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So, lots of new things to talk about since my last post (over a year ago, eek!). I launched this new website at the beginning of the year (complete with spiffy new online store!) and have been busy with custom stationery orders from my lovely Etsy customers. One of the most exciting things that's happened is that I've added a new printing press to my collection! I want to introduce you to my new (old-ish) hot foil press: View full article →
January 24, 2013


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Snow, Life and a New Card

This past week has been crazy. Between snow, illness and injuring my back I've gotten very little accomplished. I managed to get Matthew bundled up and out into the back garden to experience his first snow.

matthew snow 1

To be honest, it was nap time and he was a bit grumpy so I don't think he enjoyed it much, but at least we got a few pictures. I'm sure next winter he'll be able to enjoy it a lot more.

In addition, I did a bit of printing and have listed a new type of custom stationery to my Etsy shop. A client contacted me about my personalised notecards but asked if I could change them up a bit by printing in the bottom right corner with a chunky san serif font using no ink (called a blind impression). I liked the look so much that I made a couple of additional samples and they are now for sale.


In addition to printing a new design, I also tested out a new paper. I printed these cards on Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper. I was a little worried before I started because the paper feels so much more substantial than the paper I have been using (Somerset Velvet), but I was pleasantly surprised. It takes a beautiful impression and comes in many different weights, up to 640gsm, so is definitely an option as a house paper for Cerulean Press. I have some Valentine's cards to print as well as a couple new wedding invitation designs so I look forward to experimenting with this paper a bit more... once it stops snowing that is!

Happy 2013!

Happy New Years! I can't believe it's already January. I was SO not ready for the holidays this year and New Year's Eve completely snuck up on me. We had a very busy end of the year (travelling to the States for two weeks to visit my parents and then to J's family home for Christmas) and I think I'm looking forward to getting back to our normal routine. I say normal routine, but since Matthew was born (8 months old today!) I haven't had much time to work on this little printing business and I'm hoping that changes now that he's getting a little bit older. I had a little flurry of activity before Christmas and had a few orders for my personalised notecards.


I set up my little Kelsey press inside so that I could print the cards in the evening once J got home from work and that worked really well. There are definitely limitations to what the press can do, but it's perfect for little jobs like this. As a bonus, it's so much easier to clean up than the big press! While I had the press inked up I also printed a couple of samples of custom letterpress calling cards. The first uses a modern calligraphy font:

cerulean press letterpress calligraphy-calling-card

The second style is a more modern typographic card:



If you click on the photos above they will take you to my Etsy shop where you can see more details about the cards. Both samples are printed with just name, phone number and e-mail address, but they could easily be modified to include a business name and be used as business cards. I'm working on updating my website to have information about all of my custom stationery so there will soon be more information and options available. Anyway, I don't generally make New Year's resolutions, but I have been thinking about some goals for the upcoming year. There are lots of small things that I want to do to grow the business this year, but my main goal is to get one order for wedding invitations. I do hope to have more than one, obviously, but I feel that getting the first order is the hardest and that will open the door for more to follow. I'm sure it won't be easy, but I think it's an attainable goal and one that I look forward to working towards in the coming months! Have you set any goals or resolutions for the New Year?
June 08, 2012


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Custom Letterpress Notecards

A couple of months ago I printed some custom letterpress notecards for myself and as gifts for friends and family.


Each card is A6 size (148mm x 105mm). I printed 10 of each card and paired them with 10 recycled envelopes, tied up with coordinating yarn. I think I would like to get some baker's twine (maybe Divine Twine, although that stuff is pretty pricey) since it was really coincidence that I had yarn that matched the ink colour I used.

Custom Letterpress Notecards

I played around with a variety of fonts and pretty ornaments to flank each name. I think my favourite combinations are the top and bottom examples in the picture above.

Once I get the studio back up and running I will be offering custom notecards in my Etsy shop.