Impressive Letterpress

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One of my all time favorites! Egg Press is a greeting card company, design studio and letterpress print shop based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1999, they are considered one of the pioneers in the resurgence of letterpress printing. They’re often noted for a sophisticated color palette, hand drawn illustrations, all-over textile inspired patterns, and sense of humor. They design and produce all of their greeting cards and small-batch textiles in-house. (All cards are $5.50/each or $17.50/box 6 – As always, click to shop!)

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Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine…

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Darling Clementine is a small Norwegian design agency that also offers an edited collection of products under the banner: “Darling Clementine Paper Empire” (love that moxie!). I am totally charmed by their scandinavian aesthetic, and ability to create work that is clearly modern yet gives a warm nod to tradition. They also write a nice blog that you can visit by clicking HERE.

Harvest Posters, $30 each
Harvest Posters, $30 each
Tea Towels, $30/set of 2
Tea Towels, $30/set of 2
Notecards, $21/set of 6
Notecards, $21/set of 6
Post Cards, $20/8
Post Cards, $20/8
Print, $40
Print, $40
Mug with saucer, $25 each
Mug with saucer, $25 each
Print, $40
Print, $40
Fine Tea, $20 each
Fine Tea, $20 each
Fine Tea, $20
Fine Tea, $20
Editorial illustration for Family Living
Editorial illustration for Family Living
Cover for a Reader's Diary, autumn 2011
Cover for a Reader’s Diary, autumn 2011
Poster & Flyer for Blårollinger
Poster & Flyer for Blårollinger
Kate Spade Book Illustration
Kate Spade Book Illustration
More book illustration for Kate Spade
More book illustration for Kate Spade

2016 Holiday Card Round Up

A few of my favs from this year’s crop of letterpressed Holiday cards by indie designers on Etsy! (As always, click to shop!)

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Middle Dune, $5
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Row House 14, $2.50
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Just Invite Me, $5
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Nane Press, $5
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Missive, $18/6
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Lark Press, $14/6
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Visible Relief Studio, $4
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Pineapple Press, $16/4
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Ruby Press, $185/100
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Green Bird Press, $22/6
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Pike Street Press, $28/10
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Quick Red Studio, $4
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Nane Press, $30/10
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Wishbone Letterpress, $17/6
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Hartford Prints, $4.50
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Pike Street Press, $24/10
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Albertine Press, $16/6
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Anemone Letterpress, $5
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Klee Press, $4
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Foglio Press, $22/6
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Print & Be Merry, $24/12
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Penguin Inks, $14/4

 

 

 

 

Norman’s Printery

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The holidays may be over, but occasions to wrap thoughtful treasures for others still abound throughout the year. I’m loving these designs from Norman’s Printery, a little Easy shop out of Northern New Jersey run by designer/maker/printer Cliff Cordes. It’s awesome that the assorted collections layer so nicely together – making for a fun, multiple gift assortment. (As always, click to shop!)

Mid-Century Modern Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) on recycled kraft paper, $14
Mid-Century Modern Collection – 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″ on recycled kraft paper, $14
1800's English Patterns Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) on recycled kraft paper, $14
1800’s English Patterns Collection / Cool – 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″, $14
Black & White Speckled - 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (6 each of 2 designs) 13" x 19", $14
Black & White Speckled – 12 sheets of recycled newsprint paper (6 each of 2 designs) 13″ x 19″, $14
Plaid Collection -
Plaid Collection – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14
Brushed Dots - 12 sheets of 13" x 9" recycled newsprint, $14
Brushed Dots – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint, $14
Spring Art Nouveau Collection - 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13" x 19" on recycled kraft paper, $14
Spring Art Nouveau Collection – 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs) 13″ x 19″ on recycled kraft paper, $14
Organic Geometry in Metallic Copper Collection - 12 sheets of 13" x 19" recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14
Organic Geometry in Metallic Copper Collection – 12 sheets of 13″ x 19″ recycled newsprint (3 each of 4 designs), $14

 

 

2016 Calendar Round Up

I know. It’s old fashioned to hang paper calendars on the wall in this digital age. But I still love having them around, especially when the designs are as lovely as those I’m sharing today! (As always, click to shop!)

Modern Printed Matter - Botanical Wall Calendar, $22
Modern Printed Matter – Botanical Wall Calendar, $22
Fine Day Press - Abstract Wall Calendar, $36
Fine Day Press – Abstract Wall Calendar, $36
Constance & Clay - Botanical Wall Calendar, $15.50
Constance & Clay – Botanical Wall Calendar, $15.50
Naomi Lynn - Kraft Desktop Calendar, $15
Naomi Lynn – Kraft Desktop Calendar, $15
Abby Creek Studios - Abstracts Desktop Calendar, $18
Abby Creek Studios – Abstracts Desktop Calendar, $18
Hirokoyo Shimoto - Wall Calendar, $10
Hirokoyo Shimoto – Wall Calendar, $10
Paper Source - B/W Quotable Calendar, $12.95
Paper Source – B/W Quotable Calendar, $12.95
Red Cruiser - Hors d'oeuvres Calendar with Set of Recipes, $32
Red Cruiser – Hors d’oeuvres Calendar with Set of Recipes, $32
Rifle Paper Co - Coffee & Tea Calendar, $18.95
Rifle Paper Co – Coffee & Tea Calendar, $18.95
Big Press Little Press - Letterpress Calendar, $10
Big Press Little Press – Letterpress Calendar, $10
Jenny Gray Art - Abstract Wall Calendar, $32
Jenny Gray Art – Abstract Wall Calendar, $32
Nordic Graphic Studio - Printable Wall Calendar, $6
Nordic Graphic Studio – Printable Wall Calendar, $6
Dozi - Colors Modern Wall Calendar, $26
Dozi – Colors Modern Wall Calendar, $26
Black Bird Letterpress - Squirrel Calendar, $24
Black Bird Letterpress – Squirrel Calendar, $24
Paper Elephant Press - Sweet Sixteen Letterpress Calendar, $26
Paper Elephant Press – Sweet Sixteen Letterpress Calendar, $26

 

Holiday Photo Card Favs – 2015

‘Tis the season to fa la la and time to start contemplating which holiday cards to send out. Today’s focus is on customizable cards; where you can add your photos and personalized sentiments, and, through the magic of the inter webs, it’s all printed up for you! I especially love that most companies off recipient addressing (sometimes even for free); that makes it all SO easy! This is, of course, for the type of person who has got their act together and remembers to do such things as order holiday cards earlier in the season than the typical off-the-rack shopper. I rarely fit into this group, but did it last year and actually was quite pleased with the whole thing. (As always, click to shop! Prices dependent on lots of variables, like quantities, envelopes, etc.. so I did not include that specific info here.)

Minted - Destination Luggage Tag
Minted – Destination Luggage Tag
Shutterfly - Love & Joy
Shutterfly – Love & Joy
Tiny Prints - Merry Jolly Happy Everything
Tiny Prints – Merry Jolly Happy Everything
Minted - Completely Custom Copper Foil Card
Minted – Completely Custom Copper Foil Card
Shutterfly - Whimsical Joy
Shutterfly – Whimsical Joy
Tiny Prints - Folklore Slate
Tiny Prints – Folklore Slate
Minted - Boldly Stated
Minted – Boldly Stated
Simply To Impress - Painterly Pine
Simply To Impress – Painterly Pine
Tiny Prints - Merry Happy Cheery
Tiny Prints – Merry Happy Cheery
Sweet Water Press - Letterpress Card
Sweet Water Press – Letterpress Card
Minted - Big & Bold Foil Stamped Merry Card
Minted – Big & Bold Foil Stamped Merry Card
Shutterfly - Stamped Sentiments
Shutterfly – Stamped Sentiments
Simply to Impress - In The Wreath
Simply to Impress – In The Wreath
Minted - Bountiful
Minted – Bountiful
Minted - Custom Letterpress
Minted – Custom Letterpress

 

 

 

Emily’s Empathy

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I’m a huge fan of Emily McDowell. She is a wonderful illustrator with a cheeky yet incredibly smart sensibility. She’s known for irreverent greeting cards like these:

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Fun, right? But she’s outdone herself with a brilliant collection she calls “Empathy Cards”. They were designed out of Emily’s desire to to provide better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering to those with a serious illness.

Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on. With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.

All cards are $4.50 and available through Emily’s web site. (As always, click to shop!)

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Painted Petals

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I’m craving some colorful, feminine jubilance today – overflowing with optimism and a heightened cute-factor. Enter South African artist Margaret Berg, who creates lovely illustrations for a long list of clients from her studio in Santa Monica.

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Props for Pops

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 21st! Today, a few of my favorite card options to celebrate the main man. (As always, click to shop!)

12fifteen, $5
12fifteen, $5
Ink Meets Paper, $5
Ink Meets Paper, $5
Paperchase, £2.75
Paperchase, £2.75
Cherry Laurel Studio, $5
Cherry Laurel Studio, $5
Caroline Gardner, £2.50
Caroline Gardner, £2.50
Parrot Design Studio, $5
Parrot Design Studio, $5
Sapling Press, $5
Sapling Press, $5
Macon York, $5
Macon York, $5
Port Paper Co, $5
Port Paper Co, $5
Rofl Paper, $4.50
Rofl Paper, $4.50
Honizukle, $5
Honizukle, $5
In Haus Press, $5
In Haus Press, $5
TrollfjordPress, $4
TrollfjordPress, $4
Paper Source, $3.50
Paper Source, $3.50
Egg Press, $5
Egg Press, $5
Ink Meets Paper, $5
Ink Meets Paper, $5
F as in Frank Paper Goods, $5
F as in Frank Paper Goods, $5
Star Shaped Press, $4.50
Star Shaped Press, $4.50

 

 

 

Glad for the Grad

It’s about that time when we begin congratulating this year’s crop of new graduates on a job well done. Loving some of the new approaches designers are taking to carry the message without the ivy and mortarboard… (As always, click to shop!)

Henley Paper Co, $4.50
Henley Paper Co, $4.50
Sycamore Street Press, $5.50
Sycamore Street Press, $5.50
1 Canoe 2, $4.50
1 Canoe 2, $4.50
Elum, $5.50
Elum, $5.50
Serena Rivera Designs, $5
Serena Rivera Designs, $5
Steel Petal Press, $5
Steel Petal Press, $5
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Elum, $5.50
Typoretum, £3.50
Typoretum, £3.50
Paperwheel, $6
Paperwheel, $6
Noi Publishing,
Noi Publishing, £3.50
Sugar Paper, $6
Sugar Paper, $6
BS and RS, $5
BS and RS, $5
Emily McDowell, $4.50
Emily McDowell, $4.50
Iron Curtain Press, 5
Iron Curtain Press, $5
Smock Paper, $5
Smock Paper, $5

 

Mother’s Day Cards 2015

Time to pop a little greeting in the mail to celebrate the moms you love! Here are a few fine choices… (As always, click to shop!)

Printster, $3.45
Printster, $3.45
Dingbat Press, $3
Dingbat Press, $3
Emily McDowell Studio, $4.50
Emily McDowell Studio, $4.50
Honizukle, $6
Honizukle, $6
Hairpin Letterpress, $5
Hairpin Letterpress, $5
Byvik Ink, $5
Byvik Ink, $5
InHaus Press, $5
InHaus Press, $5
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Sweetly Said Press, $4
Ferdinand Home, $4
Ferdinand Home, $4
Offensive + Delightful, $4.95
Offensive + Delightful, $4.95
Denote Stationery, $4.76
Denote Stationery, $4.76
Love 4 Letterpress, $3.50
Love 4 Letterpress, $3.50
Ink Meets Paper, $5
Ink Meets Paper, $5
Cheryl Laurel Studio, $5
Cheryl Laurel Studio, $5
Rifle Paper, $5.95
Rifle Paper, $5.95
The Small Print Company, $4.66
The Small Print Company, $4.66
The Red Button Press, $24.88 (Letterpress Print)
The Red Button Press, $24.88 (Letterpress Print)

 

A Wash of Color

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Somehow, the advent of spring makes me crazy for watercolors. Something soft, washy and colorful. Loving this collection by Yao Cheng, a designer based in Columbus, OH.

Dots in Indigo Throw Pillow, $70
Dots in Indigo Throw Pillow, $70
Spring Floral Splash Throw Pillow, $70
Spring Floral Splash Throw Pillow, $70
Turquoise Splash Throw Pillow, $70
Turquoise Splash Throw Pillow, $70
Pink and Orange Herringbone Throw Pillow, $70
Pink and Orange Herringbone Throw Pillow, $70
Floral Melody Tea Towel, $35
Floral Melody Tea Towel, $32
Blue and Green Herringbone Tea Towel, $32
Blue and Green Herringbone Tea Towel, $32
Dots in Pink and Coral Tea Towel, $32
Dots in Pink and Coral Tea Towel, $32
Colorful Dots Falling Art Print, $28
Colorful Dots Falling Art Print, $28
Hexagon in Green and Blue Art Print, $28
Hexagon in Green and Blue Art Print, $28
Floral Movement in Orange Art Print, $28
Floral Movement in Orange Art Print, $28
Small Triangles in Multi Greeting Card, $3.50
Small Triangles in Multi Greeting Card, $3.50
Spring Flora in Turquoise, $3.50
Spring Flora in Turquoise, $3.50
Ovals in Magenta Greeting Card, $3.50
Ovals in Magenta Greeting Card, $3.50

 

Easter Cards 2015

Time to get hoppin’ if you plan to send out Easter greetings this year! Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s crop… (As always, click to shop!)

Bunny Rabbit Letterpress Card by greenbirdpress on Etsy
Green Bird Press, $4.50

 

SALE Neon Pink Striped Easter Egg Card Handmade by NEONLDN
Neon London, $1.60
Happy Easter letterpress card set of six by inkmeetspaper on Etsy
Ink Meets Paper, $16 / 6
Happy Easter greeting card by dutchdoor on Etsy
Dutch Door, $4.50
Funny Easter Card - Easter Card Humor - Hip Hop Hooray by ShopMa
Shop Madz, $3.50
Easter Card Hand Stamped Easter Original Envelope Book by Adasei
Adaseide, $3.88
East Egg Circle Letterpress Easter Egg Card by hartfordprints
Hartford Prints, $4.50
Decorated Egg Greeting Card by RIFLE PAPER Co. | Made in USA
Rifle Paper, $4.50
Cottontail grackle card by burdockandbramble on Etsy
Burdock & Bramble, $5

 

 

Stamps of Germany

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bastisRIKE is a brand of rubber stamps and paper products founded by designer Henrike Schoen in Siegburg, Germany.  Each original design is created from papercuts or ink drawings, and printed pieces use environment friendly materials like vegetable based colours and recycled paper. (As always, click to shop!)

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Rubber Stamp, 5.60 €
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Rubber Stamp, 5.60 €
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Rubber Stamp, 9 €
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Mini Rubber Stamp Set, 9 €
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Rubber Stamp, 9.00 €
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Rubber Stamp, 7 €
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420 × 594mm Print, 30 €
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Set of 4 postcards, 6.80 €

 

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