In my opinion, there’s no greater compliment than a returning customer. Even positive feedback can be hollow, but when someone comes back for more, you know they truly love what you’ve made for them.
So when I had the opportunity to do a reprint of both Troy and Sharon’s business cards before I left for my September trip, I was really honored. You can read more about Troy’s original design here, and the story of the Franziska cards here. Want to order some custom letterpress business cards for yourself? Browse options here or get in touch!
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of printing beautiful stationery for an East coast photographer. Shannon reached out after seeing my Mr. and Mrs. card at Laurel Grove. She said the cards fit perfectly with her own branding, and after checking out her website, I couldn’t help but agree!
The process was simple: Shannon sent me her logo—a gorgeous hand-lettered, simple design that I knew would create a beautiful impression when printed with letterpress—I sent her a proof, and she said ok! We talked about a few different envelope colors before settling on a light gray, and then I ordered all the supplies! They arrived a few weeks later, I printed with great success and now they’re happily in the hands of the photographer, ready to be sent off to her lucky clients!
Want some custom note cards or other stationery of your own? Get in touch!
Bess and I met eight years ago today! If you’ve never heard the full story of how I found my press and got the studio up and running, check out my about page and the first few blog posts way back in 2008.
I never, ever, ever would have dreamed that this business would grow so much or travel so far. Life always throws you curve balls, but I really do think the universe has your best interests at heart. Here’s to eight more years!
I’m super excited to announce 622 Press goods are now available at The Waxwing in Milwaukee! I’ve been wanting to get into MKE for years now, but hadn’t found the right fit—until now! The Waxwing is just my style: an eclectic mix of local and international artists and makers curated into a one-stop shop for any occasion, including when you just need to treat yourself!
Owner Steph carries art and paper goods as well as clothing, housewares and more! She’s carrying my wood type “hello” cards in exclusive colors, along with a few of my favorite designs for any occasion! Stop by E. North Avenue to see them all!
I love working with other Etsy sellers. They value the handmade nature of my work, their familiarity with the site eliminates any technical issues, and they’re usually really great about giving feedback and letting me know when the final product has arrived. So when Sharon got in touch about ordering business cards, I was all too happy to help!
She had a branding package created by another designer, but unfortunately the original designer was unreachable and Sharon only had low resolution JPGs—not good enough files for me to order printing plates. Luckily, I’m awfully handy with Illustrator, so I spent the better part of a day recreating her logo and the gorgeous illustrations from her branding package and we were ready to go!
Sometimes, it can take quite a few rounds to get the design right, but this process was fairly painless. I rush-shipped in some ecru paper, ordered her printing plates and got to work. These cards are more intricate than many I’ve done and I just love the way they turned out!
Make sure to take a moment to check out her shop—it’s filled with amazing vintage jewelry from the early 1900s. This necklace is one of my favorites—leave it to me to hone in on the diamonds!
This project one of my favorites from last year. Colette Allen
was founded by Meighan Newhouse in 2012 out of a passion for job satisfaction. She believes if you are going to spend the majority of your time working, you should love what you do. Or at least like it a lot.
When she went looking for someone to collaborate with for her business stationery, she found someone who loves what they do—me! She already had a fabulous logo designed by Red Meets Yellow, so we put together a clean and simple design that would show off the impression of letterpress and applied it to two-sided business cards and a flat two-color notecard. Add matching bright green envelopes and voila! Business stationery any entrepreneur would be proud of.
Ok, first of all, let’s go watch this hilarious video that inspired the name of this post. Go! What? You’re at work and you don’t have headphones? First of all, that’s just silly. Second, save the link so you can watch it tonight! Totally worth it.
Now that we’ve got the important stuff out of the way, I wanted to share a project I printed about a month ago for a Wisconsin photographer. Erin had seen the flat notecards that I printed for 622 press posted on our facebook page and wanted a set for her business: Don’t Blink Photography!
Her logo was perfect for the job and I love how the silver ink sits on the kraft paper—it’s slightly coated, so the ink is much more metallic than on my standard white cotton paper. And the best part: This project was super seamless, she just sent me her logo and I ordered plates and got to work, no muss, no fuss. I enjoyed it so much I’ve decided to offer flat business stationery in my etsy shop! Find it here. Enjoy!