Thursday, April 30, 2009

First Friday Artwalk & Meet Your Maker One Year Anniversary Tomorrow!

If you're in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area tomorrow and are looking for something fun to do on Friday night, you should come downtown for the First Friday Artwalk!  All of our local galleries will be open and food and beverages will be served!  While you are looking at all of the awesome art, you should also swing by The Broadway Wine Bar on the corner of Broadway and Charnelton Streets.  The Broadway is hosting a wine tasting as well as the one year anniversary of the Meet Your Maker Indie Arts and Crafts Show and Sale tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Both the admission to the show and wine tasting are free!  You can see the poster for the show at the top of this post.  Twin Ravens Press will have a booth there and you can also shop with other fabulous local/Oregon artists and small businesses including: Fridays at the Farm, La Petite Vie, Loop'd, Bellybaloo, and several others!  Come down, see some cool art, drink some wine and check it out! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Partying Platypus: Ari's Bar Mitzvah

I must begin by saying that this post is long overdue, however, I would much rather be overly-late in showing off cool things, than not show them off at all.  Remember how I mentioned a while back in this post that I enjoy designing and printing stationery for a variety of other events, as well as weddings, and that I hadn't had many opportunities to design and print for Bar & Bat Mitzvah's but really enjoyed doing it when I did?  Well, even though I finished this set of stationery back in February, I thought it would be great to show you, because it is Twin Ravens Press' second Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation set!  This set included an invitation, reply postcard, an invitation envelope, program covers and some really cool, die-cut favor envelopes.  You can see the full invitation/reply card and invite envelope at the top of this post.  

Like our first Bat Mitzvah invitation, the Bar Mitzvah, Ari, and his mom, Annette, decided to go with a combination invite/reply card that was printed on a single sheet of paper, separated by a perforation so that the reply postcard could be torn off and mailed back.  This is a really cool option, in my opinion, to do with an invite and reply set because it keeps everything together in one place for the invitee.  Ari's invitations were a 5.5" square size, printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Ecru paper, printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and chocolate brown.  They came with a coordinating chartreuse envelope from Waste Not Paper Company that had the family's return address letterpress printed on the back flap.  Here is a close-up of the top, invitation portion of the invite/reply card set: 

If you click on the above photo to enlarge it you can see the two fonts we used for the different verbiage on the invite.  I think the combination of the classic serif font for the names and the more modern, san-serif font for the other wording looked really nice together.  When I asked Ari what he wanted on his invites, he asked if he could have a platypus.  Now, I get asked to draw/design a wide variety of things for invitations, but this was the first time I have ever been asked to do anything with a platypus.  As much as I would love to take credit for those awesome and cute little guys that adorn Ari's invitation and other pieces, I can't.  Ari, the Bar Mitzvah, drew them himself!  I think they are awesome and totally unique!  I mean, really, how many times are you going to see a letterpress printed partying platypus, wearing a kippah, on a invitation?  They are really just too cool...

Here is the reply card section: 

As I mentioned above, the reply card for this set is a postcard style and was part of a perforated combination card with the invite.  It was printed in the same colors as the invite and feature Ari's awesome platypus as well.  Because it was a postcard, it was printed double-sided with the reply portion on one side (above) and the address it was going back to on the other side.  Here is the back (address) side of the same card: 

Isn't it cool?!?  This wasn't all though!  For the actual ceremony and party afterwords I also got to design a couple of different pieces: a program cover and some favor envelopes.  

The first piece for the actual ceremony was a letterpress printed program cover, in the same style, using the same fonts and platypus from the invites.  

This program cover was slightly larger than 5.5"x8.5" and was folded, so that it could hold a standard 8.5"x11" sheet that had been printed and folded in half.  Here is a close-up of the front of the program cover, so you can see the letterpress impression and the nice fonts: 

The other piece I created for the actual day of the ceremony was Annette's idea and was something that I had never done anything similar to before.  Annette had been reading Martha Stewart Weddings online and had come across this page, showing off some really cool paper envelope packets that had a window cut out of them for jelly beans.  Ari really likes jelly beans and Annette thought they would be the perfect favor for his party following the Bar Mitzvah, and I thought this was a really cool idea too!  Here is a photo of our finished packets (I'm pretty sure when Annette filled hers with jelly beans that she used a clear cello bag inside the envelope so that you could see the jelly belly's a lot better - I didn't have any clear bags that size when I went to take these photos, so I used a glassine envelope instead, but you get the idea): 

We designed the window, text and image for the front of the packets to coordinate with the other stationery pieces we had created.  When it came time to make these, I ordered some chartreuse coin envelopes from Waste Not Paper, the same company I had gotten the square invitation envelopes from, and letterpress printed the text and platypus image on the front.  Then I used the letterpress to die-cut a 2" circle shape in the center of the envelope.  Annette then inserted slightly smaller cello bags into the envelopes and filled them with coordinating green, chartreuse and brown jelly beans.  Here's another photo with the jelly belly's: 

I think this was a really cool idea for a Bar Mitzvah (or really any type of party favor).  If you want to make something like this for your upcoming event, Martha has a really nice little tutorial about it here.  Martha's aren't letterpress printed, but you can get a similar effect using a rubber stamp and one of those small shape punches you can buy at a craft store (it will just take you a lot longer).  What a cool idea though!  

I've heard from Annette and Ari, since the event, and apparently, everything was a big hit!  If you are interested in more information about Twin Ravens Press' custom design and letterpress printing for your child's upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah or another event, please feel free to contact me at!

Thanks Annette & Ari!

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Stylish Soiree

Wow!  How time does fly!  I'm sorry it's been a whole week since my last post.  I have so many new and beautiful things to show you, and yet, it's been so consistently busy around here I haven't quite found the time to put everything up!  

Today, I wanted to show off some gorgeous, new letterpress business cards that I just recently finished and shipped off to a client.  Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree hired Twin Ravens Press to print her brand new business cards for her wedding and event planning company in Los Angeles.  If you are planning a wedding or other stylish event in the Los Angeles area, click on the above link and check out Yelena's webpage.  Yelena has a background in fashion, style and bridal media and strives to create truly memorable, beautiful and unique events.  If you're not in the LA area (or if you are) and would like to check out what she's been up to lately, she also has a blog, where she posts little inspirational tidbits for a variety of different events. 

Yelena already had the design for her business cards when she hired me to print them, and the design was absolutely beautiful and perfect for letterpress!  You can see the finished card at the top of this post, and here:   

Yelena's cards were printed in pale lavender and black inks on Crane Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton printmaking paper.  They are a standard business card size and the lovely pale lavender detail from her logo on the left hand side of the card bleeds off all three edges.  In my opinion, this decorative element printed particularly well, and left a gorgeous impression from the letterpress.  Here is a close-up so you can see some of the texture: 

Yelena hadn't even received her new business cards in the mail yet (as of yesterday), but was so excited by the pictures alone, that she posted a lovely blog post about them and my studio on her blog.  You can check out what she wrote here.  

Thanks so much Yelena!  All the best!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Beauties

Happy Friday Everyone!  

I have a lot of beautiful new stationery items (both custom and for the etsy store) coming out for spring, which you will be able to see here very soon.  However, because it's Friday (and just because, really) I thought I'd show off some photos I took of the gorgeous Rainier Cherry Tree that's in full bloom in front of my house.  I snapped these pictures yesterday, after work.  

I know, I know, totally not work-related in the slightest, but it's beautiful and I'm happy that spring has finally come to Oregon!  Have a wonderful weekend!    

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Laura & Scott are Getting Married!

This is one of the prettiest, most-unique, one-color, wedding sets I've completed in the past few weeks and there are several more to come!  A lovely Canadian bride, Laura, contacted me back in January about some Twin Ravens Press designs she had seen on Wedding Bee and a design that she really liked that she had seen on this blog.  The design she really really liked was a design we had printed for another couple, Lindsay and Jordan, back in November of last year.  You can read about that design here.  

For Laura & Scott's stationery we wanted to stick with the same general idea layout-wise as Lindsay & Jordan's stationery, but we changed up the color scheme and added in some additional elements.  Laura & Scott's suite included four pieces: the main invite, the invitation envelope, the reply card envelope and a really cool perforated reply/accommodations card combination.  You can see an image of the full suite at the top of this post.  

Here are Laura & Scott's invitation and perforated combination card together: 

Both cards are an A7 size and both were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton ecru paper in navy blue ink.  Both the accommodations section of the combination card and the main wedding invitation were blind embossed with a pattern of diagonal lines.  Blind embossing is one of the best, low-cost, ways to create some extra depth and interest to any letterpress printed design, particularly ones that are printed in a single ink color.  Here is a close up of the embossed pattern we did on the bottom left-hand corner of Laura's wedding invitation:

Here is a close-up photo of Laura and Scott's wedding invitation by itself:

I love the way that the blind embossing acts as a frame around all of the centered information on this invite and I absolutely love the beautifully organic border separating the blind embossed space from the invitation wording.  It's beautiful and classic while still being modern and unique looking! 

 I must say though, that my favorite part of this suite is the combination reply and accommodations card.  It was Laura's idea to combine the two small card designs into one larger one and perforate the card in the center so that her guests could tear off the reply card to mail back while retaining the information about accommodations.  You can see the full card in a couple of images I've already posted above.  The top half of the card I tried to design to be very similar looking to the invitation, except that the frame is horizontal instead of vertical.  We used the same fonts in both designs and we continued the blind embossed pattern around the sides of the frame.  

The bottom half of their perforated card was the reply card portion.  The reply card had no blind embossing, however we continued with the navy blue ink and fonts from the other two pieces to keep all of the elements in the suite consistent.  Laura had a couple of different questions to ask her guests other than whether or not they would attend, including what dinner entree they would like to have at the wedding and what songs would get them out on the dance floor!  Here is an image of the reply card portion: 

For the meal options, we used small icons of a chicken, cow and carrots (to represent vegetables), rather than writing out the meal options with regular wording.  I love using icons to represent different options and think it is a cute and super-fun thing to do on a reply card for a wedding!  

The last (but certainly not least!) element I would like to share from Laura & Scott's suite is their envelopes.  Laura and Scott ordered two sets of envelopes (one set of A7 size envelopes for mailing out their invitations, and one set of 4bar reply card envelopes for the reply cards).  Both sets of envelopes are a very deep navy blue color from Waste Not Paper Company.   Both sets have European pointed flaps and have the couple's address printed on either the front (for the reply envelope) or back flap (for the invitation envelope) in a bright metallic silver ink.  Check those out below: 

I love the way metallic inks look on dark papers, and I think this was a gorgeous way to round-out Laura & Scott's suite!  Laura was a wonderful client to work with and I know she and Scott are going to have a beautiful wedding celebration later this summer!  

Congratulations Laura & Scott and thanks again!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Cousin Rocks!

I hope everyone's tax day went smoothly.  So once again things are quite busy here and I don't have any totally awesome photos of new work ready to show off to you at this moment, however, my mom sent me this awesome video today of one of my younger cousins skydiving in Arizona, and I must say, I don't know that I would ever have the guts to do this, but it's pretty kick ass, nonetheless.  Check it out: 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The USPTA Never Looked So Good!

The last week or so has been an absolute whirlwind around here, (which is great, don't get me wrong), but once again I am a little behind on my blogging!  I'm trying to finish up a couple of new custom wedding jobs before the Easter weekend, so this post is going to be short, but I thought that you would all like to see these awesome custom business cards that I recently finished for USPTA Tennis Instructor/Professional Edgar Fandino!  Edgar is a good friend, and actually, my personal tennis coach, and I traded him a set of these cards for more lessons.  They are 4 ink colors (red, navy, yellow and black) on Crane Lettra, 110 lb., 100% cotton, bright white card stock.  They turned out awesome!  Check out the photo at the top!  The USPTA logo was a little tricky to print, considering that the different colors are extremely close, but not actually touching each other.  However, it turned out great.  

If you live in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area and are thinking about taking tennis lessons or just need to freshen up your game, Edgar is currently seeking new students and would love to hear from you!  If you're interested, give him a call or send him an e-mail (contact info above, in the photo).  He's an incredibly nice guy and a wonderful tennis instructor, plus, he has really awesome business cards!  

There will be more wedding-related stuff later today or tomorrow, I promise! 

Thursday, April 2, 2009

First Friday Artwalk and Meet Your Maker tomorrow!

If you're in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area tomorrow and are looking for something fun to do on Friday night, you should come downtown for the First Friday Artwalk!  All of our local galleries will be open and food and beverages will be served!  While you are looking at all of the awesome art, you should also swing by The Broadway Wine Bar on the corner of Broadway and Charnelton Streets.  The Broadway is hosting a wine tasting as well as the first 2009 Meet Your Maker Indie Arts and Crafts Show and Sale tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Both the admission to the show and wine tasting are free!  You can see the poster for the show at the top of this post.  Twin Ravens Press will have a booth there and I will be showing off some new card designs for spring that aren't up on the website yet!  There will also be several other local and Oregon-based individuals and small-businesses represented selling their awesome handmade goods.  Come down, see some cool art, drink some wine and check it out!