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SHIFT LAB Bus Cards

Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 165c, 80C, business card, Business Cards, classic crest, custom duplex, custom letterpress, edge color, Letterpress, mohawk via, neenah, safety yellow, shift labs, solar white, vellum | Comments Off

SHIFT LAB, a web and mobile developer, embraced the beauty of materials when designing their business cards that we produced a while back.

For the logo side of the card we used Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow, in an 80# cover, which is a stock that is vibrant in color without being fluorescent. The logo was printed using a tonal ink, creating just a subtle color change between paper and logo.

The information side of the business card was letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth 165# cover with a black letterpress ink as well as a custom mixed yellow ink that matches the Mohawk stock on the reverse.

After printing the two stocks were custom duplexed together, for a card with a total thickness of 245#, and the edges were colored black.

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Base Art Co Business Cards

Posted: August 6th, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 100c, 220c, Business Cards, crane, custom duplex, custom letterpress, durotone, edge color, flo white, french, Letterpress, lettra, silver ink, steel grey, tonal varnish, white foil, yellow edge | Comments Off

The folks over at Base Art Co do some great work ranging from book covers to responsive web design, though our favorite project is probably these business cards they designed for themselves and sent our way for production.

A card comprised of two stocks that we custom duplexed together after printing, the final weight of this card ended up being a sturdy 320# cover. The white side of the card is Crane Lettra Flo White 220# cover stock with hit of tonal letterpress varnish, while the grey is French Durotone Steel Grey 100# cover letterpress printed with a silver ink and white foil. After duplexing and getting trimmed down to their slightly undersized dimensions of 3″ x 1.75,” a bright yellow edge color was applied, which added a splash of color in addition to hiding the seam of the custom duplex.

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Weddingram Invitations

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 200#, blu raspberry, custom duplex, custom letterpress, french, french pop tone, Letterpress, one ink, pop tone, telegram, Wedding, Wedding Invitation, whipped cream | Comments Off

A few years back we were able to work with a great couple, Michelle and Brad, who wanted their wedding invitations to resemble old school telegrams. We went to town, turning small details from their life into design elements that really enhanced the suite; their dog was even incorporated as having given the “stamp of approval.”

Though the design is completely custom, we kept production costs to a minimum by using only one ink across the entire project (even on the envelopes, we used the same teal ink, which resulted in a great tonal effect). Letterpress printed on French PopTone Whipped Cream 1oo# cover, we duplexed these after printing to create a thick 200# stock. The envelopes are French’s Blu Raspberry A7 square flap.

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Weddingram Invitations

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 200#, blu raspberry, custom duplex, custom letterpress, french, french pop tone, Letterpress, one ink, pop tone, telegram, Wedding, Wedding Invitation, whipped cream | Comments Off

A few years back we were able to work with a great couple, Michelle and Brad, who wanted their wedding invitations to resemble old school telegrams. We went to town, turning small details from their life into design elements that really enhanced the suite; their dog was even incorporated as having given the “stamp of approval.”

Though the design is completely custom, we kept production costs to a minimum by using only one ink across the entire project (even on the envelopes, we used the same teal ink, which resulted in a great tonal effect). Letterpress printed on French PopTone Whipped Cream 1oo# cover, we duplexed these after printing to create a thick 200# stock. The envelopes are French’s Blu Raspberry A7 square flap.

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2013 Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar

Posted: December 7th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: brilliance, calendar, custom duplex, custom letterpress, decorated paper, Design, diecut, four inks, hand assemble, holographic, Letterpress, letterpress calendar, milkweed, mohawk, store, Studio On Fire Products, varnish, via | Comments Off

Rolling into our store just in the nick of time for Christmas (so would that be in the Saint Nick of time?) is our annual Studio On Fire Letterpress Calendar.

Each year our studio picks a theme, a color palette, and paper stocks before recruiting crush-worthy illustrators to join us in creating custom art for each month. We claimed the January and July pages for ourselves before inviting Brian Gunderson, the Jolby dudes, John MaltaSasha Prood, and Karolin Schnoor to round out our cast of contributors for 2013.

Artists were given the theme of Lucky Number 13 and asked to interpret it at will, resulting in a multitude of superstitious icons and ironic illustrations. We designed the tri fold outer wrap by stealing bits and pieces from the monthly illustrations, collaging them in a long strip to be trimmed off the press sheet and later used for packaging.

The calendar pages and outer wrap were letterpress printed with four inks all together on a large 26 x 20 size press sheet of Mohawk Milkweed 160C. After printing the individual months were trimmed down to a finished size of  3.25 x 5 inches.

To make the stand we first duplexed  Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow 80C to Decorated Paper Brilliance 12pt Tinsel Holographic to create a thick custom stock. After imprinting the stands with a tonal letterpress varnish they were custom diecut and hand assembled with the holographic stock on the inside (allowing a hint of holographic stock to peek out when the support of the stand is kicked out on your desk).

As a special bonus we are offering free DOMESTIC USA shipping on the 2013 calendars thru December 16. Enter coupon code FREESHIP (all caps, one word) in your cart.

If you’re curious, previous years can be viewed on our site: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

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Two-Toned Edgecoloring

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 180C, 70T, 90C, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom duplex, edge coloring, edge painting, Envelope, flo white, Letterpress, stationery, two color | Comments Off

We recently produced this stationery suite  designed by Together We Create for the Massachusetts based film company Mystic Artists. The design called for two-toned edgecoloring–a production first for our studio–with two edges colored bright teal and the remaining two sporting a nearly-flourescent red. The outcome is fairly stunning, if we do say so ourselves.

The business cards were printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 90C custom duplexed after printing to make a 180lb thickness. Letterhead was printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80T with a coordinating 70T pre-converted square flap #10 envelope.

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Two-Toned Edgecoloring

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 180C, 70T, 80T, 90C, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom duplex, edge coloring, edge painting, Envelope, flo white, Letterpress, neenah classic crest solar white, stationery, two color, two toned edge color, two toned edge coloring | Comments Off

We recently produced this stationery suite  designed by Together We Create for the Massachusetts based film company Mystic Artists. The design called for two-toned edgecoloring–a production first for our studio–with two edges colored bright teal and the remaining two sporting a nearly-flourescent red. The outcome is fairly stunning, if we do say so ourselves.

The business cards were printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 90C custom duplexed after printing to make a 180lb thickness. Letterhead was printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80T with a coordinating 70T pre-converted square flap #10 envelope.

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Measure Promo Cards

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 110c, 220c, bright white, Client Focus, crane lettra flo white, custom duplex, duplex after printing, flo white, fluorescent, Letterpress, lettra, metallic, perforation, promo cards, silver, two inks, white | Comments Off

These cheeky promotional cards, designed by the folks over at Measure, are a great example of how fluorescent and metallic inks appear when printed on white paper. Day-glo pink and metallic silver ink were letterpress printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 110c that we duplexed after printing for a finished thickness of 220c. One card then received two perforation lines, allowing it to break down into smaller cards.

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Finessence Photography Identity and Stationery

Posted: July 26th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 130c, beckett, bright white, brown, Business Cards, champagne, concept, crane lettra, custom duplex, custom letterpress, Design, duplex, edge coloring, finessence photography, finishing, flo white, Letterpress, mahogany, mohawk, photo folio, photography business cards, studio on fire design, teal, tonal, velcro closure | Comments Off

A husband and wife photography team, Finessence Photography had just adopted a new moniker and was looking for a fresh look when they approached us to handle their rebrand and produce their print collateral. While we spend a lot of time (happily) printing for other designers, it’s always a treat for us to act as the design firm behind a project that hits our pressroom.

For the business cards we created a custom stock, duplexing Crane Lettra Flo White 110C and Beckett Concept Mohagany 130C. The rich mahogany stock was a great way for us to counterbalance the ultra-feminine flourish filled “F” we created  for the main logo with something a little more masculine.  A custom brown ink was mixed to match the mahogany stock for the crisp letterpress printed type sandwiched between two bands of a sculptural teal pattern. We were also able to use one of our favorite finishing techniques, giving the slightly undersized cards a splash of teal edge coloring.

After completing the business cards we proceeded to create a photo folio and gift certificate to round out their set of presentation materials. The structure of the photo folio is a call back to the flimsy paper sleeves drugstore prints used to come in, but this version is a bit fancier. A custom steel rule die line was created, which included an interior diecut to hold the business card, letterpress printed with two inks, hand assembled and kept closed with a velcro closure.

We’re also pretty proud to say this system was a winner in the 2010 FPO Awards.

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Venn Diagram Wedding

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 160c, 320c, blind, custom duplex, custom letterpress, duplex, ivory, Letterpress, mohawk, mohawk loop, overprinting, smooth, two inks, Wedding, wedding suite | Comments Off

This suite, designed for Lindsay and Ben by their good friend Nicolas Carbonaro, is a great example of how to utilize overprinting inks. Since letterpress inks are not opaque, with the exception of metallics, a third color is created wherever two colors overlap–and in this instance, creating a great visual metaphor for love.

Another thing to note is the heavy ink coverage throughout the suite, so we required acknowledgment of our solid areas disclaimer before we proceeded into production. Printed with two inks, along with a blind pass, on Mohwak Loop Ivory  Smooth 160c, the cards were duplexed after printing to create a hefty 320c stock.

Oh So Beautiful Paper also featured these, be sure to pop over to check out some additional pictures of the complete suite.

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