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Dear Jane, You have officially inspired me to try red again in my hair. I hope your Valentine’s is a wonderful one, because those locks are RED HOT! Hopefully my husband thinks mine are red hot too… Your wannabe, Adrienne Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone or with Jane, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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Super excited to share this with you! I’ve been asked lately how my process works when I’m in illustrator creating a design. Often I have ideas that are a very rough sketch in my sketchbook and then I take to the computer to hash it out and explore my options. Below is a design I submitted (vote to the left if you like it) to Minted for their Take Note! Women’s Stationery Design Challenge. This is a take off of striped typography. I was going for something elegant and minimalist with a twist (or a stripe). Being a printer at hear it was hard to tell myself that the end result would be for offset printing, as it would look SO cool letterpress printed. If you click on the image you can zoom in to see the detail of the name and …

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Having a mother that catered many gourmet meals and fantastic wedding cakes during my childhood, it was inevitable that an affable bond with dish ware would grow in her only daughter. When my mom would do large parties she was always on the hunt for something that had the right amount of presentation but still left the food as the central focal point. We were always hunting antique stores for the next platter or tea cup or pitcher. She was a master at food art. Her table settings at home still are nothing short of amazing. The irony of it all is that among her Spode, Lennox, Dansk, Fiestaware, and Waterford Crystal – a piece of pyrex did not exist. Even more ironic is that I’ve somehow fallen in love with the domestic staple of household casseroles – the Pyrex in all …

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Don’t these buttons look absolutely delicious? I mean, they could totally pass for candy – WAIT, they are candy!  Which is why after deliciously drooling over these, I might just have to find some button molds and make “cute as a button” Valentine’s with the kids for their Valentine’s Day class parties. What do you think? Overly ambitious? Found on: Pinterest Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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I love the subtlety of a matte metallic ink, it gives a perfect shimmer when caught in the right light but isn’t too blingy. While all things that glitter can be lovely, for an invitation suite, the subtle shimmer paired with a metallic envelope give a great gradation of texture and variation to a piece without having it be too matchy. I don’t even think blingy and matchy are words, my wordpress is wanting to autocorrect me.  Often when translating metallic color schemes over to letterpress you have to find a matte hue that you can mix with silver or gold ink. The other options is to order a coated metallic custom pantone can of ink, and accept that on an uncoated, highly absorbent cotton paper, you will loose most of the high-gloss. Moving on, all of the colors in this palette would …

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Yes, for you – for 2012 – from me! Click here to download your Vintage Fashion 2012 Calendar. Print out on a heavy cover stock and trim on the crop marks to 4×9″. Arrange to your hearts content and enjoy for a fashionable new year! For personal use only – not available for commercial use or resale – ©2011 Dingbat Press

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Hi guys! It is another business Friday and I am looking to you for what you want me to write about. Design, business, letterpress? If there is something you’ve been dying to ask then you should comment on this post or any of the others in the future so I know what to blog about for Business Fridays. These posts will be primarily informative only, to serve as a guide instead of photo eye-candy and I’m ready to dish it out! The first request I had was from a friend that emailed me wanting to know some tips on hiring a designer to do her identity. As I started to think about it I came up with a lot more than 5 but eventually narrowed it down to my top 5 (if I weren’t to do it myself). 1) P O R …

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