3 cards in 3 days, or Maybe I Should Do This More Often

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I don’t know if it’s the fact that my grad classes at K-State are starting tomorrow, that my cousin is getting married in a week, or that Aggieville Mini Maker-Faire is in 2.5 weeks, but I have gotten a lot done in the last 3 days. Here’s the last of them. A card celebrating the life-long bonds of the gray wolf (and hopefully the future recipients of the card).

Stock-Lewis Wedding Invitations

finished product

Card Paper: Crane’s Lettra in Ecru 110#C (100% Cotton)
Band Paper: Wildflower by Rifle Paper Co.
Envelopes: #10 Straw Kraft & 4bar Peach from Cards and Pockets
Custom mixed Gold Ink (from Pantone 871 and 874)
Twine Wrap: 20lb Hemp Twine
Typefaces: Ondise and Gandhi Sans

Gertrude Stein, Japanese Cranes, and more Kafka

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New designs, nothing off the press yet. I’ve got a wedding job to finish before I can get back to my greeting cards, but these should be ready before the end of January.

New Products for Fall/Winter

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I just got my big paper order in and a new set of plates from Boxcar Press. These are digital mockups, but here’s what’s in the works right now:

Haven’t decided for sure on the colors for the I <3 YOU SO MUCH! cards. I am a big fan of the simplicity of black and red. The <3 cards will be printed as 4bar folded cards, blank as per usual.

I’m also liking the blood splatter Kafka the more I look at it. I originally made it on a lark, because it’s a bit overbearing/overdramatic, but the graphic punchiness is nice.

New cards in the works

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I’ve been very busy the last month with a custom order for wedding invitations. I’m shipping them out today and I hope they are able to properly convey the joy of this occasion for the happy couple and their families.

What I’ve been working on in the meantime is a new colection of cards, somethign a little more somber, a little more literary. I have FINALLY figured out how to make a birthday card that isn’t lame or sappy. LOBSTERS!

lobster Telomeres are a chain of repeated nucleotides at the end of DNA strands that contain non-coding DNA. This region hinders the loss of important DNA from the chromosome ends during replication. Telomerase is an enzyme that repairs the region of a DNA strand known as telomeres. Lobsters make a steady amount of telomerase throughout their lives. It is posited that this might be one of the reasons for their longevity. Hence the well-wishing of aging like a lobster!

The others are literary:

First sentence of Franz Kafka’s, The Metamorphosis (in German, or course).

A little poster of Goethe, coiner of YOLO:goethe

and one of my favorite poems (Japanese):

Wrap It Up!

digital, finished product

The Manhattan Arts Center is opening their annual art exhibit and holiday sale on Friday. I have even more cards for sale (and better ones) than I did last year. If you attended the MAC’s Art Happens fundraiser, you got a nice preview of the my holiday cards. If you are local, please come support the MAC, local artists and artisans, and get some great gifts for your friends and family. It’s a win-win situation! There are some beautiful hats made of Japanese fabric, blankets woven from wool that was gathered from sheep that the artisan raises herself, carved gourd vessels, watercolors, silk-paintings, awesome wood boxes, ceramics of all shapes and sizes, and more jewelry than you can shake a stick at.

As a design exercise, I made a festive poster for it. mac wrapitup mockIt’s not the official one, but it has all the right info.

Three for a Wedding

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carolyna arturo wedding

Fall wedding invitation inspired by the coating crows rhyme:
One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a wedding…
For any offbeat couples that are avid corvid fans or just like how atmospheric late October can be.

The paper I would print this one on would be Cartiera Magnani’s Arturo cards. They have a felt finish which is super soft (like kid gloves) and has a deckled edge. I used this paper for my own wedding 3 years ago, and I recommend it to any brides who want their invitation paper to have a hint of color.

All names and dates are made up. No crows were harmed in the making of this Photoshop mockup.