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Emojis are Everywhere

23 Jul

Emoji GIfts at The Stationery StudioEmojis are literally popping up everywhere.  They’re not just on your phones anymore!   Just visit any shopping mall and you can find emojis on pillows and other merchandise.   Last year, at least 250 brands created their own emoji keyboards. Sony is putting out an emoji movie soon, Pepsi is using emojis on soda labels, Luvs uses emojis on the diapers, Taco Bell and Burger King introduced an emoji keyboard, and Chevrolet wrote a press release in emojis.

I admit emojis are all pretty cute.  And everyone seem to love them.  Now you can enjoy your own adorable personalized emojis which will make them even more special!

We can put your name on emoji notepads, post-it cubes, stationery, thank you cards, invitations, playing cards, plates, cups and napkins.   They really put a smile on everyone’s face.  Not only are they super popular, but they are very adorable.

Enjoy your own personalized emoji items or consider gifting a set of adorable note cards or playing cards for a friend’s birthday!  Do you love using emojis?  What are some of your favorites?   The kiss, the tongue sticking out, sunglasses emoji, happy face emoji, the poop emoji, the crying with joy emoji?

Let me know which ones you love the best!

Have fun,

Renee

 

Stationery Imprinting Techniques

5 Mar

printYou may have noticed different printing terms used on our website and in the industry.  There are a number of different methods for printing stationery, invitations, business cards and more to achieve a particular look and feel.  One method is not necessarily any better or worse than another.  They are a personal preference.  But for those that love the world of stationery, here are some main details that differentiate between the mainstream printing styles.

Embossing
mar-printing-techniques-embossed-200x200The process to create an embossed image is to create a metal die of your imprint, whether your imprint is a name or monogram or design.  That die is pushed from the bottom up into the paper to create a raised image.  You can feel the image when you rub your hands over the stationery.  The note cards are done one by one for this special process.  You may have heard the term blind embossed, which simply means the imprint has no color, it’s simply the crisp imprint pushed into the paper stock.  Embossing can be on white or ivory paper stock but can also be on colored stocks.  Embossing creates an understated, elegant image perfect for everything from business use to social use.

Raised Printing known as Thermography
mar-printing-techniques-thermo-200x200The process of thermography was developed to achieve a less expensive version of engraving.  To create this look the imprint is printed on the paper stock with ink and, prior to the imprint drying, a very fine powder is sprinkled over it.  The paper is then placed in a heated oven to set the powder and dry the ink which leaves a slightly raised, slightly shiny imprint.  The powder is then wiped clean from the paper stock leaving a very sophisticated look and feel to the product.  The process of thermography is perfect for note cards, letter sheets, invitations, business cards and thank you notes for formal events, everyday social use and for business.

Flat Printing 
mar-printing-techniques-flat-200x200As its name implies, with flat printing the ink lays completely flat on the surface of the paper. It is the most popular style of printing and is used on almost all notepads, most holiday cards and many types of note cards.  Flat printing can create rich, stunning colors and patterns.  Flat printing can be done on either traditional offset printing presses or modern digital presses. It is neither raised like thermography nor depressed like letterpress. Flat printing can be used for everything from single color imprints all the way up to full-color photo reproductions. These printers are run by highly trained press operators to bring complex and colorful designs to life. With a desire from designers to print gorgeous full-color patterns and imprints now greater than ever, flat printing is the perfect solution.

Foil Stamping
mar-printing-techniques-foil-200x200Adding some shine to printed paper stock is referred to as foil stamping.  The process of fusing foil to paper can create beautiful accents on stationery, invitations and holiday cards.  For a touch of shimmer a metal die of the desired imprint is produced.   The die is used to push a thin sheet of foil into paper stock through a process of pressure and heat which leaves the desired foil imprint fused onto the paper.  Foil for this purpose is available in many colors. A real foil accent can add a brilliant touch to personalized items.  There are also many items which use a matte foil.  This technique is very useful for printing lighter colors over dark paper.

Letterpress
mar-printing-techniques-letterpress-200x200To create a letterpress imprint, a metal die is created and a specific type of quality soft cotton paper stock must be used.  The die is positioned in a special press for this process.  As the paper moves through the press, the ink color is pushed directly into the elegant, paper stock, from the top of the card down, to create a crisp impression and an elegant feel.  This is an old world process and requires a specialty printer to accomplish it correctly.  When you rub your hands over an item created via letterpress you will feel a depressed imprint.  Letterpress stationery, invitations and other items denotes personal and professional style.  The color, weight and texture of the paper are all part of the presentation. Letterpress items add a rich impression to stationery, business cards, invitations and more. Every sheet of stock is pressed individually for a subtle but exquisite touch of luxury.  Typically letterpress is done in one color imprint but a two color imprint is available which requires two metal dies and two passes through the press.

Engraving
mar-printing-techniques-engraving-200x200This is one of the oldest and most elegant methods of printing.  Specifically, engraving starts by creating a reverse etching of an image onto a copper plate. Then, ink is applied to the plate and paper is pressed into it, creating a raised image on the front of the paper stock.  The process of engraving can print gold, silver and other metallic ink colors, a light colored ink on a darker colored stock, or most any other colored ink on a lighter colored stock.  You can tell if an item is engraved as you can feel and see a slight indentation on the back of the item where there was pressure on the stock.  Engraving can be done on products from note cards to invitations business cards.  It is a manual hand-process.  Each time the stock is pressed, a new piece needs to be fed into the machinery by hand.  Engraved items will be more expensive than thermographed product as there needs to be a metal plate produced and, as mentioned, the printing process is manual.  However, plates can be used over and over again reducing that initial investment.  If you are someone who appreciates an elegant product, engraving may be a perfect option for you.

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.