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There’s nothing like marking time – and rolling your eyes in disbelief that yet  another year has nearly passed – by making Christmas cards. This is my third Christmas as a letterpress printer, but the first I’ve been organised enough to get printing well before 25/12. Each previous year I’ve made cards for personal use – but this year I’m expanding – woop woop! If you like what you see you can visit my new Etsy shop and get your mits on some fabulous hand made Christmas stationery.

Here are some sneak peeks of what’s on offer.

As you can probably tell, my cards have been heavily influenced by some of my favourite carols (and the slightly ridiculous prospect of printing fa la la la la la la la la on a card!). I was also very excited to incorporate wooden type into Ding Dong, which is actually a concept re-worked from the first year I had the press.

Also on offer are some festive gift tags which will help snazz up the dullest of gifts (socks for Dad again??).

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Here’s the second of my Christmas 2010 cards.

I’ve borrowed peep-hole style effect (see one of my earlier posts – It’s Love!) – which worked well then, and I think it works well here too.  I’ve also borrowed lyrics from a well loved christmas carol (Oh! Christmas tree, Oh! Christmas tree …etc) to accompany the christmas tree peep-hole.

Hmmm, I should stop here and admit I don’t actually know any other words to this carol – just the tune – which was subject of many silly childhood verses.  I thought I’d remedy my ignorance in honour of this blog post, but having looked at 3 different Christmas carol websites, I’ve found 3 different versions of the carol. What are the official words? It seems the only lyrics all versions can agree on are the opening lines of Oh! Christmas tree, Oh! Christmas tree… so let’s leave it at that.

I love that this card opens up to reveal a fancy fleuron tree design – ready to be decorated or the perfect centrepiece for a Christmas message to family and friends.

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It’s been jolly freezing in London lately.

The cold, snow and sleet thus became the inspiration for my first batch of Christmas cards for 2010.  I’ve used a combo of a hand drawn boarder and water colour festive stripes to complement my favourite Typewriter font.  Unfortunately my collection of type is limited at the moment, but I love the idea of mixing and matching letterpress with other crafty media to extend the creative possibilities.

This card was designed to send to friends and family back home in Australia, so the inner message message was pretty easy to compose –  ‘Merry Christmas from London, we’re freezing our baubles off!’

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