Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Letterpress holiday cards w/ a quote from The Festival by H.P. Lovecraft, hand-illustrated & hand-printed on 50-year-old press in NYC.
Letterpress holiday cards w/ a quote from The Festival by H.P. Lovecraft, hand-illustrated & hand-printed on 50-year-old press in NYC.
374 backers pledged $9,946 to help bring this project to life.

About

Cthulhu Letterpress Holiday Card With Foil Stamp project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Cthulhu Letterpress Holiday Card With Foil Stamp

$9,946

374

It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind.

This line appeared in the opening paragraphs of H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Festival, as the narrator explores the mysterious oceanfront village of Kingsport. Inspired by the weight and poetry of this line, I asked my good friend Gabrielle to create an illustration of a stylized Cthulhu head for the face of a holiday card that captured that poetry, and she more than delivered. 

The first sketches I received from Gabrielle—so amazing!
The first sketches I received from Gabrielle—so amazing!
Inked second-round sketch from Gabrielle
Inked second-round sketch from Gabrielle

We decided on using the Operina type family from P22 foundry and set the quote in the Fiore font.

Final Mockup
Final Mockup

With your help, we want to give this design form! We want to letterpress print this card with a single, shining, silver foil-stamped star. The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for the paper stock, custom photopolymer plates, custom foil-stamping die, press rental, printing materials, and shipping materials.

The rewards for this project are pretty straightforward! If you back, you get copies of the cards w/ matching envelopes! 

If you want more cards than are being offered in a reward tier, just add to your pledge accordingly. So if you want two cards, make your pledge amount $12; if you want seven cards, make your pledge amount $35; if you want fifteen cards, make your pledge amount $60; if you want A HUNDRED CARDS I guess make your pledge amount $400?

Gabrielle Rose—Illustrator

Gabrielle is an illustrator out of Oakland, CA. Her watercolors and inks are both whimsical and ominous—a perfect fit for this project. Read more about Gabrielle and her process here.

Eric Mersmann—Printer

Eric is a letterpress printer out of New York, NY. He primarily focuses on custom invitations and business cards, but has been known to print a poster now and then. See more of Eric's work here.

Eric and Gabrielle met in Chicago just about 10 years ago, and have been friends since, but this is the first project they've worked on together! Exciting!

Paper Stock: French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint Aged 80lb Cover Stock

French paper is amazing! Family-owned mill in Niles Michigan, powered by 100% hydroelectric energy. The Newsprint Aged stock reflects the timeless nature of the Lovecraft quote and will take an impression nicely.

Printing Press: Vandercook Universal 1

Eric prints out of The Arm in Brooklyn. The Arm takes wonderful care of their decades-old printing presses, ensuring that mechanical difficulties won't get in the way of fulfilling this project.

Risks and challenges

Although I've printed dozens of letterpress projects, Silver Bullet Press is a one-person operation. So if something happens to me (illness, injury, etc.) that keeps me sidelined for a month or so, I will have difficulty delivering the cards in time for the backers to turn them around to their recipients. I've attempted to mitigate this risk by giving myself a full month of time to print.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $6 or more About $6

    SINGLE CARD & ENVELOPE: Single 5"x7" folded card on French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint Aged 80lb Cover Stock with matching envelope.

    EXTRAS: If you want more than one card, but fewer than five, please add $6 per additional card and envelope.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    110 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    FIVE-PACK: Five (5) 5"x7" folded cards on French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint Aged 80lb Cover Stock with matching A7 envelopes.

    EXTRAS: If you back at this level, and want more than five cards, please add $5 per additional card and envelope.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    146 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    TEN-PACK: Ten (10) 5"x7" folded cards on French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint Aged 80lb Cover Stock with matching A7 envelopes.

    EXTRAS: If you back at this level, and want more than ten cards, please add $4 per additional card and envelope.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    112 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Featured

Funding period

- (26 days)