embossing on envelopes doesn’t show up very well.  Because I wanted the envelope to have the same “look” though as the pieces on the inside, I printed the circles using a really really light grey ink to get a similar effect.  Aren’t they cool!?!  Angela & Lý’s names and return address were printed on the back flap in the same style and font as on the invite in black ink.

To jazz up these large envelopes even more, Angela chose a fun, but not over-the-top paper to use as an envelope liner.  This paper is a little more elegant and romantic, and slightly less modern looking than the rest of the stationery, but I love how well it coordinated with the color choices and I love how the pattern gave everything just a touch of sparkly-ness!  It was a great way to add a soft, romantic touch to an otherwise very modern invitation suite!

Angela and Lý’s reply card is very similar to their invitation and also features black ink and lovely blind embossing!  I mixed up the pattern of the circles for the blind emboss quite a bit on this piece, to keep things fresh and it really turned out nice.  Check out the image below to see the texture of the printing and embossing a little bit better – it’s just awesome!

Last, but certainly not least, we created a lovely square response card envelope to match.  It’s quite similar to the larger invitation envelopes, with super-light grey printing for the circles and Angela and Lý’s address in black ink on the front.

I love love love how everything in this suite coordinated so well!  Angela and Lý were so much fun to work with and I loved how they let me take their super-sleek, modern style and just run with it!  I’m sure their wedding this past weekend in Seattle was just fabulous!

Thanks again and congratulations Angela & Lý!