Happy Holidays!

I love making my own holiday cards, and for the first time this year, I letterpressed them! I've been taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book with my friend Sarah for a few years now, and it was really awesome to be able to put everything we learned about rollers, ink, type, furniture, quoins, and the right ratio of kiss to bite into practice.

While we were at it, we made some ornaments and gift tags.

Sarah deserves mucho of the credit for making some of the designs from awesome letterpress site Briar Press work for our ornaments.

Ornament action shots.

In years past, we've used the increasingly rare and temperamental Japanese table top printing device for the masses, Print Gocco, to print our holiday cards. The Save Gocco website claims that, "at one time, nearly 1/3 of all Japanese households owned a Gocco."

Unfortunately, Gocco supplies have become harder and harder to find, but Save Gocco has some good resources.

Next year I'm thinking about printing my own wrapping paper, but printing can be hard work, and I'm not sure I could bear to see it get ripped up. That's not really in the spirit of wrapping paper though, now is it?

1 comment:

  1. Hooray! It's been so fun being Xmas/New Year card partners in design. It's so cool to see all of your designs in one place! Looking forward to wrapping paper experiments and chill letterpress projects in 2011.