PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: 2017 Louie Awards Call for Entries (Video)
Though many greeting card companies hedge their bets these days by offering digital cards, there’s little doubt that paper cards are the ones that make the most impact, particularly as they engage more of their recipients’ senses — touch most of all. It’s no surprise then that the Greeting Card Association’s call for entries for its 2017 Louie Awards came in the form of a package that intrigued the hands as much as the eye.
Mystery is in the air the moment you open the envelope to reveal ANOTHER envelope, intriguingly prismatic in its diamond-like lines and facets, all highlighting a bright reflex blue. Turn it over and the mystery deepens: the uneven folds that “tie” the package together fit perfectly with the pattern on the back of the package. Gently tug a corner here and a corner there and it opens up before your eyes: a tulip-fold in full bloom!
At this point we’re prepared for anything — something truly ornate, no doubt. And that’s where the in-house team at Hallmark Cards triumph once more: They present us with a simple card announcing the awards beautifully printed on Neenah Classic Crest [Get Swatchbook] Recycled Bright White 100-lb. Cover. The geometric pattern around the words “Louie Awards” are a nice call back to the pattern on the outside of the package.
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Inside there are four cards. A blue, night sky-like card twinkles brightly thanks to the words “Call for Entries” stamped in holographic foil on the surface. The Award Categories card takes us further into the cosmos with other worlds also rendered in blue. All of these cards are imprinted front and back with two spot colors: PMS 7646 U and Reflex Blue, and a pass with holographic foil to boot.
It is only after we’ve examined the cards themselves that we realize the enormous sheet in which they were wrapped is itself a fabulous work of art — a poster that declares “We are wonders in a universe of wonders.” Describing it further is unnecessary. Pieces like this are the reason I’ve been shooting these videos for ... well never you mind how many years I’ve been doing that.
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.