2013 Letterpress Valentine’s Card Design Competition

Update: Submissions have been extended till Friday, Jan 18.

Share your love for letterpress, and your creative awesomeness by entering our 2013 Letterpress Valentine’s Card Design Competition. Design the winning handcrafted letterpress Valentine’s card, and gain the adoration of the whole entire world! Ok, maybe just your friends and colleagues. Ready to get started? Here are the details:

The Competition Specs

Card Size: A6 (4.625″ x 6.25″ folded) or (9.25″ x 6.25″ flat)
Printing Technique: Letterpress, provided by Superior Printing
Color: up to 2 PMS or Foil supplied by Lotus creations (a Blind Deboss counts as a color)
Side: 1-sided, interior will be blank (vertical or horizontal)
Stock: Finch Fine, Antique Finish 130# Card Stock supplied by Clampitt Paper
Finishing: Folding only, no Die-cuts, bleeds are ok

Download an illustrator template here as a guide: Horizontal or Vertical

Each winning card will have a printing of 250, and an extra 100 for the first place (to be mailed out to AIGA membership). Winners of the design will receive 3 copies of their individual cards, as well as a free packet of all 3 cards. Cards will be made available for purchase on February 13, 2013 at our reception at Superior Printing.

Submission Info

Only one submission per person.

Submit your Designs: via email at heart@aiga-sa.org
Submission Specs: Please submit two things to us:
1) A print-ready PDF with crop marks (please make sure colors are PMS/Foil only, please specify colors in the email. If you want to use a foil, please use common mettalized, matte or gloss foils.)
2) A jpeg of the design for judging on Facebook.

For questions regarding the competition, email: communications@aiga-sa.org  

The Judging

The judging will happen on Facebook. That’s right, we’re letting our Facebook fans choose the winners. We’ll be uploading an album so that everyone can see the entries, and vote for their favorites by “liking” them. The design with the most “likes” wins!

The top three most “liked” designs will be printed by Superior Printing, and the winning design will be mailed to all of our members for Valentine’s Day.

Voting will being on Wednesday, January 16 and run through Tuesday, January 22. Winners will be announced the following day and will be recognized during our reception at Superior Printing on Wednesday, February 13. (Details on the reception will come soon!)

Important Dates

December 17 (Mon) – Competition launch
January 18 (Fri) January 15 (Tue) – Competition submission deadline
January 19 (Sat) January 16 (Wed) – Facebook voting begins
January 22 (Tue) – Facebook voting ends and winners announced
February 13 (Wed) – Reception hosted by Superior Printing (Details to come soon)

Good luck!


Superior Printing
Superior Printing Company is a family owned print shop located on the West side of San Antonio. The art of letterpress printing dates back to the mid-15th century with Gutenberg’s press. Today, this is considered specialty printing and only a small number of print shops own letter presses. We work closely with our customers to ensure their vision is reflected in the end product.

Clampitt Paper is a family owned and operated company; it was started in 1941 by Max Clampitt and is now run by his youngest son Don Clampitt. Clampitt is a paper merchant that sells direct to large and small scale printers as well as creative designers and local artists.

Lotus Creations
Lotus Creations, Inc. has been supplying premium quality engraved and etched dies to the graphic communities and  leather manufacturers for over 40 years. Lotus brings years of experience to every die we produce and takes pride in our reputation for exceptionally high quality engraving, customer satisfaction, and competitive pricing .

CTI Paper
CTI Paper USA offers an eclectic ensemble of specialty papers and envelopes designed to inspire creative genius. Elegant, sophisticated, fresh and fun – The Fine Paper Collection® includes the world’s finest translucent paper, cast coated paper and metallic printing paper available.


Design by Julian Cordero
Copywriting by Chantal Grimball

By admin
Published December 17, 2012
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