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With much to announce in her 2013 holiday card, illustrator Sarah J. Coleman, aka Inkymole, combines metallic boards, metallic lithography, foil stamping, die cutting, ribbons, folding, jewels and hand-assembly create a captivating kaleidoscope of print techniques. 




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Hand Drawn


Inkymole Christmas Cards
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My cards had to really stand out this year and I had a fair bit to announce to my clients in the coming year, so I threw everything I could at them—metallic boards, metallic litho, die stamping with foil, die cutting, ribbons, folding, jewels and hand-assembly. But because my work has started to become very fine of late, there was a big question mark over whether the ┬áblock would pick up all the lines - some only slightly bigger than a hair's breadth!

I commissioned a dark but seasonal story from British writer Ed Garland around which the mandalas (some called them kaleidoscopes) were illustrated. There were five in total. The story was placed inside and the mandalas covered the outside of the board, which proved very difficult to print on with the silver, white and gold inks due to the high metal content.

But we cracked it, and 650 die-cut foiled Christmas globes were drilled, jewelled, ribboned and placed on the front, the insides signed and the hand-sprayed gold labels attached to 650 envelopes. Oof.

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Allow time for more testing. We wasted quite a lot of board with getting the metallic inks to show up on the metallic boards. And don't be afraid to stick one more process in; it's never as expensive as you think it's going to be!”

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Kelly Cree

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August 27, 2014


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