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Manicule: Pointing the Way

December 12, 2014

I know they say it’s impolite to point, but I couldn’t help myself!

Pink Toe Press Manicule Button

 

Now available at Pink Toe Press’ Etsy Shop are Manicule Buttons. Also called the Index, Pointing Hand, or Bishop’s Fist, these typographic symbols were very important in printing from the 12th century to the 18th century. In the 18th through the 20th century, they became more widely used in directional signage than in printed books. With increased popularity of the typewriter, they became less used as they were too wide for typewriter keys. Never out of favor, they are still popular today, especially among typography lovers. They are my favorite symbol after my beloved Ampersand.

 

Used in a similar fashion to bullets to bring attention to passages, these iconic symbols will catch everyone’s eye. These buttons are a great way to show your love of typography or to bring attention to yourself or a detail on your wardrobe. Made from antique woodblock and letterpress Manicule symbols. Available in 2-packs or 4-packs; Left or Right facing.

Paint By Number Gift Tags

November 24, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there…And you know what that means? Time to get all of your gift-giving accoutrements together. Pink Toe Press has a fun retro-inspired solution: Paint By Number Gift Tags. They are a fun variation to the classic gift tag, using vintage Paint By Number artwork, colorful bakers twine, and space for personalization. Each tag is printed on the front AND the back so that your gift will stand out no matter which way the tag is facing.

 

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 Perfect for addressing gifts to those on the “Nice List”

Gift tags are available in non-holiday designs too! Available designs are shown below. Customizable features include the banner on each tag and the color of the bakers twine. Each tag is made from vintage Paint By Number artwork, so they vary slightly from pack to pack.

 
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 The view of the tags from the front.

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The view from the back.

Available designs are: Birthday, Love, Just for You, For You, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Don’t Open Until December 24, With Love, Handmade, or customize your own!

 

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 Put Santa to shame this year.

As an added bonus (and for extra gift-ability) the tags are embellished not only with colorful bakers twine, but with glitter accents. Each tag has a little bit of glitter detailing on the front or back.

 


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 So glittery. So shiny!

 

These gift tags will look great on a gift, but they could also make a great gift. Available in packs of 6.

This Year’s Christmas Card

November 13, 2014

Every year, around June or July, I have the brilliant idea to get my Christmas Cards and Christmas merchandizing plans together for Pink Toe Press. Last year I had a fairly legitimate excuse to not get any of that done (see: cross-country move in the middle of December). This year I got something together a little later in the game than I would have hoped. But better late than never, right?

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I really enjoy the movie Elf and I wanted to make a card that features the famous quote from Will Ferrel’s character Buddy: The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. My brother and I always say this to each other around the holidays, so I thought this would be perfect.

 

I thought this would be a nice card to simply colored with several bold fonts. I am also planning on making this into larger prints if the interest is there.

ptp_card_xmascheer3pk_1I hope you like the way they came out. They are going to be my personal greeting card this holiday season. But feel free to pick up a set to send out yourself. They are available in my Etsy Shop.

 

The Incredible Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube

November 12, 2014

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What a handsome Puzzle Cube.

 

Graphic Designers rejoice! Pink Toe Press now has the Amazing and Incredible “Pink Tone” Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube! A fun take on the traditional puzzle cube, this Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube has dozens of unique color swatches on each square of the puzzle. Twist and turn the puzzle to create custom color combinations. Use the puzzle cube as a puzzle OR as a custom color swatch generator. Perfect for the Puzzle-Lovers and/or Graphic Designers in your life. 

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Get two and keep one for yourself! They make great desk decorations too!

Each Incredible “Pink Tone” Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube Is hand-adorned with custom color swatch stickers. Each color was created and named by Yours Truly. While inspired by popular paint chips, these colors do not correspond to any paints, dyes, or existing colors available on the market. Each color was custom made by me for these Puzzle Cubes (Some colors are available as buttons in the Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop). Each color was printed onto a sticker which was hand-placed on each square of each cube. Puzzle cube bases come pre-assembled and are made from a hard plastic.

Tired of having your nose stuck in a book (ouch!)? Sick of playing games with angry avifauna? The Incredible “Pink Tone” Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube is your solution. Small enough to toss into a book-bag or carry-on bag, this fun activity requires no batteries, no headphones, and you don’t need a 20-page rule book to play. Just twist and turn and have fun!

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It will be hard to put the iPhone down, but it will be worth it!

Whether you are a designer, a puzzle lover, a painter, or someone who is looking for a GREAT gift this Holiday Season, the Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube is the thing for you. The possibilities are endless for these little cubes. Stop by the Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop to grab yours today!

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Color customization in action.

Twisting the cube horizontally gives you great color combinations.

New Business Cards for Pink Toe Press

November 3, 2014

I recently gave Pink Toe Press‘ business cards a bit of an overhaul. If you remember from before, the old cards were very detailed and had an illustration of the Pink Toe Press “coat of arms”.

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The old design: GREAT for postcards, a little too detailed for business cards.

I wanted to give the business cards a bright bold look with simple colors that lend themselves well to the shapes and colors in the Pink Toe Press logo. I chose this design that not only features the logo but makes sure you know each item coming from Pink Toe Press is hand made.

 

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The NEW printed business cards. How lovely!

 

I prefer vertical business cards. Vertical is sometimes a risky choice, but I knew I could make it work for this project. I chose to use one of my new favorite fonts: Lulo for much of the text on the card. As this is a small canvas, I wanted the most legible, aesthetically pleasing font I could muster. Functionally, I wanted to be sure to include the social media information on the card, but did not want to be obtuse about it. I included that information in pink under where it says “buttons/cards/totes”.

I printed the cards at home using our Cannon 9000 Mark II printer (love that thing!) and printed them on heavy-stock bristol paper. Because of this, they are thicker than standard business cards and are matte on the back for writing down notes or other pertinent information. They are so pretty, I though they could even be used as tags for tote bags in a pinch!

 

I feel this project was a success. What do you think?

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos

November 1, 2014

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In celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, I have added new Calavera greeting cards to my Etsy Shop! They are available in a number of awesome colors and comes with its own envelope. Each card is cut and hand-folded, and is made from my original illustration. They are great for Halloween or Day of the Dead, but could be used any time of year for yourself or to send to your spooky friends!

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