I am now the owner of my very own custom letterpressed notecards. This is one of those amazing "I heart the blog world" episodes, thanks to Eireann. She really felt my pain when I was all whiny about wanting custom letterpress cards a bit back and graciously set me up with printmaker and artist extraordinaire, Brian Aldrich, who does beautiful and thoughtful small run custom letterpress work. (You can contact him here at his company, BA Editions.) I am thrilled, like jumping up and down thrilled, with how these turned out!
Brian prints on lovely Rives BFK rag paper, so the cards are soft and lush. This is the grey stock with my name in a shell pink. I'm not sure what was going on with me when I worked with Eireann and Brian on the design of these. I was having a pink attack, which is very unlike me, but I am so happy I spontaneously went with the pink and grey because it is perfect. I got the pink envelopes and girlie stickers from paper source, which incidentally, also does custom letterpress notecards and when I priced the same job Brian did for me with paper source they charged more than double for half the quantity of cards, no kidding.
here are some shots that Brian sent me of the run being printed. . .
and here they are drying. This was such a fun experience, seeing the actual metal type via jpegs, picking the font, and seeing the proofs-it's a sheer luxury to have such beautiful letterpress cards and it was made so much more special by personally working with such awesome artists. . . oh the good vibes abound!. . .okay, now I need to write some notes on these girls and not just stare at them, they are almost too pretty to write on. And I must now find the "perfect" pen. . .I have a sickness, I tell you.