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Making a bold move by turning her holiday message into a business card, Ms. Schlenker manages to extend the joy of the season without being trite. It also doesn’t hurt that she used the best printing process ever invented: rainbow foil stamp! 




Quantity Produced

250 postcards/500 business cards

Production Cost

Production Time

1 month (mostly spent researching paper stock)

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Postcard: 5 in × 7 in
Business card: 3.5 in × 2 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Standard book board (.059)

Number of Colors




Monod by V.H. Fleisher
Lettera by Kobi Benezri


Merry and Bright Holiday Card
Merry and Bright Holiday Card
Merry and Bright Holiday Card
Merry and Bright Holiday Card
Merry and Bright Holiday Card ---

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Project Description

I started out with a concept for my holiday card, looking to design a piece that played on the "merry and bright" line (and reinforced my love of color) in a fun and unexpected way. I wanted something eye catching, but not fussy, and set my heart on a tactile grey board that would allow the foil to really pop, without looking too pristine or fussy. Once I selected the materials, I saw a great opportunity to translate this look into personal business cards as well -- as the concept behind the original piece very much embodies my work (bright and bold, but not precious).

Production Lesson(s)

My choice of stock caused some delay, as I was certain that I wanted to use a gray board. I thought I could find a gray chipboard stock in a reasonable thickness, but after much research it proved to be difficult to obtain anything thinner than .059. I decided to go for it -- the results are lush (and hard to fit in my business card case!), but they definitely make a statement. The business cards in particular turned out great, as their small size allowed for several vibrant color variants to emerge.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 13, 2012


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