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Brian Swarthout

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

4 days

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Folded card: 5 in × 7 in
Open card: 10 in × 7 in
Envelope: A7

Page Count

Paper Stock

Cards: French Pop Tone 100 lb Cover, in red and white
Envelopes: French Pop Tone envelopes

Number of Colors

White card: 2/1
Red card: 1/1




Clarendon Roman and Univers 75 Black


Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here to stay, and as the years go by we continue to fluctuate between the mass produced celebration and the hand-made tokens of love.

The Valentine’s Day cards came about due to a need for a break from a big project. Being that time of year we naturally chose to create a Valentine’s Day card, and set out to do something fun yet functional. After a bit of brainstorming, the idea of making the card an interactive print piece arose — what began as a goofy project to brighten a few lovely ladies holiday turned into something we are both very excited about.

The process of designing and printing the cards went surprisingly smooth. I feel this is because of the recreational nature of the project with no real pressure and very little cost. Having not silkscreened since leaving college nine months ago, this project allowed me to shake off a lot of rust, optimize the workflow of my new (basement) workshop and perfect some printing techniques. We discovered the challenge of precisely double printing light ink on dark stock to increase opacity, something neither of us saw as potential hurdle. Plenty of off-contact and drafting tape was our solution this issue.

And so the tradition continues of asking for valentines, nicely done and aided by USPS, instead or the magical internet.

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Art direction: Brian Swarthout and Sean-Michael W. Kvacek
Design: Brian Swarthout



Brian Swarthout and Sean Kvacek

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

February 12, 2010


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