June 2012

8 articles in June 2012
Jason Nicholson | Saddlemaker

my good friend’s hubby is an AMAZING saddle maker. He uses the old custom art of hand building saddles with leather and hand-tooling that is pretty incredible. Most saddles these days are mass-produced in some form of another so it is hard to find a custom saddler that not only builds from the ground up, but that also creates his own custom designs. These proofs are for business cards for Jason showcasing his work, his cattle brand and contact info that he’ll pass out when he attends saddle and western supply shows. Check out that detail on the imagery, SO incredible! These will be offset printed on 100# cougar opaque so we can really see that detail. Now if only I had a horse…

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sUPER excited about these. While the bride ended up going in a different design direction, they will be printed as a split-fountain on Gmund Savanna Limba paper (its pre-embossed with a fabulous wood grain). I think my favorite from this round has to be the oak with custom typographic swashes. You?

here’s another holiday sneak peek – what do you think about an offset collection for quick ordering and customization? We certainly will continue on with the letterpress, but many have requested an offset option for holiday greetings because they need a quick turnaround.

This design is for those wishing to announce a new arrival for the holidays – more, many more genres to come. Gosh I miss my babies (although they have turned out to be pretty cute kids too)!

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sUPER excited about these little letterpress notes! They debuted at NSS last year, however we had a ton of city requests so the collection is rounded out at 27 cities (for now) all that were shown at the stationery show 2012. Here are a few of my favorites, all of which you can get in sets of 6 on Etsy immediately! Letterpress printed on Arturo gravel paper, sized as a 4Bar folded note with a blank interior. Sold as a set of 6 notes (and soon as singles, journals and coasters), this collection is printed in black ink, sketched and designed here in Idaho and then finished with colorfast watercolor paint. Each card will be slightly different due to the hand painted nature of the product.

many of the cards launched this year were US destinations, however more international landmarks were part of the 2011 launch and we have an ongoing list. If you’d like to see something that isn’t in the shop put it in the comments and we’ll get cracking on it! Can’t wait to hear what landmarks you want us to do next…

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emily worked for me for a good year while her hubby was wrapping up his bachelor’s degree and her very last project was to print her own business cards before she left. These were printed on ecru paper as a 2/1 letterpress business card. Emily is a hard worker, and if you are in need of freelance she rocks it!

Printed on Arturo 220# ecru, with custom pantone match on the green, and silver as her alternate color, don’t you just love this pattern?! I know I do – thanks Emil for being such an awesome employee, you’ll be sorely missed!

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let me say, it is SO great to be back – Stationery Show was AMAZING and we have a lot of orders we are working on fulfilling for our custom and new wholesale accounts. It was so great to see such amazing creative at the show too – one of my favorite parts about the show is the collection of everyone’s business cards. Beautiful printing, fabulous design and inspiring creativity leave little to be desired at NSS. It is like visual overload!

Business cards are such a great way to introduce your business as well as your personality. The cards below were client designed and I LOVED how, although simple, the waffle pattern really adds a great textural element to these cards.

Letterpress printed for Joe Martinez as a 3/2 letterpress printed card, these babies got the full treatment with multiple inks, blind impression and a fabulous edge paint. Printed on 220# Arturo paper with pantone matches and a CMYK edge paint match, I LOVE seeing client designs come to life on press from the original file designs.

While our primary business reflects our own design and printwork, we do work with client submitted files and can print them here in the studio. Get an estimate, we’d LOVE to work with you this summer – and stay tuned next week for some Stationery Show re-caps as well as more tradeshow tuesday notes and our latest printwork that we get to FINALLY launch (after working on it so hard this year)!