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5 Reasons Graduates Should Have Personalized Stationery

12 Mar

march-grad-001aIf you know someone who is graduating soon, it’s a perfect time to consider ordering a graduation gift.  Honor one of  life’s most important moments with a great box of personalized stationery.  It’s not an old school idea! In fact, there are 5 reasons that Personalized Stationery makes the perfect Graduation gift.

  1. Sending a professional note card as a thank you to a potential employer leaves an excellent impression.
  2. Sending a written thank you for gifts received is not only appropriate, but important to show gratitude.
  3. Networking is something that really never ends and following up with a hand written note will certainly be remembered.
  4. Adding a personalized note is a classy touch when giving gifts to co-workers, a new boss and more.
  5. Perception is reality! A classic and tailored personalized note card will provide that extra level of confidence and style.

march-grad-001bSo, gift the graduate with something they will surely use! Personalized stationery with the graduate’s name, monogram or initials is a practical and fun gift, and one they’re truly earned!  Be sure the note cards are simple, tailored and professional looking for the perfect touch.  For other graduation ideas including party planning, graduation announcements and graduation invitations, visit our Graduation boutique.

Best wishes,

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

 

Personalized Puppy Love

27 Feb

feb-pet-001If you are like me, you can never love your dog enough. They are a true part of your family and your special little loves.  One of the cutest items I’ve seen lately for your fave dog has been “a true necessity” – actually a fashionista’s dream.  Well, doesn’t every dog need a genuine Italian leather poop bag holder which fits a standard roll of plastic waste bags?

Ok, well maybe it’s a little over the top.  But it is adorable and very unique!  There is an antique brass hook clip for attaching to dog leash or belt loop and the best part is that your puppy’s name will be blind embossed in the leather.  Of course, there is a matching Italian leather leash available in two sizes and a leather collar personalized with your pet’s name and/or phone number and available in 5 sizes.

So if you are looking for a fabulous dog gift, for your fave sophisticated furry friend, these leather poop bags and collars certainly make a thoughtful and impressive gift idea. And it’s fun to see your dog’s name personalized on their accessories.  From dog bowls to personalized collars, bandanas, notepads with their picture and more, we love pets and carry some wonderful personalized pet gifts.

What’s your dog’s name?  The most popular dog names for 2015 according to the American Kennel Club are Max, Charlie, Buddy and Cooper!  The American Kennel Club also just released the most popular dog breeds in the United States.  For the 25th consecutive year, the family-friendly Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America according to the AKC’s registration stats.  Next on the list include German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Beagles, French Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Rottweilers and Boxers.

Well, there are simply so many joys in owning a pet, especially their their unconditional love.  Give yours a big hug today for me!

Best wishes,

Renee