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  • Nashville Start Ups: How to Succeed in the 7th Fastest Growing City in the US
    According to money.cnn.com, Nashville is receiving 31,153 people every year and growing. With this growth, consumers simply are inundated with choices....
  • TEDxNashville Signage TEDxNashville Chalkboard panel
    Introducing TEDxNashvillexAMP: signage ideas worth spreading. (Also known as TEDxNashville signage provided by AMP). We had the honor of providing some really...
  • Stewart Parking Meter Signage Parking Meter Signage
    This past Friday, we installed (maybe) our grandest large-format project yet at Stewart Parking. The parking meter signage consists of eight parts: a...
  • 5 Reasons You Need Stationery
    Stationery is a classic paper need for business professionals. A thoughtful note can be the difference between two qualified candidates for a job...
  • Frosted Glass Etched glass window
    Frosted glass, or "etched glass" is a really popular graphic for businesses. Law firms, real estate companies, architecture firms, advertising agencies...
  • Coasters
    Personalized coasters are a big seller for amp right now. It's a great branding technique and the perfect gift for birthdays,...
  • Window Decals with Frothy Monkey Frothy Monkey Downtown Window Decal
    Window decals are a great way to advertise your business, provide information to your customers and enhance the overall appearance of...
  • Awesome business cards awesome business cards
    Everyone's always looking for awesome business cards to make their company stand out and their brand memorable. As we've stated in...
  • Car decals Vinyl car decal
    Car decals are a great form of advertisement. According to the American Trucking Associations, vehicle ads generate more than 600 visual...
  • Lexan Business Cards acrylic business card
    It's about time we wrote about our popular, new lexan business cards. We receive more compliments on these business cards than most...
  • Sticker Stencils with Reed PR Sticker stencils
    We've mentioned that we can put stickers on just about anything.. but I bet you didn't think about sticker stencils on...
  • Wall decals
    Little Mosko's has combined two of our favorite things: awesome food and cool wall decals.  The "muncheonette" and bake shop, located in...
  • Hop-Up Banner Hop-up Banner
    This past weekend we created our first hop-up banner for Dear Addie Fine Stationery. A hop-up banner is used instead of a...
  • Storefront signs Max metal sign mounted with tapcons
    A popular request lately has been storefront signs — specifically, acrylic and max metal storefront signs. It's a really pretty, noticeable...
  • Tabletop Prints with GS&F
    We love printing where no printer has printed before. GS&F helped us expand our resume by asking us to brand some tables...
  • Realtor’s Print Check List
    We have a lot of real estate firms as clients and we receive a lot of questions regarding the printing associated...
  • Meet Brook, Kelly B. and Jami!
    We have three new members of our staff! If you haven't heard, Kelly Whiteknact is working from Colorado, so we needed...
  • Chalkboard Printing Dear Addie event sign
    Chalkboard printing is one of our new favorite services. People rarely think to print on the substrate, so you rarely see...
  • Bunting Banners with Edley’s bunting banner
    On Tuesday, we discussed the difference between bunting banners (a.k.a. letter banners) and traditional banners. To recap, a bunting is a...
  • Letter (Bunting) Banners letter banner - vinyl
    We obviously do a lot of banners.. vinyl, matte, mesh, stand-up. If you receive our emails or follow us on social...
  • Acrylic Easels Acrylic easel - front
    Recently, we created our first acrylic easel for Village Real Estate. It's not our first easel — we've created adhesive, self-stick easels...
  • 8 Holiday Card Recycling Tips
    We love Christmas cards -- the thoughtfulness, the design, the meaning behind it. However, we don't love the waste it produces,...
  • Wide-format capabilities Acrylic storefront sign
    "What are your wide-format capabilities?" We get this question a lot. It's difficult to answer because there are so many. Essentially, if...
  • 12 Awesome Christmas Card Displays christmas card displays
    The holidays have brought out our inner Martha Stewart. If you need ideas for Christmas card displays, look no further. We've...
  • 15 (Print) Things to be Thankful for
    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of printing capabilities,...
  • 6 Holiday Photo Card Tips Merriest Christmas holiday card (Flat)
    Ahh, the dreaded family holiday photo! No, taking photos for holiday cards is not everyone's favorite thing to do. However, with these...
  • 2015 Business Holiday Cards
    This year we are offering something special: a set of ready-made business holiday cards that you can customize and order today....
  • 2015 Holiday Thank You Cards Hand-Scripted Holiday Thank You Card Set (Folded)
    This year we are offering something special: a set of ready-made holiday thank you cards that you can customize and order...
  • 2015 Non-Photo Holiday Cards Stained Glass Noel Set (Flat)
    For the first time, we are offering ready-made, non-photo holiday cards that can be customized and ordered today. Click on each card for more...
  • 2015 Holiday Photo Cards
    For the first time, we are offering ready-made holiday photo cards that can be customized and ordered today. Click on each card for more...
  • 2015 Holiday Hangtags Other available colors
    For the first time, we are offering ready-made holiday hangtags that can be customized and ordered today. Click on each hangtag for...
  • 2015 Ready-Made Holiday Cards
    This year we are offering something special: a set of ready-made holiday cards and hangtags that you can order today. As...
  • 3D signs with Lendlease 3D signs
    A couple weeks ago, we created our first — drum roll please — 3D sign. Well, technically, two 3D signs. One was a smaller version...
  • 9 tips to save on Christmas cards
    Christmas cards can be beautiful without spending a fortune. Here are nine tips to ensure your stationery cost stays within your budget. 1. Come directly...
  • 8 frightening printing mistakes printing mistakes
    In honor of Halloween this weekend, we have gathered some scary printing mistakes that will haunt your dreams (and your bank...
  • Edge-painted business cards with GS&F edge-painted business cards
    Edge-painted business cards aren't new, but we've started seeing a lot more requests. It's a nice touch that's more affordable than...
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  • Innovative Printing in Nashville
    Granted, we're sort of print nerds, so we think all things printed are cool. But these three companies really blew our...
  • Your Guide to Amazing Letterhead
    An eye-catching letterhead, like a good business card, is a crucial marketing opportunity. Sometimes it will be the first correspondence a customer...
  • Foil Stamping with Harbor Entertainment shelf signage
    We love to show off our foil stamped products. For one, it is so elegant and beautiful (and looks great in photos). But...
  • 5 money-saving print tips Invitation with silver, metallic paper
    Money-saving print tip 1: Ask about the copier Some print shops have a regular copier that can print your black-and-white documents at...
  • Signs with Fifth Third Bank
    - photo by Stephanie M. Maiocco Signs. We know — they aren't the sexiest. But sometimes the simplest things can be the most powerful....
  • 7 sales-boosting holiday print tips
    Ahh, the holidays. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and one of the most profitable. According to Yahoo, 40...
  • Die cut business cards with Blackwater
    Blackwater Manufacturing recently created some pretty cool business cards with us, and we thought they would be the perfect subject for our...
  • Wall Clings and Stand-up Posters with EO big wall cling
    This week, over 750 entrepreneurs of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) from the eastern United States headed to Nashville for a three-day EO NERVE...
  • 8 Cool Customized Coasters Letterpress coasters
    With the holidays approaching and a new school year in full swing, it's a good time to purchase new, customized drink coasters....
  • Wall Art Printing: Which material to use?
    Last week, we printed some wall art for Third Man Records. They had an art exhibit (which is open until the 16th!), and...
  • Art Installation with Third Man Records
    "There’s a romantic feeling of pulling a photograph out of a polaroid camera, holding it in your hands and showing it...
  • Direct Mail Tips with Land Trust awesome direct mail piece
    The Land Trust for Tennessee has several fundraising events throughout the year, including Once in A Blue Moon, a party at Glen Leven...
  • 5 Cool Wide-Format Printing Ideas
    With so much media and signage today, it's hard to break through the clutter. As most of you know, we got...
  • Letterpress with Judith Bright debossed and foil stamped judith bright
    As every bride in America knows, letterpress is an elegant print method that makes a soft indentation (embossing) on card stock. We...
  • Brochure Printing Tips Die cut iphone brochure
    Brochure printing isn't the sexiest, but it's necessary for relaying information about your company, products or services. These advertising staples can...
  • Wedding Invitations: 10 Ways to Save Money wedding invitations
    Wedding invitations can be beautiful without spending a fortune. Here are ten tips to ensure your stationery cost stays within your budget. 1....
  • Sticker Printing: American Born Moonshine printing stickers
    Sticker printing sounds a tad juvenile. But don't be fooled -- our adhesives make great architectural graphics, furniture graphics and printed household...
  • Building Graphics: Village Real Estate Etched glass vinyl
    Building graphics (or architectural graphics) are a hot marketing technique right now. Like outside graphics, they are a cost-effective method of advertising...
  • Outdoor Graphics Trends outdoor graphics
    Outdoor graphics is one of the fastest growing segments of the printing and marketing industry, due mostly to the expanded capabilities...
  • Create your own custom-printed tabs
    Custom-printed tabs scream organization. With school and a new work year just around the corner, custom-printed tabs will make you (and...
  • Cutouts: Colex or Letterpress? life-size cutout of dog
    Cutouts are fun. A circular business card, star-shaped sticker or a life-size cutout of your dog are going to be much...
  • Die Cuts: amp’s Die Inventory
    As most of you know, die cuts are just a fancy print term for "cut outs" or shapes. An encyclopedic definition of...
  • Business Card How-To Edge-painted business cards
    Have you ever read a blog post about business cards that stated the obvious? Such as "put all your information on...
  • Booklet Binding 101
    Which type of booklet binding is the most affordable? The quickest? The most durable? Here's everything you need to know about...
  • Featured Project:
    Large-Format Printing All Over Nashville
    Meat Ya Banner designed by Amanda Mazzo at Mazzo Media. amp seems to be doing everything big this year, which includes expanding...
  • Mother’s Day Postcard: A MadLib
    A Mother's Day Postcard doesn't have to be dull. Or expensive. Forget Hallmarks and come to amp to pick up a...
  • Small Business: 15 Interesting Facts
    We love small businesses. We are a small business. As most of you know, fifteen years ago, amp consisted of Matt...
  • Featured Project:
    Promotional Postcards and Stickers Galore
    We love printing promotional postcards and stickers. There's so much you can do with them, and they allow a lot of room...
  • Architectural Graphics
    Architectural Graphics are crucial to businesses today. Marketing tactics are constantly changing, and this is one that has recently come in...
  • Spring has sprung at amp
    “Spring awakens what autumn puts to sleep.”  My parents have this saying as a crochet on their wall – blue thread,...
  • Featured Project:
    Highlights from our Kick @$$ Summer Block Party
    June marked the one-year anniversary at our new location. At the same time, our new roommate, Green Apple Strategy, celebrated their...
  • Featured Project:
    Breathe America Flight Manual
    This week we’re working on an internal project for Breathe America. Rather than create a dull processes book, they decided to...
  • Say Hello to amp’s Newest Employees
    Kelly and Stephen have just joined the team at amp....
  • Featured Project:
    Artisan Menu Book
    This week’s featured project is a menu book for Corsair Artisan. The covers are printed on a cream Cordtone cover, and...
  • Featured Project:
    Grove at Shadow Green
    This brochure was designed by Solve, and the rest is history!...
  • Featured Project:
    ECI Research Guide
    A project nearly six months in the making we’re so excited to complete. This book has a custom-stamped metal binder, custom...
  • Featured Project:
    Red Rover Banners
    Check out these banners we did for Red Rover Pet Services on display at Tomato Fest last weekend!...
  • Featured Project:
    Financial Wellness Boards
    Last week we rocked out some foam core boards for a client of our pals at Noble Sidekick. The boards were...
  • Featured Project:
    ApexWorks Brochure
    This week’s project is a tri-fold and die cut brochure for ApexWorks. Our very own in-house designer, Mykie, designed this piece,...
  • Featured Project:
    Therapy Systems’ “Beauty Can Be A Dirty Business” Launch
    We wrapped up this project last week for the launch of Therapy Systems’ new line, “Beauty Can Be a Dirty Business.”...
  • Featured Project:
    C5DG Business Cards
    One of our local faves, The Horton Group, designed this beautiful piece, and we made it come to life. We printed...
  • Press Ready Files
    For some of you, this blog post is common knowledge. For our clients who are not as familiar with graphic design,...
  • Cohesive Content ( Print > Web > Social )
    It's a common misconception that print and digital media are competing methods of communication. It's time to change your way of...
  • amp is Sponsoring SEYA’s “The Affair to Care”
    The Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation will host its 2013 The Affair to Care presented by First Tennessee Bank on Saturday,...
  • FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
    How many business cards come in a box? Small box: 250 Large box: 500 What type of paper do I need? First,...
  • The Art of Fast Turnaround Time
    We all know that sinking feeling when you realize you forgot a deadline. Your entire stomach feels like it’s in your...
  • Featured Project:
    Large-Format Printing
    Sometimes everything just can’t fit on that 12″x18″ sheet for our HP Indigo 5500, and for those posters/banners we turn to...
  • amp’s Virtual Tour
    Because we’re so hip, we got a cool new virtual tour for those of you who can’t physically come to the shop...
  • amp/Green Apple Party
    amp’s 1st Anniversary in our building and Green Apple Strategy’s 1st Birthday! We’ll bring the food, drinks, old school jams and gifts. You...
  • Featured Project:
    LIGHT for Cheekwood
    A few weeks ago, we had the chance to work with one of our partner creative agencies to pull together a...
  • It’s holiday card time!
    Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. We can print your press-ready holiday cards, or we can personalize...
  • Introduction to amp
    As you probably know, print production can be confusing. There are so many pieces of the puzzle that have to fit...