Greeting Cards to Send Your High School Teacher

So, you’re all grown up. You have a big person job… One that comes with benefits and a pension and all that good stuff. Maybe you’re just out there living the dream in a tent somewhere on a mountain with periodic wifi connection. Wherever you are now if you were once a high school teenager you also had a high school teacher.

Why mail greeting cards to your high school teacher?

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May Artist Spotlight: Alison Hardcastle

The featured artist for the month of May is Alison who is behind the cheerful creations of Alison Hardcastle.
Alison Hardcastle is a cards, stationery and paper goods studio based in the Yorkshire Wolds, UK. The bold colourful designs feature hand painted illustrations and lettering and are illustrated by Alison in her quiet little country studio. Founded in 2005 and born out of a passion for illustration, typography, screen printing and the giving and receiving of beautifully thoughtful well-designed and carefully chosen cards and stationery.
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 We asked Alison some questions…
* How many folks are involved in the whole design process?
I do all the designs myself – from brainstorming, designing, drawing/inking/cutting and finally completing the process on the computer and turning it into the final product.

* What are the different roles?
There are three of us in the studio throughout the week. I’m here all the time and Sarah and Rachel are my very able studio assistants who see to the general smooth-running of the business and wholesale order side of things. That frees my time up spend on the design process (in theory anyway – but other things always crop up too!!)

*Where are your headquarters?
In a studio in my (Alison’s) garden. In a tiny village in the UK. We’re based in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds near York. We wouldn’t swap the accompanying sounds of sheep and cattle in the neighbouring rolling hills for anything!

* What’s your favorite card that you’ve designed (on Postable)?
I would have to say the Thank You one with the plants on. Thank you cards are always fun to work on as people love to send their appreciation and you can do that in so many different styles.

* Where do you draw your inspiration for your design?
I love playing around with words, sayings, idioms, and type so this is often a good starting point. Colour plays a huge part and I love trying out new colour combinations and pairing patterns and illustrations with words.

* If you had to describe your cards in one word, what would it be?
Cheerful. And also concise.
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*If you could spend a day with any person (dead or alive) who would it be?
These kind of questions are always hard! I think I’d say someone like Lucienne Day. She was (along with her husband Robin Day) a prolific designer of her time (1950’s onwards) and way ahead of her time as a designer/working mum. As a creative woman running my own business it’s always inspiring to read about other similarly aspirational creative ladies and Lucienne Day was perhaps one of the first to do that.

*If you had to paint your house inside and out with the same color, what would it be? Why?
I’m always drawn to greens of varying shades so it would have to be green (probably varying in shades around the house from bluey-greens through to olive/muddy greens!)

*What would you choose as your last meal?
Being a Yorkshire ‘lass’ it would have to be a good roast dinner- roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast vegetables and gravy!
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Check out more cards from our featured artist [Alison Hardcastle].

March Featured Artist: 1Canoe2

Postable’s March featured artist is the lovely 1canoe2.

1canoe2 letterpress is the stuff dreams are made of – Carrie and Beth are childhood friends who always loved to draw. Now the two are all grown-up and work together as professional illustrators, designers and printers. The name 1canoe2 comes from years of the two dreaming up big ideas around a campfire and floating down a spring-fed Missouri river in a canoe. Two girls, one canoe. One canoe, two.

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We asked Beth some questions…

* How many folks are involved in the whole design process?

2-3 people touch the art before it gets to Postable

* What are the different roles? 

Carrie does all the illustration, Beth and Carrie do the final design together, Kate turns it into a Postable product

*Where are your headquarters? 

In a barn. In a cornfield. In the middle of Missouri. We love it here.

* What’s your favorite card that you’ve designed (on Postable)?

My personal favorite is the Birthday Stripes card.

* Where do you draw your inspiration for your design?

The world around us, our rural setting, pretty colors.

* If you had to describe your cards in one word, what would it be?

Happy

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*If you could spend a day with any person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Um, maybe Martha Stewart? I’m pretty intrigued by her savvy business skills.

*If you had to paint your house inside and out with the same color, what would it be? Why?

Citron green. It’s just my happy color.

*What would you choose as your last meal?

Mashed potatoes, cheese curls, shrimp cocktail and sparkling grape juice. Do I know how to party or what?

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Check out more cards from our featured artist [1canoe2].