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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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At first glance, I hope, one is compelled to take a second look – the card looks pretty enough, but it’s not really that good to be a ‘one trick pony’ is it..?

BUT – check the fine print (or in this case, the blind debossed print), this card actually pays a compliment, albeit a backhanded one that might require the recipient to think for a second, and hopefully smile!

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Greeting cards are an excellent vehicle for experimenting with lay-out and mixing colours on the press. Usually, I make them based on my own demand for greeting cards; this batch was inspired by some clever friends publishing their first book (‘congratulations’) and my generous friend who helped me get to Paris last weekend for a fabulous day at Roland Garros (‘thanks’) – lucky me!

I like the idea of a simple message (as most greeting cards are) – followed up with an ‘in other words’ statement – a fun way to emphasise the point.

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Inspired by my very own engagement, printed on Frabriano deckled edged greeting cards.

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