national stationery show 2011: the final roundup

Today is my final post on the 2011 National Stationery Show. It was a show full of exciting ideas and the beginnings of some fun new trends. I’m really excited to see where the looser, softer watercolor-style stationery trend will go, and I’m always happy to see more gold pop up in cards. But for today, I’m rounding up the last of our favorites: summer-themed cards, Morse code necklaces (I just ordered one), mix tape stamps, geometric patterns and some great bike cards that I’m immediately buying when they hit the shelves. I hope you’ll enjoy this last roundup and check out more work from all of these talented designers. xo, grace

Images above: I loved the raised letters on these paper sheets from the sisters at Fawnsberg.

Image above: My beloved bike cards. Gilah Press really did it up this year with awesome bike stationery. I have hard time looking at them and not hearing lines from Portlandia’sDream of the 90s” song where they talk about “People ride bikes and double-decker bikes!” I actually saw my first hipster double-decker bike in Brooklyn the other day. It was insane.

CLICK HERE for 20 more new card designs from NSS after the jump!

Images above: Shoe and bike cards from Gilah Press.

Images above: I was so happy to see Jill Bliss back at the NSS this year after a three-year break. Her animal posters were fantastic — the images depict animals and nature found in their natural habitat. The black background prints were veggies Jill grew (and ate) in her own garden.

Image above: I loved this old-school skater girl card from Hammerpress.

Image above: This astrology card was a favorite of Amy’s. Design by Printerette

Images above: I loooved these Morse code necklaces from Coatt. You can get custom messages written in code. So sweet.

Images above: Sweet floral cards by Dear Hancock

Image above: A fun campfire card from Gold Teeth

Image above: Heron cards from Ink + Wit

Image above: Geometric thank yous from Yellow Owl Workshop

Image above: Ikat-style notepads from Susy Jack

Image above: We loved this arrow card by Anemone Letterpress

Image above: Sweet and simple pocket-sized notebooks from Pocket Dept.

Image above: These banjo and instrument cards from Wildhorse Press made me so happy.

Image above: How awesome are these customizable mix tape stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop? Christine always has fun new ideas.

Image above: A sweet space-themed card from Carrie at Two Trick Pony

  1. Melanie says:

    How can i purchase those bike cards from Gilah Press? SO in love with them!

    1. grace says:


      they’re available on their site. here’s the direct link:


  2. THANK YOU for reminding me about that Portlandia song. Seriously made my morning.

  3. Carrie S. says:

    The last card, Missing You, is actually from Two Trick Pony. And thanks for featuring it! :)

    Oh, and I think the astrology card might be Printerette. Everything blurs together at NSS, but she was on my short list of favs.

    1. grace says:


      so sorry about that! fixing it now :)


  4. Kari says:

    I love those morse code necklaces too! I have been seeing them pop up around the blogosphere (maybe on Cup of Jo?) and have been trying to figure out what I want mine to say…

    1. grace says:


      i ordered two of them with different sayings, i couldn’t help myself ;)


  5. Susan says:

    Hehe…hearing Fred Armisen on his bike in that skit, so funny. Love those cards!

  6. Carrie S. says:

    Thanks, Grace! And no worries…I can’t imaging trying to keep all the images correctly labeled with creators. Madness!

  7. jessica says:

    yes, the constellation collection was from printerette. also loved her lost dog card!

  8. Erin Abbott says:

    Hey Grace, you have the arrow sending thanks correct. Their line is so great!

  9. Biscuit says:

    I definitely NEED those bike cards! I think they’d be super cute framed!! =)

  10. Alex Snowdon says:

    Gorgeous, inspirational work, I LOVE those bicycles!

  11. Love these. Cute and colorful!

  12. Amy says:

    I love those bike cards! It’s a shame I’m in the UK!

  13. Deva says:

    Love the handpainted cards from Dear Hancock!

  14. Gwendolyn says:

    Thank you for including us in your round-up. And I love the sparkly nail polish it really dresses that card up!

  15. Carrie says:

    Grace, thanks a ton for including my “Sending Thanks” card with such awesome company! Those Gilah Press bicycle cards are KILLING me, they are so good.

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  17. Mimi says:

    Isn’t there an app for that? Just kidding but seriously I can’t send my mom all this cards and everyone I know lives down the street. ;) wonderful designs I dont want to mail them.

  18. Randy Sloan says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! I feel the need for some new business cards all of a sudden.


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