When was the last time a business card left you in awe? That’s what I thought – it’s been a long time for me, too. But one look at these pieces designed by Matt Stevens and printed by Mama’s Sauce for LA movie production company Mortal Media made me suddenly realize just how much I enjoy being awed, and how I wish I could experience that feeling more often. If Gandalf had a business card, it would probably look a little something like this one. All of which makes actually deconstructing these beauties seem something akin to explaining your favorite joke, but I suppose we better press on.
However much we tell ourselves that these are the business cards of a 21st century company, the combination of letterpress printing and gold foil on this Classic Crest Epic Black Cover stock [Get Swatchbook] evokes sacred tomes and invisible schools of ancient knowledge lost to the likes of us. Duplexing two sheets together only heightens that effect – this is the type of business card battlefield surgeons from yesteryear would jam between your teeth while heating up the hacksaw.
As you can see, the mysteriousness of these business cards only intensifies when you turn them over to find the names of their owners accompanied by arcane symbols that positively brim with magic. And the orange edge painting gives these pieces an eerie glow head on, like sunrise breaking over a dark monolith. (Incidentally, Blake Griffin is with basketball’s LA Clippers and Ryan Kalil with the Carolina Panthers football team. Curiouser and curiouser…)
PRO members, don’t forget your:
- PRO Guide to Letterpress
- PRO Guide to Foil Stamping
- PRO Guide to Duplex Laminating
- PRO Guide to Edge Painting and Beyond
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