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      Preview & Process: Martine Workman's Mother's Day Card

      After 7 years of making cards, we're finally taking the big leap into specific holidays! We're kicking things off with this upcoming season's popular slogan of  "moms, dads, and grads" with new artwork by our good pal Martine Workman. While the cards are off at the printer, we thought we'd give you a preview of our Mother's Day card and a peek at the process.

      Martine started sketching out her ideas during her residency at VCCA and we zeroed in on this drawing in particular as we felt we hadn't seen anything like it before as far as Mother's Day cards go (or otherwise). "Fancy string" made us think of bakers twine and the typography was just something unusual. As you can see, it started out as a very rough idea, so the next step was for her to draw and ink the lettering and try out some colors.

      Martine Mother's Day Sketch

      Next she added the detail to the string and cleaned up the drawing. Harking back again to bakers twine, we thought blue and green would make for a nice combo--it's feminine without using the typical pink. The standard red, while most familiar, was a bit too candy cane/Christmasy for the occasion. The lettering looked great, but felt too stark on just white so she played with lots of combos for the background, pumping up the color for the lettering so it wouldn't get lost in the mix.

      Martine Mothers colors

      There were a lot of great options, but in the end, we both had a gut response to one version as being the one, and thus our new card was born! We can't wait to have the final printed product in our hands in a couple weeks so we can share it with you and the moms in your life.

      Martine Mothers Day

      New Cards by Jennie Smith

      We're excited to bring you two new cards from our long-time collaborator, SF artist Jennie Smith! Jennie has brought her love of nature to these hand-drawn cards spilling over with plant life. Through her mediums of graphite and water color, her unique hand gives you a great way to send a Birthday message or Holiday greeting. Both cards are printed in Oakland, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable-based inks. They're available in our online shop now and at our SF Mini Store at the end of the week!

      Simple Life 2013 Calendar by APAK

      We had a great time working with fellow Portlanders APAK on their Space Garden calendar last year so making a new calendar for 2013 came naturally. We're now pleased to present the results! The theme this time is "Simple Life" and you'll find colorful scenes of life among the trees, from sleeping in a hammock to gardening, picnicking to making music. It's a happy companion to the year and a reminder to enjoy every day! It's available now in our online shop and at our SF Mini Store with wider release coming soon.

      Pre-order: Annual Vol. 7 Weekly Planner

      We are so excited to introduce our newest Annual Weekly Planner to you! We were able to team up again with the lovely Lizzy Stewart to bring you 12 months and 54 weeks filled with her charmingly rendered objects, landscapes, buildings, and fauna. You can pre-order the planner which will ship around July 27th, but if you act fast, we have a handful (11!) copies to ship now, first-ordered first-filled. There will also be a few copies at our SF mini store on Friday. Be one of the first to get one!

      Preview: Botanical Card by Hannah Waldron

      Our latest batch of ten new cards is just about ready to make its official entrance at our online shop and SF mini store, but we thought we'd make another introduction in the meantime. We loved working with UK artist Hannah Waldron on her Living Things installment and wanted to do more projects with her, but she was taking a break from print to focus on her weaving. The good news is that we got to collaborate on this wonderful new botanical garden-inspired card before she got accepted to Konstfack in Sweden for a textile masters program which she's now preparing for. The resulting work is a colorful scene full of plants and birds and greenhouses and gardens. We love how she breaks down forms into simple shapes that coalesce into complex wholes and can't wait for our next chance to work together!