August's art was all about lettering. A personal favorite that should not be too surprising. The cactus design is putting big hearts in our eyes over here. This one is going to be coming to the shop soon!
Hey, local friends! Mark your calendars for the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market - July 24 & 25. We're going to be there with all sorts of new Hennel Paper Co. products. We hope you'll come by and say hi! Visit vintage-charlotte.com for more information, tickets go on sale soon.
So, I've had the Dads & Grads cards out for a while on Etsy now, but am really happy to say they are now available on our website too. I've been working on upgrading our shopping cart recently, which means a few things 1.) the full product line is (finally) available in the shop 2.) a better checkout experience and 3.) our wonderful retailers can now checkout online. Super giant HIGH FIVES for no more paper order forms! If you aren't a wholesaler, the paper order forms thing means totally nothing to you, just trust me when I say that this an awesome thing.
A behind the scenes view at the making of our new Father's Day cards. I just love the difference between the black and white drawing and the finished art, don't you? It's so exciting to see them come to life.
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We've got several new additions in the shop. I'd like to introduce you to our new baby cards all hand lettered and oh so lovely.
This year I thought it would be fun to create some hand lettered holiday gift tags to put on our presents. And since they turned out so stinking cute we've decided to make them a free download so you can use them on your gifts too! There are 8 different designs in total with 14 tags printing to a sheet. The file is set-up to easily print on letter size paper. We printed ours on 80# card stock, but anything in the 65-100# weight range would work nicely. After printing we used a paper cutter to trim them down to size and then used a small hole punch. Pair it up with some jute twine or cute baker's twine and you're really going to give a pretty gift to your friends and family. Click here or on the photo below to download.
(For personal use only please.)
We're so excited to to finally be announcing our brand new, beautiful line of holiday cards. These have been ready to go for months and it's been so tough to keep them under our hat until now. From Thanksgiving to New Years we've got everything you need to get a head start this year, including a new addition to our product line. We're very thrilled to introduce two personalized card sets for a custom look without the custom price — printed special for your family. There are only 74 days until Christmas so now is the perfect time to get started.
Very excited to announce another batch of new cards now available in the shop. I've been as busy as a little bee lately with more new cards on their way, a full line of holiday cards almost ready for release (hooray for getting a head start this year), custom branding designs and custom weddings. I've also been working on refining the HPC brand and ferociously going after my 2013 goal of taking HPC wholesale.. meaning that HPC products would be sold in stores. How exciting would that be? The day I make my first wholesale order is going to be a day of celebration. But for today, we have brand new editions in the shop. And I have to admit, the new Holla card is my all time favorite thing I have ever created, ever.
I hope you like them!
It was always you.
And it always will be.
You make me incredibly happy.
Husband & Wife
Cheers to a happy life.
I've thought a lot about this and have come to a conclusion. I was wrong.
So.. yeah that happened.
Really sorry about that.
Gnome - Happy Birthday!
So that title didn't work out quite as well as I was hoping, but we've got a new line of birthday cards nonetheless. And with every new line I launch I get more and more excited, because that means we are that much closer to having a full line of greeting cards, which is my ultimate goal right now. So to kickoff our birthday line we have seven, fresh off the press, beauties. They are all 5"x7", hand illustrated and printed on natural recycled cover stock. Click on each image to go to the shop listing for more information.
Get 'em while they're hot.
Inside: Just don't count 'em.
Happiest of Birthdays to you.
Inside: Live it up.
Have a super birthday.
Inside: Hope it's more exciting than a flying dog.
Mmmake a wish
Inside: You know you want to wish for more cake.
It's your birthday!!
Inside: Hot diggity dog. Enjoy!
Inside: Happy Birthday!
I'm back today with another life lesson. The last couple weeks have been quiet for me and I had to put down my sketchbook and pencil. Working all day and drawing all night has been putting tremendous strain on my wrist and I've been dealing with some carpal tunnel issues. So to rest and heal I have been limiting the time I spend sketching. This has not been easy and there has been more than a time or two where the husband has walked into the room to catch me drawing. And with that fact I think this is the perfect life lesson for everyone (myself included) today.
Day nine of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project: Be good - most of the time. I believe in being good. I am a rule follower by nature. I don't like to make waves. I think that you should obey the traffic laws and in general just be a good person. I also think there is a time and place to break the rules. I'm not talking about major laws here. I'm talking about the rules we as a society, and as individuals, put in place. The ones about how you shouldn't tell someone you don't like their new hair cut when they ask or keeping quiet just for the sake of politeness. Sometimes you have to speak up. And sometimes you just have to drink coffee at 1am. You know it's not a good idea at the time, but it doesn't matter. The fun you have doing it outweighs the consequences. The risks you take in life are often the things you remember the best.
This life lesson is extra special because it has been submitted to the Minted + West Elm design challenge. Submissions close on 4/26 and voting will begin. If you get over to Minted keep an eye out for my lettering!
More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.
The Mother's Day Greeting Cards have arrived in the shop. All of the cards are standard A7 greeting card size (5x7) and printed on a heavy recycled card stock in a speckled cream color. Cards come with an A7 envelope in purple, blue or natural, depending on the design. HPC has recently invested in a wonderful printer that we are going to be printing our own greeting cards on. I was a little nervous about making this move, but after seeing the amazing quality of the test prints I'm so excited about it.
Mom You Were Always Right
Inside: I finally said it. Happy Mother's Day!
Inside: Thanks for being so awesome.
No Green Thumb Required
Inside: Happy Mother's Day!
You're So Crafty
Inside: Thanks for making me.
Day eight of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project
- Stay home if you are sick - Don't be a hero. You don't want to be sick, we get it, but pretending to be well enough to go to work fools no one. And nobody wants what you've got. So don't be a hero. Use those sick days. That's what they're there for. The work will be there when you get back.
Day seven of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project - Use Your Vacation Days. And I mean all of them, because nobody is going to think you are more awesome if you let them expire. Just the opposite actually. So get out there and have fun. Its the best way to recharge and stay motivated. More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.
Day six of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project - Write it down. I can't even tell you how many times a day I think of my "most amazing idea yet" and then its completely gone when I come back to it. I haven't the foggiest what my amazing idea was. Or what I went to the store to get. I know we need it, but I couldn't tell you what it is for the life of me. Sometimes it comes back to me when I'm pulling back in the driveway, other times I am not so lucky. Lesson learned, so now I keep a notepad on my at all times. I use my iPhone to keep track of notes and I send myself emails in the middle of the night. I've got a brain that never stops.
Day five of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project - Finish this project first before starting the next. Amen. I am the queen of starting new projects before I can even finish the last one. I have so many ideas that I am constantly thinking of and am just so excited about all of them. I want to start working on them asap. My excitement gets the best of me sometimes. I received a gift for my birthday this year that is a coffee mug that says "I've got ideas I haven't even thought of yet" which is so completely fitting on the both counts, the quote and the fact that it aids in my coffee addiction. More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.
Life Lessons - day three: Your mom was right. Isn't that the truth? I'm really loving how this one turned out. I tried a couple new effects and techniques and am really happy with the result. The text pops right off the background. Want to get involved? More information about my hand lettering project here.