GET CARDED: SWEET VALENTINES

by Marisa Marcantonio

This Valentine's day, seal it with a kiss.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong
Well said, Mrs. John L. Strong.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington
Sweet As Sugar from Mr. Boddington.
Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Adorable. Dempsey and Carroll

Photo courtesy of Paperless Post
Is someone the star in your universe? Share this Starry Heart card by Enormous Champion on Paperless Post.
Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Love Bug Notes, Dempsey and Carroll

Photo courtesy of Bell'Invito
Flamingo fabulous from Bell'Invito.
Photo courtesy of Smythson
Keepin' it real. This Smythson of Bond Street card with elegance and simplicity states the facts, just the facts.

Photo courtesy of Paperless Post
Cuteness. Foxy from Paperless Post.

Photo courtesy of Leta Austin Foster
Say Je T'aime with this darling Parisian birds card from Leta Austin Foster.

S.W.A.K.

PRINTED MATTER

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sending hand written note in the mail seems to be gaining in popularity these days. A small but steady momentum has been building towards this. A return to a more genteel form of communication is afoot. Perhaps it is a reaction against the technology saturation we are experiencing with all of our various gadgets; perhaps it is the return to handmade special designs that lures us in.

Anna and Nathan Bond of Rifle Paper illustrate notecards with sweet illustrations that harken back to classic Bemmelman's and Babar books. The wit and whimsy of a jazzy dog in sunglasses and a scarf cannot be denied.

Taking a trip? Say goodbye with style.

A hot dog in a striped sweater? Love him.

Mr. Boddington incorporates historical elements with clean design in graphic writing papers.

A new writing box is easy to pop in your bag to catch up on thank you notes.

Their whitewashed booth at the Stationery Show provides a stark monochromatic backdrop for the color of the papers and tags stand out.

Pie Bird Press creates artistic letterpress cards with realistically painted objects. A single birthday candle says it all.

Yum.