New Stationery Note Cards

Well being that my training and passion for years has been graphic design I am drawn to paper goods.  I just love all things paper.  In my 20’s,  from my sign shop, I use to design and produce very unique original wedding invitations and announcements.  I produced them all myself.  They were beautiful with combination of hand cut folders and unique papers,  ribbons and dried leaves or punched shapes etc.  Now can find this type of announcement at stores like Paper Source or even Michael’s. 20 years ago those stores didn’t exist in my world and my creations were one of a kind.  I use to devour paper sample booklets that my mom had at her graphic design studio.  I would ask for all the old ones so I could use them for things.  I would cut them up and make cards and hand-bound booklets and all sorts of creations. Just like everything I do, I immersed full force. I took paper making classes, marbling paper classes, and book-making classes.  I would hoard all sorts of interesting things, like copper garden tags or pressed flowers or antique seed packets to use in cards.  Then the scrapbooking sensation took over which was interesting.  It took my custom invitation making and sort of made it not so special, or maybe I lost interest because it had become mainstream.  But it also created a lot more stores with all sorts of fun supplies that made finding things much easier to find. I went on to making other things and kept making fabulous fun creating for my own events.

I find stationery to be like small pieces of art that you can collect ( in my case I have a bit of problem with collecting, I like to collect). Or you can send these cards to friends and family and share these little art pieces with them.  So this is part of the reason I am drawn to greeting card and stationery artists like Anahata Katkin of Papaya Art  and also Fiona Richards of Cartolina  The aesthetic these two artist’s use definitely inspires me to no end. I have my favorites of their designs sprinkled around the walls in my studio.  And I also sell their designs in my store SilverBotanica.

So I am excited to announce I have finally created my first start of a line of cards to sell in our store SilverBotanica in Honomu, Hawaii.  I hope that this is just the beginning for this endeavor because like many things I do I have a lot of ideas of where I would like to go with making cards.  My grandfather Herb was a printer and maybe it was the fascination of visiting his print shop as a kid, that made me interested in it.  In highschool, I went to a high school that had a Vocation school on the premise and I took Printing and Graphics.  I loved every second of it.  We did all the artwork by hand and with old typesetting machines and we even had the fist generations of Mac in that class.  We then did all the stat work ourselves, developing the camera ready artwork.  Doing color separations all by hand.  Then we even burned the plates for the printing press.  And printed all of our designs.  We made note pads and 4 color greeting cards, along with t-shirt screen printing. My other grandfather Russell Daigle use to sell greeting cards for years and years.  The brand he sold were called Norcross.  My grandmother and he would always send a card for almost every holiday that deserved one.  So I kind of feel like it runs in my blood.  So it’s my time.  I have finally had some time to develop some of my ideas.   I had a company in the states print them for me, my days of running printing presses were short.  I prefer the design aspect. This first batch is in the Chinoiserie Style.  Many of the cards feature a Foo Dog water color painting that my husband Brad painted and then I have added a variety of layered imagery and patterns with them.  The cards are available in note card packs of 5 cards and 5 envelopes and are blank on the inside.  You can purchase them at SilverBotanica and on our etsy store here.

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