My cousin in Boston recently proclaimed her faith in my work in commissioning me to letterpress their baby announcement!
Man, the pressure's on. My little niece is due in just a couple of weeks! And I hate to admit it, but it's really no secret that this is the first time I letterpress anything for anyone but myself (all I've done so far are the business cards and stationary for Paper Elixir)!
I've been indecisive about the choice of aesthetic. The thing is she's having a girl, which makes you think PINK. But if you know my cousin, you know she's not a very "pink" person (I mean it in the nicest way, of course :P).
So when I saw this rayon ribbon in the loveliest shade of apple green, it's like striking gold! It's perfect for a spring baby, and it picks up the green in this playful pink-enough-but-not-too-frou-frou Japanese chiyogami paper quite perfectly. Score!
This is a mock-up I printed out on my el-cheapo ink jet printer, just to test out the idea (sorry it's a bit grainy)...
In case you're wondering, no, the baby's name isn't really "Little Mini-me", and all the info is of course fictitious.
And yes, I "borrowed" that adorable picture from my sister's baby, Chloe! (Thanks Chloe for allowing me to use your mug! You can charge me royalty when you turn 18, ha!).
Now, I just need to wait till the baby is actually born, so I can get the "stats" and get going on the letterpress. Will post more as I get to that stage in a couple of weeks.
In the mean time, please enjoy this beautiful letterpress work by my teacher, Kim at Painted Tongue Press:
She printed this on a vintage Heidelberg press, just this side went through 4 runs (one for each color)! Just see how tight the registration is (no color crossing over into other areas), and how crisp the printing is.
Looking at her work makes me feel like the "apprentice chicken" in this Burger King commercial... *sigh*.