February 2011

7 articles in February 2011

We’ve been working with Sade from Bridal Couture Closet on her business cards, layout and some additional elements for business correspondence. Some of which include letterpress business cards, an email signature, product tags, labels, and now letterhead. These are half-sheeted letterhead (5.5×8.5″) paired with A6 envelopes. Letterpress printed on a text weight paper, in chocolate brown. I need to add this to my to-do list of things to get done before NSS for Dingbat Press. I have to say, I’m so used to printing thick papers on the windmill, these threw me for a loop being a thinner sheet. It wanted to suck up like 10 at a time. Finally after trying a lot of different solutions, I opened up the knoby in the back to let more air out before it pumps through the press. Magic!! Heading out to do a …

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Online eCommerce for the indie artisian, part 1 by Dingbat Press. The online Etsy Store. I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about the launch of our self-hosted shop. While I’m no eCommerce web programmer guru, we’ve set up a few shops for ourselves and other indie sellers and are starting to get the hang of things regarding pros and cons. This series will give you a run down between joint hosting with another marketplace provider (Etsy, Storenvy, ArtFire, BigCartel and other smaller online marketplaces) vs. taking the big leap and self-hosting your shop. This post is going to focus on Etsy, since most, if not all of you are familiar with it. Etsy, the online marketplace for indie artisians holds probably the largest market share for online hosted storefronts. It’s the go-to for easy start-up selling, and is often referred …

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Sorry for the blog absence. I never knew NSS prep and wedding season could draw so much time from my days!! We also had my brother-on-law’s wedding, flu season around here and we’ve hit our HIGHEST EVER monthly gross revenue for Dingbat Press. It’s been a little busy needless to say :) Thanks guys for all your love and support. For the February round-up on the task list: We’ve launched a Storenvy site! Storenvy rocks. It’s everything and more (while we still love Etsy, let’s just say Storenvy’s CSS styling is above an beyond paired with awesome NO LISTING product fees and easy PayPal integration I think I’m officially hooked! Organization is happening at an alarming rate – I want to be ready for NSS so we can SHIP SHIP SHIP! I’ve also designed and plated our return policy, compliment card, product …

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You may remember the proofs for Jessica’s knockout wedding invitations. Well I’m excited to blog about the finished piece – again a new favorite! View the eye candy – I really don’t have much to say about them except that this was an amazing wedding suite to work on. This was a 4 piece wedding suite for Jessica. We wanted to create variation between pieces but still have them tie together. Pool and black are her wedding colors, and she wanted an old-world feel to the invites. Edge painted with a matching saturated pool, to set off her 1/8″ black border from the front of the invite. These were also packed in pool envelopes for the outer envelope, and black rsvp envelopes. The invitation was printed on Lettra 220# with a full bleed damask pattern overlaid with registration black ink. The typography …

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In honor of Valentine’s Day I’ll be blogging all week about wedding invites that have gone out the door these last few weeks. These were printed for my borther-in-law and his fiance for their wedding next week. We are so excited for them both, they’ve been waiting a long time for each other! These were printed on our new house paper (in the 220# stock) Legion Eco Rag. I LOVE it SOOO much better than the Lettra 220# paper. All I can say to describe this paper is, plush, pillowy and take a BEAUTIFUL impression. There are so many things that make this paper (in my opinion) better than the lettra. It’s soft – has a beautiful texture, and CUTS SO MUCH BETTER. My blade on my cutter dulls pretty quick with the lettra, but this stuff is like a hot knife …

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