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We’re both pleased and proud to announce that Independent Printing Co., Inc. won the coveted “Benny” award at the recent 61st Annual Premier Print Awards Gala!

The Independent Benny-winner is A Celebration of Imagination. The ensemble of invitation pieces took the highest honor in the Invitations category, selected out of over 3200 entries worldwide.

Known as the industry’s most prestigious international awards program honoring excellence in print, the purpose of the contest is to highlight the skills and superb craftmanship of printing companies worldwide. Entries were judged first on technical expertise and print quality, then on design features and overall graphic appeal.

The Benny (an award named after Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding fathers and famous printer) is the highest honor with only one award presented in each category.

Did You Know?

g7master_sealv2Independent Greetings is a G7 Master Printer. . . and has been since June 2007

As a G7 Master Printer, you’ll benefit from the best color management available today. G7 Proof to Print is a new and improved calibration method managed by IDEAlliance that allows us to reliably achieve a close visual match from proof to press, and press to press.

The G7 Master certification mark means Independent “uses the most modern technology, techniques, proofing/press controls, and standards required to produce a close visual match from proof to print," according to IDEAlliance, which manages the specification and the qualification process.  It also is a symbol that you can reliably work with Independent Greetings to achieve more consistent and predictable color across all your projects.

Questions?  We have a qualified G7 professional on staff to assist you!    

Father’s Day Celebrates 100 years!

Here’s a quick Father’s Day history lesson. . .

The idea of Father's Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

Spokane’s Mayor proclaimed June 19, 1910 the first Father’s Day, as Smart celebrated his birthday in June.

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. This special day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

And now you know the rest of the story! (Better get out and buy a card. . . and don’t forget the tie!)

Congratulations, louie award winners!

The 22nd Annual International Greeting Card Awards, The LOUIEs, were announced at a May 17 gala in New York.  

We’d like to congratulate ALL the winners on their accomplishments, but take this chance to call out two in particular. . . our customers, Tami Rasmussen of Tam Tam Design Studio, and Jeri Sharf of gottalottaheart.  Both won in the Above $3.50 category; Tam Tam Design Studio for their New Baby/Pregnancy entry, and gottalottaheart for their Get Well/Feel Better design.

Congratulations, Tami and Jeri!  We’re very happy for you!     

new postage stamp revealed

National Stationery Show 2010 071 The USPS took the opportunity to reveal their newest stamp at the National Stationery Show in New York recently.

The newcomer, a 64-cent Butterfly Stamp, was introduced for use with square cards, envelopes and other irregular shaped mailers.

To learn more about the stamp and its use, visit:

A Celebration of Imagination Wins Again!

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association proudly recognizes the winners of the 17th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition and honored the winners at the Gold Leaf Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the FSEA National Convention at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans in early April.

Independent Printing – Gold Award for “A Celebration of Imagination”

Category: Best Use of Decorative Diecutting with Foil Stamping and/or Embossing

Foil Stamping, embossing, holography, and unique effects such as specialty coatings, laminates, decorative diecutting, and cold foil on a product represent quality, added value, shelf presence, individuality, and security – attributes that allow a product to shine above the rest of the competition. Whether a greeting card, package, presentation folder, label, or promotional item, the ability to stand out above the crowd and unmask the extraordinary is just the type of eye-catching work that the Foil & Specialty Effects Association showcases in its annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition – a culmination of the most creative, brilliant, and technically difficult works in the industry.

The 2009 competition once again soared with extraordinary entries submitted from FSEA member and non-member companies from all over the world, once again exemplifying images of top quality craftsmanship and expressions of excellence in the areas of foil stamping, embossing, specialty effects, and design. New to this year’s competition, categories were added relating to excellence in specialty effects applications, including specialty UV coatings, laminates, and laser cutting, as well as categories relating to the use of ‘green’ materials and the cold foil process.

Entries were judged on design, execution, and level of difficulty in 28 different categories with a gold, silver, and bronze award presented in each category. More than 200 pieces were received from the United States (and Puerto Rico), Canada, Finland, Australia, and China – continuing the competition’s steadfast commitment to gaining visibility throughout the graphic arts community at large.

All Gold Leaf Award winners, including the Best of Show Award, can be viewed at

It's a Winner!

A Celebration of Imagination, the invitation pieces produced by Independent Greetings for the 2009 Louie Awards, recently received a Badger Award in the Printing Industries of Wisconsin’s 2010 Graphics Excellence Awards competition!

A Celebration of Imagination, which earned the highest honor in the Invitations category judging, will now go on to compete at the national level in the Premier Print Awards competition sponsored by Printing Industries of America.

This highly-respected awards competition is designed to acknowledge and honor superb craftsmanship in the creation, design, and production of top-quality printed materials.