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Mood Board for February

Deep into the January, dead-of-winter doldrums, we’re already looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, with its cheery, energizing colors and its calendar proximity to spring.

Cynics may claim that Valentine’s Day is just another marketing campaign for chocolates and jewelry, but we have a deep fondness for the innocence of our schoolyard celebrations. We’ve always been drawn to the heart shapes, the “be mine” imprints on hard candy and the excuse to eat chocolate cupcakes.

We’re summoning all of our fond memories for a small set of printable Valentine cards. Above is a mood board of sorts for ideas we’re working on. We’ll be incorporating hearts, of course, but we’re also thinking of chirping birds ready to nest, Cupid gathering up his bow, and the old-fashioned arrow as a motif.

Stay tuned….

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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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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 BassĀ  (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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