Watercolor + Gold Foil Edged Letterpress Business Cards

I’m so unbelievably excited to share a very special project with all of you today – my brand new business cards! After launching the new design back in March, it was definitely time to update my business cards. I’ve always been impressed by the amazing custom work from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress, so I immediately turned to them for help translating the beautiful new logo (by Liz from Linda & Harriett) into an equally beautiful business card. When it comes to my own personal projects, my approach is always to pick a designer whose work I absolutely love and then just let them run with it –and Samantha and Whitney completely knocked it out of the park! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

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From Samantha and Whitney: We took strong inspiration from the watercolor logo designed for Oh So Beautiful Paper by Linda & Harriett. We wanted the card to complement the logo without feeling visually overwhelming or too busy.

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Because we can’t achieve the exact same look as watercolor with letterpress printing, we had to be creative as to how we showcased that tonal variation. We opted to print using three different shades of pink to give an ombre/gradient effect and then added a wash of color along the bottom for a pop of interest.

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We brainstormed various ways to add the pop of color (from dip dying using vegetable and fruit dyes to pigment dyes), but ultimately decided that actually watercoloring each card by hand was the way to go. We spent hours testing different watercolor mixes and saturations to come up with the perfect palette of paints.

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Every card was individually painted with a wash of watercolor on each side prior to being trimmed down, so each card is unique and has a slightly different look/color scheme due to the variation in concentration of the wash.

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All pieces were lovingly printed by hand in our Dover, New Hampshire studio and are printed on thick, 220# 100% cotton. As the final finishing touch, Smock foil edged the cards in metallic gold shine foil!

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I hope you love these business cards as much as I do!

Design / Letterpress Printing and Watercolor: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Foil Edging: Smock

Logo Design: Linda & Harriett

Smock and Gus & Ruby Letterpress are members of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more beautiful work from Smock right here and more wonderful custom work from Gus & Ruby Letterpress here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Crescent & Anchor Letterpress Business Cards

It’s always a treat when I get to showcase some beautiful custom letterpress business cards! Jacqueline Marque is an editorial, documentary and lifestyle photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to offering portrait, interior, and lifestyle photography, she works as a staff photographer for The Newport Daily News, the arts and entertainment weekly Mercury, and the bimonthly lifestyle magazine Newport Life. Busy lady! After rebranding her photography website and blog Crescent & Anchor, where she shares her work and tidbits of domestic life, she was excited to commission her very own letterpress business cards!

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From JacquelineAfter many months of working closely with the designers at SPACECAMP CO on branding for my photography business and blog, I was excited to have an excuse to commission my very own letterpress business cards. They were designed by Danielle Brodersen of SPACECAMP CO and printed by hand, using an antique tabletop press, by Christy Schneider of Inkello.

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I wanted my photography business and blog to have sister logos that would be similar but each stand on their own. From the start of the design process, I envisioned corresponding logos on a double-sided card. I wanted the branding to have a vintage feel but still look fresh and modern. The fonts Mercury Script and Neutraface helped us achieve that balance.

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The cards were printed on 220 lb. Crane paper. One side is blind embossed with my logo, which combines an anchor and a fleur-de-lis. Aqua edge-painting adds a splash of color to the simple gray and white design.

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The designs and tag line, “Life & Style from the River to the Sea,” are references to my two homes, Newport and New Orleans. The Crescent & Anchor logo draws inspiration from the water meter covers in the Crescent City (seen below).

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Thanks Jaqueline!

Design: SPACECAMP CO

Letterpress Printing: Inkello

Photo Credits: Jacqueline Marque Photography

Socialology’s Academia-Inspired Business Stationery

Nikki from Akula Kreative sent over this academia-inspired stationery suite that she designed for a wedding and event planning business – and the whole suite is absolutely stunning from start to finish! The color palette of bright orange and gray is so much fun, and the dictionary-theme letterpress printed business cards? So good!

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From NikkiJasmine, the owner/founder of Socialology, came to us with a Pinterest board filled with orange, salmon, gray, and taupe images, all inspired by academia. The photographs of pencils, erasers, vintage books, and dictionary pages in conjunction with her company name, Socialoogy, made it obvious from the get-go that we’d have the opportunity to expand on a theme with endless possibilities. From the edge painting and cotton paper to the four printing processes it took to make it, this stationery suite is all about quality and attention to detail.

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First, we had to do something about the name.  The suffix “-ology” means “the study of,” so “Socialology” refers to “the study of being social.” An academic name for an academic theme. The hurdle, however, was getting people to SAY it correctly, as it was—and is—a bit of a tongue twister. And so we set out to create a logo that would not only be easy to read, but it would have to instruct people how to pronounce it. Enter Andy Luce, who created the beautiful lettering for the first half of the name. He actually came up with options for the entire name, but in the end we landed on a combination of calligraphy for “social” and a serif font for “ology.”

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To drive the idea home, we went with a dictionary-themed business card. On the front, we used a multi-level sculptural die to deboss the “book plate” area around the logo. On the back, we letterpress printed the contact information in the form of a dictionary entry, complete with pronunciation cues, part of speech, and definition. In the bottom right, we foil-stamped a dictionary tab.

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The postcard-style correspondence card mimics a library catalog card, using the phone number as the reference number. The red tab reads “This book was catalogued on” and leaves a space for a date stamp. At the bottom of the letterhead, we repeated the dictionary-style layout and orange tab, but our favorite feature is the ghost-like quality of the pattern that becomes visible when you hold it to the light. To top it all off, we ordered handmade fabric portfolio folders that Jasmine can use when presenting to potential clients. The outside features a blind deboss logo, and the inside features pockets for the 4″ x 1″ business card and a custom-made client intake form.

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Thanks Nikki!

Design: Akula Kreative

Custom Calligraphy: Andy Luce

Printing: In to Ink and Senekeo

Photo Credits: Caroline Tran

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #14 | Gilded

Everything looks better with a little gold foil, don’t you think?

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1. Belinda Love Lee for Christina Yan; 2. Commando Group for Krohn; 3. Catherine Dimalla for Jeopardy Magazine; 4. Buro Ofho via Lovely Stationery; 5. Queen of Spades via FPO; 6. Kate McLaren

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Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #13 | Pattern Play

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These days I’m loving bright pops of color and all kinds of patterns for business cards!

1. The Millswyn floral business cards; 2. Jessica Comingore, printed by Presshaus LA; 3. High Five Factory; 4. Paper & Stitch, design by Create Like Crazy and letterpress printed by 42 Pressed; 5. Fiji Airways; 6. Dingbat Press plaid business cards

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