Now that I’m living far away from most of my friends I’m finding that keeping in touch is very important and thus, my desire to send out holiday cards is greater. Being the design nerd that I am, I’m not happy just sending out any run-of-the-mill card that you can pick up at the local hallmark. When I open up my mailbox there is no greater joy than seeing a pretty and unique card in amongst that stack of bills. (No pressure, friends!) There really is a delightful feeling about snail-mail that emails simply cannot replicate. So, I did a little poking around through my favorite letterpress companies and designers and found some options that I would love to either send out or receive. And, friends… one of these is my chosen winner, so check those mailboxes in the next week!
1. Carrot and Stick Press does these great little graphic patterned cards. simple and chic.
2. I love everything Rifle Paper Co creates, but this mouse king from the Nutcracker is by far my favorite
3. The simplicity and graphic shapes of Snow and Graham’s card grabbed my attention.
4. MoMa Design Store can always be counted on to do fun, innovative things with cards. When you open this card three skiing reindeer pop up.
5. I’m a sucker for a good laser cut-out. This card by Mark and Graham is intricate and delicate.
6. Jessica Hische has long been a favorite designer of mine. Her hand-drawn typography is so pretty and clever. She’s collaborated with Paperless Post to create cards that are just fabulous enough that I’d consider being lazy and sending all my holiday cards out online!
7. Happy Elfing Holidays. ‘Nuff said…
8. Kate Spade’s Three French Hens is humorous in a subtle yet cutting way. Just my kind of humor. Ps. the inside reads: “and a partridge in a pear tree” perfection. Available in Kate Spade stores.
9. If you’re throwing a party, Iomoi’s invitation would definitely invoke a “yes” RSVP out of me…
Lastly, Le Pens... I cannot imagine a world without these little wonders. They come in amazing colors, make your handwriting look about a bazillion times nicer, and flow so nicely on paper that I bet you’d stop sending emails all together!