Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Cards from Beekman 1802

In today's mail, I was happy to receive my first shipment of the new 2008 holiday cards from Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, available through BEEKMAN 1802.

The limited edition cards are nothing short of exquisite.

Brent and Josh designed two unique BEEKMAN 1802 Holiday Cards for 2008, and made them by hand on a 19th Century letterpress at Foxglove Printers in Sharon Springs. Each card was run in a limited edition and signed & numbered by both of them. You can watch the actual printing process in a wonderful video on their 'How To' blog.

The first card design, entitled "Unwrap. Play." is printed in crimson in on a heavy cotton rag stock. It features an antique plate illustration of various 19th century toys.

The second, entitled "Star." was inspired by a lone pine tree that stands near the Beekman barn. The design, from an antique plate, runs off the edge of the card as if the reader is looking up to find the "star" atop the tree.

The "Star" card design was my favorite. The cards measure 3.5 x 5" and comes with matching envelopes. The cards are available in a set of 10. A combined 'set' does not appear to be available

These cards are beautifully crafted, simple in design, and very elegant. The print is clean and slightly raised on the cotton surface.

Even though I'm making my own cards this year, I had to purchase a set of the cards. When I see something so well designed, it's difficult for me to pass it up.
You can order your BEEKMAN holiday cards and purchase their other delightful merchandise by logging onto their website Remember, the cards are in limited edition so order quickly!
Once you visit BEEKMAN 1802 you'll book mark it as a favorite place on the web.


John said...

The cards do look lovely. Is there anything printed inside or are the cards blank? I think I'll have to order a box of each to send out to to close friends and family.


Kenn said...

Hi John,
The cards are blank inside for you to personalize with your own holiday message. They truly are spectacular cards!
Happy Holidays!

Elaine said...

I just got my Star cards in the mail today and they are so beautiful!

Brent said...

Hi, all

As always, thanks so much for your support!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday