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12 Days of Christmas

With a nod and a wink to one of the most enduring Christmas carols ever, we’ve created a 12 Days suite of images we’ll post on Instagram one (day) at a time.

No lords a leaping here. We’ll have penguins, gingerbread men, a snowman and more to celebrate the season in style (oh, and it’s also a way to get users to check out our gift tags and holiday cards on Etsy).

The series starts on our Instagram account on December 13th.


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This Just In: New Christmas Printables


Yep, it’s finally December, and that means it’s time to think about Christmas.

We’ve got several new printables in our Etsy shop to make the holidays a little brighter and easier. We’ve got two greeting cards and 2 sets of gift tags (12 in all!), each for the low price of only $4.00.

The first set, Gingerbread, has a trio of cheery gingerbread cookies, snowflakes and trees. The second set offers a colony of fish-crazy penguins who want to wish your friends and family a “Merry Fishmas.”

Each printable 4″ x 5″ card opens to a blank message area and includes a DIY envelope you can print, assemble, and drop in the mail. The envelope also includes a matching liner (with no additional printing or cutting needed). Print multiple copies of a card for one low price!

Each set of gift tags comes with 6 festive tags ( approximately 4″ x 2″) that are easy to print onto standard-size 8.5″ x 11″ card stock, with minimal cutting and finishing.

All items are instantly downloadable through Etsy, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Try one or three today!


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Yay! Black Friday sale!


2 penguins announce sale

We let two of our little Christmas penguins roam a little early on Instagram today to announce the Black Friday sale in our Etsy shop.

From today until Sunday, December 1, we’re offering 50% off all of our digital, downloadable wall decor and our printed greeting cards.

No code necessary–the discount is automatically applied at checkout. Did we mention the FREE shipping on the printed cards? Grab some holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for half off now!

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New Arrival: Thanksgiving Place Cards

We  know — Thanksgiving Dinner is the biggest of the year, and there’s so very, very many things to do. The pressure is on to not only for happy family moments, but also great food, a spotless house for guests and a stunning table scene.

We can’t help with the cooking, the cleaning or the happy family part, but we can make the table setting a lot easier. We’ve got a selection of tented place cards and napkin wrap printables that are super easy to download, print and use. The downloads are all fillable PDFs so you can easily type in your guest names with perfect centering to make it look so effortless. You can knock that chore off in 30 minutes or less.

Find them in our Etsy shop!

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The Saul Bass Touch

collection of Saul Bass graphics

As we mentioned in a previous post, a local movie theater was showing Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic “Psycho” on Halloween night, which seemed to us to be the perfect way to do the holiday. While watching the opening credits, we suddenly remembered the connection that renowned graphic artist Saul Bass  (1920-1996) on the movie’s production.

Bass was possibly the preeminent visual designer of his time, and you’ve probably seen his work. He created logos for AT&T, United Airlines and Kleenex, among others. He also mastered the art of the illustrated poster, a few examples which we’ve posted here.

He frequently devised opening credits for several mid-century movies, including “Psycho.” But Hitchcock had other ideas for Bass’s expertise.

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Dark Shadows

Need some quick, effective Halloween decor? Consider silhouettes, which are black shapes cut out and applied to something else. We made a set of 5 classic and creepy characters. Put them inside lampshades or on shadowy walls to give the impression of some dreaded creature lurking nearby.  Or tape them onto treat bags or tablecloths to add some flair. A set of easy printable PDFs is only $3, available now in our Etsy shop. Boo-yah!

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Halloween Picks: “Psycho”

We admit to a penchant for the macabre, perhaps cemented in our psyche when we saw the original “Night of the Living Dead” in our formative years (or at least a good 15 minutes of it until we got so freaked out we changed the channel).

You can image, then, why the Halloween season is our among our favorite times of the year. It draws up those oddly pleasant memories of fright, deception and fictional encounters with the undead. Every  year we look for a Halloween event to attend, and usually we’re disappointed with our choices. Haunted houses? Usually too gory and disturbing. Theme parks? Too crowded. Trick or treating? Too tame.

This year, a local cinema is presenting classic horror movies as if they were new. The movie slated for October 31st is Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

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Out of the Blue, and Into the Black

Halloween images of bats, a raven and a black cat.

Yes, it’s Halloween season already. It wasn’t that long ago we lamented the sure passing of summer, and here we are seemingly well into fall.

Halloween is one of the reasons we embrace the change of seasons (and yes, we do have seasons in California). Let’s count the reasons why: we love the glut of spooky stories about haunted houses, the odd embrace with ghoulish things, and of course the whole free candy angle.

It’s the best holiday to throw a party for, and we’ve made it even more fun with a new printables kit that make the decor the easiest part. We’ve got an elaborate banner with multiple characters (Poe’s raven, a vampire bat, a scary pumpkin), matching cupcake toppers, hanging mobiles to add some flair, stickers for treat bags and more.

See our “Fright Night” page for more info, and…..happy haunting.

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Shop Mozaic on Pinterest

Mozaic Studio's home page on Pinterest

Over the years we’ve posted many a pin to our Pinterest boards. We have boards for Great Design (work we admire from other graphic designers), Web Design (design, tips and tools) and Vintage Images (fantastic old burger stand signs, defunct stores, neon at night…).

Now we’ve added new boards for Downloadable Wall Decor, Beautiful Greeting Cards and Fast & Easy Party Decor to showcase our products and display our Etsy shop at a glance.

You can click on an image you like and get taken immediately to that exact item in our shop. It’s a fast and easy way to shop!

Find us on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/MozaicStudio.

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