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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!

 

Wedding Favor Tags | Tatiana & Philip

Check out these pretty little favor tags I finished printing yesterday for a couple getting married in Florida this upcoming February.  These tags measure 3.5″x2″ and feature rounded corners and silver ink on 110 lb. 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper.  I love the big, decorative flourish-y “Thank You” at the top of these – it would be a really pretty motif for thank you cards as well.  I have no idea what kind of favors Tatiana and Philip are having at their wedding, but I’m sure these little tags, tied on with a little ribbon will look just lovely on them!

Thanks so much for working with us Tatiana & Philip!  Congratulations!

Holiday Cards Galore & Thanksgiving Sale!

It’s that time of year, folks!  If you visited our Etsy shop recently, you will have noticed that we’ve been listing lots and lots of holiday-related goodies in our online store: everything from greeting cards to small gift cards and tags to letterpress printed goodies that would make great holiday gifts, like coasters.  If you haven’t been over there recently, I’m about to give you more of a reason than ever to go very soon!

First though, I’d like to give you a little taste of all of the lovely holiday items that are available, right now, in our etsy store!  Below is our Penguin Snowball Fight holiday card.  This design is the newest addition to our holiday line, and it is an A2 size, printed on Crane Lettra 110 lb. Pearl White Paper in 5(!) ink colors, and comes with coordinating pale blue envelopes.  These are available as singles and in sets of 6 or 12.

Last year, at the end of the holiday season we released these lovely sets of tags that  you see below.  These were a collaboration between the awesome calligrapher/hand-lettering artist Crystal Kluge and myself.  They come in packs of 6 (one of each different tag design) for only $5.00 a set.  They’re a super cute way to dress up your holiday gifts this season!

We’ve also started releasing a series of small (only 3.5″x2″, folded) gift cards in various designs and colors.  You can see four of those below (and yes, I did throw a birthday one in there just for variety, on purpose).  These are another very cute way to dress up your packages this holiday season! Clockwise from upper left: Origami Crane Holiday Gift Card, “Make a Wish” Gift Card, Snowflakes Gift Card, “Happy Birthday” Cupcake Gift Card.  All of these gift cards come in packages of six with coordinating envelopes for only $5.00 per pack!

The greeting cards in the grouping of photos below are all 4bar size and come in sets of 10, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Holiday Hedgehogs, Poinsettia Mouse and Peace Dove.

Above, the top left most card, the VW Bug Christmas card, is a 4bar size, and the others in the grouping are A2s.  The A2 size cards come in sets of 12, 6 or as singles.  Clockwise from top left: Volkswagen Christmas Card, Cardinals, Holiday Cat & Lights and Crane String (Green-Copper-Red).  The Crane String card comes in other colors as well, if you like the design but want colors that aren’t so Christmas-y.

At Twin Ravens Press, I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving.  As of this coming January we will have been in business, making lovely letterpress printed goodies for people all over the country, and in a variety of countries around the world, for four years.  We’re doing great, and I couldn’t be happier running this business.  The thing about it is, the reason that Twin Ravens Press is working so well, is because of you, not me.  Your continued support and enthusiasm for our designs, printing and products, both custom and not, is what makes Twin Ravens Press possible.  So, as an extra special thank you to you, our customers, this holiday season, I’m extending an extra special Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale.  We aren’t going to be open tomorrow or Friday, so this is an online sale only.  Here’s how it’s going to work: visit our Etsy Shop between midnight tonight (the start of the Thanksgiving holiday), and midnight on Friday (Pacific Standard Time), and order anything from our store.  Enter the code: GIVETHANKS2010 when you check out, and receive 20% off of your entire order!  This sale applies to all products in our store, not only the holiday ones, so if there’s something you’ve been meaning to pick up, please don’t hesitate.  Please note that this sale only applies to items in our etsy shop, and not to custom orders, custom printing, or graphic design services.  That’s it!

As I imagine we might get a little more traffic this weekend as a result of the sale, I will be logging in periodically to re-stock items that have sold.  If you don’t see everything you want, right when you log in, check back in again, as it will probably be back.  All orders will be filled beginning Monday morning, November 29th, in the order that they were received.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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!

The Wedding Invitations of Mr. & Miss Ramen


Let me preface this post by saying that no, I didn’t print wedding invitations for a couple whose last name is actually “Ramen”. As this particular couple asked me not to reveal their real names on my blog, I will be referring to them by a pseudonym they chose for themselves. You see, Miss Ramen is a blogger over on WeddingBee, and the fifth WeddingBee blogger that we’ve printed invitations for. If you are a follower of WeddingBee, you may have already read some blog posts she’s done about her wedding there. If you aren’t, but like what you’re about to see of her invitations, you can read more about her wedding here. Despite having to be a little sneaky about the information I show off to you about their wedding on this blog, working with the Ramens was an absolute joy and their invitations are absolutely lovely.

The Ramens, being the talented and uber-motivated individuals that they are, designed their whole invitation suite themselves and then hired Twin Ravens Press to do their letterpress printing! I heard from Miss Ramen that she is doing her calligraphy for her envelopes all by herself, which, for a bride who isn’t planning a small wedding, this is quite the undertaking. The Ramen’s invitation suite included a #10 size invitation, a reply postcard, a small business card size website card, an invitation envelope and a set of small cute tags! Here is their invitation:
As I mentioned above, Mr. and Miss’ Ramen’s wedding invitation is a long and skinny #10 size, printed on Crane Lettra pearl white paper with metallic silver ink. I love the elegant swirls and scrolls they created for all of the pieces in their suite! It’s a little difficult to tell, due to me blurring out most of their names, but the typeface they used for their names and for the line at the bottom of the invite really compliments their decorative swirls beautifully!
Here is their invitation again with its corresponding envelope. The envelope Mr. and Miss Ramen chose is a #10 size, 30% post-consumer recycled envelope in a light blue color called “Cloud” from Green Paper Company. I love how these envelopes add just a subtle hint of color to the suite without being bold and overwhelming. I also love how they continued their swirl motif from the invitation on the front of the invitation envelope. The envelopes were also printed with metallic silver ink and included a very cute, framed return address on the envelope flap.
To save on postage and envelopes, Mr. and Miss Ramen decided to do their reply card as a postcard! These were also printed in silver ink on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.
They did a fantastic job of keeping the look of their entire suite consistent, while incorporating some unique, fun, and super-cute details into each piece. Check out the little whole and broken heart icons next to their accepts/regrets lines:
Very cute idea, don’t you think?!?
Now, I’m not quite sure what Miss Ramen has in store for these little guys, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be adorable. The Ramens had me print them a set of small letterpress tags featuring their initials, wedding date and the city where they will be wed, inside the same cute kind of frame they used for their return address on their envelopes.

Miss Ramen opted to cut these out herself, in order to save money on die-cutting. Although I’m not sure what she’s planning to use them for, they are super-adorable.
This last piece in their suite, is quite possibly my favorite. As Miss Ramen is an avid blogger (hence why she blogs for WeddingBee), she wanted to include a small website card that would direct wedding invitation recipients to their website for further information. This card measures 2″x3.5″, which is the same size as a standard business card, and was also printed on Crane Lettra paper in silver ink.
Isn’t that absolutely adorable?!? I love the cute little caricatures that Mr. Ramen drew of himself and his bride. So sweet… and such a cute idea for a little website card!
Mr. and Miss Ramen were an absolute joy to work with and I’m so happy that I got to do their letterpress printing! If you like these designs, head on over to WeddingBee and read more about the Ramens. They really are a very sweet couple. Miss Ramen posted a very cute teaser a couple of weeks ago, which you can read here, and she just posted at length about her invites here.
Thanks so much Mr. and Miss Ramen and many congratulations!