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Life is a Luminous Halo, a Semi-transparent Envelope
Posted on September 1st, 2011 // Inspiration, Invitations, Letterpress, News, Printing //

More than not, people are so excited about a creative design they forget about the envelope. Don’t fall victim to having to change your gorgeous design in the end to accommodate a regular sized envelope. It’s best to have a full scope of your project from the beginning, including the envelope. Because we get asked about envelopes and sizes often, here is a little checklist or list of things to consider when designing an invite or something that needs mailing or delivering:

Size

An unusual size will require a more creative delivery method. Unless you’re into hand-making envelopes, we suggest you stick to a standard size. Here are some common sizes:

Most Announcement envelopes are called A-style sizing:

A-1 (or 4bar) : 3.625″ x 5.125″

A-2 : 4.375″ x 5.75″

A-6 : 4.75″ x 6.5″

A-7 : 5.25″ x 7.25″

A-8 : 5.5″ x 8.125″

A-9 : 5.75″ x 8.75″

A-10 : 6″ x  9.75″

These are just a few of the most common announcement sizes. Of course there are many square standard envelopes, etc. We suggest looking around at envelope sizes to get a feel for general sizing options.

Following one of these standard sizes will make your life easier.

 

Flap

What the flap?! Seriously though, some envelopes only come in a pointed flap option and some only with a squared flap. Some might come with both options. Just make sure you get this sorted out before you commit to a size.

 

Function

Yes, the function of an envelope is a no-brainer. Its function is to protect and deliver. However, you might consider that a postcard might serve your invite or announcement well. It will save a few cents in postage to boot. Unless, of course, you’d like your RSVP status to remain a secret until received (you know so that your friends don’t see that you personally scribbled in a note requesting an ovolactavegamicobiologicosmic-gluten free entree choice).

In short, just make sure that you don’t forget to design for and with the envelope in mind.

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Have an iPhone? We Have an App!
Posted on August 22nd, 2011 // Featured, Inspiration, Letterpress, News, Printing //

 

Letterpress is pretty sweet. We know, we’re a little biased, but c’mon, a letterpressed greeting, invite, or business card speaks volumes to how an individual feels about quality and process. However, we know that letterpress is shrouded with mystery – and intrigue! So, we created an iPhone app that will, hopefully, shed some light as to what we can letterpress (most anything), examples of our work, and we’ve included a reference handbook. We want you to love and know letterpress like we do around here and we hope our app can help, for a future project or just for fun. Click here to download from iTunes.

This is our first shot at an app, so we’d love your comments, feedback, and /or suggestions. Let us know what you think!

 

 

    8 Comments

  1. Gilly

    I tried to download your app but it requires iOS 4.3, and 4.3 is only available for GSM phones and iPods and iPads, so I cannot use it with my Verizon model. Drat! I feel so inferior and left out.


  2. Danielle

    Oh no! Bummer!


  3. Douglas

    Do you plan on having an android version of your app? This is a great tool. Would love to use it.


  4. Danielle

    Douglas, we’re not sure about an android version, yet. We’ll keep the world posted if we do!


  5. Teresa Sposato

    Just downloaded your app!
    Great!
    Greetings from Austria,
    Teresa


  6. Tyler Kraupp

    Hello,

    I purchased some Letterpress business cards from you guys a while back and was wondering if you do traditional printing for business cards as well? On a simple matte without letterpress?

    Thanks guys,
    Tyler Kraupp
    tyler@krauppinc.com


  7. Jarret

    what’s going on with the order?!? three calls placed now and now two emails. hello!? anyone? you’re like weeks late, no? can someone please do me the courtesy of a return call at this point? sigh. 718 636 5321.


  8. Danielle

    Jarret! We’re giving you a ring asap!



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Business Card BLITZ!
Posted on August 16th, 2011 // Business cards, Letterpress, News, Printing //

It’s Blitz time! Here’s how our 24 hr blitz will work:

Place a custom 1 or 2 color business card order between Noon, August 16th – Noon, August 17th, and we will add an extra 250 cards to your order!

The Rules:

  • min order of 250 cards – which is a pretty standard minimum order size
  • order between 12pm-12pm, August 16-17
  • 2 color max
  • submit your order to print@themandatepress.com
  • include the word BLITZ in the subject line
  • custom cards only – this promotion does not apply to our $95 card offer
  • if you have questions if your order will qualify, call: 801/359.4868

We’re excited to hear from you and get your orders rolling!

 

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Inspiration in the Bag
Posted on August 8th, 2011 // Inspiration, News //

 

We really love contrast. We love old/new, vintage/modern, black/white, fire/ice. It’s only natural; we are printmakers using archaic machines to produce exciting ephemera to please the tastes of today. So, today’s post will explore something we’ve stumbled upon that strikes our contrast fancy. And, really, contrast was just a starting point, so don’t judge our tangent.

Through personal trial we discovered last weekend that those alternative to plastic bags bags are the BEST thing to move with. They can handle fairly heavy weight, they are compact, and you don’t have to break them down like boxes of the past. However, the downside – they’re just sort of ugly and not very designer friendly. Then one of us in the shop reminisced about those net bags they used to have back in the day in health food stores, before the days of Whole Foods. Oh yea! No one could remember what they were called, or that they even had a name, in fact. However, we found them. On the modern encyclopedia – the internet! Behold, the Avoska! Originally the bag was a convenient, “just in case” or the “perhaps” bag used in Soviet Russian times. Food shortages were commonplace and while one was out and about, if they stumbled upon an item they needed, they also needed something in which to carry the impromptu score. Information like this just gets us really excited. And it’s something as simple as a bag that makes us look at the entire cycle of things, design, use, trend, and in this case – social opinion. The Avoska was phased out by the emergence of the plastic bag. It then became a symbol in Russia of disheveled appearance. Since we all cringe when we’re at the checkstand and we’ve forgotten our reusable bag, it’s like you’re an instant hater of the earth and societal outcast. You suddenly feel the urge to validate your plastic bag of Earth’s demise by muttering something to the store clerk like, “I use it for the kitty litter.” Then strike a big, “Oh! Almost forgot the kitty litter.” Then you run to grab the cheapest little box of litter you can find, because, in truth, you don’t even have a cat. But, that’s just how ostracized you feel.

Long story short. We love the look of the Avoska. We love the leather handle detail on some, the ombre coloring on other, and mostly, we love that it’s size is estimated by how many grapefruits it can hold.

And, to bring it all back to letterpress – how cool would the net pattern be letterpressed on some invite? business card?

Here’s a website devoted to them. However, we don’t really know what the entirety of the content on this website consists of, so we’re not saying we endorse or support it – we don’t speak russian.

photo from avoski.livejournal.com

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  1. Plasticplace.net

    Now that’s a very chic and gorgeous bag to use for groceries!



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