June 2010

20 articles in June 2010

Below are Amanda’s final printed cards. You can read more about her brand re-fresh and see the initial proofs for Paper + Nest as well as process by clicking. These were printed on 110# lettra in matte silver and matte metallic lavender. If you are interested in a brand refresh or custom work, not only do we provide letterpress printing but design services as well. Contact us for info or a bid on custom letterpress printing for your business or purchase a letterpress sample pack here!

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This update is from Susan, Adam’s sweet mother: Saturday they started warming Adam to 37.5 which is normal temperature, and took him off the paralytic medication at 10:30am. At about 3pm he began to show purposeful movements, kicking the nurse away with his foot, pulling away when they pinch his fingers, chewing on the ventilator tube, and reaching his hands to pull away the tubes, even opened his eyes a little tiny bit. These are good signs and very encouraging. Today they took him completely off the cooling blanket, and are letting him warm up on his own, he has a fever they are controlling with tylenol and motrin. They tried twice to put in a PICC line, and will try again this evening. We’re nearing the 72 hour time frame where the swelling will have reached it’s peak. They’ll do an …

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This is Adam, our 18 mo. old neighbor. After a tragic incident on the 24th, he has been life-flighted to the closest children’s hospital (SLC) and is in the ICU fighting for his life. He is 18 months and the youngest child in his family. The hospital is 350 miles from Idaho, and both of his parents are down there praying for a miracle and full recovery for Adam – waiting by his bedside. The rest of their kids are here in Idaho with extended family and neighbors. Susan & George are amazing parents, live a life of service to others, and have so much love for each of their children. My heart is breaking to see this happen to such a wonderful family. Please help and be entered to win some awesome goods! To raise money for Adam’s life-flight and hospital …

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Hi guys! You may note that the etsy store is closed temporarily. We are reworking some new product and look forward to launching just in time for Independence Day! On another note, we’re adding some special tweaks to the website for wholesale accounts specifically, so the blog here will be boring today. Tomorrow we’ve got a kick-butt post from Martha just in time to kick off your 4th of July celebrations. Jam packed with TONS of free printable goodies too. Whohoo :) Here’s a peek at in-progress stuff – man I love yellow!

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This one is for Christine who emailed me last night asking me where to get a Pantone matching system swatch book. Thanks for saying hi Christine, I hope this answers your questions! I buy my swatch books from Pantone however you can usually score a set on eBay for a significantly cheaper price. If you are buying second-hand though, you should be extra cautious as the colors can fade if exposed to sunlight on a regular basis, making your color match obsolete. Be sure to ask how old they are (more than 5 years won’t do as the #s often change) what condition they are in, as well as how they were stored while in use (I store mine in a black case or black plastic bag for transport). The less light the better, these babies are not cheap to replace! The …

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So all along I’ve been diligent about backing up my blog. Or what I thought was backing up. For any of you that have set up your self-hosted wordpress blog or content driven website, you may have had to create a database or two (MySQL5 is mine). Well tragically on Friday, I was getting to launch Mom’s (Martha’s) feature and I was messing around- yes don’t do that- and adding a few new databases for some coming up happenings with Dingbat Press. Long story short, I deleted the wrong database, and thus my blog. And look at that empty void on the 18th, that’s what my brain and heart were feeling like. I twittered like a mad woman, tried to re-install WP 3.0 and called my brother Matt, frantic with the dreadful news. To no avail, I didn’t have anything besides Google …

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These letterpress business cards were done for Dawn of Soiree Floral. She had her logo and Soiree Floral typography but needed help tying it into business card layout and design.  The only recommendations were her pantone numbers, the possible exploration of a blind impression, and wanting to see some stripes in the design as a 2.5×2.5″ square letterpress printed card. With her unique logo, I knew it would be so tactile when printed as the tear-drop would reverse out and look embossed when finished. Her light lavender/plum color scheme was a great change of pace as I haven’t printed purple in ages too. Above is Dawn’s pantone match and below the final printed business set. Letterpress printed on 110# paper for both pieces, the A6 (4.5×6″) notes were paired with matching un-printed envelopes, and the business cards (2.5×2.5″) were printed as a …

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These letterpress business cards shipped awhile back for Anda Marie. She already had her branding established but needed her business collateral printed and wanted it on the super-thick paper. She also needed a little help with her layout, and wanted to tie in a wood-grain pattern as her photography style is very natural, honest and artistic. To view more of Anda Marie’s beautiful photography, you can click on the image above to see this incredible wedding, and visit her blog or website to learn more about her services. Thanks Anda for being so fun to work with and for letting me print your cards. Let me know when you’ll be needing more! Photography ©2010 Anda Marie Photography, all rights reserved. All blog posts by Dingbat Press are regarding client projects, and are not paid editorial services for the above client. Dingbat Press is …

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BRIEF from Demi: If anything I would say our style is Tuscan elegance. Our ceremony is outdoors and our reception indoors in a barrel room/wine cave. I don’t want too much of a winery/vineyard theme going on in the invitation, but rather something elegant that sort of catches the whole winery vibe. While working on these designs we wanted to explore damask pattern and to juxtapose typography with a simple body layout and elegant script for hierarchy significance. Often when designing, I go through a series of steps to establish hierarchy within a piece. Wedding invitations are easy as usually the bride & groom’s names are of the most importance. Followed by the Bride’s parents (or the hosting family), and then, if included, the groom’s family. Next the reception/ceremony information and then date/time/venue information. Not all of these areas in a layout …

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The Dingbat internship has been a blast! I’m learning so much and I’ve really enjoyed it. Here’s one of my recent insights to letterpress printing: Registration is an important part of every job that is run through the press. It’s the process of aligning the paper and printing plate to create a print that looks just as it was designed to look from the digital proofs. Basically, it’s making sure that the print comes out straight. The press prints only one color at a time. So, multi-color jobs are run through the press multiple times using separate printing plates for each run. For example this two-color job for the Tall Cello Man went through the press twice, first for the blue and then for the gray, and required two plates, one for everything printed in blue and one for everything printed in …

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