custom work, design process, finished product

Packaging is a really important factor when you are selling a hand-made product. I generally hand-wrap all large orders of wedding cards in tissue paper  and secure with a branded sticker. I wanted to try something different for this large order of coasters. Since it’s just one order of 16 coasters, I justified making the box by hand instead of ordering a set of 20 boxes. This way, I am able to make a box that fits my product exactly and out of high-quality paper; no one makes matchbox style boxes any where near these dimensions  4″ x 4″ x 1.4″.

I had to tweak the template a bit so I got the amount of overhang I needed to give the box a more polished look. Eventually, I’ll have a laser cutter to do the cutting for me, but for now I’m fine with hand cutting the odd box or 5.

I know everyone and their mom uses the two color baker’s twine, but here’s my justification for it:

  1. I had a piece that was just the right length leftover from another project.
  2. It goes with the black box and looks polished.
  3. Holds the card securely, unlike the hemp twine I tried.
  4. Ribbon I had looked lame.
  5. Couldn’t find a paper wrap that I liked and didn’t want to delve into my decorative paper collection to find something.

Next time I’ll probably use a layered paper wrap with circular seal.


finished product

Limited amount left, of all of them. I need to make room for new cards for next year. The snowflakes ones are all A6 size folded cards (4.5″ x 6.25″) printed on French Paper Co. 140#C Pure White, with a frosted blue envelope. The Winter Solstice card is a smaller single note (5″ × 3.25″, not folded), printed on Arturo 110#C Soft White with a deckled edge, with matching hand painted or plain envelope.

3 cards in 3 days, or Maybe I Should Do This More Often

design process

I don’t know if it’s the fact that my grad classes at K-State are starting tomorrow, that my cousin is getting married in a week, or that Aggieville Mini Maker-Faire is in 2.5 weeks, but I have gotten a lot done in the last 3 days. Here’s the last of them. A card celebrating the life-long bonds of the gray wolf (and hopefully the future recipients of the card).

Bats? Bats!

design process

bats helloI started drawing these little charmers last night, and I worked on them intermittently today. I absolutely love my new brush set that I got from Creative Market. The set was $39 and made by Roman Melentyev. It has made a big difference in the effects I’m able to get with my Wacom tablet (Intuos Pro small). I’m able to draw in a way almost identical to what I do with a dip pen with various nibs, but in my less time because I can erase.

I really like having multi purpose cards. If a card is just for one thing, that’s ok, but cards should exist for any sort of correspondence, even if it’s just to reach out to someone and say “Hi, I’m here. I care about you. How are things?”. Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone and the ability to chat with anyone with any instant messaging app, but I still appreciate getting mail from my friends. Tangible things can be really special.

This card is for all the weirdos out there who want to give a little black and silver batty shout out to another weirdo, or maybe you want to use it for a Halloween card.

[A random observation: Bat heads kind of look like goblins dressed up in lion costumes.]



New Card Design

design process

tortoise happy bdayWith Maker Faire coming up on September 12th, I figured I needed to get my butt into gear. Between my other job and grad school, I’ve had enough time to fulfill wedding and other custom stationery orders, but not enough for my own R & D. I like to think my proud and sassy lady tortoise helps make up for lost time. Tortoises don’t give a shit about wrinkles, and neither should you :D The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is also a conservation success story, which in the midst of all the African elephant and White rhino sadness, is a glimmer of hope: a reminder that we can save species from the absolute brink of extinction.

Stock-Lewis Wedding Invitations

finished product

Card Paper: Crane’s Lettra in Ecru 110#C (100% Cotton)
Band Paper: Wildflower by Rifle Paper Co.
Envelopes: #10 Straw Kraft & 4bar Peach from Cards and Pockets
Custom mixed Gold Ink (from Pantone 871 and 874)
Twine Wrap: 20lb Hemp Twine
Typefaces: Ondise and Gandhi Sans

Celebrate Marriage Equality!



Posted by Two Crow Press on Friday, June 26, 2015

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Whether you just want some thank you cards for your wedding guests or an elaborate custom invitation set with save the dates, menus, hand-stitched programs, etc. Two Crow Press is celebrating that now all Americans are able to be legally married and have those marriages honored in all states.

The seed for Two Crow Press was started when I wanted to print my own wedding invitations in 2010, and I chose the theme of the English Counting Magpie/Crows rhyme (it turned into crow augury in America, since those are more common):

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil’s own sel’

I thought it would be auspicious to signify my marriage with a symbol of joy: two crows. Hence when I started my business in 2012, I remembered that symbol and used it to mark a joyful venture, hence Two Crow Press.

For more information on the old rhyme, check out 7th