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Inspire Cards Process

Posted in - Creative Process & Lettering on December 13th 2016 0 Comments

This year I created a series of custom lettered cards for Christmas and the Holidays. I wanted them to be as hand / custom crafted as possible and I wanted to print some of them myself as well! The theme for these cards was based on simply being inspired. Inspired by the beauty of Christmas and the excitement of a New Year with new possibilities.

Here I am sharing a bit of the process behind creating and producing these cards.

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Starting with a series of loose sketches I quickly work out my concept and find the right flow / feel for the scripts and type. With tracing paper and more pencil or ink I work to refine. Two of the designs I took all the way through to vector while leaving one to be completely hand refined.

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With the Merry and Bright cards I experimented screen printing with the stencil method. I used a plotter to cut out the finalized vector version of the custom script I created. The stencil went on the bottom of the screen reversed so it would print correct. It work ok but I did find that it was only good for the short run I was doing and much much more. ha! The ink wanted to collect and creep under the vinyl over time.

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The Peace on Earth cards were screen printed with the traditional emulsion method. This was my first time setting up an emulsion screen from start to finish. I was pretty intimidated by the whole exposure process but to my surprise it only took two tries to get it right! The Printing process went well though a bit slower due to not having an actual press for alignment. I created my own manual method for lining up the prints and kept things moving at a decent pace once I got rolling!

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I wanted to complete a lettering piece that was fully hand lettered rather than refined and finalized in a program. I hand lettered the New Year cards and refined the lettering and design fully on paper.

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I hope you find yourself inspired creatively and in all facets of life as this year ends and in 2017. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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