Letterpress (the magic art of relief printing with a press + movable type) holds a very special place in my heart. I love to stroll my fingers on the paper and feel the reliefs, knowing they were made through the love and hard work of a very patient person.
It turns out there are tons of patient, creative people with antique presses out there, as I found out while surfing Etsy… So many in fact, that it was nearly impossible to resist the temptation of stretching this post to include just another card… :)
So here you go, a post with a selection my favorite holiday cards, from the hands of the letterpressers of the world. Enjoy!
Every year come November, we scout the internet for the cutest Christmas stationery, hour after hour of intensive and dedicated research. Our requirements are simple: something different and uncomplicated, and at the same time, something that will make the recipient smile. :)
This year, we’ve decided to put together a small guide to tip you on the best Christmas stationery we found out there. There will be several parts to this guide, so that we can cover different styles and sources. If you have any tips, please share them with us on the comments!
Our first stop is moo.com! Many people turn to Moo to make their own personalized postcards or business cards (using your Flickr photos, for instance), but did you ever notice their Ready Made design collections? There is some serious talent and cuteness there! Here are our 5 favorite picks for Christmas (texts from the moo site):
1. Blanca Gomez is a Spanish illustrator who began drawing as a child in Madrid, and although forced to grow up and get a proper job, she kept drawing by night. Her self-professed 'dedication to small things’ shines through here as a keen eye for detail.
2. Marc Johns, a Canadian artist, creates whimsical drawings filled with dry wit and humour. His simple style shows objects combined in weird and wonderful ways and gives a voice to the inanimate objects we thought we knew so well.
3. Tired of the same old greeting cards with mushy sentiments and “sorry for your loss” drivel? If so, are you in for a treat! Superindustriallove takes pride in its irreverent and offensive greeting card creations. Give them out at church or to kids in the hospital. Send them to slightly senile relatives or just buy them for your own amusement – the possibilities are endless.
4. Frieda Bird is a graphic-designer living and working in Germany. She hardly ever leaves the house without a pen and some paper as she just loves to watch and draw. Everyday life, animals, people, things. Most of all she likes to spot and capture sweetness in everyday moments.
5. Lara Cameron started creating patterns as a break from her graphic design job. Overwhelmed with positive feedback, she decided to take it a little more seriously. Her delicate work shows art deco and Japanese influences.
For lots of more lovely Christmas postcards, visit moo.com!