After a brief heat wave last week, it’s cooled down considerably, and I am loving this crisp, cool weather – a sure sign that fall is just about here. The chilly mornings and evenings make me want to snuggle up inside with a warm, cozy blanket and daydream about the upcoming season and everything that comes with it: falling leaves, crackling firewood, apples and pumpkins everywhere … I could go on and on.
The new “Fall in Love” collection by Linsday Letters gives me the warm and cozies in paper form, with harvest season colors and patterns perfectly paired with Lindsay’s utterly gorgeous calligraphy and lettering and quotes that evoke family, home, and hearth. And The Table Mini Print would be the perfect hostess gift for holiday gatherings!
images from Lindsay Letters
Yeti Art Print by Fuzzy Ink
♥ These gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations by Moontree Press are making my anticipation of the coming autumn season even stronger.
♥ Loving this poster series for The Postal Service by Jason Munn.
♥ Fantastic texture on these biz cards by and for Cousins Design (letterpress printing by Typoretum).
♥ A very cool packaging concept for a classic men’s barber shop + product line by Adrian Gilling. -via
♥ Fun and colorful, travel and adventure-themed wedding invites by Kitkat Pecson. -via
image from Fuzzy Ink
Congratulations to Stephanie K., the winner of the Boxcar Press L Letterpress Plates giveaway! Stephanie had this to say about her love of letterpress:
“Everything about letterpress makes me giddy and gets the creative juices flowing with new ideas that I want to try. From the paper choices to the ink and ability to “feel” the design of each piece. The fact that each one if different lends a unique of wonderful surprise factor.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in this great giveaway. I had so much fun reading all of your reasons for loving letterpress, and I think that you all made me love letterpress even more than I already do, if that’s even possible! And Stephanie, I’ve sent you an email with further information about claiming your prize.
BONUS! For all of you who want to become better acquainted with the L Letterpress and get loads of project ideas, Studio Calico has offered Paper Crave readers a $10.00 discount on their online class, LETTERPRESS with Tina Aszmus. Just use code PaperCrave in the checkout to receive your discount. Enrollment ends on September 14th, so be sure to grab your place in the class while you can!
Today is the last day of the Boxcar Press L Letterpress Plates giveaway, and before I wrap up what has been a very fun week of L Letterpress crafting I want to share this DIY watercolor birthday card that I made using the L Letterpress, the Boxcar Birthday Designs plates, and a little bit of watercolor.
First, I painted a mix of teal and mint green watercolors* onto Aquarelle paper, which was perfect for this project because it’s both watercolor-friendly and thick enough to give a beautiful letterpress impression. I then allowed the watercolor background to dry completely. Using the same technique that I used to make the “For You” letterpress gift tags, with silver ink and the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment plate, I printed what I think turned out to be a very pretty card.
* I used inexpensive Crayola Watercolors, which were surprisingly vibrant, along with kid-friendly Crayola Craft Brushes. This just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on watercolor supplies to get a great result!
image by Kristen Magee