Foil Stampin' USA



We've mentioned our brand new gold foil-stamped card collection here before, but we wanted to share with you a bit about the fascinating process that goes into these cards!

When foil-stamp printing, a metal die-cut (usually brass, copper or magnesium) is created with a raised reverse image of the foiled image, just like a day-to-day rubber stamp--similar to embossing. Foil film is then placed between the die and the card stock, where heat and pressure are added to create a shimmery, shiny image that is unique in its metallic sheen. Just the right temperature is needed for the adhesive to fuse the image, while not overheating and bubbling the foil. Thermography and lithography don't even come close to this glossy look!

We are so proud of our new collection, with designs by illustrators, Yelena Bryksenkova, Lesley Barnes, Christian Robinson, Becca Stadtlander, Nicholas John Frith, Anna Emilia Laitinen, and Chris Sasaki. View the entirety of the new gold foil collection, here.

Foil Stamped Card by Nicholas John Frith for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Lesley Barnes for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Christian Robinson for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Chris Sasaki for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Yelena Bryksenkova for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Becca Stadtlander for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Anna Emilia Laitinen for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Nicholas John Frith for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Lesley Barnes for @redcapcards
Foil Stamped Card by Chris Sasaki for @redcapcards
We also found this fabulous video of a Foil Stamping Machine at fellow greeting card designer, Crane & Co.'s printing studio:

Brand New Cards Debuting at NSS 2015!



We're so excited to introduce many new designs plus our brand new line of gold foil cards for Red Cap Cards! With work by new artist, Lesley Barnes, plus old friends like Yelena Bryksenkova, Chris SasakiChristian Robinson, and more--our new gold collection is glittery goodness! Check out all of the new illustrated designs here or pick up an original in our recent showcase with Gallery Nucleus (eek!).

If you're going to be at this year's National Stationery Show (this weekend, don't miss it!), take a swing by our representative, Crow & Canary's Booth #2946 for a sneak peek at these glowing beauties. We're so proud of our Red Cap family for making these a shimmering success. See you in NYC!
 

New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


New Gold Foil Cards by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
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Mother's Day is Here!



Mother's Day is here! We're here to tell you not to forget to shower your beautiful mother on this Sunday, the 10th of May, with hugs, kisses and macaroni gifts of all shapes and sizes. Oh--and these cards! Grab one of these wonderfully illustrated greeting cards--couples lovely with a succulent, box of macarons or nice bottle of red wine.

Mother's Day at Red Cap Cards'


Clockwise from top left:
1. "Mom" by Kate Hindley.
2. "Wild Peonies Mother" by Anna Emilia Laitinen.
3. "Amazing Mother" by Carrie Gifford.
4. "Best Mom" by Anke Weckmann.
5. "Mom and I" by Blanca Gómez.
6. "Mom's Chair" by Josie Portillo.

You can view all of our Mother's Day cards here, on our website. Break a few eggs for breakfast in bed, and treat mom to a sparkly manicure. She deserves it!

If you're in the mood to grab her something bigger--don't forget to view all of the artwork still available from our collaboration with Gallery Nucleus. Prints and original works still available from artists like Christian Robinson, Jon Klassen, Yelena Bryksenkova and more. Here's a little sampling of an awesome gift for mom. "Buttercups" by Anna Emilia Laitinen. Hurry, they won't be up much longer!:

Buttercups by Anna Emilia Laitinen at Gallery Nucleus $450


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A Night Out: Red Cap's Show, "Greetings and Salutations" at Gallery Nucleus



Don't worry if you missed our big event--we're here with pictures to share! Last Saturday, Red Cap Cards presented our first collaborative show with Gallery Nucleus, entitled "Greetings and Salutations." The exhibition featured original work by Red Cap artists, Jon Klassen (who was amazing and on-hand to sign prints!), Christian Robinson, Becca Stadtlander, Anna Emilia Laitinen, Yelena Bryksenkova and Chris Sasaki. All work is available online for viewing and purchase here.

 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

We also had a blast in the gallery too, with a magnificent photo wall by Lauren Duarte: an animal-filled Woodland Red Cap World, complete with "red cap" props and happy kiddos. Hal's Red Cap Fizz was a party-night hit (and impossible to stop drinking), and--the best part--we were able to say hello to so many old and new friends.

Not only was the art exquisite, but the company was charming, wonderful and oh-so-appreciated. If you weren't able to make it out but you still want to check out the selection, make sure to click over to Gallery Nucleus and check out all of the art work for sale. Plus, if you can't quite make up the coin for an original, there are always prints available by Red Cap's favorite artists. Brand new gold-foiled cards coming soon, as well! In the meantime, you can check out new cards in our shop.

 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

 Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


Photos by Red Cap Cards and Gallery Nucleus
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Master's Showcase: Mary Blair



We are starting a brand new series on our blog, called Master's Showcase! There is a list of illustrators who have paved the way for artists today that we wanted to honor with a special place on our blog and in our hearts. From children's books to animations, these artists influenced and inspired us with our own work! First up in the series, the late, great Mary Blair.

Mary Blair is best known for her work with Disney--she worked on a huge amount of concept and animation art on early Disney films like Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp. Afterward, she had a successful career as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, working in advertising with companies like Nabisco and Maxwell House and illustrating many children's books. She even designed a few attractions at Disneyland, such as the It's a Small World ride. Her work is colorful and fanciful and absolutely inspirational. We love her work and gathered a few fun pieces below:

Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


And don't forget this weekend we have our big show happening at Gallery Nucleus! Come see Greetings and Salutations: A Collaboration with Red Cap Cards, opening on April 25th from 7-10. Check out the Facebook invite here.

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Greeting & Salutations



Have you heard about our upcoming collaboration with Gallery Nucleus? We are so proud to present our showcase entitled, GREETINGS & SALUTATIONS: An Exhibition in collaboration with Red Cap Cards.

Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Nucleus and Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

On display (and for sale too!) from April 25 through May 17 will be original works of both previously released and never before seen designs for Red Cap Cards as well as showcase some personal work from each of the artists + new cards. Featured artists include:

Anna Emilia Laitinen
Becca Stadtlander
Chris Sasaki
Christian Robinson
Jon Klassen
Yelena Bryksenkova

Come see us at the opening reception, April 25th from 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus: 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, California 91801. Fabulous artwork, a photobooth, cocktails, treats and us! We'd love to see you. Be there or be square--and if you can't be there, just follow along with us on Instagram @redcapcards.

Bonus treat! Teagan White's original, hand-painted illustrations from the upcoming children's book Bunny Roo, I Love You will also be debuting at the same time in the adjacent Atrium Gallery!

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Shop We Love: Clementine



We are so grateful for all of the wonderful shops that carry Red Cap Cards and spread creativity and art to the masses! Today, we wanted to feature a favorite in one of our Shops We Love posts!

Shops We Love: Clementine by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

If you're ever in Vermont, be sure to swing by Clementine, a jewel of a shop that carries everything from baby clothes to stationery to bath products and home decor. Exquisitely curated (if we don't say so ourselves!) you can shop online at Clementine or pop in the shop if you're in the Northeast. Plus, owner and operator, Emily Blistein, is currently a Contributing Editor on one of our favorite stationery blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper. Check out her Instagram if you're ever in the mood for some eye candy--it's better than Pinterest!

Shops We Love: Clementine by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Go visit Clementine:
Clementine
56 Main Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

clementinestore.com
Or, follow Clementine on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

Photos courtesy of Clementine

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The Perfect Easter Basket



It's Easter again! This year feels like it is already zipping by, but we didn't want to miss out on Sunday's fun, so we've whipped up an ideal Easter basket for the kiddos. The Easter Bunny is bringing a good haul this year, that's for sure, and making stops at Bergdorf Goodman and the Gap along the way (and don't forget our favorite--books!). All we need now is a giant, chocolate bunny...we'll take the ears first, please.

Happy Easter from Red Cap Cards @redcapcards -- the perfect Easter Basket

1. Make your own Ernest! You can make your own bunny using this Jennifer Murphy Bunny: Ernest the Rabbit Pattern

2. These pajamas from the GAP are awesome! Bunny print for your kiddo.

3. The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous. This book was the 1951Caldecott Medal Winner and is a story about two children who discover an Easter tradition buried in their grandma's attic.

4. Get those Easter eggs dyed! Or illustrated on, or calligraphed--whatever you like. This should be the ONLY nutritious thing in an Easter basket.

5. Now comes the yummy stuff! Overdo it on these 4-Ingredient Easter Egg Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven.

6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, 1922 A beautiful existential story about little boy and his toy bunny who wants to be made "real." This one always brings tears to our eyes.

7. Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda. A funny tale about a Harley-riding kitty who wants to know why the Easter Bunny gets to have all the fun.

8. Jacks! Fun for hours, especially on a sugar high.

9. Reese's Peanut Butter Egg--because, of course!

10. We love this snuggly bunny! Bashful Plush Chime Bunny from Bergdorf Goodman.

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Life in "Kee Lox" by Lizzy Stewart



Life in Kee Lox, a greeting card by Lizzy Stewart for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Do you have any vintage collections? We love this little still life illustration by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart, called Kee Lox, named after the pictured typewriter ribbon. A little collection of vintage odds and ends--so delightful, and just perfect to be featured as our latest Life In... collage, imagining some of our card designs as real-life scenes.

To see this card on our website, click here and check out our Artist Spotlight interview with Lizzy, here.

Okay, guys--which card should we do next?

Life in Kee Lox, a greeting card by Lizzy Stewart for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
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Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung!



Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

There's no place we'd rather than be than at home, snuggled up and reading one of these great books with the kid boss. Arlo has picked out her favorites once again for this edition of Arlo's Book Club. So grab a seat and nuzzle in close!

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

1. First up, is Home by Carson Ellis. Brought to life with fantastic, detailed illustration, Carson Ellis's book about different types of homes around the world is one of our new favorites. Curious to know what a Slovakian duchess's home looks like? Or a Kenyan blacksmith? This is a sweet and interactive look at the world around you.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña, with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson. This one is an absolute joy. CJ and his Nany make their way from church on a bus through the bustling city, where CJ learns about the beauty in the city around them...and the little things in life.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

3A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Davide Cali, with illustrations by Benjamin Chaud. This is a funny little book full of tall tales and zany illustrations. "First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest?"

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

4. How To by Julie Morstad. This is a gorgeously written and illustrated book with lively lessons on how to do just about anything a kid might need to do. Such as "how to be brave" or "how to take things slow." This book's aesthetic is colorful and lovely, and provokes lots of discussions with the little ones on how they might feel in the illustrated "how to" situations.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

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