Coming in Hot: Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You guys already know I have a bunch of awesome heartfelt cards in the shop, and that a bouquet of paper flowers would make an even better gift than real ones on the big day, so the only thing left to remind you about is to order before the end of January in order to receive them on time! Happy shopping!

New Retailer: Heyday

Raise your hand if you live near Fort Collin, CO! If your hand is in the air (like you just don’t care), chance are you’ve already heard of Heyday, the ultra-chic fashion, home and gift boutique in the Jessup Farm Artisan Village.

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Owner Jen said it best, “Our philosophy is that simple-living doesn’t mean going without; it’s about effortlessly incorporating classic elements and well-worn pieces into your wardrobe and home — blending simplicity with luxury, old with new, large with small, fun with serious.”

And so in that vein, she chose a variety of cards—some funny, some heartfelt and all different occasions. Perfect to stock up for the holidays and well into the spring!

Custom Print & Poster Designs

You guys have seen a lot of the digital prints (now available as a download or archival print!) I’ve created since I launched new product lines just over a year ago, but I’ve also been commissioned to create some really fun custom pieces lately, so I thought I’d share!

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One of Andrew’s coworkers got in touch about a set of letterpress prints for a birthday present. Unfortunately, she had already purchased frames that held paper larger than I could print on my press, so I suggested just designing them and having them printed elsewhere. This was such a fun little project for me because I got to use a bunch of my new fonts. And I love how they turned out!

Another commission came via a friend in Utah, who had seen another friend’s Facebook post in search of a designer. She wanted a print for her dad’s 70th birthday—the entire family had contributed to a list of 70 things they loved about their father and grandfather, and I worked them all into an adorable little print!

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Have an idea for a print of your own? Get in touch at six22press@yahoo.com!

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Tinder Love Stories

I love the small glimpses my work gives me into my customers’ lives—whether they’re the guy who opened an etsy account just to buy a handmade “I’m sorry” card, stocking up on congratulations cards because this is the summer all their friends are getting married, or creating custom invitations for one of the biggest days of their lives, every order reminds me of the small acts of kindness that are so prevalent, yet often overlooked, in this world.

tinder_7905My “So glad you swiped right” cards have definitely yielded the best stories. Recently I had the most moving order from a man in Brazil, who asked if I could write his message (which was in Portuguese) in the card and send it halfway around the world. Naturally I obliged… and then snooped to see what he had written (thank you Google Translate!). Turns out, I had just transcribed one of the sweetest love notes I’ve ever read!

Another customer shared the way she and her boyfriend met after purchasing the card. In her own words:
“Robert and I met on Tinder almost 2 years ago! I had been on Tinder for a couple of months before matching with him, and had never actually had anything come out of it besides a few almost date-worthy conversations. When we matched, I almost didn’t believe he was real because of how inconsistent his pictures were (some with a beard, some with a mustache, short hair, long hair, etc.)…but decided to still swipe right, because what are the odds I was actually going to date one of these people?

“After a day of talking, I immediately realized he was different than any of the other guys I was talking to, mainly because he didn’t ask me right away to get drinks or meet up. So, about a week after we started talking, I took a risk asked him out on a date! I wanted to meet at a super public space for our first date because I was terrified to meet someone off the internet, let alone Tinder (hello catfish!), so we met at a bar in Chicago for dinner. After a 6 hour dinner, we finally decided our first date should end…only to have our second date the next day. Two years and endless amounts of dates later, we both couldn’t be happier that we made the somewhat shallow decision to be on Tinder way back when :)”

And here’s a photo of the couple because they’re adorable. Share your Tinder love story below!

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