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 can see if you click 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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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 

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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Hope you enjoyed the post 😉 As a small hand-work studio, we appreciate the ‘Facebook Likes‘ and ‘Sharing’ of our goods through any of the social media platforms and if you like something please let us know, that’s essentially how word of mouth can help us to continue to do what we love doing and hopefully creating the products that you want to see.

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.

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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

LETTERPRESS CHRISTMAS CARDS PREVIEW & CHANCE TO WIN!!!

letterpress christmas card competition - win a pack of 3 beautiful letterpress cards from kikisoso. subscribe to win
to celebrate our first ever hand fed letterpress range of Christmas cards ( Weihnachtskarten) we are going to be giving away *6 sets of 3* from the range to 6 lucky winners. Here is how you can enter… Subscribe to our blog HERE or like our Facebook page HERE. We will pick 6 winners on 15th November, 3 will be chosen from our subscribers on the kikisoso blog and the other 3 will be chosen from our Facebook LIKES. So, to double your chances, subscribe to the blog and LIKE its on Facebook.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN WORLDWIDE AND THE WINNERS PRIZES WILL BE SHIPPED AS SOON AS WE HAVE CHOOSEN THEM RANDOMLY. FACEBOOK WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA FACEBOOK FOR THEIR POSTAL ADDRESSES.

here is a sneak preview of the cards which samay is currently hand-feeding, one-at-a-time through our antique Golding Jobber printing press. The cards are almost finished and will be available to buy on our online shop as soon as we have hand packed them with their matching cotton envelopes into our bags (biodegradable – made of cornstarch).

Looking forward to your subscription and GOOD LUCK with the competition!!!

 

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Detail: Peace on earth – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

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Detail: Merry Christmas – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

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Detail: Merry Christmas – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

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Detail: Warm Wishes – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

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Detail: Peace on earth – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

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Detail: Warm Wishes – 2 color letterpress on soft thick 100% cotton card

Halloween Cards – Letterpress Halloween Grusskarten

am 31. Oktober ist es wieder soweit, dann wird Halloween gefeiert. Aus diesem Anlass haben wir 5 neue Halloween Grusskarten erschaffen.

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Jede Karte ist mit ♡ von Hand auf unserer antiken Buchdruck-Andruckpresse auf umweltfreundlichem hochwertigen 100% Baumwoll Papier gedruckt.

Wir haben eine Katze, die auf einem Besen reitet, ein Kind was sich als Gespenst verkleidet, eine Hexe mit einem überdimensionalem Hexenhut, einpaar dösige Fledermäuse, und natürlich dürfen die baumelnden Spinnen nicht fehlen.

Diese Karten sind jetzt in unserem Shop erhältlich. Für unsere deutschen Kunden haben wir uns etwas Besonderes ausgedacht. Nur diese Woche (letzte Bestellung Sonntag den 27.10.2013 bis 13 Uhr GMT) schreiben wir Euren ganz persönlichen Gruß und verschicken es an die gewünschte Adresse. Dieser Service ist kostenlos 😉

Natürlich könnt ihr jederzeit gerne in unser Kölner Studio kommen, um unsere Karten zu erwerben.

Happy Halloween

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English version: Halloween cards, five frightfully good designs. We created a range of very simple Halloween cards and printed them on our 100% cotton house paper .

Theres a ‘Cat on a broom’, ‘kid in a blanket’, ‘Witch in a huge hat’ , ‘A few bats on a branch’ and no halloween is complete without a couple of ‘dangly Spiders’.

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Buy them now on our shop and, for for German customers (at no extra cost) we will hand write your personal message and send it off, making sure it gets there in time. Our last order for this service will be Monday 28th October. If you are in Cologne you can of course drop by our studio where we also have them for sale.

Kikisoso Creative Studio created these beautiful two colour letterpress cards for Halloween 2013. !00% cotton paper.Kikisoso's Halloween Card collection. Printed on bright white, soft  100% cotton paper.

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LETTERPRESS BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS

we have just created a ‘bespoke design’ for letterpress baby announcements. you can order either the boy or girl template and have your  little one’s details inserted, such as name, birthplace, time, weight etc. the baby announcement cards are also printed on kikisoso’s house paper, 100% cotton lettra paper. we have two examples below in the usual pink or the blue, however, we have also been asked for other colours so drop us a line if you are interested in another color.

the designs come in a set of 25 cards, gift wrapped in a recycled presentation box including corresponding envelopes. you can order additional sets of 10 of cards and envelopes depending on your needs. now available on our kikisoso shop

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LETTERPRESS BABY CARDS – NOW IN STOCK

these letterpress baby cards are just off our press and we are thrilled with them. we decided to create two different cards for a baby boy or a baby girl. These cards are hand-fed one by one onto our new edition to the studio, the Golding Jobber printing press (from 1886). We used one of our in-house papers, the florescent white cotton lettra 300 g/m² from neenah papers. the cards are now available for purchase on our kikisoso shop

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letterpress baby cards for girls. 2 colour print – 100% cotton paper / envelope

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close up showing the imprint and the texture of the bright white soft cotton paper

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the impression is there but not too deep, keeping the inside of the card free from visible protrusions

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detail of the storks in flight – all illustrations are original and created by kikisoso

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gift tokens starting from 50€ are also available for our letterpress baby announcements and for our letterpress business cards, wedding invitations and personal stationery etc.

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