National Stationery Show Wrap-up

It was so exciting to complete another National Stationery Show. Connecting with our retailers, potential and existing, was one of our favorite parts. We currently have retailers in 45 locations, and are working on the second wave of releasing our new custom albums. It was a very good feeling to leave the Show with many, many cards in hand of people interested in carrying Spark. Now that we are back home, we are seeing the applications come in from all over and will be speaking with all of you soon.

If you are a retailer considering the Spark custom albums, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions. We were so thrilled to meet all of you and want to have you feel good about choosing Spark.

Valerie (the creative sister) & Diedre (the organized sister)

The Letterpress Love Low-down

Wedding season has definitely taken over our lives. Well that is a bit of a strong statement but you get the picture. I just wanted to report that we are definitely in the thick of all things wedding here at Spark.

Jim and I are in the office this morning printing a few more things before lunch with our family. We've been working double shifts seven days a week for so long I can't remember when all of this craziness started. I'm happy to report that there are a lot of happy couples out there though thanks to the extra effort our staff has been putting in to make sure we get orders out as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality.

So I bet you are wondering what we've been printing - what trends we are seeing:
Purples in amethyst, aubergines, eggplants and combined with transparent silver, garnet, french blue and taupe.

Bright greens are still hot - especially when paired with charcoals, black or chocolate for that extra bit of dramatic contrast.

One thing that has surprised all of us at Spark is the demand for our pocketfolds. They are an affordable add-on while still fully customizable. We are seeing all-over patterns used on the pockets and then some with more restraint. All of them are turning out stunningly!

Our new wedding line...

is in production! We are at varying stages with each of the 20 new designs we are launching. I've been spending a lot of time drawing lately in order to fill out the details of some of the sets, as well as to create the last few design concepts. I have to say it is quite the accomplishment around here for me to find any time to sit at my desk and draw since I am responsible for a wide range of tasks in our small organization.

I've learned a lot in creating these new designs. A lot about myself as a person, as a designer and as a letterpress enthusiast. It's hard to limit myself at times because we have the equipment, the desire to experiment, the resources to do the finishing work, and we can make the time to pour our hearts into each suite. Ultimately I need to set some parameters because I always want to look back at what I've created and find some simplicity in each design. Not everything has to be crazy over the top, and some of the designs I'm most excited about are so simple.

Here is one of the designs that is not so simple. I have to thank one of our wonderful Spark designers, Molly Althoff, who created the artwork for this invitation. I was lucky enough to be able to work with these drawings she did, edit and layer the artwork, and then pull it all together. I'll save the rest of the pieces in this suite for later.

I look forward to sharing more with all of you soon!

A little letterpress love coming your way...

Check out our recent mailing that went out to our designer friends. If you didn't get yours yet, check in with us at to make sure you're on our mailing list. We have enough letterpress love to spread around!

Below are the details to the mailing:
  • Spark Custom Monarch Envelope - printed on Dur-o-tone butcher blue 80# text weight paper in blind and charcoal ink.
  • Spark Monarch Flyer - printed on crane lettra 220# cover in fluorescent white. Custom yellow, charcoal, red and blue inks. Printed both sides with die cut heart shaped business card that punches out at bottom.
  • Spark Reply Mailer - printed on crane lettra 110# cover in fluorescent white. Custom charcoal, red and blue inks. This mailer is folded and secured with clear tabs. Requires first class postage.
A special thanks to Turnpost Creative Group for helping us create our new look!

Spark Destination Wedding Invite - Mallorca

Spark Mallorca

This is the first invitation set that will become part of the 2010 Spark Wedding Love Album. Here are the details:
  • Pocket Fold is letterpress-printed in tone on tone on our charcoal brown cover and features an aqua button with metallic string closure.
  • Invite Panel is printed on our 140# smooth white cover in aqua, charcoal brown and canary yellow inks.
  • Reply Card is printed on our aqua cover in aqua ink.
  • Weekend Events Card is printed on our canary cover in canary yellow and charcoal brown inks.
  • Mallorca Travel Card is a folded piece, printed both sides on a soft blue cover in aqua, charcoal brown and canary yellow inks. Some of the details on the travel card are green because we have printed aqua and canary yellow on top of each other - clever!
  • Outer Envelope (not shown) is a Spark envelope that will be available with the custom album. It is printed with a beautiful pattern on the face and flap to complete this suite.

Spark 2010 Custom Album

It is hard to be here at the office today and not setting up for the National Stationery Show in NYC. We made the decision not to attend this year and instead hunker down to plan for our Spark album due out early next year. This was a hard decision for us as we love the energy and enthusiasm that embodies the NSS.

Spark Letterpress Cards - Wholesale Orders
Retailers and Buyers, if you are looking for our Spark letterpress cards and products, feel free to check out our Spark Letterpress Catalog (PDF). We are happy to extend our 10% discount on any orders over $100 or more. Simply mention the Spark10 discount when you place your order with us by fax or phone.

Spark Letterpress Love Album
Write this down on your must have list for 2010. Our new custom stationery album is due out in early 2010. The Spark custom album will feature complete, fully customizable wedding suites. This album is meant to show off our talents and inspire clients to create beautiful stationery at an affordable price.

If you would like more information about our album, please contact us at

Here's a sneak peek...