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Spiffy Press Custom Designs Letterpress Business Stationery For Best-Selling Author Deborah Harkness

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Spiffy Press, a graphic design and letterpress printing studio that focuses solely on custom design, creates business stationery for best-selling author Deborah Harkness’ book tour.

The complete, custom-designed stationery suite includes: business card, letterhead, second sheet, envelope, mailing label, note card, bookplate and a New Year’s greeting card. The ensemble was replicated in two colors: blue for use in the U.K., red for the U.S. Both versions use a touch of metallic ink in a transparent base to give the Ouroboros snake a little shadow-of-the-night glow.

The large stationery set was required for Harkness’ book tour last year. The USC Europe and science history teacher created the The All Souls Trilogy, including A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, which have found their place on the New York Times Best-Seller List, with Witches slated for a movie deal.

"Deborah’s love of wine and 17th century history, including study of magic and science in Europe, was an excellent platform to research her logo graphics," said Scott Wallin, Owner and Graphic Designer/Printer, Spiffy Press. "Everything from the fonts to imagery was inspired by the era and the books’ storylines."

Wallin hand-mixed custom inks, then hand-printed the stationery system on a Vandercook 219 letterpress. Each piece uses eco-friendly, tree-free Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton paper in various weights. Hand-finishing details include: rounded corners, scoring, folding and 3M adhesive on the bookplates.

About Spiffy Press

Spiffy Press custom designs and prints letterpress business stationery, business cards, personal stationery, wedding and party invitations and announcements.

Established in 2008 with the purchase of a Vandercook 219 letterpress, Spiffy Press broadened graphic designer Scott Wallin’s capabilities. A California Institute of the Arts graduate, Scott has been art directing and designing for over 25 years.

Scott’s letterpress wedding invitations and business stationery have been published in The Power of Paper in Graphic Design (Rockport); and Creative Edge, Letterhead + Business Card Design (North Light Books). His letterpress designs have been featured on The Beauty of Letterpress, The Knack, Orange Beautiful and Greetings, Inc. Magazine.

Visit and the Spiffy Press Blog to see the complete Harkness project.

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New Paper Cutting Book Presents Bold Designs For Stationery and Home D

Lancaster, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2012

A new book, Simply Paper Cutting (Design Originals, October 1, 2012), shows readers how to decorate homes, holiday tables and children's rooms with bold, graphic art made from colored paper. Paper crafting artist Anna Bondoc reveals her deceptively simple techniques for using an X-ACTO knife like a drawing instrument to create everything from stationery to gift tags. More information is available at

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Office Stationery Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2012

Reading this report from a computer screen, rather than paper or stationery, effectively illustrates the primary challenge that the Office Stationery Manufacturing industry faces. The rising use of electronic communication has reduced demand for traditional paper stationery products, such as envelopes, letters and file folders. As a result, industry revenue contracted at an annualized rate of 2.1% to $ 7.8 billion from 2007 to 2012. Revenue declines were substantial at the height of the recession, with reduced business activity hampering demand for paper in the workplace. Furthermore, per capita income declined during the recession, which reduced consumer purchases, meaning businesses bought fewer paper rolls for cash registers. Combined with ever-increasing internet use, industry operators faced considerably curtailed demand during the recession. Revenue, however, has begun to increase over the last two years, as rising business activity and household incomes spur increased spending on paper products. During 2012, revenue is expected to rise 3.0%. Even with some renewed demand, profit margins are expected to fall. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Dale Schmidt, unstable demand conditions, growing input prices and difficulty in passing rising costs on to customers have led to volatile profitability for the average industry operator. Companies have been forced to shut down, consolidate, merge or be acquired over the five years to 2012. As such, the total number of enterprises declined at an average rate of 2.2% per year to 411 companies over the period. Not surprisingly, many producers have moved operations offshore to take advantage of cheaper labor and operating costs.

Market share concentration in the Office Stationery Manufacturing industry is low. The top producers are Cenveo Inc., MeadWestvaco Corporation and National Envelope Corporation. Increased merger and acquisition activity by major companies has increased the industry's market share concentration, says Schmidt. Cenveo Inc., in particular, increased its market share substantially with the acquisition of Rx Technology Corporation in 2006 and the purchase of Nashua Corporation in 2009. Furthermore, in February 2011, Cenveo acquired MeadWestvaco Corporation's envelope product group. Due to falling demand for office supplies and rising cost pressures, the industry has experienced significant consolidation over the five years to 2012, which has increased the size of the average industry operator.

The outlook for office stationery is bleak: over the five years to 2017, IBISWorld expects revenue to decrease. Low profitability and further downsizing and consolidation are expected over the coming years. Stationery will not completely disappear, however, because it is a complementary product to many electronics. In addition, while consumer use of paper products will steadily decline, offices still rely on industry products for daily tasks. As the economy recovers and businesses expand, corporate demand for paper products will increase marginally in the short term. To offset declines, companies will increasingly explore offshore markets for exports and develop higher-quality niche products. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Office Stationery Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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Operators in this industry process purchased, uncoated paper and paperboard. Companies produce a variety of stationery products that are used for writing, printing, filing, artwork and similar applications. Industry products are sold to stationery wholesalers and retailers and directly to large enterprises. End users include businesses, students, home offices and households.

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