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Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

10.75 in × 8.25 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Crane's Lettra 110 lb
French Paper 100 lb

Number of Colors

2 per sheet, 4 total




Hand Drawn type
Prestige Elite Std


I believe I’ve mentioned this before but the color combination of bright red (sometimes red-orange) and any sort of variation of light blue (teal, robin’s egg, etc) will always win me over. Okay, maybe not always, but it’s pretty much a guarantee if the piece is also letterpressed and features vintage inspired typefaces. These are great because they save paper and energy too!

[Ed.’s Note: Yes, we realize it’s a 100° for some of us out there and Holiday cards are out of season.]

I hate designing Christmas Cards which seems like an oxymoron but it’s true. I talked myself into the project if I could find a way to make the piece functional, as well as show clients potential uses for letterpress in new projects. I decided to use a variety of techniques such as carvings, and wood type along with assistance with some purchased vector art to show options and techniques in printing. My only regret is that I didn’t have the budget to purchase a die to perf the pieces. I felt I got around it with my little instructions along the bottom—it made it a little crafty/interactive is what I told myself.

I did attempt a screen of one image (“cheers”) which didn’t work out. I ended up cutting the plate apart and reusing the good side twice to achieve the finished look. I wanted to push myself by trying something new. I would probably test something for a client if I attempted that again BEFORE going to press. In the end it worked out fine, designing on press is sometimes the best way to really challenge yourself.

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Date Published

June 15, 2011


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