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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!

 

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!

Weddings | Joyce & Tim

I get to work with so many awesome couples during the summer months on wedding-related stationery, that I simply don’t have time to feature them all on this blog in the summer.  I really love the winter months though, because I can take some time to go back and remind myself of all of the beautiful and fun invitations we created over the summer and show off the ones to you that I didn’t quite get to during those months.

The invitations you see above and below, were one of my favorites to design from early summer 2010!  Joyce and Tim of Vancouver, Canada were very fun and had a lot of unique, quirky elements to their wedding that made designing their stationery really fun!

When Joyce first contacted me, she described her upcoming wedding and the stationery she wanted.  Her stationery was to incorporate chartreuse and violet inks on a creamy white paper and she liked the idea of mixing typewriter fonts with fonts that looked handwritten.  She wanted her stationery to incorporate different flight elements, and we chose paper airplane motifs as well as classic “Airmail” stripes to accomplish this.  All of the graphics on these invitations were hand-drawn in a very simplistic style, which I absolutely love.  It’s very cute and quirky and fun!  As we hammered out ideas, we also decided that printing these invitations with all of the pertinent information as one sheet of paper, would be pretty cool, so we designed these as a long accordion folded invite with four separate panels, each of which was printed double-sided, to maximize the space.  Each invitation measures 15.25″x5.75″ unfolded, but folds up to slightly larger than an A2 size card.  Letterpress printing something this large on a platen press can be a challenge, but I love the format and think that it’s a great way to fit a lot of information onto not a lot of paper.

In the image on the left above, you can see the two main panels of the exterior side of the invite.  The small panel at the top folds over the whole package and has the couple’s return address printed on the flap.  The way that this is designed, you could potentially mail them without envelopes.  They actually almost look like they are in an envelope, when they’re folded up, even though they are not!  Because Joyce wanted them to arrive in great shape for her guests though, she also had a us print some A6 size, deep purple envelopes for them to be mailed in.  I do love how the format allows for them to be mailed without envelopes though, and I think this plays into the “airmail” theme in the design really well.  The panel below the one with the address on the backside features an area for Joyce to write in her guest’s names (as well as their address, if she had been mailing them without envelopes).

In the image on the right above, you can see the interior side of the small panel as well as the next two main panels to the right of it.  The two main panels on the inside were the actual invitation panel (left) and a panel with lift ticket, accommodations and directions information all relevant to the wedding celebration (right).  Check out these two center panels closer below!

I just love all of the fun little elements in this design!  The hand-drawn paper airplanes and clouds are so joyful and inviting along with the funky typewriter and handwriting-like fonts, and the airmail stripes!  I also love Joyce and Tim’s unconventional choices in color.  Chartreuse and violet are just awesome together!

Another thing I love about this design is how Joyce gave just enough information in her different informational sections on the right-hand interior panel, without going overboard.  Sometimes I think it’s difficult for couples planning a destination wedding to decide what information is absolutely essential for their guests and what information is extraneous.  Joyce and Tim did a great job of giving just enough information in their informational section, and then directed guests to their wedding website if they needed more info.

The fourth panel of Joyce & Tim’s wedding invitation was a detachable RSVP postcard.  It was also double-sided, and featured all of the important RSVP information on one side (guest’s names, rsvp date, and a place for guests to choose their reception entrée).  I love how Joyce let me incorporate little animal and vegetable icons into the design for the entrée choices.  They’re too cute!

The backside of this reply card/panel was designed to look like a vintage postcard back.  It was divided down the center and featured Joyce & Tim’s address and a place for a postage stamp on the right side and the left side was blank with a little note asking guests to write a message to the couple.  I think this is such a cute RSVP idea and I imagine that they were really fun for Joyce and Tim to receive in the mail in the months before their wedding.

Last, but not least, we also designed a set of coordinating thank you cards for this stationery suite, for Joyce and Tim to send out their guests after the wedding.  These were also printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and violet, and featured many of the same design elements from the actual invitations, including the airmail stripes, handwriting font, and a chartreuse paper airplane.  These cards were an A2 size, folded, and came with coordinating chartreuse envelopes that had Joyce and Tim’s address printed on the back flap in violet.  Aren’t they cute!?!

Thanks so much again Joyce & Tim for working with me on your wedding stationery!  I really enjoyed it!  All the best!

Personal Stationery | Kara & Steve Herschkowitz

Hello everybody!  I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  Check out this gorgeous set of custom letterpress personal stationery we completed last week for a wonderful couple that we’ve been working with for quite a while now, Kara & Steve.  If those names sound familiar to you, it’s because you may have seen their awesome, super-modern Save-the-Dates that we created for them last October here, or their incredible letterpress and laser-cut wedding invitations that we posted this past June, here.  Or, maybe you saw Kara’s very cool wedding programs and menus here, in September.  At any rate, Kara has been a wonderful, long-term customer that I just love working with, so I was super-excited when she contacted me recently about creating a set of custom stationery with her new last name to use for personal correspondence!  In keeping with Kara’s, simple, wonderfully modern style, we created a set of white, 100% cotton, letterpress printed, 4bar size folded notecards, that were printed with just her last name in the bottom center of the card in a fun, funky, typewriter font.  The cards were then paired with a variety of four different colors of Waste Not Paper envelopes, all of which had Kara & Steve’s return address printed on the back flaps of them in black ink in the same typewriter font.  The envelope colors Kara chose were a lovely reddish-orange called “Papaya”, “Gravel” grey, a nice turquoise blue called “Pool” and a bright yellow called “Curry”.  I just love the look of a simple, white card dressed up with bright colored envelopes!

Thanks so much again, Kara!  You rock!