It seems a lot of people resolved to get serious about their small business in 2013. What better way to start than with professionally designed and printed business cards? Here are a few I worked on in late 2012/early 2013!
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There’s nothing more valuable to an artist trying to make it than a truly supportive patron. Not only do they support you financially by buying your work (always important!), they boost your confidence and remind you that what you’re doing is indeed worthwhile. If you’re really lucky—like me—they also invite you to fabulous dinner parties and introduce you to their fabulous friends!
My favorite client ordered a set of stationery for each of her closest friends and family. It was a great collaborative experience in which she told me a little about each person’s personality and I designed a monogram or image just for them. I thought the pineapple card might be rather popular, so I printed extras and they’re also available here!
I’m sure you all remember when I made this super cute bee stationery for Mollie Busby. Since then, that little guy has appeared on several projects, including these sweet little flat notes for an etsy client. Once I had the press cleaned up, I also embossed a couple dozen gift tags, sets of which are now available here!
As letterpress becomes more popular, more and more customers want their pieces to look LETTERPRESSED, by which I mean they want their design to be printed with a deep impression that they cannot only see but feel. That is the point of springing for letterpress isn’t it?
Results on my press can vary greatly and what I’m learning is that the design of the piece can influence the depth of the impression just as much as any adjustments I make on press. Some designs can only go so deep.
Take, for example, these two holiday cards I embossed a few years back. The design on the left is a busy, all-over design that consists of many very thin lines. When a plate like this is pushed into the paper, the paper has nowhere to go, no space to give to the design on the plate. The result is a relatively light impression, especially in the areas where the design is particularly concentrated.
The design on the left is much simpler, with slightly thicker lines and less of the paper covered with them. The result? A very clear, deep impression.