December 2011

11 articles in December 2011

This was one of those jobs when I received the files that I squealed with delight. This illustration is awesome, to say the least and we were so excited to be printing it for Tiny Twiggette. Lynn was so fabulous to work with and has some beautiful design work herself. These were printed on lettra 220# paper, in ecru. Pantone matched and printed as a 1/1, this is a perfect example of how a minimalist design and single ink color can be just as impacting with out all the hooplah of a billion press colors or changes. Sized at 2×3.5″ and printed as an initial set of 250 (our minimum opening order for a set of custom or client submitted files) you can get an estimate for yourself here – we are already booking the press for February and March!

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Picking up with the What to expect series today we’ll be discussing large coverage areas and floods.  Below is a business card design by Vanessa of NESS Design. It is a 2/1 letterpress business card printed on 220# paper. Vanessa’s cards got a really great ink coverage because of a few things. Her knocked out type was built up with extra stroke wight so that we could flood the press with a LOT of ink and by the time the letters started to fill in they were back to their “normal” weights. Serifed typography is a lot harder to work with and isn’t recommend (especially when small). If you want to knock out of a flood color area (knock-out meaning that the type is white or image area is white with ink surrounding it) then stick to imagery or typography that can …

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letterpress printed on 110# lettra paper, 1/0 inks (registration black) – sold as a set of 50. These were another set of calligraphy calling cards, however the client wanted to have the cards typeset instead of calligraphy. When sending out small sets of calling cards, this is our standard packaging so you can cart them around easily in a clutch, purse or messenger bag. To get yourself a set of letterpress calling cards, check them out and customize to your heart’s content!  

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We are already two months into winter here so needless to say, my mind is wandering to more tropical climates. These shipped out for a destination wedding and let me tell you, I SO wish I was somewhere warm right now. We have  lose to eight feet of snow banks on our road in places. These were letterpress printed on lettra paper, 220# as a 2-color job. One thing I’m finding is that lettra – while a great paper – seems to exaggerate the “salty” look when printing large ink areas. It seems that paired with the texture and composition of the paper there is less ink absorbancy when printing a flood in comparison to other papers (Mohawk and Arturo come to mind specifically as having better absorbancy). In the end, I think it depends on what sort of look you are …

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In addition to our holiday greeting cards that we launched last year, we’ve updated our New Year’s cards to 2012 and added a Dove Peace card. Get yours before the year is out for your holiday greetings. Sized at 5.5″ Square and paired with matching Square envelopes. You can order in sets of 12, 25, 50 and 100 (price discounts on larger quantities ;) and customizable with an interior greeting!

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  SO, Charles misplaced  my iPhone in JoAnn’s fabrics a few weeks back. I had to get a replacement and it was tragic because the search had to start all over for a new iPhone cover (not making the same mistake again of having the glass panel shatter like the first one). After looking and pinning I decided it was time to just design my own. If you need a cover that is fun and produced by Case Mate then head over to Zazzle and upload your own design or check out the other availability options – there are some cool cases out there!

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These calling cards shipped out recently and were done in the Spencerian Script Calligraphy. I love seeing all the different names that we do for calling cards. They feel sort of like a fingerprint. While the design is the same between cards, they all still feel so unique because of the nuances of the flourishes and swashes within the lettering. I think in another life I would have loved to be a calligrapher, such a beautiful art that I have so much respect for! These were letterpress printed on 110# lettra paper, with Gravely/Cement ink and a red edge-paint. A great way to still get letterpress cards if you are on a budget, these are one of my favorite products to produce! Get a set here for the new year or gift them for the holidays.

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If you haven’t seen it this year, we have re-designed the Love, Santa letterpress tags for all of Santa’s helpers out there. There is about 10-12 more shopping days for domestic orders if you want your letterpress goods by Christmas Eve. International orders better get hopping on your last minute US buying ASAP, we can’t guarantee anything shipped out beyond the 10th. Letterpress printed on 110# papper and paired with die-cut gift pouches in either antique gold or light shimmer champagne. Sized at 2.25 x 3.5″ and will fit a perfect amount of cash, gift card or special note from Santa to adorn your gifts this season.

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