October 2009

13 articles in October 2009

Hey friends! Happily, I’m swamped with letterpress work – business cards, invitations, holiday orders, wholesale! Unhappily my computer is giving me issues. With trying to launch some new goodies, get holiday listings updated in the shop and fulfilling the massive amounts of orders I have going on over the next few weeks, things will be sparse around here as I prepare to launch some small additives to the blog and complete the above list. Bear with me and come mid November I’ll be back with some new looking stuff and some SWEET giveaways! As for right now, I need to put my time to current jobs going through the studio, and the biz to prep for what’s coming up next!!! Thanks for understanding and make sure you check back regularly (or follow me on twitter – button on the right) as there …

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These letterpress calling cards shipped out this week to Joy and are a great way to get some simple contact cards in a small print run. Kathryn of Della Carta Calligraphy penns your name in calligraphy and then gives you the digital high-res file. Kathryn penned my name awhile back and I’ve already blazed through my first set of 50! Sold as a set of 50 (you can get more if you’d like), they are letterpress printed 1 color on 110#/300 GSM paper and packed in a sturdy ClearBox for safe keeping in your purse, pocket or bag.

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Today marks a day in history I often thought I wouldn’t make it to. 9 Years in marriage. As I think about the last nine years it’s hard to pinpoint any particular point in time. We’ve had the “itch” years (4 & 7), the honeymoon, everything in between. Death of a parent, stroke, heart stents, diabetes, toxemia, vacations, power outages (lots), building a home, starting a business, buying a business, school, marriage counselors, and more – mind you not in that order just a random jumble of things. As I think about our 9 years together, and my nine years as a young adult, there are so many overflowing emotions that I am filled with and yet have no idea how to express them. I’m a counter by nature and when we got married I counted (when the days got rough) how …

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Michelle is a translator in Singapore and came to me in need of a letterpress business card to use with her services offered for translation in both traditional and simple Chinese. She wanted the cards to look professional, and reflect the quality work she had to offer. Requirements were that she didn’t want it to be too girly (ie, too much flowers) with simple typography, script for the name and possibly a monogram. Color schemes she wanted to explore were pink/brown and latte/brown. Below are the proofs for the first round!

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These tags make me happy. At 1″ x 3″ with hole punch and 1/4″ chocolate ribbon, they are perfect for gifts this holiday season. Letterpress printed on SUPER THICK 220#/600 GSM in chocolate ink, they’ll add a substantial albeit mini touch to any recipient. Available in the shop, you’ll get a set of 6 letterpress tags (2 of each). Enjoy!

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Here are more Traditional Dingbat notes I shipped out a little while ago. With three more orders of these going through the studio this week, this is climbing the charts as my hottest personalized item, and has the quickest personalization turnaround of 8-10 business days (from approval of proof). I like these because the gift giver chose a dingbat that she wanted to double as an ampersand. If you check out the listing you can see other images of Traditional Dingbat in the thumbnails and customize yours with typeface (Goudy or Helvetica Neue), dingbat, and ink/envelope color. For +$15 I’ll print your envelopes too! The listing is for a set of 25, however I can do 50, 75 or 100 if you’d like. Get your order in before the holiday schedule gets too tight!

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This is option 2 for Nicole and Chris, option 1 first shown here. This invitation design came about because Chris wanted to see how we could make a typographic invitation with flourishes work. Here’s an alternate layout with some calligraphic examples of flourish and border that was popular during the time-period. Layout is non-traditional in that there are large and small variations of the border, however typography is kept simple and centered on a horizontal format.

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Sandra came to me awhile back with a need for contact/business cards for her new etsy store. She already had a design and I was her letterpress printer of choice. This card was different in that she had a brush stroke scan that we wanted to print as close as possible to the original. For letterpress, this required the artwork to be altered in photoshop to a bitmap and then a halftone linescreen. My plate maker (BOXCAR PRESS) recommended a linescreen of 100. They can go all the way up to 150 lpi, however advised that even an expert printer would have to be very cautious with inking so as to not flood the plate. So I stuck with the 100 lpi. This turns your gray-scale image into a tiny dot-gain pattern which them comprises the whole image when printed. I was …

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I recently found this lovely shop on Etsy and am in love! A Fanciful Twist, outstanding creations by Vanessa capture every whim and fancy of my prima-ballerina days. And if that isn’t enough, then check out her amazing flickr stream here. What, what’s that????? You have a question?????? I won’t be answering my monitor so just check her out – aren’t these felt balls electrifying?

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So I have this internet friend. Lisa, from Pen & Ink Calligraphy. Also of the Pen & Ink Journal. Forever ago she ordered some of my Poppy Mini Enclosures and Aster place cards to do some calligraphy samples on, and since then I’ve enjoyed seeing what she can do with my goods. I SO wish I had the talent for a beautiful penned hand, but alas I don’t so I just send her bags of goodies to write on instead! As I was checking her blog I realized it has been a little while because there was a new look and feel to it: If you click on her image above you’ll be directed to her blog where yes she WRITES her own blog posts. The first thing I thought was “dang. that is one awesome looking handwritten font.” then I thought, …

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