CatPrint December Artist of the Month: Katie Croonenberghs aka Kamakru Art

Our CatPrint Artist of the Month for December 2015 is Katie Croonenberghs, also known as Kamraku Art!

Kitty Cappuccino by Kamakru

Kitty Cappuccino by Kamakru

There is still time to get a free 8.5″ x 11″ print of “Kitty Cappuccino” with all illustration, comic art, and anime orders, printed on our 130lb Extra Heavy Card Stock – Linen.

Katie is a Seattle based fantasy illustration artist who likes to indulge in coffee, her two cats, and nature. She lets those inspirations become one in her work. She has an obsession with dragons, a love of the outdoors, and the need to explore all things art.

To find learn more about Katie and her art, you can visit the following sites: *CatPrint is not responsible for any content on external websites.*

Website: www.kamakru.com

For inquiries: kamakru@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/KamakruArt

Tumblr: kamakru.tumblr.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Kamakru

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Describe That Paper!

We know that picking the best paper for your project can be hard when there are over 30 stocks to choose from, and not everyone always has time to wait for our free sample booklet. So, we have interviewed various CatPrint employees to review some of our most popular stocks and describe how they look, feel, and what they resemble to create this handy new chart!

Paper Chart

Click the image to view it in a bigger size!

Click the Chart to Zoom in.

But what about the cream stocks?! The cream stocks have significant variance in terms of the cream color between stocks, and the difference can be hard to explain in words, a sample booklet is highly recommended if you are interested in a cream paper option.

NYC Comic Con 2015 ReCap!

Earlier this month, the CatPrint Comic Con Team partook in our 5th annual visit to New York City Comic Con!  We have gone on the five and a half hour trip every year to meet old and new comic art customers.

This year, the CatPrint Comic Con Team comprised of Production Lead, Nate and Customer Service Reps, Matt and Eileen. We left at 8am on Wednesday morning to begin our trip.  On our drive down we stopped in Pennsylvania to fuel up at Moe’s Southwest Grill.  There is an ongoing burrito shop debate amongst CatPrinters on which is better: Moe’s Southwest Grill or Chipotle Mexican Grill.  While some compromises had to be made that day, we can all agree that burritos overall are awesome.

After lunch we continued our trip to Union City, New Jersey.  This is where we would be staying for the trip, which is about a 20 minute bus ride to Manhattan.  We took a quick trip into the city to visit the famous Midtown Comics and Times Square H&M (a CatPrint favorite).  Afterwards we called it an early night to get ready for a busy day on Thursday.

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Home base for the weekend! (excuse the mess)

For anyone who hasn’t been to NYCC, it is a fascinating sight to see.  Fans from all over come to bond over their love of fiction, costume design, and all things nerdy.  Cosplaying is very popular: this is when fans dress up as their favorite fictional characters.  We had a great time appreciating the work put into some outfits.

Some characters we met!

Some characters we met!

Once at the convention, our first goal was to greet all of our current customers with goodie bags of snacks and CatPrint flare.  Check out some of the swag we printed for our customers this year!

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When CatPrint meets ComicCon

Finding our current customers was no easy feat.  We had to navigate the show room known as Artist Alley.  This area is filled with up and coming artists of all backgrounds and styles.  You can spend a whole day here alone admiring the talent.

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The bustling Artist Alley!

After greeting current customers we set off to find new artists to learn if they were familiar with CatPrint and our services.  Our main goal of attending these events is to receive feedback on what services we offer work and what we need to improve on.  It’s interesting to see how trends can vary year to year and this helps us determine our future offerings!

After a long day circulating the Javits Center we headed to NYC’s Barcade in Manhattan to set up for our second annual customer appreciation event.  This is the fun part of our trip when we get to treat our customers with food, drinks, and vintage arcade games.  Some of us CatPrinters learned that that classic arcade games are a lot harder than they seem! Our good friends Javier Winnik, Eugene Commodore, and the Gaunted Photography Team played like pros.

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Matt and Eileen with some of our customers!

On Friday, we headed back to Manhattan once more to explore the Convention to see where our printing services may be useful.  This also gave us the opportunity to meet some of our friends, like Clutter Magazine, on the Exhibition Floor!  It is safe to say that we all took some time to stock up on designer toys, comics, and artwork.  Look at how cool their merch is!

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The Clutter Booth

When the day came to a close, we said goodbye to the great people we met, and the amazing show we had the privilege to experience.  Nate and Eileen left New Jersey on Saturday with goals of coffee and more burritos in mind while Matt used the rest of his weekend to meet with friends in the area and explore Central Park for the first time.

CatPrint makes this trip every year because we believe it is very important to create strong and lasting relationships with customers.  We have found that there is no better way to do this than by meeting them in person!  We love working with such talented people. Thank you again for all of the kindness and enthusiasm we received while attending the show and for making our job so fun!

Is everyone ready for Batman v Superman?

Is everyone ready for Batman v Superman?

CatPrint October Artist of the Month: Ainsley Yeager

For the month of October, our Featured CatPrint Artist of the Month is Ainsley Yeager. All comic art, anime, and illustration orders that are placed during the month of October will include a free 8.5″ x 11″ print of “Pawsome Orangement” printed on our premium Heavy Card Stock – Felt!

You can learn more Ainsley Yeager from the following sites listed. Please be reminded that CatPrint is not responsible for any external content.

Website

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Pawsome Orangement - Ainsley Yeager

Pawsome Orangement by Ainsley Yeager

CatPrint August Artist of the Month: Qetza

Qetza is our Featured Artist of the Month for August 2015! A complimentary 8.5″ x 11″ of his piece “Pharaoh Cat” printed on our Heavy Card Stock Shimmer will be included with every comic, illustration, anime/manga art orders through the end of August!

Qetza August Artist of the Month

“Pharaoh Cat” by Qetza, CatPrint August 2015 Artist of the Month

About the Artist:

Starting with a sketch pad, pencil and ink, then finishing with a computer and drawing tablet, Jorge “Qetza” Garza creates his designs for a range of clients and his own artistic endeavors. He resides in Northwest Indiana and considers his influences to be comic book artists of the silver and modern age, as well as art and architecture of ancient civilizations like the great Meso-American empires and many others. his drawings feature detailed line work and color with an attention to detail and composition.

To learn more about Qetza, you can learn more about the artist from the following information. Content Advisory: CatPrint is not responsible for any content on external websites.

Website: http://www.qetza.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QetzaArt

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/qetzaaart

06-26-2015 CatPrint Music Playlist

This is CatPrint’s June 26th, 2015 Music Playlist! Every Friday, CatPrint will be posting a playlist filled with songs handpicked by employees. Check out the diversity of our music tastes!

Brooke: Muse – Liquid State
Eileen: The Beatles – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Jonathan: The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
Kevin: Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites
Lex: Doc Watson – Walk on Boy
Matt: Tip of My Tongue – Broken Mix by DJ Harry
Nate: R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
Nicole: Luke Bryan – All my Friends Say
Saloneer: Sevyn Street – How Bad Do You Want It

06-19-2015 CatPrint Music Playlist

This is CatPrint’s June 19th, 2015 Music Playlist! Every Friday, CatPrint will be posting a playlist filled with songs handpicked by employees. Check out the diversity of our music tastes!

Becca: Eric Hutchinson – Breakdown More
Brooke: What Cheer? Brigade – Miss Sa-Sa
Eileen: Sia – Breathe Me
Kevin: Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
Lex: Bojack Horseman – Theme Song
Nicole: Dierks Bentley – Diamonds Make Babies
Pat: Brand New – The Shower Scene
Saloneer: Bomba Estereo – Fiesta

CatPrint June Artist of the Month: Jamie Kinosian

Jamie Kinosian is our CatPrint Featured Artist of the Month for June 2015! A complimentary 8.5″ x 11″ print on Heavy Card Stock Felt of her beautiful piece “A City Stroll” will be included with all comic, illustration, and anime/manga art orders this month!

A City on Stroll

A City Stroll

To learn more about Jamie Kinosian, the following are links to her portfolio and/or web store.

Content Advisory: CatPrint is not responsible for any content on external websites.

Website: http://kinosian.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamiekinosian

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamieKinosian

DeviantArt: http://jamiekinosian.deviantart.com/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kihanna

For email & commissions: jamie@kinosian.com

Printing Wide Format and Giclée Posters With CatPrint

Did you know that CatPrint offers archival quality Giclée printing?

Questions you might have about Giclée poster print are:

What is Giclée printing?

How do I set up files for a Giclée job?

What is a wide format job?

How do I set up a wide format or Giclée job through the CatPrint site?

The answers to all of those questions are below:

What is Giclée Printing?

Put simply, Giclée printing refers to fade-resistant, pigment based, archival quality, inkjet printing.

Giclée printing is used when your print job requires the absolute best print quality possible. This type of printing is commonly used for digital art prints and high quality reproductions of traditional art.

What are the File Requirements?

Just like with our toner based digital printing, your file needs to be at least 300 DPI. They should be high-resolution JPGs, PDFs, TIFFs, or PNGs created in CMYK color format.

Additionally, the file dimensions must be EXACTLY the same size as the print dimensions. For example, if you are printing a 24”x36” poster, your files must be 24”x36”. Full bleed jobs need to be sized 1/4″ larger than the final cut size.

Finally, the widest print our HP Inkjet Printer can produce is 44”, so be sure to keep that in mind when designing your files.

What Is Considered a Wide Format Job?

Any print larger than a no bleed 12″x18″ is considered wide format  by CatPrint’s standards.

Prints larger than 12”x18” must be printed using our HP Inkjet Printer, on either our Luster Gloss Poster Paper or Art Quality Poster Canvas which can be selected from the bottom of the paper selection menu on the Order Builder page.

How Do I Set Up a Giclée Job?

If you want your job to be printed on our HP Inkjet Printer, simply select the “Luster Gloss Poster Paper” or “Art Quality Poster Canvas” from the paper menu on the Order Builder page. Afterwards, you can fill in the rest of your print job specifications.

Please note that you do not have to print larger than 12”x18” to use the HP Inkjet Printer; we can do smaller sizes as well! However, please keep in mind that the substrates we now offer can only be printed on one side.

Keep an eye on our social media and monthly newsletters for announcements about new substrates in the upcoming months. Take the survey below if you have a substrate in mind that you would like to see us start carrying!

Exhibiting at NSS 2015? Receive a Free Gift from CatPrint!

2015 National Stationery Show - CatPrint Free Gift

2015 National Stationery Show – CatPrint Free Gift

Are you attending the National Stationery Show this year? CatPrint will be exhibiting the 2015 National Stationery Show at booth #2682 in the supply side! If you will also be exhibiting at the National Stationery Show, CatPrint will stop by at your booth with a FREE gift IF YOU:

  • Send us your booth number through this two question survey OR
  • Email support@catprint.com with your Name/Company Name & booth number!

Make sure to stop by our booth for some goodies! If you haven’t already checked out our guide on preparing your marketing and promotional materials for the National Stationery Show, then now is a great time to view it here!

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