Portoni Set

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These cards were inspired by the Midcentury Modern architectural detailing of entrance gates, or Portonia, as they're called on the island of Kefalonia in Greece. Julie fell in love with the repetitive patterns over the summer while in Greece, and was inspired to create a line of cards with these patterns.

All of Julie's designs are hand-drawn on the computer. Julie says, "I then send my digital file to a plate maker who produces photopolymer plates. The text and images are in the reverse, so that when I adhere them to the base on my letterpress, the image is inked and pressed into the paper creating the design you see here. All cards are designed and printed by me, on my 1887 Golding & Co. Pearl press, as well as my 1926 Chandler & Price."
100% Cotton Paper
Julie Karatzis
Greeting Card Design Challenge
Price is for a boxed set of 6 cards. Dimensions are 5" x 3.5", and each card will require a $.44 stamp.

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 21, 2011 11:39:14 AM

Although Julie's cards are printed using presses from the late 1800s and early 1900s, they have a modern feel. Would you send this design to celebrate Christmas 2011?

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November 21, 2011 01:53:37 PM

$18 for SIX CARDS?

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November 21, 2011 02:38:49 PM

Beautiful Card!!!!

Mary Margaret
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November 21, 2011 05:58:40 PM

It seems more time is being spent on the actual creating of a "handmade" product for the sake of making a "handmade" product. The creativity is shrinking and becoming more bland.

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November 21, 2011 06:12:01 PM

Beautiful cards but darn pricy

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November 21, 2011 06:12:57 PM

Love the design. (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!) But, I will never buy it because of the price. I send out way too many cards, and I can't swing this cost.

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November 22, 2011 12:29:09 AM

I don't get it...

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November 22, 2011 06:27:44 AM

Too expensive, and there is nothing unique about this style. I could find something more creative at Hallmark.

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November 22, 2011 11:43:35 AM

I really love the simplicity. It looks almost like a drawing of a Christmas window that you see at places like Macy's.

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November 22, 2011 01:03:02 PM

Nice colors. Nice design to send to a man.

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November 22, 2011 08:35:23 PM

Far, far too pricey for cards. Honestly, most recipients will just throw them out after receiving them. One commenter said, "It seems more time is being spent on the actual creating of a "handmade" product for the sake of making a "handmade" product." I agree completely. What's the difference between "Here, I bought this," and "Here, someone made this and I bought it"?

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November 23, 2011 08:15:48 AM

not a big fan of the design or colors personally on this one for a christmas card but perhaps for thank you notes.

Julie Karatzis
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November 23, 2011 01:06:05 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I wanted to address the issue of pricing as it's been mentioned in a few comments in this product listing, as well as the other letterpress cards. Every step in creating this card is done by hand. From drawing the design, mixing the inks, registering the plates, feeding the piece into the press (for each color), to cutting, scoring and folding each card. The skill and attention to detail make this process very labor and time intensive, and this is why letterpress tends to be a bit more pricy.

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November 23, 2011 07:40:36 PM

Beautiful work. Personally not my style, but I love the luxe feel of letterpress.

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November 24, 2011 10:35:47 AM

Fantastic design, love the texture. Price is a bit high, but this isn't for sending to 100 people with a form letter/yearly summary shoved inside - send it to a few people who will also appreciate it. (Hope the info about the printing process is on the back of the cards.)


November 25, 2011 03:59:36 PM

This is an excellent price for six perfect miniature works of art to send to appreciative artsy friends. I know people who would frame this and put it up every year for the holidays!

thanks for commenting