Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 2

Dominated by self-promotional brand pieces and amazing illustration, this week’s roster was equal parts challenging & rewarding.

This week’s photo backdrop: French Pop-Tone Berrylicious

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Coen Brothers poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Pop-Tone Orange Fizz 100 lb. Cover.

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Mel Brooks poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover.

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Steven Spielberg poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on Colorplan Lockwood 100 lb. Cover.

Kyle-Crawford-Terminator-Poster

Terminator poster by Electric Zombie. 6 color screen print on Stardream Silver 105 lb. Cover. That’s right…silver.

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Foil & Letterpress business cards by Alex Anderson on duplexed French Pop-Tone Black Licorice & Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover. That’s white & silver foil on the black side, and black letterpress on the white side.

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Self-promotional business cards by El Autobus. 2 color screen print on French Bubblegum, Fuse Green, Steel Blue, & Whitewash 100 lb. Cover.

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Screen printed, letterpress printed, and edge painted business cards & note cards by Eyespeak. Printed on duplexed French Steel Grey & Pure White 100 lb. cover.

Evin-Barry-Invite

Split fountain letterpress printed save the date by Emily Burns. Printed on duplexed French Speckletone Madero Beach 100 lb. cover (final weight of 200 lb. cover).

Jaime-Munoz-Business-Cards

Self-promotional business cards by Jaime Muñoz. Black foil on both sides of a Neenah Classic Crest Duplex.

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Self-promotional business cards by Sevenly w/ a black screen print and a blind deboss on French Pure White; the edges were painted with a custom Pantone as well.

Sonia-Vishal-Wedding-Suite

Wedding invite by Rashi Birla that combines screen printing and letterpress tastefully.

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 1

Okay, we’re gonna give this another shot. Back in 2011, we tried to make a weekly blog post that documented everything we’d printed the week before. Well, that idea got swallowed up in the day-to-day crucible of actually running a print shop. Now, it’s 2014. We’re a bit better-staffed these days (and a bit better at printing) and we’d like to give it another shot. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, if you like… we’ll call it Cleaning Out the Fridge.

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Screen Printed business cards for Pukka Headwear. Printed on black Fibermark Touché.

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Screen printed business cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic gold ink on French Paper.

Matteis-Tavern-Business-Card

Letterpress, screen printed, duplexed, & die cut business cards for Mattei’s Tavern. Printed on French Paper and designed by Boy Burns Barn.

Crankshaft-Business-Card

Screen printed, foil stamped, & embossed business cards for Crankshaft Marketing. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black.

Elizabeth-Hanley-Business-Card

Screen printed business cards for Elizabeth Hanley. Printed with metallic gold ink on black French Paper.

Fritz-Scheller-Business-Card

Foil stamped business cards for Fritz Scheller on Stardream pearlescent paper.

Adriana-Matthew-Wedding-Invite

Screen printed Save the Date by Matthew Ruzzi on Colorplan Paper.

Six-Degrees-Michael-Young-Business-Card

Letterpress business cards for Six Degrees. Printed on duplexed French Paper with a die cut.

Sarah-Gargano-Business-Card

Letterpress business cards for Sarah Gargano designed by Alana Riley. Printed on Crane’s Lettra 220 lb. cover with custom edge painting.

Alchemy-Business-Card

Screen printed business cards for Alchemy Salon. Printed on duplexed Colorplan Paper.

Paper-Cub-Happy-Birthday-Knockout-Greeting-Card

Screen printed birthday greeting card for The Paper Cub on French Paper.

Karen-Brody-Note-Card

Foil stamped note card for Karen Brody on Colorplan Paper.

Joshua-Shank-10-Sparks-Match-Box

Letterpress & screen printed mini-cards and custom matchbox for Josh Shank using French Paper.

Marit-Adam-Wedding-Invite

Screen printed invite with metallic ink by Paper Rock Scissor on French Paper.

Grossbauer-Note-Card

Screen printed note cards for The Grossbauer Group on French Paper.

Kaitlin-Imwalle-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress Wedding Suite by Kaitlin Imwalle on Crane’s Lettra.

Meesch-Michelle-Larocca-Note-Card

Screen printed note cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic ink on French Paper.

Val-Melo-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress & foil stamped wedding suite by Val Melo on French Paper.

Paper-Cub-Love-Greeting-Card

Screen printed romantic greeting card by The Paper Cub on French Paper

Megan-Hardwick-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress wedding invite by Natalina Marlow with screen printed envelopes.

Michelle-Jon-Pierre-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress wedding invite by Michelle Ballesteros on Crane’s Lettra.

Make-Poster

Screen printed poster for Tanner Mardis on French Paper.

Brinkerhoff-Arthur-Excalibur-Poster

Screen printed poster by Ryan Brinkerhoff on French Paper

 

Merry Saucemas

We thought we’d share a few pics from our recent Christmas party. This is actually the first full-on Christmas party we’ve ever had. We always want to, but we just get so dad-gum busy and it never happens. This year, it had to happen. It’s just been such a landmark year for us in so many ways. The volume and quality of our work has seen dramatic shifts over the past year and we just needed to celebrate. Fessey even hosted a trivia hour, which got rather heated. We got together for this family dinner at Palmer’s Garden & Goods and ate some very tasty Italian grub from Prato.

Our friend F Harvell of Occasional Photo came by to shoot the event at very short notice and we’re ever-so grateful. You can see the full gallery here.

 

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Nick Sambrato + Creative Mornings

Our chums over at Creative Mornings dropped us a line saying they wanted to feature Nick, our founder, on their blog. They asked for a few pics to accompany the interview on their site, so we called up our old buddy Bryan Soderlind and had a grand ol’ time showing the world The Real Nick Sambrato. If you’ve never met Nick, know that scrolling through these pics is an acceptable substitute. When you’re done, check out his interview with Creative Mornings and watch his talk on Money if you missed it. Follow Nick on Twitter for daily doses of… Nick.

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The Fonts.com Fontacular Poster

A few weeks ago, we got an email from Monotype. Being obsessed with typography and the rich history of letterpress printing (for obvious reasons) we knelt in reverence while hearing their request. They were prepping for the launch of the Fontacular, a typographic savings spectacle. They really wanted to put out something special that they could use as a giveaway for enthusiastic tweeters. So…they had Brad Woodard design a poster and then they sent it our way for print.

Want one?

Tweet your heart out to @fontscom and be sure to mention #fontacular. The gang is looking for their favorite tweets so they can unload some goodies on you! They’re giving away some other stuff we worked on, too, including Typefight Heavyweight prints and Tattly cards!

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Sauceoween ’13

Mama’s Sauce has been overrun by doppelgangers! Sauceoween provided a bevy of tricks and treats to the crew. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Can you guess who’s who?

Adam Grason: Helping campers everywhere.

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Don’t leave home without your gun! Or this poster!  Adam & his wife Christina are the peeps behind Zadok44, a creative studio specializing in apparel, illustration, & branding. This 11″ x 17″ “Camping Essentials” poster was printed on .017″ maple veneer, and was inspired by Adam’s imminent Fatherhood and Davy Crockett.

“This project had a very dear place in my heart. My wife and I were waiting for the arrival of our first kiddo (Harper), and I realized that as a designer & dad I had a self-inflicted obligation to create a piece for his room. We went with a camping theme, inspired by Davy Crockett and the idea for an “essentials” set was born. My illustration style nods very highly to the old 50’s style, and I wanted to capture that with this piece. I am also a huge fan of imperfect line work and chose to intentionally have things be off. I think it’s important to explore digital imperfection. I did some research on the essentials of camping and consolidated my own ideas into the piece. The digital era we are in has totally skewed what is essential for camping, ie. an iPod is not essential, but I found it on several lists. I pushed hard for a ton of hours and got it just where I wanted it. I strived to create a piece that would be marketable and a piece inspired by the adventures I want to have as a parent. Be adventurous my friends!”

- Adam Grason.

We loved running this project! Any chance we get to print on wood is pretty exciting. It definitely adds a few variables to the mix. The ink tends to lay down a little rough if the wood is really grainy, and the screens will pick up a little more dust along the way. Nothing too crazy though, and overall if makes a print like this even cooler.

 

The “Camping Essentials” poster is available now in the Zadok44 Store!

 

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Tattly Cards: One Real Card, One Fake Tattoo

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later…we finally made friends with the confetti-tossing, cheer-leading, heart-warming Tattly squad. They brought us in the loop on this project a while back and we’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you guys about it. Finally, Today Is the Day they announced their newest project!

Tattly Cards: One Real Card, One Fake Tattoo. This new stationery line is letterpress printed and includes a single matching Tattly Temporary Tattoo! A happy greeting and fun gift wrapped into one! The line consists of 5 original designs letterpress printed on Mohawk Paper by Mama herself.

This series features designs by Tina Roth Eisenberg, Jen Mussari, Jessica Hische, and Mike Lowery!

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Photo credit: Julia Robbs


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What government shutdown? We’re visiting the National Parks with Seth Lucas.

In case any of you found yourself banging on the front door of any National Parks over the past couple of weeks, here’s a little piece of aesthetic rebellion to keep you going. The “National Parks Checklist” poster by Seth Lucas is a fun and unique way to keep track of all the National Parks you have visited (even if you got turned away). Each domestic national park is labeled with green tree, but each purchase includes a pack of colorful tree stickers; so after you visit a park it gets marked with a different color sticker. Your poster gets more colorful as your adventures increase! The poster was printed on French Paper Co. Construction Whitewash 100C, and is a 5 color screen print with a transparent wood grain twist!

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My wife Maddy and I love to travel, and we have a lifetime goal of visiting all the National Parks. We wanted an artistic way to keep track of where we’ve been, and we wanted to encourage others to visit the amazing National Parks we have as well. We worked together to come up with a print & concept that looks great, and you can also place our tiny tree stickers on the parks you’ve visited to keep track of where you’ve been. It’s all finally come together working with Mama’s Sauce to make a truly beautiful print.

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One of the things that really makes this poster so awesome is the different levels of gloss, from the matted brown to the glossy transparent ink and the metallic gold. There’s a lot of great depth there that you really have to see in person to experience. And from a technical perspective, you really have to appreciate the level of thought that went in to staying as true to the design as possible. For example, we were worried that nailing the registration would be tough if we knocked out the tan numbers on the trees, because we would have had to go through the green and the dark brown. So we ended up printing the numbers with an ink matched to the color of the paper.

Seth and his wife Maddy run ElloThere, specializing in wedding invitations and art prints. The “National Parks Checklist” poster is available now right here.

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Ross Moody + Mama’s Sauce + Coffee = Awesome

On Friday, September 13th, we hosted the first in a series of talks/meet & greets that will be happening every semester. The event is an extension of our Internship Program, but geared for anyone with an interest in design and print. Our first guest speaker was our good buddy Ross Moody, the designer, art director, and mastermind behind 55 Hi’s. Ross spent the day with the Mama’s Sauce family, beginning with a shop visit and a portfolio review session with our current crop of Sauce Interns. His talk took place later in the evening, and was graciously housed by the honorable peeps over at Downtown Credo in College Park. Ross discussed his road map to 55 Hi’s, being a successful (and still happy) designer, and how his relationship with Mama’s Sauce has allowed him to build his business into what it is today. Many thanks to our friend F Harvell from Occasional Photo for the pics of the event.

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Following the talk, the Sauce screen printing team hosted a screen printing demo, where attendees were able to pull their own screens on a Ross Moody-designed souvenir; printed on some fresh French Paper of course. Laughs were had, screens were pulled, coffee was consumed, and everyone had a good ol’ time.

 

We can’t thank Ross Moody enough for coming down for this event, and Downtown Credo for providing such an intimate setting. Thanks to everyone who came out! Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information on future events!