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Readers of the Stationers Guild news are mindful that I have great admiration for D’Arconte’s beautiful engraved holiday cards. Bob D’Arconte is, perhaps, the only artisan in the United States that designs and engraves his own Christmas cards, invitations and stationery. Plainly an expert of his craft, his cutting-edge designs on beautiful papers are plainly little works of art.

Over the past several years, I have been overwhelmed by requests from followers trying to obtain D’Arconte’s holiday cards at stores in their community. Sadly, his line of stationery and holiday greeting cards are not well represented outside of New York City. Other than our own store in Greenwich, CT, I know that D’Arconte’s holiday cards may be purchased at Gumps in San Francisco, Francis Orr in Corona del Mar (California) and Tabala Rasa in Salt Lake City.

D’Arconte stationery products are not sold online. Mr. D’Arconte has been unwilling to promote his holiday cards on the internet because internet image resolutions are very poor and it is not possible to capture the subtleties of engraving, especially on the vibrant white papers he uses. This year, I secured his agreement to offer you 18 D’Arconte Christmas cards which may be viewed and bought online. Picture resolutions do not do justice to the intrinsic charm of these cards; however, those familiar with D’Arconte’s designs will now have an opportunity to indulge their desire for these lovely works of art.

A word about D’Arconte’s card designs. To begin with, the internet images don’t do his holiday cards justice. Engraved paper prints are three-dimensional and both the bold and subtle contours of his engraved motifs and embossed frames are often lost in most Internet browsers. Secondly, the lack of color or shade or distinct “white space” only increases the charm and proportion of his designs. Viewed on a “white” Internet background, the visual effect and sophistication is unfortunately lost. Thirdly, D’Arconte “bumps” metallic inks (primarily gold and silver) a second time to provide them a luxuriant burnished touch. D’Arconte’s talent and workmanship is – in my opinion – several steps in front of the remainder of the field that seems to have problems finding their brand identity and printing quality which simply lacks inspiration.

Take a look at and purchase D’Arconte holiday cards online or find a qualified D’Arconte dealer in your neighborhood.

Sheila P. May
Founding Member Holiday Greeting Cards

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