FANTASTIC SAVE THE DATE CARD, BUT NOT A WEDDING IN SITE

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two sided 3 colour letterpress print with laser cutting for the bicycles components

This Save the Date card really grabbed my attention this morning as I was browsing the net with a mouthful of toast. A really creative Do-It-Yourself kit for the opening of a bicycle shop by ‘Save the Date Projects’ and ‘Daily Bicycle Co’. The individual parts of the bicycle were laser cut from thick duplexed conqueror card so the recipient could easily pop them out and fix them together.

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you can see more from the creators here where you can read the project details, that is… if your Spanish is fantástico! Read more about the project in English here

 

 

SORRY CARD FOR HIM OR HER… SOMETIMES SOMEONE HAS TO BE WRONG

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Letterpress sorry card with pink and taupe tissue lined envelope option. These lovely apology cards are just off the press at kikisoso creative studio. Printed with a great earthy grey achieved by mixing a dark grey and taupe ink, after printing each card was hand finished using a watercolor wash making every card ‘even more ‘ individual. Gmund 100% cotton stock was used for it’s high quality properties and finish and of course we were looking for a slightly off-white appearance rather than the bright white house paper we usually use. The impression into the soft paper can be seen and felt on the fingertips, the real treat of the letterpress print finish.

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Printed on high quality Gmund cotton stock hand finished with a pink watercolor wash.

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for him / from him. Extra manly taupe colored envelope

Now available on the kikisoso online store. So if you know your wrong or just feel like taking the blame for a change then you can get some brownie points by giving your partner one of these special cards. You know they’re worth it.

ME AND MIETZ LETTERPRESS CALLING CARDS

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Martina from Me and Mietz ordered a set of our cute little ‘kiki-petits‘ for her minimal business card. Martina’s runs a fashion blog and she gave me a little explanation into the name. Mietz (short for Mietzekatze)  is a little white fluffy cat who accompanies her during her daily life and when traveling. Mietz the cat is illustrated by talented illustrator Maya under her own column on the blog called “Mietz by Maya”.

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kiki petites – beautifully packaged in tissue paper and their own presentation box

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me and mietz‘s gift wrapped kiki petites just before being shipped off to Martina. You can view Martina’s website here

Project info:
Format 5cm x 7cm
Dark grey rubber based ink (Pantone black and white mixed)
Printed on our house paper 100% cotton Cranes Lettra
We printed 100 of these cards one-by-one on our Antique printing press and sent them in a beautiful presentation box

We would love to hear your comments. What do you think of the cards, do you like the packaging?

See more of our letterpress calling cards here

Letterpress Visitenkarten für Bohlen Design

We printed these Letterpress Business cards for our friend and Cologne Südstadt neighbor Nick Bohlen. Nick supplied the layout for the cards and we printed them on 100% cotton stock. The orange colour is often hard to achieve using digital printing on a CMYK pallet. This is one of the beauties of letterpress printing, where we can use the Pantone base colors to mix almost any colour we need.

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A lovely bright orange without the brown tinge often seen in digital printing using a CMYK colour system

We achieved a fair impression on the cards keeping in mind that we never want to have any evidence of the print on the rear of the card. The logo signet of the ‘n’ and ‘b’ in Nick’s logo, raises nicely from the background, a haptic quality synonymous with embossing. The orange was a delight to print, requiring only one pass on the printer and therefore keeping the colour true. As letterpress ink has a certain transparency, a second pass would change the colour significantly. This is why sometimes we have to mix a colour for 2 passes or for a single pass and it can all even be determined by room temperature, paper or even the consistency of the ink.

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Project info:
Orange mixed to match Nick’s orange color chip. 100% Pantone black used for the text.
100% bright white cotton card used for it’s brightness, soft finish and great impression.
We printed 100 of these cards one-by-one on our Antique printing press

Do you like the cards? We always love to hear from you so be sure to leave your comments below.

CIRCULAR BUSINESS CARDS

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DE –  Als wir den Namen ‘Spotz’ (Punkt) hörten, hatten wir sofort die Idee zu der kleinen runden Visitenkarte. Da sich die Firma Spotz in der Pre Launch Phase befindet und um Aufmerksamkeit und Neugier bei Kunden zu wecken, haben wir nur den Namen, Titel und Webadresse abgebildet. Diese kleinen Karten sind wie kleine Punkte mit einem schwarzen Kern. Dafür haben wir erst zwei Seiten der Visitenkarten im Letterpress Verfahren gedruckt, und dann mit schwarzem 300gms Papier in der Mitte verleimt, das wird Duplex genannt.

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EN – Circular business cards are certainly not your everyday run of the mill calling cards, but then neither is our client Alan Edwards’s new company Spotz. Although the company has not yet been launched it will certainly be something very different and thats why we wanted to create these special little ‘Spotz’ cards to stand out.

The design was very simple as we decided to leave the most details out of Alan’s card, in fact just a name, title and web address to create a little curiosity while the business takes shape behind the scenes. The first idea was to print the cards on 600gsm card with a double sided print as you see here. The problem that we had with the one thickness card was that when we die-cut the circles the edges were not flat but slightly rounded due to the die pinching the soft card and pressing it hard against the platen. This meant that it would not be possible to edge paint the cards as planned. after experimenting a little with the thicker card we decided that we could do something a little different and achieve a colored edge without painting.

The idea was to sandwich a thick black card between two 300gsm cotton  layers and this worked a treat. Of course this was a lot of work, the letterpress printing was down first for both sides on the 300gsm paper and then they were cut into 5 cm circles along with the 300gsm jet-black card stock before being duplexed. The result, a beautifully thick double sided circular card with a lovely impression and a colored edge to boot. We are very happy with the result and they have just been shipped off to Alan in London.

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LOVELY CHUNKY BAKER TWINES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP

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We at kikisoso have been using baker twines for our stationery, wedding invitations and business card packaging for some time now. We think that the twines give our clients packaging a special finish and of course, they also make any package or gift a delight to receive. And, SO… you can now buy the same luxuriously thick (2 mm) 100% bakers twines from our online store.

Below you can see the current color range, which we will be expanding in the near future.

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The current color selection available to buy at kikisoso’s online store

 

BAKER TWINES IN USE

Below you can see some of the uses of the bakers twine in the kikisoso studio. Our letterpress goods are finished beautifully with the twines and our in-house twine is the ‘Original Black’

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bakers twines used with our sets of letterpress baby announcements. 

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Letterpress personal stationery finished with ‘Rose Pink Original’ bakers twine 

Letterpress labels for designer clothing

the ‘Black original’ bakers twine used here for letterpress clothing labels for fashion designer Elisa Sola

 

 

 

LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITATIONS – KUWAITI SADU PATTERN

Just before Christmas we were kept busy printing these wonderful letterpress wedding invitations for Ala’a R. from Kuwait. Ala’a is a graphic designer herself and so she actually created the designs and we printed them here in the studio.

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The design for the letterpress invitation was inspired by the Kuwaiti Sadu pattern, because the reception was held in a tradition Kuwaiti house which incidentally, is now used as a Sadu museum/cultural space. The original idea was to print using Pantone gold (Pantone 871 u) but I was not convinced that the Gold would achieve the right effect on a non-coated surface as I often see in letterpress printing rather than offset where it is not an issue. However, we managed to mix a close tone which worked well with the chosen paper and contrasted it with a nice deep red.

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Together we decided on the Gmund Cotton linen card and as we were printing both sides of the invitation, the back with the Sadu pattern and the front with the wedding details, we needed to bump the paper weight up to a good sturdy 600gsm. The invitations were paired with Gmund cotton linen envelopes and to finish Ala’a used a deep red wax seal with a continuation of the pattern before sending them on their way.

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A close up view of the Kuwaiti Sadu pattern on the rear of the invitations.

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the heart continues the Sadu pattern on the rear of the cards.

Another bespoke  letterpress wedding invitation: see Jacko & Esthers’ bespoke letterpress wedding stationery here 

OUR ACHILL ISLAND ADVENTURE – THE LITTLE ART STUDIO

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Nick, John and Samay at the Little art studio

Achill Island scenery is breathtaking, and not just on a clear day. It doesn’t matter whether the sun is shining or the heavens are open and mother nature is dashing out her worst, Achill is simply beautiful whatever the light. As we mentioned in an earlier post, we had the pleasure of staying at the Bervie Guesthouse on Keel strand and it was here that we got to meet a very special fellow indeed, his name is John Michael Nikolai and he is the resident artist at the Bervie’s ‘Little Art Studio’ peeping out shyly from behind the guesthouse. John is a very talented photographer from the USA but his work is not just about capturing the perfect shot, but it is in the way he edits the photos digitally, the printing technique, the paper and overall finish that really make his work demand attention.

Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland scenery

The day we climbed Croagh Patrick – John Michael Nikolai

Here are a few examples of the images that we were moved to purchase on our visit to his studio.

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Precipice and Matador – Achill’s Ronan Halpin sculpture photographed on Keel strand – John Michael Nikolai

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8 p.m. in Dookinella – Achill Island – John Michael Nikolai

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Dean Martin’s Horse – John Michael Nikolai

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yip, that’s a dolphin… John gets up very early 😉

These are just a few of the images from John’s wonderful Achill collection, but you can view many more on his homepage where you will also find some very affordable formats that will fill a picture frame nicely. John had said that Achill is a dream for any photographer, and our second visit to Sean Cannon’s Gallery we could see exactly what he meant. We will mention a little more about Sean in our next Achill post.

LETTERPRESS / HAND-PRINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS

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we have released the new pictures of our Hand-Printed Christmas Cards , they are hand-fed one by one into our antique Golding printing press. Each color needs to be printed separately, so although the outcome is something special that you can feel on your fingertips making it stand out from digitally printed cards, there is a lot of love that goes into the creation of each card, from the initial idea, sketches, the color mixing, paper preparation, printing, cutting, folding and packing. But, we love it and that is why we are here. We are printing short runs of these cards (300 for each design) so the lucky recipient will be delighted to receive what is essentially, a limited addition piece of art on finest quality paper.

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We have already added the Christmas letterpress cards to our online shop, but this post is for you the kikisoso blog subscribers to keep you up to date with kikisoso product news. There are currently two different ranges, the ‘faces’ collection and the ‘Snowy’ collection and there are three beautiful simple designs in each range. We may get a further few designs (which we have almost ready to) go out next week so ‘watch this space’

DON’T FORGET, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWSLETTER OR LIKED OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, YOU CAN STILL WIN ONE OF 6 SETS OF THE CARDS IF YOU DO SO BEFORE TOMORROW – FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2013 

If you like our cards then you can of course BUY NOW or ‘Share the love’ by posting a link on your Facebook page, or like us on FB, as a man & wife company, we appreciate anyone blowing our trumpet for us 😉

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DAVID AIREY’S EDGE PAINTED LETTERPRESS CARDS

we sent David Airey a stack of edge painted business cards a few weeks back and he was delighted. David Is a very well known Graphic Designer and Author ( logo design loveWork for Money, Design for Love ) and is also the editor of three of the most popular design blogs on the Internet attracting hundreds of thousands of subscribers and more than 600K visitors every month.

David Airey Business cards - Edge painted

David Airey’s own design – We gave the cards a deeper impression as we were working with 600gsm cards

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Soft and thick Gmund Linen 600gsm card –  Ideal for edge painting

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You can catch up with David’s comments on the cards on his own blog here or any of his other blogs: logodesignlove.com, and identitydesigned.com
and you can see more examples of edge painted cards here

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