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Shadow Box Gift Ideas

A shadow box can make a really wonderful gift for a friend or loved one. Ink & Hammer Company has created a very unique way of dressing up the plain old shadow box. First, they will custom build a shadow box out of solid wood to the size you want and paint it the color you want, but more importantly, they screen print a personalized design on the glass of the shadow box. The design is printed on the inside of the shadow box so it is protected and won’t be damaged or scratched off. Screen printing also allows you to get a lot more detail than you can with cut out vinyl stickers. You can choose from a wide variety of designs and they will customize it with the information you provide. These would make a wonderful wedding gift, newborn gift, anniversary gift, birthday gift, or a gift just because. And who says it has to be a gift at all? Just buy one for yourself 🙂

If you’re looking for a great idea to wow someone special to you, then I highly recommend checking them out.

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Looking Up Wallpaper

Free. From me. To you.

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T-shirt Concept

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Keri and Carter

Keri and Carter, a couple of my closest friends, asked me to design their wedding invitation. These two incredibly unique individuals required a wedding invitation that matched their personalities. The couple is full of life and have several different interests. I began my concepting by thinking of what makes Keri and Carter, Keri and Carter. Carter is a talented photographer and Keri loves to garden and eat healthy, homegrown food. They both enjoy riding bikes. I decided to use a combination of illustration and hand lettering to create images that represent them both as individuals and as a couple. Carter shot these photos for me as well.

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William F. Gibbs press kits

William F. Gibbs told me that most artists simply send out a CD in a plain envelope when trying to get noticed and that he wanted to do something different to stand out. We decided to make a press kit that was more substantial and agreed to build them out of recycled cigar boxes.

The CD packaging was already existing and I knew that I needed to create something that would mesh well with the design. I began looking for inspiration by listening to Will’s album My Fellow Sophisticates and soon discovered how eclectic Will’s music is. I decided that the best route would be to build my design around those qualities, including hand lettering and illustration. I custom outfitted 10 boxes; I painted, sanded and trimmed the elements to the various sizes. The tops are screen printed with gold ink and the brown paper wrapping is embelished with a xerox transfer.

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Jeslyn and Chris

Here’s an invite I designed for my little sister. The message that I wanted to convey was that everything that Jeslyn and Chris are as individuals comes together to form who they are as a couple. I began this project by asking the bride and groom to write out a list of 50 words that sum up their other half. I then hand lettered the majority of them and arranged them so that the negative space left would create their initials.

I printed the invitation 1/0 with an added foil stamp. I added a third color by using a rubber stamp and silver ink. For a last punch of color and texture I attached either a yellow ribbon or a black ribbon around the center of the piece. I also designed a custom stamp for the return address on the envelope that matches the invitation enclosed.

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Invisible Creature S.A.S.E. Club

There’s a studio out in Seattle that I like a lot named Invisible Creature. They came up with this cool project where you send them a self addressed envelope inside another envelope adorned with original art. Then they send you lots of cool stuff inside your S.A.S.E. Here’s mine.

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Rice Bowls t-shirt design

Here’s a new design I did for Rice Bowls. They do a lot of good to feed the hungry. It’s a great organization to support if you can.

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More lettering

I’ve been on a hand lettering kick lately. Here’s some more from a project I just finished up.

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Making of THE FIRE TONIGHT album cover

My friend Josh and I created THE FIRE TONIGHT’s new EP cover artwork with the help of several unique contributors. And our friend Chris documented it and made this awesome video.

Making the Cover – The Fire Tonight from Chris Bradley on Vimeo.

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