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

For the past several years, I have been besieged by demands from customers trying to locate D’Arconte’s Christmas cards at retailers in their neighborhood. Regrettably, his brand of stationery and holiday greeting cards are not generally available outside of New York City. Other than our own retail 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 reluctant to publicize his holiday greeting cards on the web because internet image resolutions are inferior and it is not possible to record the subtleties of engraving, in particular on the bright white card stock he uses. This year, I got his agreement to offer you 18 D’Arconte Christmas greeting cards which may be viewed and acquired online. Picture resolutions do not do justice to the inherent beauty of these greeting cards; however, those acquainted with D’Arconte’s designs will now have an opportunity to indulge their desire for these stunning works of art.

A thing about D’Arconte’s card designs. First, the images don’t do his Christmas cards justice. Engraved printing are three-dimensional and both the striking and subdued shapes of his engraved artwork and embossed frames are simply lost in most Internet browsers. Secondly, the lack of color or shade or pronounced “white space” only increases the beauty and symmetry of his artistic designs. Viewed on a “white” Internet background, the visual impact and intricacy is unfortunately lost. Thirdly, D’Arconte “bumps” metallic inks (primarily gold and silver) a second time to provide them a rich burnished look and feel. D’Arconte’s exuberance and workmanship is – in my estimation – several steps ahead of the remainder of the field that has problems finding their identity in designs and printing quality which simply lacks energy.

See and purchase D’Arconte Christmas cards online or find an experienced D’Arconte dealer in your town.

Sheila P. May
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