Spark Spring Specials!

We're all about sparking your interest in letterpress, and what better way to do that than by sharing some free letterpress love!

Wedding Love Specials:

Free Belly Bands with Pocketfolds
Free Calling Cards or Gift Tags

Stationery Love Special:

15% off Calling Cards

Visit our website at for more details on these special offers. You may redeem these offers through a Spark retailer near you, or contact us directly if you do not have a retailer in your area.

Offers end May 31, 2010.

Retailer Profile: Katie and Co.

Katie & Co.
Houston, TX
Owner: Kathleen Hackendorn
Length in business: September 2008
Why did you choose to carry the new Spark albums: different in style from other letterpress companies
Favorite Spark design (new albums): Valerie and Amelie
Social Media:
Facebook- Katie and Co
Twitter- @katieandcompany
Website- Being Worked on!
Blog- coming with the new website
Strengths as a retailer/store: customer service, personal attention, know the repeat customers
We are thrilled to have Katie & Co. as a new retailer for us in Houston! They have a keen design sense and appreciation for custom letterpress stationery. Visit Katie & Co. or a retailer in your area to help you place your Spark order. Our retail store locator on our website,, is a helpful tool to find a retailer near you.

Special Offer: Free Wedding Day Items!

If you place an order for two wedding day items (programs, menus, place cards, table cards, gift tags, coasters), receive up to 50 one color table cards or 100 one color folded or flat place cards at no additional charge. Ink color must be the same as the other wedding day items. Select from any of our standard papers.

This offer is available through our preferred retailers. We always encourage couples to visit a retailer for the best, personal service. However, if there is no retailer near you, please contact us directly.

We are currently updating our retailer locator on our website, so please check with us to see if we have added a retailer near you!

Oh, yeah. That's right. We have a new website!

Check out our brand new website,! Below are some screen shots of our site, however we hope you'll just pop over and take a peek for yourself. We extend a heartfelt thank you to our friends at Turnpost Creative Group for creating our website - they did an outstanding job!

We encourage you to visit our wedding and market pages (shown below) often, as we are updating them with the new designs from our wedding love and stationery love albums.

Cotton is Not So Bad After All

Crane lettra is our house stock. We have always been very happy with its performance, however we often get questioned about how green our beloved paper is. Check out this blog post by the Ladies of Letterpress (thank you!!).

Is Lettra Recycled?

We love Lettra--and not only because of its tree-freeness. What goes into that cotton stock? This info comes from Dave Kidwell, Crane's Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, regarding the "recycled" content of Crane's Lettra.

Read more about this at the Ladies of Letterpress Blog >>

Wedding Spotlight: Blast from the Past

Back in the day, Valerie and Jim were knocking out wedding invitations for customers in the Minneapolis area. The two shown above are great examples of how Spark has always thought outside of the box when it comes to styling and packaging an invitation.

T&E Spring Floral
Who doesn't like the idea of making your invitation into a standing piece that friends and family (especially Mothers and Grandmothers out there!) can keep on display? This invitation is digitally printed on metallic cover paper. A lavender and spring green ribbon compliment the design. Reply card and envelope are tucked inside the invitation panel when mailed.

Corset Wrap
The corset has been around for ages, thankfully not in use as much these days. This invitation is digitally printed, wrapped with a decorative paper and tied up with a silver cord to imitate a corset. Reply card and envelope may be tucked in on the back side of the invitation.

Both designs can be easily adapted to letterpress. We also offer a variety of artwork, decorative papers and embellishments - anything can change. Contact Spark to request a link to our private images page and check out more of our designs.

Retailer Spotlight: Jenny's Paper, Ink in Atlanta

Tell us a little about your store/location.

Jenny's Paper, Ink. is a design studio/showroom located in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta. We specialize in invitations and gifts. We focus on designing and creating the perfect invitation for our customer's special event.

How did you get started in stationery?
I needed a job when I graduated college and there was a position at a local stationery store. I had no experience, but I was always good in sales so they hired me. It did not take long for me to fall in love with paper and all that came along with it. After 3 years I realized I wanted to do more of the design part and not just sales so I opened up my own invitation company!

What do you like most about working with your clients?
I love getting to be a part of the couple's big day! I enjoy helping them through the wedding process and providing them with the knowledge, creativity and experience I have with invitations. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a bride receive her wedding invitation and loving it!

What is your favorite paper and why?
My favorite paper would have to be Crane Lettra. I love a textured paper and my favorite printing process is letterpress which is perfect for printing on Lettra. It absorbs the ink perfectly and makes you just want to touch it! I love the colors it comes in and that they have a #220 weight. I also love the whole Arturo line, but I like to offset on it instead of letterpress.

What do you think is the most important piece of stationery (besides the wedding invitation) that a couple should consider?
The most important piece of stationery for a couple besides the wedding invitation is the save the date. I love save the dates and think every wedding should have them. They get your guests excited and they truly set the tone for the wedding weekend. With traveling being so difficult, a save the date is a stylish and courteous way to get friends and family thinking about travel plans and accommodations.

What do you offer that keeps your clients coming back to you for their stationery needs?
Jenny’s Paper, Ink provides outstanding customer service and only carries lines that deliver top of the line products and printing. We try to work with vendors who are not represented anywhere else in the southeast, giving us something truly unique. If a client does not find anything in our selected albums we provide complete custom designs specific to their needs. This is what keeps our clients coming back and referring us to their friends and family.

Notes from Spark
We just know that Jenny's clients must love her because we've had such an easy time working with her. Her passion for stationery is obvious and we're lucky to have her as one of our retailers. She's hasn't had our line for very long, but we've already done several orders for her including her new business cards (that will be printed on her favorite paper)!

Elephants on Parade!

Spark's Elephant Invitation (#5) from our Loop Collection is featured in the most recent issue of Stationery Trends magazine. Loop utilizes 100% recycled chipboard and recycled packaging for all of its products, and is letterpress-printed of course! The entire collection which includes four different animals (tiger, whale, kangaroo and elephant) was illustrated and designed by one of our very own talented designers, Kate. In addition to the party invitation shown, the collection is completed by coasters, gift tags, notepads and postcards. The line is starting to pop up at retailers nationwide, so be on the lookout!

Wedding Spotlight: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are definitely a popular trend these days. Couples are tying the knot on tropical islands, in European villas or in the foothills of mountains – places that create magical moments amongst breathtaking scenery.

Creating wedding stationery for such an event takes a little more effort for couples, simply because there is more information to relay to invited guests. It is essential to set the tone and anticipation for the event by weaving the wedding stationery together to create a cohesive design style.

The following stationery pieces ought to be part of the destination wedding stationery suite (in addition to the invitation set).

  • Save-the-date. Please give invited guests ample time to make travel arrangements for a destination wedding. Save-the-dates are mailed at least 8 months to 1 year in advance of the event. Include travel and accommodation information as well as a list of all scheduled activities (date, time, location) during the wedding weekend.
  • Ceremony & Reception Program. Print a double-sided program, die cut into an interesting shape. We recently did a program in the shape of a scallop shell as the ceremony took place on the beach. Remember that this can be a keepsake for guests!
  • Place Cards, Table Cards & Menus. Keep with the design style to create these additional pieces that will make your reception memorable down to the last detail. We often die cut menu cards in the shape of a circle to fit nicely in the plate charger on the table.

Destination Hawaii

Wedding Stationery Suite:
4-piece invitation set, welcome cards, program and thank you note set.
Spark Retailer: Pulp & Ink, Chicago

The invitation panel and reply card is printed on Crane Lettra 220# cover paper in Fluorescent White. The design is based on our Meadowbrook invitation featured in the Spark Custom Album, except that the bubbles on our sample were substituted with sea turtles. Ink colors are navy and spring green. The A7 size envelope is lined with text weight navy paper to compliment the navy ink on the panels.

There are a set of five welcome cards that greet invited guests to the wedding weekend, recommend various activities on the island, map the airport and hotels and outline the scheduled date, time and location of the scheduled activities. The cards are printed on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Ink colors are blue and green (custom colors).

The program front and back cover is printed on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Inside pages are printed on Crane Lettra 80# text weight in Fluorescent white. Ink colors are navy and spring green. A double-faced satin ribbon in navy is tied bookmark style at the top to secure the pages. The program provides a detailed description of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Over nine plates were used to print the program on our Heidelberg Windmill press – this spent many hours on our press to complete!

The thank you cards are a flat, A2 size card with printed envelopes. Featured on Crane Lettra 110# cover in Fluorescent White. Ink colors are navy and spring green.

Many thanks to Colin at Pulp & Ink, Chicago, and to the groom who drew the wonderful sea turtles featured throughout the wedding suite. Let’s also not forget designer and artist, Cassie Medema, who created the Meadowbrook design featured in our custom album.