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TJ Greeting Cards

Of all the printing we’ve done on our Windmill, these greeting cards from Australia are definitely the cutest! Jenny Mac, the creative mind behind tj stationery & gifts asked us to letterpress print these 6 unique square cards on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper. Each 15cm x 15cm card is lined with an inner sheet and paired with a Kraft envelope. The cards are available for sale on her website and if you like & share her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/helloteejayco before Dec. 10 you will be entered in a draw to win a set of 6 cards!

Polymer printing plate ready for the press!

Rainy Card waiting for a trim.

Boating under the stars...  :-)

Boating under the stars… ūüôā

Go buy some cards!!  tj stationery & gifts

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Coach Charrise Business Card

We finished these cards a few weeks ago for Coach Charrise McCrorey, a personal and business coach who was in the process of redesigning her image.¬† With a new blog and a new website up she wanted a card that would match the sites and make an impression.¬† We got busy and designed the card for Charrise using her new logo she sent us and letterpress printed the cards on Crane’s Lettra 110lb cotton paper in 2 gorgeous shades of purple.¬† The darker shade shows a bit of the cotton texture through it and the thin light purple font just looks so good pressed into the paper.

Check out her site for info about coaching and her blog for great posts about getting what you want out of life.   http://www.coachcharrise.com

And if you are redesigning your image and need a new card, consider letterpress printing-it will definitely get you and your card noticed!


Why Wedding Invitations Are So Important

Last month while at the UPS Store shipping out a package to a client, I witnessed something I just can’t shake from my memory.¬† A customer was using the copier to have her wedding invitations printed…. bold black text on top of a tie-dye-like background,¬† printed on glossy 8.5 x 11 stock.¬† I was frozen with horror for a few seconds, should I say something, wait, my mouth won’t move…need….air.

Now, I do understand being on a tight budget-I’ve been on quite a few in my life, but come-on! Gloss paper? Tie-Dye?¬† There are so many inexpensive options out there to invite people to your wedding….the phone being one that comes to mind.

But what I really want to talk about is why the wedding invitation is so important.¬† A lot of couples today open up a big book or go online and pick a mass-produced design and then get it digitally printed in a far-off land.¬† It’s checked off the to-do list. But they don’t consider what the design says that the wording does not say.¬† For example, a guest receiving an elegant invitation will assume it’s black-tie, whereas a fun, brightly coloured invitation will mean casual dress.¬† Don’t assume that just because you are getting married at Posh-a-la-Posh Hotel that your guests will know it’s formal dress-they won’t.

If you did not send out save-the-dates then the invitation is also a symbol of you as a couple and the first impression before the Wedding Day.¬† It should reflect your style, personality and the theme (if there is one) of the wedding.¬† You don’t want your guests to just know where and when but also what kind of day it will be.

Your wedding invitation should be a beautiful keep-sake for your family and friends because it reminds them of you and your beautiful wedding.¬†¬† I have personally decided not to toss only 2 wedding invitations I have received, one was handmade with lovely coloured papers and really reminded me of my friend and the other was letterpress printed on thick handmade paper with the couple’s monogram at the top.¬† The rest, like the angel-bear, like the glued-on string of plastic pearls, like the shimmery giant silvery bouquet, like the faded-out pic of a couple kissing-all gone to the recycle bin.

I know it can be overwhelming with all the other planning that needs to be done for a wedding but it just takes a moment to decide to send out an appropriate yet unique wedding invitation instead of a confusing, tacky photocopy.

And there are only a few simple things to remember when choosing a design and a printing method.  Your wedding invitation design should:

1. Take into consideration the location and time of the wedding.  ex. on a beach, in the winter, outdoors in a park, in a church

2. Match the colours of your wedding  ex. what are your bridesmaids wearing? what flowers are you using? what is your decor going to look like?

3. Reflect your personalities and interests  ex. are you and your partner  fun-loving?  artistic?  sports enthusiasts?  cowboys?  nature-lovers?

A good graphic designer or printer can help you pull all of these details together and create the perfect, beautiful invitation to your wedding.

So if you don’t want the same invitation a thousand other couples used, shoot us over an email for a quote!


Five Colour Letterpress Train Cover

This fun print is a railway timetable cover we printed for a member of a local model train group.¬† The design is based on an original timetable from a village in England.¬† Printed in 5 colours (red, blue, black, cool gray and gold) on Crane’s Lettra 110lb in bright white.¬† Registration was crazy difficult for this job and the large solids meant lots of skip feeding on the Heidelberg!

If you have a project that you think is too crazy for letterpress-give us a shout for a quote you might be surprised!


Anick Bauer 3 Colour Letterpress Business Card

Our favourite business card we’ve printed so far. This card was designed by Anick Bauer (our fave graphic designer!),¬† letterpress printed in 3 colours and die-cut into a unique and skinny rectangle. Originally we were going to print the pattern without any ink – a blind deboss – but the details just weren’t coming through. Instead we used transparent white ink to bring out the gorgeous detail in the design.

If you are looking for a new business card give us a shout for a quote!


Ben Kane Edge Painted Letterpress Business Card

This typographic design was sent to us from Ben Kane Photography and was printed with 2 shades of blue ink on Crane’s Lettra Duplex 220lb to reduce the impression showing through onto the other side.¬† Then the cards were sent away to be edge painted to match the dark blue which really makes these cards one of a kind.¬† These business cards were a lot of work but the results were worth it!

If you are looking for a photographer in the Toronto area check out Ben Kane’s website¬†http://www.benkanephoto.com

And if you need a new business card or a business card for your new business, contact us for a quote!


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