After falling in love with blind hits (designs impressed into the paper using no ink), we got to thinking that a light tonal effect might give a bit more pop to our letterpress printed art while maintaining that soft and elegant look that our brides often look for.
While developing our Vizcaya invitation design, we decided to create something new—our Varnish ink, which offers a whisper of color and takes a tonal effect on any color paper. After its introduction in our Coral line last year we’ve seen bride’s using it in many of our other invitation designs with stunning results.
Very versatile Varnish works great for large, bold designs, but can add just enough detail to images that might be too delicate for a blind hit. We love watching new pieces come off the presses using this technique. Keep them coming!
Just out of our press room is this clean and sophisticated letterpress card announcing the launch of a new website for exterior designer Scott Shrader of Shrader Design. The piece was designed by Lisa Collins of Studio One San Francisco and printed on extra thick 600gsm Crane Lettra paper in grey ink with a blind (ink-less) hit on the back. We also utilized our vintage Rosback pin-hole perforater to create a breakaway business card with the company’s name and url. Lisa’s design paired the letterpress piece with an offset printed vellum slip-sheet inviting the recipient to visit www.shraderdesign.com. We encourage you do to the same and savor some of Scott’s stunning exterior design work.
A few months back in the middle of a blizzard, our friend and 3/50 Project founder Cinda Baxter sent us a wonderful new client, Stacey Motley of The Paper Café in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stacey had a project she needed to be designed and printed on the fly for Duke University’s basketball team.
Stacey chose to die cut the invitation in the shape of a basketball. The piece was letterpress printed on double thick Crane Lettra. We did a blind hit of a the basketball texture into the background of the card which gave it added dimension.
Today we send our congratulations out to the Blue Devils on their 2010 NCAA win and also to the Butler Bulldogs for an amazing game last night!
Dauphine Design was proud to have been asked by the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to design and print an invitation for the Mid-Winter Gala on March 11th. The event coincided with the Cartier and America exhibit showing at the Legion of Honor. The invitation design was inspired by the famous Panthère de Cartier. Printed on double thick paper, a variation on the iconic panther image was blind hit (or impressed into the page without using ink). The exhibit was recently extended through May 9, 2010. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you should definitely stop in to take a peek at this amazing collection!