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Funky Print Studio is back! New Year, makeover, goals, activity

Happy New Year!! I guess it’s not too late to say it, right? After quite a long time, we’re finally back with updates here as well. There were so many things that happened since the last time i posted!

heidelberg windmillFirst things first: website makeover!

Last time i was talking about the plans for a complete makeover of this blog / website. Well it’s happening all right! It’s still a work in progress, but the major parts are done: got the new theme installed and i must send a special “thank you” to the lovely person and fellow etsian who helped me out and got the theme from, Sophie of English Snow Designs. I wholeheartedly recommend her if you’re looking for a simple and stylish theme for your blog!

I’m still working on Funky Print Studios logo as i keep having these thoughts: “Oh, i could change that!” or “Oh, that has to be replaced!” or “Oh, i don’t like how this looks!” Still, it’s coming together nicely and with a few more tweaks, i’ll get to the final form.

I have a bunch of updates to add at the Portfolio section and that will take some time. But we’ll get there.

Now let’s talk a bit about the sudden absence from blogging. Initially it was because of the whole makeover thing. Then, because the last 3 months of the year were extremely busy! Like really really really busy! We worked on a bunch of letterpress projects that i can’t wait to share, but we also had thousands (literally) of boxes to make and ship. We actually spent more time in the studio than at home! Don’t get me wrong, this is not me complaining, but actually me being proud of our little shops getting more customers. It’s an incredible feeling and i’m humbly thankful.

Our winter vacation was sooo needed. Work is good, but remember to rest every once in a while, yeah? And rest we did. Well now we are fully recharged and ready to get back to work!

I have some major goals for 2016, but the one i want to focus most on is making the most of it. Making the most of each day. That may have something to do with the fact that this is my 30th year on this Earth! :)

2016, please be good!
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[Behind the scenes] Custom letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle

We printed the letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle back in August right after we came back from our vacation. It was definitely a great project to transition back in to working mode!

Since we’re still quite at the beginning of our letterpress journey, each project still brings something new and exciting. This time around, we got to use our gold – copper – light brown ink that sparkles in the sunlight and i’m totally in love with! Also, there was a bit of die-cutting and hole punching as well so that we’d get beautiful and elegant letterpress hang tags to match the style of Lulu & Belle. Moreover, we didn’t use the standard 450gsm card stock, but even thicker 600gsm one. It was a real pleasure working on this project and i was really happy to find that the tags were very well liked!

Here are the short technical details for the custom letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle:

  • 600gsm duplexed Snow White card stock, one side printing, 2 x 6 cm, one ink color – gold / copper / light brown, die cutting (rounded corners), hole punching
letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle

Letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle. Photo by Lulu & Belle

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Letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle. Photo by Lulu & Belle

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Letterpress hang tags for Lulu & Belle. Photo by Lulu & Belle

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I was even happier when i received the first three photos with the letterpress tags actually being used alongside the wonderful Lulu & Belle jewelry. Thank you so much, Sandra!

Lulu & Belle is the place to go when searching for exquisite vintage jewelry. They search the world trying to find the best pieces out there and they restore them to their former glory so that they can be worn and cherished once again. You’ll surely find the perfect gifts for vintage jewelry enthusiasts, but also pieces that can be worn during very special occasions. Check out their website and get ready to be amazed!

The Funky Studio team wishes you, as always, a colorful day!

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[Behind the scenes] Custom letterpress calling cards, our design for a neurologist

The custom letterpress calling cards i’m talking about today were created by us from scratch. I really enjoy creating designs for business cards, so when i was given a free hand with these i was ecstatic! I played with a bunch of various fonts in order to find the perfect one to emphasize professionalism and seriousness, while at the same time leaving a long lasting impression by adding the brain logo. I may not be a neurologist like the owner of these custom letterpress calling cards, but i’m pretty sure this is how one would like to come across as: professional, serious and reliable.

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Creating designs for letterpress cards is definitely not as easy as it may seem as there are a bunch of things to take into consideration. Letterpress printing is completely different from regular, digital printing. The most important thing to mention is that if you searched “less is more” you should get “letterpress” as a result. You know how in fashion there was that thing that Coco Chanel said: “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” This works perfectly for letterpress printing also. Well actually doing it, actually creating a design that is airy, yet with a powerful impression, simple, yet elegant, well that is not that easy. Moreover, there are tons and tons of available free fonts out there. Some of them look a lot better letterpress printed than others, so you need to envision each one and carefully choose the best option. Proportions are also very important; while you want the information to be visible, you don’t want it to take over the entire space. At the same time, don’t let the logo entirely overshadow the information. There has to be a balance, you have to find the right proportions so that they represent your brand, company, profession as a whole.

I got a little carried away there, didn’t i? Well anyway, this template is available to be used for various other professions as well; i’d change the brain logo with another to accommodate the requested profession. Also, i absolutely love the color of the Biscuit card stock so i plan o recommending it whenever and wherever i can! Here are the short technical details about these custom letterpress calling cards:

  • 450gsm Biscuit (light brown / chocolate milk) card stock, one side printing, 9 x 5 cm, black ink, custom design

custom letterpress calling cards custom letterpress calling cards custom letterpress calling cards custom letterpress calling cardsI’ve already added these custom letterpress calling cards on our portfolio, so you can check out more photos over here.

The Funky Studio team wishes you, as always, a colorful day!

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[Behind the scenes] Custom letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

The custom letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition’s Rich were really our ideal letterpress order. Be it a seller or buyer, you have that ideal transaction in mind: if you’re a buyer, you want the item to fit your needs and preferences, the seller to be nice, the shop to look appealing and so on; if you’re a seller, you want the client to be reasonable, to be satisfied with your items, to come back for a second time etc. So there are these general ideas each buyer and each seller has depending on various characteristics. Well for us, the letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition were precisely that: ideal transaction. Conversation went smoothly, design was perfect, letterpress printing was a blast. The business cards and letterpress tags we did for Printsmith and the project we’ve just wrapped up were like this as well, so that makes me think that there’s a bright future ahead! Hehe!

Anyway, here are the short technical details of the letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition’s Rich:

– 450gsm Snow White card stock, one side printing, 3.5 x 2″ (inches), black ink

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Film and polymer plate for TwoFour Creative Coalition

Letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

Letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

letterpress business cards

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

Letterpress business cards for TwoFour Creative Coalition

TwoFour Creative Coalition is a group of talented professionals offering services such as: branding & marketing, design, web development, animation, video & audio, photography, hand lettering & illustration and more. Check out their website for detailed information!

The Funky Studio team wishes you, as always, a colorful day!

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