Our second letterpress job printed on behalf of Brisbane design studio Oblong + Sons is an eclectic collection of Christmas cards. Ranging from sweet to sour and quirky to cool, the cards evoke the personalities of the staff.
To celebrate Christmas and give their clients a little treat, Oblong decided to share its love of ice cream by getting each member of the staff to illustrate their favourites. With Icy Pole Breeze by Tom Claxton, Skull Scoop Sundae by Emma Harrison, Minty Greetings by Gemma Copeland, The Twelve Days of Ice Cream by Jenna Hipgrave, Gold, Frankincense & Mango Weis Bars by Kellie Oxford and Pine-Lime Recline Time by Tim Smith, the set displays a varied range of illustrative styles which showcased both the talents of the studio and the texture of letterpress.
The belly band applies Oblong’s pink, brown and white branding with ice cream drips and typography inspired by ice cream wrappers. The band was wrapped around all the cards and six matching craft envelopes, so that clients can pass along the Christmas cheer.
Each card is printed in two different colours on Stephen Smart White, with each colour carefully mixed by hand and printed in perfect registration. Six cards, two colours each with a two colour belly band equals 14 passes through the press. Plus six more passes for scoring is a total of 20 passes.
A labour of love and a mammoth task all in the nick of time for Christmas!