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These letterpress business cards were printed for Bespoke Home out of Palo Alto, Caliornia. We actually did two runs of this card – the first on 110# lettra which didn’t yield great saturation or color results. So we went back on press with a second printing of these on a duplexed Mohawk Superfine (we duplexed their 120 and 160# paper together to get an ultra thick cover stock). This was our first opportunity to print on the Mohawk, and while it does not take a really pillowy impression like the cotton and mouldemade papers we carry in-house, it does get very beautiful ink coverage and saturation with barely any ink. I was quite impressed buy the smooth nature of a hot-pressed paper and how it could print so differently from a cotton alternative. If Mohawk made a 220# weight paper I might just have to add it as one of our house stocks because the color is so silky smooth. What do you think? Should I petition to a heavyweight Mohawk paper or leave it be?

In the end, these cards were ganged up for each of the three business partners as well as a forth generic card for Bespoke Home. By ganging up different card designs on the same plate, you can change things up without a significant increase in price. The reason being that if the contet just changes and the press colors remain the same then we can plate these all together as well as run them on the same run. If you see interested in more detailed info about how to prep your files for a ganged up plate you can always email us at info {at} dingbatpress.com and we would be happy to walk you through the steps!

If you are a bride looking for a quick ship favor tag or escort tag the look no further. Launched last year at NSS I can’t believe these babies haven’t made the blog until today. Sometimes I feel like there is so much stuff to photograph, edit, list and promote that little lovelies like these can get lost in the mix. Monogram tags are sold in sets of 10 with 1/4″ stretch ribbon – you can get the whole alphabet or just a few sets of your favorite letter!

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These cards were letterpress printed on 220# arturo with Pantone match and matte metallic gold inks as a 1/1 business card for Phoebe. Phoebe is an excellent graphic designer and designed these cards for her branding collateral as an extension of her already awesome website. I am a big fan of chevrons lately and am totally digging these wide set ones on the back of Phoebe’s card, how about you? Edge painted with a custom mix strawberry ink, thanks Phoebe for being so excellent to work with! I loved how these turned out.

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Tilted Sky is a business by couple Lindsey & Stephen who shoot some pretty awesome wedding filmography for your big day. Lindsey approached us with a seemingly challenging project in that she wanted  the look of a gradient/split-fountain in a very small print area. Easy for flat printing, challenging for letterpress printing. After working long and hard on her files and the concept she was going for, we finally decided to go with the solution to have the gradient sky printed via flat printing on our 110# paper, and then ran it through our presses for the final print run with a light silver ink for their business info. Above and below are two pre-press proofs that we pulled for Lindsey so she could compare the color of the gradient, the value of the line screen clouds (which were hard to photograph …

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I’m just slightly infatuated with pantone, if you haven’t noticed. And this year the 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango! I love how the yellows are being infiltrated by the oranges now. This was a wedding suite for a November wedding for Preeya. First off, she was SO fabulous to work with and had the most amazing mood board. (See at the bottom). She was right on the money regarding color trends and the design was so fun to develop with her. The suite was printed on 110# cotton paper, 2 inks, paired with gravel envelopes and dark gravel ink. Pieces included Invitation, Directions, Details and RSVP cards for the letterpress pieces, and then place cards and menu for digital pieces for the day of events. To price out an invitation suite like Preeya’s head over to the shop and …

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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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It has been such a GREAT week with the shop launch and #letterpressTuesday promotion that I just can’t wrap up the week without another special something for you awesome friends. While we will continue to have the bread and butter of Dingbat Press be mostly letterpress goods, we are dipping into the offset arena for our budget conscious customers (or those on a super tight deadline) and because you have requested it. Throughout 2012 we’ll be unrolling offset baby announcements, more holiday greeting cards and hopefully (fingers crossed) a finished – NEW – collection of offset wedding invitations. These designs will utilize the advantages of offset and 4-color process and hopefully be a place where visions that aren’t suitable for letterpress can be fulfilled with a flat printed option. SO, on with the giveaway! Win a set of 100 offset holiday cards …

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Due to some unforseen glitches yesterday, apparently if you tried to complete an order in the shop via credit card then an error message popped up and the order wouldn’t process. We’ve fixed that baby right up and have decided to extend the sale for ONE MORE DAY (now until midnight on November 30th, 2011)! Who doesn’t love to make up lost time?! Remember to enter code DINGBAT25 at checkout and enjoy! Head on over, this deal only comes once a year!!

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Calling cards never get old for me. Seeing the calligraphy by Kathryn of Della Carta is magical every time it shows up in my inbox. These were letterpress printed on 110# luxe white paper in gravel ink with papaya edge painting.  Sold in sets of 50, this is a great way to get into a set of calling cards without the investment of meeting the press minimum of 250 cards for a custom print order. Get an estimate here, these are always a big hit for gifts for the holidays and turn around super quick!

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One thing I’ve found with doing my first National Stationery Show as a vendor is that it’s not just the collections, printing, designing, booth purchase that goes into it. There’s the booth design, organization, layout, lighting, SHIPPING (man it’s been a nightmare), filling in the gaps to a collection, putting the puzzle pieces together and more. Since half of my collection has yet to be printed, and I needed to know exactly how many pieces I had and what was going to go where I decided it was time to photograph a dummy layout on the floor. Here’s one of 8 options I’m considering. SOOO much work! Sheesh!

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