Well, the festive season is drawing nearer and today saw the first snowfalls of the coming winter. The Typoretum has been a hive of activity over recent weeks in order to create a pleasing selection of festive greeting card designs.
All of these cards will be available for viewing and purchase via our website at www.typoretum.co.uk from the 5th November. Remember, Remember!
Design No. 1
The triangular serifs of this unusual woodletter fount (below) provided me with the inspiration for my first design. By overprinting the serifs in a particular arrangement – and after quite a lot of working out – a festive symbol was created.
Design No. 2
For my second design, I wanted to create a vibrant ensemble of as many woodletter founts as I could utilise. Since the age and condition of these wooden letters varies incredibly, the result is an energetic card with plenty of texture and character. I have chosen two rich colours and the dominant colour is a seasonal berry red that produces a rich third colour when overprinted onto the first.
Design No. 3
I have a great fondness for concertina cards, as they enable me to utilise some of my larger woodletter founts for our greeting cards whilst observing the constraints of envelope sizes and postage rates. They also add a three-dimensional quality to the card and this design makes full use of that. The two words in the festive message appear and disappear when the card is viewed from different angles. When viewed from the front, the message appears as a jumble of letters!
Design No. 4
I am still working on this design and it will feature a suitably festive arrangement of printer’s flowers, some of which I am planning to apply a little gold dust. I’m pleased that Christmas offers me the opportunity to get the metallic dust, cotton wool and sable brush out again as the process adds an elegant iridescent quality. The downside is that it is very time-consuming and quite messy!