Inspiration: Children's Book Color Chips and Palettes

Did you happen to catch a glimpse of this Instagram shot from Greg Pizzoli? This framed digital proof for Number One Sam was submitted for the Society of Illustrators annual show:

PMS chips from Greg Pizzoli's Number One Sam

How inspiring! It got us thinking about the brilliant color palettes in some of our favorite children's books. Don't you just love dissecting the artistry in such intricate illustrations? We put a few together below to inspire your weekend and showcase the wide array of gorgeous work. Some classic, some brand new, all amazing:

Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards

What are some of your favorites?

Life in "Blowing Balloons" by Nicholas John Frith

Oh, how we love our "Life In..." posts. If "Life in Teacup Cat" didn't satisfy you, we have a new still-life in honor of the newest member of our Red Cap family: Nicholas John Frith!

It's birthday time--we're sure you know someone who was born in September! Get lost in this collage for "Life in Blowing Balloons" and grab your card here.

Life in Blowing Balloons by Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards

Clockwise from top left:
• Balloons! No party is complete without them. Make sure to to get enough to spell out "Happy Birthday!" (that's thirteen, folks!)
• Down to party business: grab a black cone party hat for a sophisticated affair. Bonus if it has a tie-string.
• Next up, letters for sticking onto your balloons! H-A-P-P-Y ...
• This party has a very specific color palette. If you want to be authentic, better get to painting that party room!
• Last but not least, stripey fun! Try this shirt on for size.

Images as linked above.

Shops We Love: Pink Olive

Time for another Shops We Love! One of our favorite New York stockists has opened a brand new location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Pink Olive carries "whimsical gifts for happiness and home," including treats like jewelry, handbags and paper goods. Founder, Grace Kang, is chief buyer and curator to Pink Olive and has opened three locations in New York over the course of ten years. The brand new shop (Williamsburg location, pictured below) just opened up this past spring and is ready for visitors. If you're looking to get swept up in sweetness--take a trip to one of the three locations (see info below) and say hi to our cards in the meantime!

Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards

Go visit Pink Olive in all three of their New York locations!

Pink Olive
Park Slope: 167 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY


East Village: 439 E 9th St
New York, NY


Williamsburg: 370 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Or, follow Pink Olive on Facebook or Pinterest

Photos courtesy of Pink Olive

Love This: Jim Henson on the Drums

Jim Henson Drums video on @redcapcards

We love this paper-cut animation, Drums West, found via The Fox is Black, by a young Jim Henson. Just starting out in 1961, Henson used cut paper to create this experimental short, inspired by jazz musician, Chico Hamilton. We definitely see similarities between this video and our own Christian Robinson's musical shorts, don't you? Definitely make sure to watch all the way until the end for an awesome glimpse at how he created the short, and to see his rare, clean-shaven, fresh face! We love you, Jim. Watch this inspiring video below:


Brand New Collection for Red Cap Cards, by Nicholas John Frith!

We are so excited to announce the most recent collaboration in our Red Cap Cards family! Nicholas John Frith has come on board to design a brand new line of illustrated greeting cards that will be debuting at the NY NOW show. Check out Crow & Canary's Booth #7818 August 16-20th for a close-up look at his beautiful work. If you won't be able to make it to the show, click over to Nicholas's artist page to grab a gander at all of his new cards. You won't be disappointed!

Rooting for You Card by Nicholas Frith NEW from Red Cap Cards
New cards by Nicholas Frith for Red Cap Cards

Happy Birthday card by Nicholas Frith NEW from Red Cap Cards

Nicholas currently lives and works on the coast of Dorset, England, where he works primarily in a silk-screening medium. He is currently working on his debut children's picture book, due out in 2015 by Alison Green Books. It's such a pleasure to have his illustration grace our Red Cap cards. Welcome, Nicholas! Stay tuned for an Artist Spotlight post featuring Nicholas.



Papercuts Galore!

If you follow us on Pinterest (and you most definitely should), you've probably gotten a glimpse of our Fun with Paper board. We love the art of paper-cutting and are always inspired by what artists can do with their hands, imaginations and a pen knife! Art is so all-inclusive that one can never get bored with the variety of mediums at our disposal. An ink pen, a paintbrush, a computer mouse or a pair of scissors--there's just too much to explore! Have a taste of a few below, then skip over to Pinterest and check out the other lovelies we've found!

Favorite Papercut Artists | Red Cap Cards

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Jayme McGowan, inspired by Wes Anderson's film which was based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name.
2. Make your own! Play Fruit Templates from Mr. Printables.
3. Beautiful scherenschnitte by Elsa Mora.
4. One of our own! "Leap" papercut collage by Christian Robinson in Harlem's Little Blackbird. View more of Christian's work for Red Cap here.
5. Fun paper illustration by Italian artist, Silvia Raga.


Behind the Scenes: Printing Up Cards!

This week we’re going behind the scenes!! We thought it might be fun to show you a favorite part of our business: the printing process! This is the fun part, when we get to see everything come together, and finally see the beautiful illustrations our artists create for us come alive on the page.

Cards by Kelsey-Garrity Riley on big sheets!

On the process: We print locally, here in Los Angeles. Since we work with so many different artists, it’s key to be at every press check to ensure the quality and color of the cards. Our pressmen are amazing! We adore them. Operating those massive machines is no small task. It’s bananas.

We offset print almost all of our cards, but we do have a small line of letterpress cards. We are working on a concept for a new letterpress collection for next will be fun!

On timing: Timing always varies. We like to give our artists plenty of time to work on their collection, so it is perfect when it is completed! Typically, when working with anew artist, we give them about four to six months lead time. The final art is usually due 4 to 6 weeks before the release date. After we receive final art, to the illustrator’s specifications and liking, it typically goes into production right away.

After the cards are printing, there is usually about four weeks before they are released. When the printing process is completed, all the cards are cut and folded, then sent to our warehouse. Then, we have fun photographing the cards for our website and catalogs. It takes a while but it’s so rewarding in the end.

Our favorite part: We love looking at the final art for the first time. It’s so fun to watch our artists go from concept to final product. We are big fans of all of our artists and we like to give them free reign to create work that they love. We don’t do much art direction, so seeing the final art is like Christmas morning! It’s so exciting. We usually just sit and stare at our computer screens saying, “this is soooo good! Oh my goodness, these cards are the best. We have the best job ever!”

"Christmas morning" with fun new work by Nicholas Frith: coming soon!

Enjoy the fun videos! (Plus you might catch a sneak peek of Nicholas Frith's new designs!)

Photos by Red Cap Cards. Last photo courtesy Nicholas Frith

Shop We Love: Magma Books

It's time for another Shops We Love post! Last time, we were in Amsterdam with Hear! Hear! and now we've skipped on over to the UK to visit Magma Books, a shop that currently carries Red Cap Cards and is bundled full of creative treasures!

Shops We Love: Magma Books by Red Cap Cards

Magma Books boasts four separate locations: three in London (one on Clerkenwell, two--a product + bookshop--on Earlham), plus a shop in Manchester. Their first shop in Earlham was opened in 2000, after a hilariously contrary beginnings:
"One day, when they were particularly despondent about their job and the bookshops they went to during their lunch breaks, Marc and Montse thought that someone could make a killing if they opened a good bookshop. Not a big one. Not another large surface affair, with many floors, tables piled high with promotions and ‘3 for 2s' and 20 percent off everything. No, just a small and clever space.

Then, in typical manner, Marc went home and changed his mind. He decided that no, on second thoughts, it was not a good idea after all. The internet had arrived. The book was dead. A bookshop? What a dreadful idea! Who would be buying books in a few years time. The dotcom business – that's where they should be investing what little money and time they had.

Montse, on the other hand, continued to think about it. Yes, why not? A different bookshop. She kept thinking and talking about it so often that her then boyfriend told her to just go and talk to Marc and stop bothering him , which she did – well, talk to Marc.

And Marc changed his mind again."
Shops We Love: Magma Books by Red Cap Cards

Ha! After finally setting up shop, Magma Books now exhibits and sells a variety of products and books, including games & toys, design materials, eco home products, jewelry, stationery and "weird stuff." Plus, if you're not in the neighborhood, you can always check out their extensive web shop to see what's in-store. If that's not enough--they even host a variety of exhibitions at their locations--art shows, book events and design showcases. What's not to love??

Magma Books
Several Locations in London & Manchester
Or, follow Magma Books on Facebook

Images courtesy of Magma Books


Life In "Teacup Cat" by Anke Weckmann

These "Life In" posts are so fun to make! This time we wanted to play around with Anke Weckmann's whimsical sweetness in her Teacup Cat birthday card! Everyone needs a bit of silly whimsy in their day!

Life in Teacup Cat by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards

1. Toot Sweet Large Aqua Stripe Plate from Meri Meri. Makes the perfect backdrop for a cat in a teacup, right?
2. No party would be complete without the cupcakes! Try these Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker.
3. A stripey touch: Teal Stripey Cupcake Liners from on Etsy.
4. Fiesta ware! Grab a Flamingo teacup from Everything Kitchens.
5. Don't forget the kitty! Lots of these guys waiting at your local shelters for a cupcake to be placed lovingly on their head.
6. Last but not least: the perfect candle. Find these at Bake It Pretty.

Grab your Teacup Cat in our shop section, and check out more work by Anke Weckmann on her artist page.

Images as linked above.

Red Cap Cards: Now on Tumblr!

Guess what? Red Cap Cards is now on Tumblr. You can follow all of our posts easily with a click of a button. Follow us here, at

Red Cap Cards on Tumblr

We will be sharing all sorts of fun goodies here, including new work by our Red Cap artist family, news and all blog entries. See you there!