BLACKBIRD LETTERPRESS
 
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Kathryn started Blackbird Letterpress in Lafayette, Louisiana, in her friends' house (Pudd and Leigh Anne, from back where her people are from) in 2003. Blackbird began with the purchase of a Chandler and Price "Old Series" platen letterpress (circa 1904) from a long-time printer in Hammond, Louisiana. The type came from a printer outside of Chicago. One crisp October weekend (well, crisp in Illinois, not necessarily in Louisiana), Pudd and Kathryn flew to the big mid-western city, loaded a couple tons of type and cabinets and other goodies out of a basement into a moving truck, and drove it back to Bayou Country. A collection of vintage printer's cuts came from a long-time printer in New Iberia, Louisiana (the trip was luckily much shorter that time).
 
Kathryn Hunter was trained as a printmaker and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking (1999) from Montana State University, Bozeman, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking (2003) from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

 
GREETING CARDS + gift tags RANGE
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Dude, what's up?
This letterpress card will make someone smile. Check in on a friend or send a note to remind your buddy that you're thinking of them.
Dude is letterpress printed in charcoal brown and chartreuse inks using a vintage printer's cut and handset borders & type (homewood and caslon). It measures 4.25"x5.5" folded and comes with a charcoal brown recycled envelope. It's printed on 100% cotton, tree-free paper and comes in a set of four cards.
Sure to please any vintage loving pal.

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Cityscape lovebird letterpress cards
The birds are breathing the same air we breathe. In love with life as we all know it.
Cityscape lovebird cards are letterpress printed on 100% recycled cotton paper in deep teal and chartreuse green ink. They come in a set of four cards with Kraft envelopes (100% post consumer recycled) and measure approximately 4.75" x 3.375" folded.

 
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Birds on wire letterpress card set of four
Three little birds sittin' on a wire. (We especially love the little guy with the wide stance.) Sometimes it's as simple as that.
Birds on a wire are letterpress printed in black ink on 100% cotton Crane's lettra paper, printed from an original illustration. Set of four 5.5 x 4.25'' cards with cheerful red polka dot envelopes.

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Birthday cake letterpress card set
Say "happy birthday" with these vintage inspired birthday cake cards. Lively enough for a friend, sweet enough for your mother.
This set of four cards is letterpress printed in bright red and warm yellow and measure 3.5"x4.75" folded. The are printed on 100% tree-free paper and come with coordinating yellow envelopes. Printed from an original illustration inspired by an old cookbook cover. mmmm, wish I had some cake.
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It's your birthday letterpress card
Everyone loves when you remember their birthday. This vintage inspired birthday card will be sure to bring a festive wish to whomever receives it. Let the bubbly, the fireworks, or confetti begin. And happy birthday!
It's your Birthday cards are letterpress printed in two colors, black and red, and come in a set of four cards. They are printed on 100% cotton (tree free) paper and measure about 4.75"x3.5" (folded), with coordinating red envelopes.
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Thank you letterpress card
Thank you cards are always appreciated. Say thank you with pattern and sweetness. These thank you cards are printed in orange with handset type and deboss printed with an intersecting circle pattern. The 100% cotton cards each measure 4.75"x3.5" folded with rounded bottom corners. Set of four cards come with soft pink recycled envelopes.
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Crow lovebirds letterpress card

We, no doubt, love the crow and all her relatives around here.
In our "lovebirds" series, these cards fit right in. They are letterpress printed from an original illustration in black and red inks on 100% recycled cotton paper. The envelopes are Kraft brown and 100% recycled (post consumer). So feel good about these cards, all materials are 100% reused. The cards come in a set of four, measuring 3.5"x4.75" folded.

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Spoonbill Lovebirds letterpress card set
In south Louisiana we have the gift of seeing the migrating of Roseate Spoonbills. Their pink feathers take your breath away. Their spoon shaped bill seems almost Dr. Seuss-like. And here their hearts become one.
In our "lovebirds" series, these cards fit right in. They are letterpress printed from an original illustration in pink and red inks on 100% recycled cotton paper. The envelopes are Kraft brown and 100% recycled (post consumer). So feel good about these cards, all materials are 100% reused. The cards come in a set of four, measuring 3.5"x4.75" folded.
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Lovebirds spiderlily letterpress cards
 
The Spiderlilies are my very favorite and seem to pop up just anywhere in the yard. What better flower to join these sweet lovebirds? The birds are based on the mighty Mockingbird with their little lungs wide open. Tell someone you love them.
The cards are letterpress printed on 100% recycled rag cotton paper in red/orange and pale gray/blue ink. They come in a set of four cards with Kraft envelopes and measure approximately 4.75" x 3.375" folded.

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Wherever the crow flies card
Wherever the crow files...... this is a sweet card to let someone know you are with them - whether they need a boost, or you're just thinking about them. Powerlines are the pattern of our urban lives. They are embraced here like the woven structure of our daily existence.
This is printed in sky blue ink on 100% cotton paper. Each card measures 4.74" x 3.5" folded and comes with a corresponding envelope (color may vary from what is shown here).

 

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Flock of birds gift tag
Letterpress tags are printed on 100% cotton paper in oceanspray blue. Tags measure 3"x 2" with rounded corners and a small punched hole ready for string.
Nothing says classy than a gift tag to finish off your precious gifts
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Beetle gift tags
These beetles are running all over the place. And what a better way to liven up a present for someone. For kids and big people alike.
Set of 6 letterpress tags are printed on 100% cotton paper in fire red/orange. Tags measure 3"x 2" with rounded corners and a small punched hole ready for string.

GORGEOUS NOTEBOOKS/JOURNALS
 
 
 
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Gorgeous owl letterpress notebook
Blue Owl measures 4.5"x7" with two rounded corners and is full of 36 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The owl is printed from a hand carved linocut.

Keep your eyes open and fill the pages with your wisdom.
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Earthy cypress tree letterpress notebook
Cypress measures 3"x5.5" with two rounded corners and is full of 30 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The cover is letterpress printed with an original illustration.
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Roseate Spoonbill letterpressnotebook
Spoonbill measures 4.5"x7" with two rounded corners and is full of 36 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The Spoonbill is printed from a hand carved linocut.

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Lady with scissors notebook
Lady with scissors measures 3"x5.5" with two rounded corners and is full of 30 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The cover is 100# recycled creole mustard paper and is letterpress printed with a vintage printer's cut.
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Rollercoaster notebook journal

Rollercoaster measures 4.5"x7" with two rounded corners and is full of 36 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing.
Rollercoasters are the true sense of freedom, hands in the air, lungs full and voices screaming.

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Crow recycled notebook
Crow measures 4.5"x7" with two rounded corners and is full of 36 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The crow is printed from a hand carved linocut on red 100# recycled paper.

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Beautiful blue Jellyfich notebook
Jellyfish measures 3"x5.5" with two rounded corners and is full of 30 whitewash colored 100% recycled pages. The pages are a wonderful smooth text weight and perfect for drawing, writing, gluing, and even erasing. The cover is 100# blu raspberry and is printed with an original illustration.