Artist News Roundup: Christian Robinson, Yelena Bryksenkova, Nicholas John Frith, and Becca Stadtlander



We like to keep up with all of the amazing things that our Red Cap family is getting up to. When they aren't busy creating fantastic designs for Red Cap Cards, our brilliant artists and illustrators are usually making the rounds creating children's books, housewares, animation, even the newest Pixar movie, Inside Out! We're keeping tabs on their achievements and can't wait to show you what they're up to!

First up, you might have seen a sneak peek of this on our Facebook and Instagram: a children's book trailer by Christian Robinson for his new book, Leo: A Ghost Story with Mac Barnett (of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole) is a new favorite. Can't wait for this one! It releases on August 25, 2015. See more details on Christian Robinson's site, The Art of Fun.

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Leo A ghost Story Book Trailer from Christian Robinson on Vimeo.


Yelena Brykesnkova just published several illustration in the magazine, Flow! Her illustrations appear in an article on "turning to nature, literature and other comforting things for solace during difficult times for the Dutch edition," no. 4/2015. Cool colors, and soothing thoughts. See more on her blog, here.

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Becca Stadtlander is creating beauty for every day of your 2016 with her special 2016 Collection Calendar for Anthropologie. We love the pincushions! Perfect for our desks, we'll take twenty.

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Red Cap Cards artists

Coffee, tea or me? Another sweet house ware to make the ordinary ever-so-extraordinary, Nicholas John Frith is continuing his line of coffee and tea mugs with Beast In Show. Next up--the Chinasaur! Loving this.

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Images above credited as linked.
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Shop We Love: Human Empire



Yay for shops we love! This week's installment of Shops We Love honors the thoughtfully-curated, impeccably-designed Human Empire, just a hop, skip and a jump over the ocean in northern Germany: Hamburg.

Human Empire combines a physical concept shop with an online store that boasts one of the greatest collections of apparel, textiles, housewares, posters and gifts that we've ever come across! They have a sharp eye for cohesive, lovely things. Be sure to head over to the online store to see more, or if you happen to be Hamburgling, check into the physical shop as well. You might notice a few familiar faces there--namely, Red Cap Cards!

Shops We Love: Human Empire by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Shops We Love: Human Empire by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

We've really been enjoying the sweet & sunny, mellow-yellow Instagram collections that Human Empire has been posting, including some of our favorite Red Cap Cards with designs by Blanca Gómez and Nicholas John Frith. Check them out below:

Shops We Love: Human Empire by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Shops We Love: Human Empire by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Shops We Love: Human Empire by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


Go visit Human Empire:
Human Empire
Schulterblatt 132, 20357
Hamburg, Germany

humanempireshop.com
Or, follow Human Empire on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

Photos courtesy of Human Empire

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To Dad, from Carrie on Father's Day



This Father’s Day I would like to pay a special homage to my amazing father Doug Gifford. I lost my dad two weeks ago to cancer, so it’s still hard to imagine that I won’t be seeing his beautiful, blue eyes on Father’s Day. Although it’s a very sad and unfortunate loss, my father did not want us to cry or be sad. He wanted us to celebrate, so that is what we are doing.

Happy Father's Day, to Dad from Carrie

There are many things that I learned from my father including, how to read a Thomas Guide or how to find the North Star, but the one thing that my father taught me was something you can’t teach: good old fashion love. He gave love, he shared love, he accepted love, he was love. Through his words of advice, his wild sense of humor, his larger-than-life personality (which we refer to as Uncle Buck) and his big bear hugs, he made us feel love. What more could you want from a Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend?

I love you, Doug Gifford, and I celebrate your life. You are the North Star. Your beautiful love, light, and energy will connect us forever. Happy Father’s Day Daddy, I Love You. —Carrie

Happy Father's Day, to Dad from Carrie
Happy Father's Day, to Dad from Carrie
Happy Father's Day, to Dad from Carrie
Happy Father's Day, to Dad from Carrie
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Dads & Grads on Paperless Post!



It's that time again! Summer is knocking on our door, which means Father's Day (it's June 21st, people!) and tons of new graduates. Red Cap Cards has teamed up with Paperless Post for all those times that you want to send a card with some digital style. We have many designs to choose from, including some for these very timely occasions! Check out our picks below for a sweet surprise in your loved one's inbox. Don't forget to add a message of love and encouragement in your own words. Words mean the world!
Dads and Grads by Red Cap Cards for Paperless Post
Clockwise from top left: More Than Friends by Jon Klassen (which can totally be used as a Father's Day card!), Daddy Bear by Chris Sasaki, Dad by Kate Hindley, and Under Water Father by Anna Emilia Laitinen.
Dads and Grads by Red Cap Cards for Paperless Post
Clockwise from top left: Congratulations by Meg Hunt, Rooting for You by Nicholas John Frith, Congrats from Above by Jill Labieniec, Nailed It by Nicholas John Frith, and Growing by Blanca Gómez.

Click over to our page on
Paperless Post to see more designs!

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Life in "Two Kids and a Lion" by Lesley Barnes



It's been a while since we've done a "Life In..." post, and we are oh-so-delighted to add a new design to the list. Lesley Barnes's newest collection for Red Cap is a fan favorite and we couldn't wait to bring it to life with Two Kids and a Lion. Now, let us warn you that bringing a lion to a birthday party is probably a bad idea. That is, unless you're Melanie Griffith. Have you seen Roar? Actually, no. It's still a bad idea. So let this be the closest that you get to a jungle party.
 

Life in Two Kids and a Lion by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


Happy Birthday! As a nod to our new foil collection, we wanted to include these Gold Foil festive balloons for a perfect "happy birthday" decoration at your party.
• Stripes-a-go-go! Grab a paper party hat for you, your pals and your lion.
• The king of the jungle himself. Lesley's illustration looks much more friendly...
• Don't forget your party dress and a slice of cake. What's a party without cake?? From Lesley's work on "The Animal Zoo" by Gabby Dawnay for OKIDO Magazine.
• Can't have enough balloons. No siree bob.

Grab your card by Lesley Barnes on our website, here. Have fun...ROAR!

 

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Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen



Oh how we heart our Master's Showcase series! It's so fun to flip through the vintage illustrations of legendary artists, illustrators and animators that offer inspiration to all.

This week we're highlighting Alice and Martin Provensen: a married couple who illustrated over forty children's book together, and wrote nineteen between the 1940s and 1970s. They even won the Caldecott Medal for their artistic work in the book, The Glorious Flight. Martin Provensen illustrated the first ever depiction of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. Some of their most popular published works include The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, The Animal Fair and The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales. Their distinctive, playful illustration style is an inspiration to many modern artists and is recognizable as a classic. Martin passed away in 1987, survived by his wife, Alice, who is still creating beautiful work today.

Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Master's Showcase: Alice and Martin Provensen, by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
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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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