Hot Off the Press: Winter Holiday Designs

November 28, 2012

I returned home after Thanksgiving weekend to find two Christmas cards in my mailbox. I shouldn’t have been surprised – I started seeing PsPrint customers place holiday printing orders in September. Those folks are smart, because the earlier businesses start working on winter holiday promotions, the earlier they can relax! But don’t fret if you haven’t yet designed your holiday cards, calendar handouts or recital programs – “Hot Off the Press” this week is devoted to inspiring your marketing, whether you’re spotlighting Christmas, Hanukkah or just the spirit of the season. These customers got pretty creative: Kate Townley designed stickers for Journey Church that will be used as tree ornaments (the circles will have a hole punched and silver string through them). People will then "purchase" the ornaments by supporting the cause they represent. Townley told me this is Journey Church’s version of Advent Conspiracy, which is an effort to spend less on Christmas gifts and share more time with people. The Jewish Outreach Institute ordered stickers that will be used for Hands-On Hanukkah events that take place across North America. Each child participant receives a sticker as his or her “passport” for the program. For Guatopo Design’s 2012 holiday card, the surface and textile design studio enlisted principal artist/designer Adriana Mederos to hand-cut original trees in a folkloric style, and then creative director Stevie Black scanned the original paper piece and brought it into Illustrator, where he reworked the pattern in a second layer. From there, Black told me, he used typical tools and processes for building the overall illustration and colors scheme. “Color scheme was an important aspect to this project because we wanted to show a different range of capability from our studio,” he said. Do you need more design inspiration? Look to last week’s “Hot Off the Press” for zombie stickers and more.

Postcard design by Stevie Black for Guatopo Design

Greeting card for Aesthetika

Postcard design by Kyla Kaplan for Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk

Brochure for TierraCast

Greeting card design by Agnes Hogan for QuarterLine

Postcard for Badgeville

Sticker for Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Club card flyer design by Josh Davidson for Park Pink With Winterfest

Greeting card design by Kimberly Hasenbank for Bandit Industries

Poster for SF Sketchfest

Greeting card art by Vanessa Castro for Casa Allegra Community Services

Booklet for Valley Forge Christian College

Greeting card for Executive Scheduling Associates

Sticker design by Kate Townley for Journey Church

Greeting card for Cameron Hughes Wine

Postcard for Heritage Baptist Church

Brochure for Oaklandish

Postcard for Hershey Gardens

Sticker for Jewish Outreach Institute

Postcard for James Gattas Jewelers

Club card flyer for Blackshear Place Baptist Church

Greeting card design by Xan Blackburn for Blue Future Filters

Gift card for Now Studio

Business card for LBC

Sticker for Ace Property Maintenance

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About Jennifer Moline

Jennifer Moline writes for the PsPrint Blog as well as maintains its Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Pinterest presences. She also guest-blogs for such notable graphic design blogs as Fuel Your Creativity and Inspiredology. She’s previously written about technology and small business for news websites, magazines and newspapers. In her off-hours, Jennifer can be found roughing it in the mountains or tucked away in a movie theater.

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #


What a splendid collection and such a wide range - surely something for every taste! I especially like Now Studio and Cameron Hughes Wine's pieces.

Thanks for highlighting our winter holiday postcard!

Stevie Black
Guatopo Design

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

I love the Quarterline design!

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

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