D’Arconte Christmas Greeting Cards Collection for 2011
Readership of the Stationers Guild Blog are aware that I have high admiration for D’Arconte’s striking engraved holiday greeting cards. Bob D’Arconte is, perhaps, the only artist in the United States that designs and engraves his own holiday cards, custom invitations and fine stationery. Plainly an expert of his craft, his cutting-edge designs on stunning papers are plainly little works of art.
Over the past several years, I have been inundated by requests from followers trying to find D’Arconte’s Christmas cards at retailers in their community. Regrettably, his collection of stationery and holiday greeting cards are not generally available outside of New York City. Other than our own retail store in Greenwich, CT, I know that D’Arconte’s holiday cards may be found at Gumps in San Francisco, Francis Orr in Corona del Mar (California) and Tabala Rasa in Salt Lake City.
D’Arconte stationery products are not sold on the web. Mr. D’Arconte has been unwilling to market his holiday greeting cards on the internet because internet image resolutions are inferior and it is difficult to record the subtleties of engraving, particularly on the brilliant white papers he uses. This year, I secured his agreement to offer 18 D’Arconte Christmas greeting cards which may be viewed and purchased online. Image resolutions do not do justice to the intrinsic beauty of these cards; however, those familiar with D’Arconte’s card designs will now have the option to indulge their craving for these stunning works of art.
A thing about D’Arconte’s designs. To start with, the online images don’t do his holiday cards justice. Engraved paper prints are three-dimensional and both the striking and subdued contours of his engraved designs and stamped frames are quite frankly missing in most Internet browsers. Secondly, the loss of color or distinct “white space” only elevates the elegance and balance of his designs. Experienced on a “white” Internet background, the artistic effect and elegance is regrettably lost. Thirdly, D’Arconte “bumps” metallic inks (primarily gold and silver) twice to give them a luxuriant burnished touch. D’Arconte’s flair and artistry is – in my estimation – several steps ahead of the remainder of the field that has difficulty finding their identity in designs and printing quality that simply lacks inspiration.
View and buy D’Arconte Christmas cards online or find an experienced D’Arconte dealer in your town.
Sheila P. May
Founding Member Holiday Greeting Cards