red cap cards

{2014 national stationery show}
sneak peek: red cap cards

May 5, 2014  /  cards, national stationery show, new releases, red cap cards, sneak peek


The 2014 Stationery Show marks our 8th trade show at Javits, in which we have the honor to showcase the immense talent behind Red Cap Cards! Their newest releases are SO spot on, 36 new cards will be featured and Red Cap has added yet another talented illustrator to the ranks, Josie Portillo (middle card above). An additional note that there is also a very sweet lady version of the same sex wedding card, (bottom image) designed by Anke Weckmann, that will be available later this month. Top “Good Luck” card is designed by an eternal RCC favorite, Becca Stadtlander. Swing by and see more in Booth No. 2824!
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fancy this friday: chris sasaki for red cap cards

June 14, 2013  /  fancy this friday, national stationery show, new releases, red cap cards

chrissasakipressAll of us at C&C are delighted by the addition of artist Chris Sasaki to the Red Cap Cards line up. We had the pleasure of debuting these designs (and more) at the National Stationery Show last month and our buyers were equally enthusiastic about these beauties. How perfect would the bears card be for Father’s Day?
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blanca gómez for red cap cards

July 14, 2011  /  new releases, red cap cards

Red Cap Cards just proudly released 8 new everyday designs from artist, Blanca Gómez. They’re not yet available on the website, but stay tuned and you’ll be sure to see these cards gracing the shelves of your favorite stationery shop!

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living la vida letterpress guest post: by brandon mise of blue barnhouse

September 10, 2009  /  blue barnhouse, guest blogger, red cap cards

{letterpress card by blue barnhouse}

First, a little about who your dealing with: My name is Brandon. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to be a writer, or a publisher, or a professor of creative writing. By some strange twist of fate I was thrown in the business of letterpress, which for me, was intended as an extra curricular outlet for expressing literature. But somehow, client work that I did not seek out kept falling in my lap, and by the time I completed my course work for my MFA, I was simply too busy being a press monkey to look for a real job.

{BBH owner, Brandon Mise, trouble shoots a troublesome photo polymer plate with studio manager, Sarah Roberts.}

I have been a letterpress printer for close to ten years now, and started my letterpress studio, Blue Barnhouse, in 2002. We have seen many changes, but it wasn’t until 2007 that we found our true calling: dirty and intelligently perverse greeting cards. There are currently 4 people in my employ, plus the usual handful of miscreant apprentices that pass through our studio on a fairly regular basis. Last year, which was our second year of slinging greetings, we sold more than 50,000 letterpressed greeting cards to retail stores across the nation and abroad.

{No, I did not write this one. We can thank our resident depraved genius/caption writer, Tyler Dockery. To my surprise, this was our best selling card at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, NYC, this summer}

So the greatest thing about this job; besides sleeping in late everyday; pounding PBR’s at Beer 30; bumping music at extraordinary decibels; and hurling totally innocuous expletives, sexual innuendos, and other forms of taboo hilarity at each other as we slave away in the studio; is the trade show, where a manufacturer can truly live a life like that of a rock star: getting kicked out of bars, trashing hotel rooms, showing up late and hungover to the booth, cracking up the masses with our trashy humor, leaving the booth early to hit more bars. Our travels, so far, have taken us to Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Chicago, and most often New York. It’s safe to say that we are veterans of the trade show, having exhibited more than a dozen times in the last 3 years.

What’s truly great about going to the trade shows, besides, you know, um… making money, is schmoozing with the other rock stars, folks whom you look up to and respect, folks who make a respectable living at selling their handmade products, folks you can aspire to and learn from. The great thing about BBH is that not only do we make products, we sell products from folks we’ve met in our travels, and I carry everyone I mention here in my own store. So now goes a tribute to my all time trade show favorites, and believe me, I have seen everything worth a spit. Enjoy.

{One of my favorite posters from our friends across the border in Knoxville, TN, Yee-Haw Industries, These folks truly are as old school as it gets when it comes to making a living of selling letterpress products to retailers.}

{Nobody does retro chic better than my good friends at Hello Lucky. With 12 employees and a London office, they are also way up there on my list, in terms of letterpress success.}

{Spitfire Girl and BBH are BFFFFF X 39. Their kitschy gag gifts have always done fantastically well in the BBH retail store and are the perfect compliment to our own F’d up line of greetings. Check out more of her wares here.}

{This totally freaky print from our very good friends at Delphine is not among what you would normally see on display as their usual tradeshow fanfare. They, too, have figured out a very success formula for making a living off of letterpress, and we are constantly talking shop/sharing information.}

{One of my faves from 9SpotMonk’s “Recession Line.” 9SpotMonk is an eco-friendly letterpress studio run by the Sisters Leung in NJ. The only thing they want from me when I pay a visit their booth is letterpress GOSSIP.}

{This is from BBH alumnus Kyle Durrie, who’s press, Power & Light, from Portland OR, made its debut at the National Stationery Show ’09 in the BBH booth.}

{Truly, our best selling line in the retail section of the BBH studio, is Red Cap Cards. We cannot keep their cards from flying off the rack. I only wish they did more letterpress.}

{Our friends at Kamibashi, Asheville Folk who travel Japan and Thailand Asia in search of handmade crafts, import cute little buggers of all kinds, including their notoriously popular String Doll Gang: each string doll is wound with one single thread! I have a Stringdoll keychain, so does my 7yr old son. Everybody should.}

Brandon Mise is the owner/operator at Blue Barnhouse, a collective of miscreant writers and artists who document their daily travesties/adventures via letterpressed greetings in Asheville NC. You can check out further rants regarding just about anything BBH on the their blog & via their stoop on twitter. Brandon is currently curating a collection of contemporary letterpress for his Mark Batty Publisher book, Adventures in Letterpress.

par avion: red cap cards

July 30, 2009  /  par avion, red cap cards

I adore my job for so many reasons, but high up on the list is getting packages of samples in the mail from the talented designers I work with. Although the goodies aren’t for me personally, it still feels like Christmas every time I get to delve into a box of new items to show off to buyers.

I’m so pleased to have Red Cap Cards join the line up, we’ve been hoping to collaborate for awhile and now I’m their official rep in Oregon and Washington. Hooray!


v-day pick: no.2

February 10, 2009  /  love, red cap cards

Another favorite, the distinctive designs of Red Cap Cards. If you haven’t visited their website yet you must absolutely do so, now. It’s okay, I’ll wait…

Totally worth it, right? It’s on my top five list of coolest websites on the planet.