Something to Write Home About

Our gift to you!  A hand-lettered, artisanal letterpress Mother’s Day card, courtesy of Hanky Panky and Luna Press, free with any purchase on www.HankyPanky.com, while supplies last.

While supplies last, Hanky Panky is gifting a limited edition, hand-pressed Mother’s Day card with all purchases at HankyPanky.com. (To receive a card, enter the code “MOMSDAY” at checkout.)

Carrie Durand, Hanky Panky’s in-house lettering artist and the proprietor of Luna Press, designed the card and printed a small run on a vintage letterpress in Haverstraw, New York. The “Happy Mother’s Day” message on the front of the card is written in soft, cursive lettering and framed by delicate pink flowers inspired by an art deco textile design. The inside of the card is blank. Each card is hand-numbered and the print run was limited to 100 cards. The cards are printed on 100% recycled cotton rag paper, which has the weight of luxury paper but sits less heavily on the conscience.

Luna Press operates out of the basement of a 20th century carriage house in the historic district of Haverstraw, New York, about one hour’s drive north of New York City in the idyllic Mid-Hudson Valley.

Carrie used custom-built plates (top-right) to press the lettering and floral pattern onto each card.

The card uses two different colored inks: black for the lettering and pink for the framing flowers. Each color requires its own plate, and each card is pressed twice, one time for each color. The press is manually cleaned between print, or color, runs.

Lettering completed! After wiping down the press, Carrie prepared the plate and ink for the pink floral frame and ran the cards through the press a second time.

Carrie at work on your card!  Carrie’s friend Rosey Morris bid on this vintage (1950s-1970s) press on eBay and, lo and behold, won! The press was delivered on a flatbed truck and a crane was needed to lift the press into the house.

Thank you Carrie, for making this very special, artisanal gift for our web customers.

-Clara & Remi

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About Hanky Panky

Over 30 years ago, in 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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