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Hygge Christmas Cards with Melissa Holmes

My, it’s busy at DYP headquarters this month.  But that hasn’t stopped us from producing a fabulous new range of Hygge Christmas cards.  And in the spirit of Hygge it’s come about with a lovely collaboration with a great friend.


If you’ve not yet heard of Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) it’s a Danish word that describes simple pleasure, comfort, and good times.  It’s all about being with friends and family, cosying up, happiness, kinship and simpleness.    Well, running a greetings card company is not always simple and cosy, but we do thrive on friendship and family.  So we were thrilled when a friend got in touch with a proposal.

Hygge Christmas Cards


The fabulous papercutting artist and all round good egg called us to see if we wanted to collaborate with her.  How could we say no?  Her designs are amazing, and we couldn’t resist.  This is a first for DYP, and we’re really excited about it.

Hygge Christmas Cards

Melissa Holmes

Melissa Holmes of Holmes-made Papercuts is a self-taught papercutting artist.  She creates her delicate works of art using paper, fabric, watercolour and a scalpel.   Formally a journalist, Melissa shares our passion for words, and combines those with her love of natural surrounds.  Her work often includes flowers, architecture, quotations and typography.  She produces special personalized commissions for clients, as well as teaching workshops.

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Hygge Christmas Cards

We have worked with Melissa to create a gorgeous range of Hygge Christmas cards.  The artwork by Melissa is inspired by her papercutting and is printed using luxury archival ink on luxury 400gsm paper.  We think you’ll agree, they’re a little bit special.


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Black Friday Sale, 30% Off!

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Black Friday Sale

It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday, so all our US friends will be getting ready for the big celebration.  But wherever you are, the third week in November means it really is time to get your shit together with Christmas shopping.  So how’s this for a bit of motivation: our Black Friday sale will give you a MASSIVE  30% off in our shop from this Friday 25th to Monday 28th.  Just use the the code: BF30 at checkout.


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The Gold Standard

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Don’t forget the Thankyou card for all those fabulous presents you’re going to get!

Black Friday


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Five Really Good Reasons To Send Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

Will you send cards this Christmas?

Thinking of ditching the Christmas cards this year and sending emails instead? Do you know how many emails are sent every day?  205 billion, that’s how many.  Office workers receive an average of 121 emails every day.   Even our personal inboxes are full of Social Media notifications and sales emails from companies we don’t really care about.  Most of them go unopened.  Those that are opened are usual unremarkable.   We delete them with a click of a mouse and forget about them.

Christmas Cards
The first commercially produced Christmas Card 1843

Email Greetings

You want to send your Christmas wishes by email?  Sure, it saves money, and yes there’s a valid environmental concern too.  And it saves time too.  And isn’t that just the point?  We want to think that our friends think about us.  Maybe only occasionally.  Maybe only as much as bothering to write our name and address.  But certainly more than being part of an email mailing list.

Christmas Cards

There’s lots of reasons why people don’t send cards – maybe they’re skint, or ill, or they have lots going on, or they’re out of the country at the crucial time.  But don’t be that friend that didn’t send cards because you couldn’t be arsed!

Five Reasons to Send Christmas Cards

  1. The Personal Touch. Everyone wants to cared about.  Sending a card says you thought about your friend.  You thought about them enough to find your address book.  And spend money on a stamp.  That’s enough to warm the cockles of someone’s heart.
  2. Everyone likes to receive cards. Look how many cards I’ve got on my mantelpiece.  I must be REALLY loved.  If you send, you will receive.
  3. Cards = Happiness. Knowing you are cared about increases your happiness.  Spread happiness.  Especially for people who are isolated, or who don’t use social media.
  4. Don’t lose touch. It would be so easy to never ever speak to a cousin or a great aunt or your old mate from school.  Stay in touch with a Christmas card and a personal note.
  5. You can’t delete cards. Yeah you can throw them away.  Or even better, recycle them for next year’s gift labels.  But they are hanging around for a couple of weeks.  Reminding you that people care and like you.  Email cards don’t do that.

Christmas Cards

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Cheeky and Rude Christmas Cards from DYP

There, we’ve said it, the C word!  We’ve got a stack of new juicy rude Christmas cards for you.

Christmas is 11 weeks and 5 days away.  Yup.  And if that doesn’t seem very close, get this. The last date for sending cards economy (surface) mail from the UK to USA, Canada and Hong Kong is 9 days away!  And if you wanted to send a card economy class to the far East, well tough, that was a week ago.  See what we mean?  It’s definitely time to order your Christmas cards!

And anyway, we’ve been working on our selection of rude Christmas cards for months now. We can’t wait any longer to show you them.  So, without further ado, (drum roll), here’s the DYP 2016 Christmas specials!  Well, some of them anyway.  There’s really a very large selection in the shop.

Rude Christmas Cards
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Rude and Cheeky

And finally, our piece de la resistance, the gold standard.  We really are rather chuffed with these gold cards.  They’re in our Luxe range and are all hand foiled.  Absolutely gorgeous.  And they are limited edition, so get ordering super quick before they run out.

Rude Christmas Cards
The Gold Standard!
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Well that was nice

ho ho fucking ho cards

Over the weekend I had a complaint from a non customer, anonymously via my main online outlet and as I was in the supermarket when this email dropped in (I use my phone for a shopping list!) I was utterly crushed and mortified. To be truthful I wanted to go and sit on the potato pallet and cry my eyes out that I had upset someone so much that they felt disgusted and horrified that profanity products existed online. Of course they argued the toss that they spent an awful lot of money and how could products like mine be allowed on a family orienteered site?


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A quick catch up

Of course you should not start a post off apologising, however I do feel I need to do so. Having been utterly rushed off of my feet I have so much to say about the past month and a bit.

Since moving into the studio (which to reaffirm I am happy to now call my studio) I haven’t stopped working. I’ve pretty much been there everyday, had an open studio day for a Vintage fair and met a lot of lovely people and asked to do some workshops. Then there are the open days still to come before Christmas.

As much as I love being busy, I do feel I need some time to absorb the amazing experiences that have been happening. I’ve met some fantastic people, who equally love their craft and have been a huge inspiration and completely supportive of my venture. Otley has such a rich history of letterpress and at the fair I met many print engineers who came to check out my press! Suffice to say they gave me plenty of advice and lots of stories!

So, I have been very busy. I’ve been hand printing images that I had made into polymer blocks. A lot of my printing plates/letterpress blocks are very old (some circa.1870), so in order to protect them I had them recast and so the modern versions can be used quite frequently. They print up beautifully too, though the new blocks have to be hand printed rather than in the press. I still set the original blocks but they’ll eventually be used as limited edition print runs, just so I can preserve them from further damage.

Most of the items I have been working on include stationery and Christmas cards, wrapping paper, tags and some smaller prints. I’ve also started experimenting with writing paper and printed envelopes, which sold out at the last open day!

So that leads into the open day. I wanted to open up the studio and sell some of my work but also get people to look around. The Vintage fair was a roaring success and I was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the people who visited. Quite a few folk wanted to be taught how to print and bookbind, so in the new year I am planning on putting together small groups for those who want to learn the basics of printing. if you are interested, drop me an email at: doyoupunctuate @ gmail.com(remove the spaces from the ‘@’)

I’ve also agreed to have two more open studio days before Christmas, the first is this Sunday, 27th November from 9.30am until 1.30pm. It’s a shorter time than before but coincides with the farmer’s market too. So if you happen to be near by, come and drop by for a cuppa! I’m at the Courthouse in Otley and the farmer’s market is in the main square.

Once Christmas is out of the way, I’m going to spend some time just experimenting like I used too. I love winter, I love drawing inspiration from silhouetted trees and frosty shapes and so I plan on concentrating or hibernating out ideas! I’m also starting to think of Valentines but also celebrations like Burn’s Night. Robert Burns wrote some beautiful Scottish poetry that could be interpreted into a card.

Finally, I am in the midst of putting together a shop, as usual with these things I’m having to consider the drawbacks of online shopping versus real life. Especially as my work is so tactile, it is hard I guess, to convey the quality of paper and print in an image. However, I shall endeavour to overcome issues like PayPal, web templates and postage. If you feel you have any bug bears about online shopping, please feel free to let me know. I have a list a mile long but it’s always great to get other insights into these things.

Anyway, apologies for the tardiness of this post and thank you always.

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