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Jun 05 2015

Kraft Paper

Nope, it's not craft paper. It's Kraft Paper.Technically, kraft paper is any paper produced by the "Kraft" pulping method (treating wood chips with sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide to break them down). What most of us recognize kraft paper by is its medium-brown color and occasional imperfections We love these things - they give stationery character.Kraft paper doesn't come in the kinds of thicknesses available with cottony letterpress papers like Crane's Lettra line, but can be rather thick and can...

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Jun 02 2015

Substrates

Not every inviting experience starts with paper. Sometimes wood or acrylic or fabric is the order of the day.Because "paper" isn't always the best term to use when discussing a project, sometimes we'll use the word substrate.  That's just printer speak for the surface you print on. [caption id="attachment_3311" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A paper substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_3298" align="aligncenter" width="333"] Wood substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_2952" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Another wood substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_2634" align="aligncenter" width="333"] acrylic as a substrate[/caption]...

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May 27 2015

How To Be A More Efficient Graphic Designer

A large part of the world of stationery is graphic design. I spend a large portion of my day in Adobe Illustrator. I know my tools fairly well.Then I watch people like Aaron Draplin work and am floored by the efficiency of some designers. I know the key to that efficiency, but gaining those skills is something totally different. The key to that level of Illustrator-fu is keyboard shortcuts.Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design...

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May 19 2015

Bone Calligraphy Business Cards

Sometimes you just have to stretch yourself. These knockout letterpress business cards were just such an endeavour.Not every letterpress press is designed for flood printing and not every one that can do it is set up to. This was an exercise in testing those parameters.Andrew with Bone Calligraphy sent me some absolutely beautiful art to do a 2/2 flood print. We ran the chartreuse first with a little bit of trap and then flooded the black...

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Apr 30 2015

This is Cool | 54×40 Laser-Cut State Maps

It's no secret that I love almost anything shaped by a laser - cut it, etch it, just make something cool.The folks at 54x40 are making something very cool.They're laser-cut topographic maps of each state. It's kind of a bummer that the two states I've called home (Ohio and Florida) are both pretty much featureless in the topography department.That said, the packaging on these things is KILLER. I'm in love with corrugated cardboard as design...

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Apr 28 2015

A Letterpress Introduction

If you browse my instagram of late, you may notice that we've been printing a lot of business cards and personal/business stationery. The truth is, we have been printing business cards like crazy. We've been focusing on growing the letterpress printing side of A Fine Press (as opposed to the inviting experiences side, which features a lot of lasers and other crazy production methods).Things are going well there and it's time to focus on the core of...

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Apr 21 2015

Hillary Bold – A Political Typeface

Last week, Designer Rick Wolff tweeted an image of Hillary Bold (#Hillvetica), his riff on the infamous Hillary '16 logo. Hillary Bold. Because, America. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/Y2HRzM4tMn— Rick Wolff (@RickWolff) April 13, 2015Now, The Washington Post has given us a way to create our own Hillvetica slogans.Go ahead. Make yer own!...

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Apr 17 2015

Combining Full-color Images With Letterpress and Foil Stamping

I'm absolutely loving the trend of combining full-color (and greyscale) images with spot-color printing like letterpress, foil stamping and screenprinting. It can create serious drama in an invitation or even business stationery. This is especially true when the photographic components are strong editorial-style images (which I'm delighted to see rising in popularity) or luxurious fields of texture (think watercolor, feathers and florals...

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