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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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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)!

Clara and Andy | Custom Wedding Suite







wrapping up the end of the week, hopefully everyone has had a chance to enter for the last two giveaways – because here comes the BIG ONE (yes, it only happens once) where we GIVE you (well, one lucky person) a set of letterpress wedding invitations! AND because we are going all out with this new site, you will not only get the standard set of 100 Invites/Envelope set paired with flat RSVP & envelope, but we are upgrading your paper to 220# SUPERTHICK, AND adding in edge painting. Hey, we’ll even throw in the design (or the winner can submit their own design files, and we’ll work with you to make it press ready).

IF YOU WANT TO WIN an awesome letterpress wedding suite then you can do so in one (or all) of the following ways for an entry:

1) Follow us on twitter @DingbatPress and like us on Facebook

2) Tweet the new site or giveaway on your twitter feed and include a url as well as hashtag #DPWeddingWIN for an entry. Tweet as often as you like, you can have up to 5 tweets count towards an entry for you. Tweet MUST contain hashtag AND a link to this post.

3) Post a link on your Facebook wall to this blog post and come back to comment with a link in your comment that will direct me to your Facebook post. (one entry)

4) RE-PIN one of these images from this post with has tag #PinToWin_DPWedding in the description field. (only one pin entry allowed, can’t add to multiple boards)

5) Comment here with you’re favorite wedding suite available for purchase in the shop!

6) Request an estimate for your dream wedding suite (or whatever suits your fancy) and if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off your order for wedding invites if placed and paid in full by March 30th!

The TERMS: Contest open internationally. We will not rush this suite. Turn around will be between 4-6 weeks from start to ship date. Design specs include 3 initial designs presented, with 3 rounds of revisions. Wedding suite MUST be redeemed by March 1st, 2013. No substitutions regarding paper stock, ink colors, edge painting or swapping pieces – This suite is for a set of 100, 2 color Wedding Invitation/envelopes and RSVP/envelopes + Design. Winner cannot redeem winning goods as a cash prize.

CONTEST CLOSES: Sunday 3.11.12 at midnight MST. Winners for this week’s contests will be announced Tuesday!

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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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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Never one to follow tradition, I received a lovely email from a colleague yesterday morning wondering if I’d hold my Cyber Monday promotions and instead launch them on Tuesday as part of a Letterpress Tuesday promotion – specifically showcasing letterpress artisans and their holiday goodies on sale. I of course opted out of Cyber Monday and am happy to announce that for the next 24 hours (YES, RIGHT NOW) you can get 25% off ANYTHING in our online shop until midnight tonight (MST). These black letterpress calling cards were printed on a black 80# coverstock (I think it was AstroBrights paper). Black can be tricky on press because letterpress inks are very transparent and do not get good opacity when printing on dark papers. We like to recommend a color mix with opaque white to help bulk up the color (PMS Silver …

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These were another set of proofs for Jennifer and Cristina for their autumn wedding. I love the exploration of the Japanese maple leaves – they remind me of the progression of a leaf as it flutters down, falling from a tree. I also LOVE how when making a full circle, as in the proofs on the bottom, there is a lost and found element within the ring of leaves – do you see it? If so what is it? ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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