Color Love: Black + Gold

Stars by Seb Lester

Hand lettered poster by Seb Lester

Once again, I find myself neglecting this blog. October was an incredibly rough month for personal reasons. I’m just slowly getting used to November, preparing for quarterly taxes (ugh), tackling a new project (yay), and trying to squeeze in preparations for an upcoming trip abroad (double yay).

Anyway, I just wanted to share some things I saved up for a blog post—namely, the glorious combination of black and gold (foil or metallic ink).

I love this combination; it’s one of the best ways to connote luxury. While it depends on the complexity of the design in question (among other factors of course), print jobs like these are usually not that expensive to produce.

Jeopardy Magazine by Catherine Dimalla

Jeopardy Magazine designed by Catherine Dimalla

Argyll portfolio by Nelson Associates

Argyll marketing portfolio by Nelson Associates


Designer unknown; image found on Pinterest

Manifest Notecard by Eight Hour Day

Manifest Notecard by Eight Hour Day


Print Techniques: Blind Embossing

One of the reasons why I decided to focus more on print design is simply because I love being able to hold a finished piece in my hand. I’ve long held a fascination for beautifully printed and finished pieces, from business cards to brochures, and this always inspires me to produce functional and beautiful (one can hope) work for my clients.

A favorite print technique I like to employ (where it suits the project, and because I’ve learned it’s not very expensive compared to other types of print techniques) is blind embossing.

With embossing, an image is heat-pressed onto the surface of the paper using a metal die to create a raised impression. There are several types of embossing, but we’ll focus on one that I particularly like: blind embossing. I know some printers who call it “dry embossing” and I think this is a more common term among printers here in the Philippines. Simply put, blind embossing is embossing without any application of ink or foil. Here are some examples of blind embossing:

matthew del degan business card Business card by Tyler Adam Smith

Victionary: Gold & Silver
Victionary‘s Gold & Silver: New Metallic Graphics

stila eyeshadow palette packaging
Stila Backstage Eyeshadow Palette by Jill Tomandl

blind embossing sample

Welcome dinner invitation I designed as part of a conference some years ago.

There are a lot of things one can do with blind embossing, and it works well on any color (white seems to be especially popular). It creates a subtle yet tactile effect, which makes it one way to make a piece look unique—without breaking the bank. 🙂