Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mother's Day Etsy Gift Pairings

Do you find buying handmade gifts on Etsy overwhelming sometimes? There are so many beautiful things available, and the hardest part can be buying two or more items to go together as a gift. With Mother's Day coming up (May 10th, take note!), I've tried to make it easier by putting together a few Etsy pairings with Sunlit Letterpress stationery products.

To make shopping for Mom easier, use coupon code "MOTHER2015" at shop checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase. Coupon expires May 10th, 2015. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

La Vie Est Belle | New Modern Brush Script Art Print

Our latest art print – "La vie est belle" ("Life is beautiful") – is now available for pre-order from our Etsy shop. This print is the perfect modern brush script art piece for your office, your gallery wall, a wedding gift, or as a gift for the francophile in your life. This print measures 11" x 14".

This print will be professionally digitally printed on thick and luxurious 19 pt. Savoy cotton cover. Please note, this is a pre-order listing – prints will be printed the week of March 16th, and all orders will ship March 20th.

Merci and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HUSH Wedding Soirée 2015 | Terminal City Club

Are you ready for Vancouver's best kept wedding secret? Terminal City Club will host the 2015 HUSH Wedding Soirée on Saturday, March 7th – doors open at 7:00 PM. Two floors of TCC will come to life with extravagant décor, roaming models in beautiful wedding gowns, bubbles and bites, a special men's lounge (grooms like to plan for their weddings too!), and endless inspiration to help you celebrate your special day in style! You can order tickets ($30) via EventBrite, or enter to win 2 tickets from us (see info below).

We designed and printed the special HUSH 2015 invitations for Vancouver wedding planners above. This is a three-color invitation in blush, gold, and black ink. It was so much fun to design (I just love incorporating architectural details from a venue into an invitation – and Terminal City Club has the most beautiful stained glass dome (installed circa 1912), that we used as the main inspiration for these invitations.

Sunlit Letterpress will have a table at the show with information sheets and samples of our work for all you brides and grooms getting married this year (or next!). I won't actually be there in person because I will be travelling, but we encourage you to contact us with any questions you have about our products and services – we're happy to help! Many of our talented and highly experienced Vancouver wedding industry friends will be at the show, so don't miss out!

Are you interested in attending HUSH 2015? I have two tickets to give away, so be sure to enter the random draw by answering the following question as a comment below – Which wedding shows will or have you attended this year? Draw closes Saturday, February 28th at 12 PM. Winner will be announced in the comments below!

The next few weeks will be nuts as our family and the studio are on the move to our new home and studio space. We just closed escrow and I am excited (and a little anxious) for this move; but seriously, moving is truly the pits. I counted last night how many times I have moved in my life, and I arrived at 13 moves. Is that a lot? It seems like a lot. And we all know how much I love moving, especially when you have a studio with 1,200 lb. printing presses, 400+ lb. paper cutters, tons of paper and supplies, and lots of greasy and inky items to carry move. Thank God for my commercial movers!

Be sure to check back for the update on the HUSH 2015 tickets winners :)


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Custom Brush Print Letterpress & Digitally Printed Business Cards

My dearest paper lovers, we've just added a new custom calligraphy/brush script business card style to our stable of ready-to-wear (pre-designed) business card options in our Etsy shop. As with our other card designs, you simply send us the name and contact information you would like to use, choose your ink color, and away we go! These cards are available with luxurious letterpress printing, as well as a more affordable digitally-printed version.

We call this design our "brush print" option – since it is technically a brush script, but not an overly flowery or elaborate script. It's simple, modern, and makes a sophisticated statement.

So how does it work? It's easy! Once we have your name and contact details, we put together a digital proof for you to approve or make changes to, and this proof is sent to you via email. Once you are happy with the design and give us your sign-off, the printing begins. For digital cards, turnaround is approximately 1-2 weeks, and the letterpress cards take about 2-3 weeks. We also ship worldwide!

Our series of custom calligraphy and brush script business cards has been very popular with creative professionals from around the globe – from photographers, to interior designers, to make-up artists and stylists. These cards really put the focus on your name; so if you are your own brand (as many freelancers and creatives are!), these cards are perfect for you. Our calligraphy and brush script cards are also great for individuals that don't yet have, or don't plan to have, a specific logo for themselves or their company.

If you are interested in a set of custom brush script letterpress cards or custom brush script digitally-printed cards for yourself or for someone special, or if you have questions about the process, be in touch! We're happy to help!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Brush Script Logo Development for H & Field

Don't you just want to jump into the above photo (photo © and courtesy of H & Field)? The colors are just so beautiful – and perhaps you share my fondness for a stark desert against a bright blue sky?

We were recently contacted by Julie from H & Field, a California-based maker of small batch handmade goods created with organic indigo using a resist technique inspired by Japanese shibori (photos below © and courtesy of H & Field).

Julie had seen our custom brush script stationery and lettering in our Etsy shop and asked if I could create a logo for her using this bold brush lettering style. I was happy to help and love logo development projects, so we got started right away.

When I do lettering work, I like to prepare my ink, brushes, and papers and spread out. As you can see, I tend to write out the text I've been commissioned to letter more than once or twice. I like to provide my clients with options (i.e. different styles of capitals, stroke thickness, different brushes, etc.), so this requires some playing around. When I was working on the H & Field project, I was also creating lettering for another client, Hannah, who had ordered a set of our custom-lettered business cards from our Etsy shop.

From there, I take the custom brush lettering and scan it, and then create vector artwork in Illustrator on my computer. I'll adjust spacing/sizing and clean things up a bit in Illustrator (sometimes ink splatters or looks a bit rough in some places, so a little touch up can be needed). Once the variations are finalized, I present the client with a few options to choose from, like this:

Choosing a favorite is what my clients often find to be the most difficult part of the process. You can see above how within the 5 different options, there are variations on thickness of stroke, brush, ampersand and/or + sign, the "F", curves and the end of strokes, and so on. These little differences can really change the overall look of your logo.

Once the client has made a selection, I take the logo and prepare it in many different formats for print and web, and provide these to the client along with vector versions for their future use. It is very important to have a library of file types to choose from for your logo, since different output methods (web, desktop vs. commercial printing, etc.) require different resolutions and color spaces, and you should have easy access to all of these files.

At this point, clients often wish to have their new logo applied to stationery and marketing collateral such as business cards, web graphics, brochures, note cards, and so on. This style of script looks beautiful when letterpress printed, and also works nicely for flat (digital or offset) printing as well.

If you are interested in having a custom brush-lettered logo created for your business or personal brand, please be in touch! We look forward to working with you!

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Fresh Start | 2015

Happy New Year! It's that time again for getting organized and following through with your New Year's resolution(s)! Did you make any this year? I don't usually make resolutions per se, but I do have a few areas where I want to make some improvements this year – such as drinking more water, taking better care of myself generally, increasing my gym time to train for this year's Tough Mudder, and so on.

Getting more organized is always on my list – New Year or not! Above are a few of my pics for sticking with a "Get more organized in 2015" resolution!

{ 1. Paper Mate Flair Pens. I use these babies to color-code my day planner and the activities/events for everyone in our family; 2. Nate Berkus Gold Scissors. Nothing makes a desk look prettier than a few gold accessories; 3. Sugar Paper's 2015 Planner. I use this one every year; 4. Thank You Notes from Sunlit Letterpress. You vowed to write thank-yous for your holiday gifts – now is the time to get it done! 5. Nate Berkus Gold Stapler; Mr. Berkus can do no wrong; 6. Custom Calligraphy Letterpress Business Cards from Sunlit Letterpress. Get your business and social life in gear with custom cards that leave a lasting impression; 7. Custom Calligraphy Digital Business Cards from Sunlit Letterpress. Our digitally-printed custom calligraphy cards are crisp and elegant, with a lower price tag and faster turnaround than our letterpress options; 8. Threshold Kitchen Canisters. Though meant for your kitchen, I use a variety of these pretty canisters to store desk accessories like clips, pens, etc.; 9. Letterpress Lovers Club Subscription from Sunlit Letterpress. Be extra organized and always have stationery on hand for birthdays and other celebrations. Fresh stationery is delivered monthly with this subscription box service, and averages about 4-5 cards per mailing; 10. The Lettermate Addressing Guide. Your card recipients will think you are both talented and organized when you create beautiful envelopes using this guide for your lettering. No more uneven lines or badly centered writing! }

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Your Black Friday Coupon Code for 25% Off Everything!

Here it is friends, 25% off everything in our Etsy shop! This is our last sale of the year, and the best savings. Buy that special someone a subscription to our Letterpress Lovers Club, get your letterpress holiday cards, or pick up some notecards or personalized pieces for your friends, family, and colleagues.

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2014

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