Flavors of love: A sampler of valentines

[Alyson Kuhn] We recently asked Felt & Wire Shopkeepers to tell us about one of their personal favorite valentine designs. We’ll present a handful today (and another handful tomorrow). The cards are delightfully different, ranging from the anatomical to the elemental, and from the calligraphic to the iconic. Ultimately, they all express the same sentiment — in the timelessly engaging, perfect pairing of Paper & Print.

Scott Weisgerber of HawkGerber Ink has a strong science background and couldn’t resist a little chemistry pun in this love card.

Scott’s original design is letterpress printed — as are all HawkGerber products — on an antique platen Chandler & Price 8×12 treadle-powered letterpress. The card comes with a red envelope. Scott’s Eye Chart Love is also well worth a look.

Jill Rizzo designed this card for AIGA Nebraska’s 2010 Love/Hate Valentine Card Contest.

Jill’s Valentine’s Day Card #10 is one of 18 winning cards produced for AIGA Nebraska’s Love/Hate Valentine Card Contest. Intriguingly, the interior of this card reads “Schmoopie.” The AIGA chapter extended an open invitation to designers everywhere to submit Valentine’s Day card designs for review by a panel of guest judges. The cards were then displayed at the Bancroft Street Market gallery on the evening of Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in a special valentine-themed exhibit showcasing the best and all the rest. Leading Edge Printing in Omaha produced the set of cards.

Shikha Savdas of Escargot Studio pays homage to perfect pairings.

Shikha comments, “The idea for You&Me came about when I was shopping for a Valentine’s Day card about a year ago. I often look for cards that are very simple and straightforward, without all the fancy adornments, and I was having a really hard time finding one! So, I decided to just design my own. You&Me is inspired by a number of things — a love of clean, modern design; a desire for simple expression; and, most of all, perfect pairings.”

Rachael Hetzel of Pistachio Press went beyond wearing her heart on her sleeve.

Rachael created her i love you card using her own handwriting. She says, “I am a minimalist at heart and had been trying to create the perfect anniversary card for my husband. After drafting a few versions, this solution seemed perfect. The letterpress printing — on an antique Vandercook press — just added to the simplicity.” This card is sweet and petite; it comes with a 4 Baronial envelope, the smallest mailable size (just a bit bigger than 3.5 x 5 inches).

GraphicDirt was inspired by an anatomical illustration found online.

GraphicDirt says, “The My Heart Beats for You card really came from wanting to do a love-themed card without the typical elements. My overall interest in design and art focuses on juxtaposing elements that would not otherwise be considered. Mashing up the medical type illustrations with the more graphic shape and modern typography accomplishes that goal.” The card is printed on an HP photo printer, and all elements related to the piece are hand-cut and packaged.

Felt & Wire would like to see your favorite valentine — whether you’re the designer, crafter, printer, purchaser, inspirer (or inspiree). Here is how you can submit your fave(s) to our wall of love. You still have three whole weeks in which to mail.

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  1. Posted by David on 01.17.11 at 3:00 pm

    Really digging the you&me card. Wonder if you can buy just one?

  2. Posted by Lee Moody on 01.19.11 at 8:32 pm

    oh…you HAD me at MilkandCookies YouAndMe…now I feel the pressure ! Guess I’ll have some cookies and think about LOVE !

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