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(07.1.17) Fine Impressions Again Wins FSEA Awards!

Fine Impressions is a winner again, capturing gold and silver honors at the recent Foil and Specialty Effects Association Gold Leaf Awards! With the addition of these two awards, Fine Impressions ran its tally to 25 awards won over the last seven years.

In the laser cutting category Fine Impressions took top honors for a mailer sent to attendees of the National Catholic Development Conference. The conference was held just outside of Washington D.C., so the intricate laser cut wrap featured recognizable landmarks from the capital city, layered over a foil stamped invitation representing the sky filled with colorful 4th of July fireworks.



In the Best Use of Foil and Embossing - Self Promotion category, Fine Impressions earned a silver award for a promotional kit highlighting finishing processes, all in a Minnesota theme.



The FSEA Gold Leaf Awards celebrate specialty finishing excellence, through the use of color, dimension and eye-catching effects, judged in three categories: design, execution and level of manufacturing difficulty. See more about the 2017 FSEA awards by clicking HERE.

Fine Impressions specializes in custom printing and finishing of greeting cards and invitations, and the manufacture of envelopes and napkins. The company's technology and artistry brings products to life with sparkling foils, creative die-cuts, intricate laser cuts, and sculpted embossing. The Fine Impressions team averages over 14 years of experience, with knowledge that can only be gained from millions of successful press runs. Through this solid experience and motivated work ethic, Fine Impressions continually exceeds the expectations of customers with its high-quality "Made in the USA" products.

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(04.28.16) Fine Impressions Wins Six FSEA Awards!

Fine Impressions has continued their award-winning ways, taking home six awards in the 2016 Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) Gold Leaf Awards; totaling 23 awards that Fine Impressions has earned over the last six years. Among the six awards Fine Impressions received were one gold, one silver and four bronze awards for product manufactured.

As in previous years, a Pumpernickel Press card manufactured by Fine Impressions won top honors, taking home a gold in the "Best Use of Embossing" category. The card features a deeply embossed stone bridge with the sunset reflected in a stream.

Evening Romance

In the category of "Best Use of Thermography with Foil and Embossing", Fine Impressions took home a pair of awards, a silver and a bronze. The silver recognition was for an art-deco design graduation announcement, while the bronze was awarded to Fine Impressions for a second graduation announcement.

Deco Class

The remaining bronze awards were in the categories of "Best Use of Holographic Foil", "Best Use of Laser Cutting/Etching", and "Difficult Use of Foil/Embossing on a Greeting Card".

The FSEA honors companies for outstanding craftsmanship in the use of color, dimension and eye-catching effects, judged in three categories: design, execution and level of manufacturing difficulty. See more about the 2016 FSEA awards by clicking here.

Fine Impressions specializes in custom printing and finishing of greeting cards and invitations, and the manufacture of envelopes and napkins. The company's technology and artistry brings products to life with sparkling foils, creative die-cuts, intricate laser cuts, and sculpted embossing. The Fine Impressions team averages over 14 years of experience, with knowledge that can only be gained from millions of successful press runs. Through this solid experience and motivated work ethic, Fine Impressions continually exceeds the expectations of customers with its high-quality "Made in the USA" products.

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(07.16.15) Fine Impressions Wins Five FSEA Awards!

It was an award-winning weekend for Fine Impressions at the recent Foil and Specialty Effects Association awards gala. Product manufactured by Fine Impressions captured one gold award, one silver and three bronze awards!

Top honors from the FSEA went to Fine Impressions in the category of "Best Use of Embossing with Print". Winning the gold leaf award was "Fishing Buddy", a deeply embossed/four color printed entry manufactured by Fine Impressions for Pumpernickel Press.

Fishing Buddy White Pearl Invitation Suite

Fine Impressions also picked up a silver leaf award in the category of "Best Use of Laser Cutting" for White Pearl Invitation Suite featuring a laser-cut invitation and a unique laser-cut envelope liner. The three other FSEA honors came in the categories of "Best Greeting Card", "Best Announcement or Invitation" and "Best Use of Holographic Foil".

The Foil and Specialty Effects Association honors companies for outstanding craftsmanship in the use of color, dimension and eye-catching effects, judged in three categories: design, execution and level of manufacturing difficulty. See more about the Foil and Specialty Effects awards by clicking here!

Fine Impressions has won seventeen FSEA awards in the last five years.



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(02.12.15) Talents & Teamwork Extend into the Community

A group of North Mankato employees get together each month outside of work, not to socialize, although many enjoy the camaraderie and team bonding; this group of volunteers are part of their local fire department, giving back their time and talents to the community.

"Currently, with 34 members on our North Mankato Fire Department, you can see that Taylor employees make up about 1/4 of our department," said Tim Pohlman, production manager at Fine Impressions. "Rich Inman and I have been the Chief/Assistant Chief combo leading this department for the last nine years and we both held officer positions on the department for four plus years prior to that." Pohlman proudly shared.

Talents & Teamwork Extend into the Community - Volunteer Firefighters

Listed below are the Taylor company employees who are part of the North Mankato Fire Department, along with their position being held.

  • Tim Pohlman / Fine Impressions / Fire Chief
  • Rich Inman / Corporate Graphics Commercial / Assistant Chief
  • Mike Fasnacht /Taylor IT/ Secretary
  • Dave Verschelde / Precision Press / Safety Officer
  • Tom Eesley / Fine Impressions / Public Education Officer
  • Lloyd Starkson / Precision Press / Firefighter
  • Greg Thate / Fine Impressions / Firefighter
  • Mark Penner / Corporate Graphics Commercial / Firefighter

These employees go above and beyond to help their community. With our companies' support for these efforts, this group may be called away from work at any given time. We recognize their efforts as well as those of employees who are also making a difference in their community, wherever that is across our family of companies.

As part of our values, we are committed to always finding a better way and extend this same sense of commitment to our communities, our culture, and our environment.

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(06.13.14) Fine Impressions Wins Two More FSEA Awards

Fine Impressions has added two more awards to its list of honors, being recognized again for design and manufacturing excellence. This makes twelve Foil and Specialty Effects Association awards won by Fine Impressions in the last four years! Fine Impressions award-winning cards were selected from among 300 entries in 33 categories at the 21st Annual Gold Leaf Awards, presented by the FSEA.

Laser Treeline Birthday Package with Glitter

Fine Impressions was awarded a Silver Leaf Award for "Best Use of Laser Cutting" for "Laser Treeline", a card designed for greetingcardcollection.com by Occasions Group designer Deb Knutson and fulfilled by Tatex. The card features UV-printing and laser die-cutting. The second Silver Leaf Award was presented to Fine Impressions for the card "Birthday Package with Glitter" designed by Jeremy Schultz of The Occasions Group. This card features four-color process, glitter and UV coating.

Entrants in the annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition are judged on the most creative, brilliant and technically difficult use of foil and other specialty finishing effects.

For more information about the Foil & Specialty Effects Association and the Gold Leaf Awards visit FSEA's site: http://www.fsea.com/.

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(06.28.13) Fine Impressions/Carlson Craft Catalog Leaders Put in a Community Service Day

It was a day of service to the greater Mankato community for a group of managers and supervisors from Fine Impressions and Carlson Craft Catalog. The group of seventeen dedicated a day to working on behalf of VINE-Faith in Action on a project coordinated through the Mankato Area United Way. The group spent the day preparing the former Nichols office center in Mankato for remodeling into an adult community center. VINE is creating a "one-stop shop" for aging adults to improve physical health, socialize with peers, volunteer to help others, and access needed services.

Work performed included removal of furniture from the building and loading it into a truck, preparation of windows for replacement, organization of recyclable building materials and removal of demolition debris. In noting the importance of giving back to the community, Fine Impressions and Catalog General Manager Mike Schmitt commented: "It will be rewarding to see the project progress to completion and know that we had a small part in making it happen."

Remodeling of Nichols into the community center is expected to be completed by summer, 2015.

Teamwork on the Cleanup
FI and Catalog Team Begin the Day
Loading the Truck


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(05.31.13) Fine Impressions Wins Three FSEA Awards

Continuing its record of award-winning excellence, Fine Impressions was presented three Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) awards for 2012. Fine Impressions has won ten FSEA awards in the last three years. This year, there were nearly 250 entries in 29 categories that demonstrated the best in foil stamping, embossing, and other specialty effects this past year.

Fine Impressions was awarded a Gold Leaf Award for its promotional folder "Made in Minnesota" featuring foil stamping, die–cutting, foil overprint and embossing, highlighting specialty effect processes for which Fine Impressions is renowned. The folder was designed by Julie Brass, designer with The Occasions Group.

FSEA Gold Award 2012 - Made in Minnesota Promotional Folder

Fine Impressions was also recognized with two Bronze Leaf Awards for greeting card excellence; the first for "Snowflake Dazzle" in the category of Creative Use of Special Diecut. The second Bronze award recognized Fine Impressions achievement in the category of Greeting Card – Most Difficult Use of Foil Stamping/Embossing for "Vision of Christmas". Both Bronze award winning cards were designed by Occasions Group designer Jeremy Schultz.

Snowflake Dazzle Vision of Christmas

Entrants in the annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition are judged on the most creative, brilliant and technically difficult use of foil and other specialty finishing effects. For more information about the Foil & Specialty Effects Association and the Gold Leaf Awards visit FSEA's site: http://www.fsea.com/.

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(07.9.12) Fine Impressions Receives "Patriotic Employer" Award

It was an honorary day when Gary Wiese, Warehouse Supervisor at Fine Impressions, was presented with the "Patriot Award" from the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve).

ESGR Award

Wiese was recommended for this national honor by Fine Impressions employee Jacob Boerboom — Healthcare Specialist in the 730th Area Support Medical Company, South Dakota Army National Guard based in Vermillion, SD. Boerboom returned from training two days prior to handing Wiese the framed award.

"You have supported me from the beginning and have been super lenient with all my guard duties, I appreciate it a lot," Boerboom said to Wiese.

"We appreciate all the military does for us, so it's nice to help them out when we can," Wiese said humbly. "It feels good."

In addition to this recognition for an individual supervisor, Fine Impressions received a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve — a program seeking to inform and educate employers about their rights and responsibilities toward their employees who serve, and to recognize and reward those employers who go "over and above" the legal requirements.

FI currently has three employees serving in active duty. Mike Schmitt, President of FI, accepted the award for the company.

ESGR is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization. The focus of ESGR is four-fold:

  • Promote an understanding of Guard and Reserve service.
  • Enlist support of employers in development of human resource policies and practices that support and encourage employee participation in Guard and Reserve programs.
  • Disseminate information to improve knowledge of, and voluntary compliance with, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) among Reserve component leaders, members, and their employers.
  • Sustain willingness of employers to support their employees called to military service for the Global War on Terrorism over potentially longer periods of time and greater frequency.

To learn more about ESGR, visit http://www.esgr.org/site/AboutUs.aspx.

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(05.31.12) Masterpiece Studios & Fine Impressions Win the "Louie Award" for Greeting Card Excellence

There was much cause for celebration when Masterpiece Studios, Fine Impression's retail boxed holiday card division, won this coveted "Louie" award at the 24th Annual International Greeting Card awards ceremony, presented by the Greeting Card Association in New York City on May 20th.

The winning card of the "Oscars of the greeting card industry" is a laser cut forest scene, conquering the category of "Boxed or Catalog Christmas/Seasonal" greeting card with a price point below $2.50. Cards entered in the Louie awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and retailers on criteria including originality, impact, design excellence, send-ability and value.

Designed by Occasions Group designer Jeremy Schultz and manufactured by Fine Impressions, the card is sold under the Intricuts brand. Customers include major U.S. department stores and independent card and gift stores.

Masterpiece Studios sales and marketing executive Tamra Sundboom accepted the award on behalf of Fine Impressions. Sundboom called the winning card a "classic holiday scene that captures in a traditional way the feeling of the season." Sundboom noted the Masterpiece Studios card beat out two other finalists—cards from American Greetings and Great Arrow Publishing.

Awards are given in 54 categories of greeting cards and invitations and are named for Louis Prang, the originator of the first U.S. greeting card in the early 1870's. Since being acquired by Taylor Corporation in 1993, Masterpiece Studios has won several Louie Awards, including winning the prestigious "Card of the Year" in 2002.

For more information, contact: Doug Faust of Masterpiece Studios: dafaust@masterpiecestudios.com.

For more information about the Louie Awards and the Greeting Card Association: Greeting Card Association > Home

Louie Award 2012 - Deer Scene Intricuts Boxed Holiday Card

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(06.02.11) Fine Impressions Wins Five FSEA Awards

Fine Impressions (FI) was awarded five Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) awards for 2011. The annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition is a culmination of the most creative, brilliant and technically difficult works in the industry. FI submitted its pieces for the competition which are judged on design, execution and level of difficulty. More than 200 pieces were received from the United States, Canada, Finland, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, China and the United Kingdom. After 18 years, FSEA continues the competitions' commitment to gaining visibility throughout the graphic arts community.

Foil stamping, embossing and specialty effects on a product can compose a level of quality, added value, shelf presence, brand recognition and security – attributes that can stand out above the crowd and provide eye-catching piece of work that FSEA strives to exemplify in the Gold Leaf Competition.

FI was awarded two Gold Leaf Awards for the "Bows & Bells" holiday card in the Greeting Card – Most Difficult Use category and for the "Poinsettias" card in the Laser–cutting category. The "Branches & Berries" card was awarded with a Silver Leaf in the Greeting Card – Most Creative Use category and the "Peacock Feathers" birthday card also received a Silver Leaf in the Ink Over Foil category. The "Butterfly Birthday" card was also submitted in the Ink Over Foil category and was awarded a Bronze Leaf.

For more information about the Foil & Specialty Effects Association and the Gold Leaf Awards visit FSEA's site.

Bows & Bells Poinsettias

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(04.19.11) Fine Impressions Acquires Williamhouse Brand Product Lines from National Envelope

Fine Impressions has acquired the assets of the Social Announcement and Greeting Card product lines (branded as Williamhouse) from National Envelope Corporation effective April 19, 2011. Williamhouse has been a key competitor for many years within the wedding, holiday and all occasion markets and channels. The assets being acquired include all design dies, artwork and base inventory necessary to support this business.

This fold in acquisition provides Fine Impressions the opportunity to add to their core business by growing their existing customer base as well as attaining new customers to gain greater market share.

For more information about this acquisition please contact Mike Schmitt, General Manager of Fine Impressions, 507-344-2053, mjschmitt@fineimpressions.com.

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(5.11.2010) Fine Impressions Wins Two Silver Leaf Awards from FSEA

Foil Stamping, embossing, holography, special coatings, laminates and laser cutting are all attributes that allow a product to stand out above the rest.

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) recently announced their 2009 Gold, Silver and Bronze Leaf Award winning entries obtained from companies all over the world exemplifying top quality craftsmanship and expressions of excellence in the areas of foil stamping, embossing, specialty effects and design.

More than 200 pieces were judged on design, execution and level of difficulty. Fine Impressions, located in North Mankato, received two silver leaf awards for their winning pieces; Red Covered Bridge and Stain Glass Dove.

Red Covered Bridge (Silver Leaf Award) – Best Use of Embossing

Red Bridge


Stain Glass Dove (Silver Leaf Award) – Cold Foil (sheet or rotary) on Client Promotion

Stained Glass Dove

"Fine Impressions takes pride in the quality and workmanship in the products we produce. Our team is very excited not only for us, but also the customers who recognize our products by our quality, award-winning designs and attributes," states Mike Schmitt, Fine Impressions General Manager.

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