The Beauty of Letterpress, 11th Edition

"Old School Meets New School" Letterpress Print | Designed by Von Glitschka and Printed by Genghis Kern

As a longtime fan of Von Glitschka’s work, I’m excited to see that he, along with Denver-based letterpress printer Genghis Kern, has collaborated with Neenah Paper for Edition 11 of The Beauty of Letterpress series. His print, “Old School Meets New School”, brings together two contrasting creative methods to complement each other. “Old School” represents letterpress, while “New School” refers to working with digital methods.

As Glitschka says, “This creative yin-yang balances the old and new methods — digital allows us to create things with greater ease, while analog printing like letterpress allows us to reproduce it with the aesthetic that only antiquated methods can produce.”

"Old School Meets New School" Letterpress Print | Designed by Von Glitschka and Printed by Genghis Kern

This fun and funky letterpress print is available for just $5, and all proceeds from the purchase price help support The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type.

Here are some photos of the creative process behind this very cool project:

"Old School Meets New School" Letterpress Print | Designed by Von Glitschka (Sketches)

"Old School Meets New School" Letterpress Print | Designed by Von Glitschka (Process)

"Old School Meets New School" Letterpress Print | Designed by Von Glitschka (Process)

images from Neenah Paper / Von Glitschka

Kids’ Age Birthday Cards by Ruka-Ruka

Kids' Age Birthday Cards by Ruka-Ruka

UK based design and print studio, Ruka-Ruka, got its start in 2009, when owner Sinéad Gray began making art prints to decorate her new daughter’s room while on maternity leave from her design agency job. Over the past six years, the small business has grown from its roots in personalized art and has introduced a range of greeting cards that are carried by the Conran Shop, Paperchase, and a handful of independent shops.

Ruka-Ruka recently launched their new summer line, and my favorites from the collection are these bright and bold kids’ age birthday cards, which feature eye-catching color and pattern, as well as overprint and off register details that give the cards a cool, vintage look. You can check out more from the Ruka-Ruka card collection, plus their art print collections, right here.

images from Ruka-Ruka

Felicette Rubber Stamps

Felicette Rubber Stamps

As an ardent admirer of rubber stamps, I’m always on the lookout for new and new-to-me companies that offer fresh, modern designs in classic, wood mounted form. So, naturally, I was totally jazzed when I found out about the recent launch of Felicette. Named after the famous French space cat – and that, by itself, is pretty darn awesome – Felicette specializes in quirky, hand drawn stamps that range from personalized taco and volcano-themed address stamps to simple and versatile designs such as anchors, stars, clouds, and silhouettes.

Lauren Quinn Ward, owner and head stamp maker, creates all of Felicette’s stamps in house from start to finish, including the wood mounts, which are cut and routed by Lauren from American Hard Maple that is sourced with the help of a local lumber yard. I am thoroughly impressed by Lauren’s do-it-yourself spirit and dedication and am absolutely enamored with Felicette’s fun and unique stamp designs. Check out some of my favorites below, and be sure to head on over to the Felicette shop to see the full collection!

Cloud and Rain Rubber Stamps by Felicette

Volcano Personalized Address Stamp by Felicette

Paper Airplane Rubber Stamp by Felicette

Streetcar Personalized Address Stamp by Felicette

Heart Conversation Bubble Rubber Stamp by Felicette

images from Felicette

Quick Picks : 5.14.15

A Flower Letterpress Card by Noteworthy Paper & Press

A Flower Letterpress Card by Noteworthy Paper & Press

This Week’s Picks (I’ve got a bit of a floral theme going)

Flora Stationery sells beautiful journals and paper products featuring original artwork from students in Kosovo to support a scholarship fund for young women pursuing a college education in Eastern Europe.

♥ Download bold floral and striped wrapping papers for free over at Bab Souk.

♥ An awesome, mid-century style letterpress flower print from Eight Hour Day.

♥ An oldie but a goodie : diy paper favor florets from Camille Styles make festive little bundles for place settings.

image from Noteworthy Paper & Press