This swell lady’s cards arrived at our shop this past week. With wit and hand-drawn doodles, these cards hit home and give a few chuckles. Pop the big questions or give a little nudge to those you love.
Till next time, xo — the wordshop girls.
we love funny, slightly offensive and sometimes downright raunchy greeting cards. but not everyone is up to the option of handing over something of that demeanor or does not have that other person who will quite understand what is happening. this is why we love a sweet little card company known as McBitterson’s cards oh so much. each card is packed with fun and witty punch but is also has a sweet side nestled in somewhere to sooth over any confusion.
with many of their cards arriving to the shop this week, we popped some questions over to McBitterson’s founder, Jenny Piette, to see what she might have to say about her work, whether we’ll see more crackers in the upcoming year and where she pulls her inspiration from.
WS: How did you get your tagline “Cute, Sometimes Cranky Letterpress Cards”? Are you cute and sometimes cranky? or do you have a cat/dog that is cute and cranky?
McBitterson’s (MB): Yeah, I guess I’m kind of cute, but cranky. I think a lot of the cards are an extension of my personality, and some of the sayings have come from my everyday life. I find myself giving more backhanded compliments than I mean to. Whoops! So I’ve decided to just run with that. My favorite cards are the ones that hint at something negative, but aim earnestly toward something positive. And if it can make someone smile and brighten their day a bit, that makes me feel good.
WS: One of our favorite cards is your simple but funny “cracker” card. Will we be seeing an expansion of this? Maybe cracker jack? crack is wack? crack ass?
MB: We are going to do a Merry Christmas Cracker card coming up this fall and maybe some more cracker-themed cards in the future.
WS: What inspires your style?
MB: Some of our cards can get a bit naughty, so a simple design that feels kind of matter of fact and dry, almost like a diagram, adds to the silliness of what the cards are saying. For the artwork, I’ve started looking at 50’s and 60’s line drawings, like Ben Shahn and Warhol’s commercial illustrations, which tend to be in black ink with splashes of color. They used a lot of patterns that feel visually flat and lend themselves to working with patterns in Illustrator.
Thanks for chatting with us Jenny! Take a look at what else this brilliant card maker has to offer in our shop or visit McBitterson’s site and let us know what you’d like to see in the future.
Meeting in New York at an advertising agency, designer Michele Mikeska and writer Lindsay Bruno decided to ditch the corporate job and go after the dream of a creating cards with a slightly, and sometimes very, skewed sense of humor they hoped others would enjoy as much as them.
These gals aren’t new to the shop, but some cards from them are fresh in. After falling in love with their words and design again and again, we decided to throw a few questions at them and are so excited to share what they threw back.
WS: we love your cards, your text and your ability to put MLK on a card and not (really) offend anyone. are there any other historical figures that might make the cut? mother theresa, ghandi, russel simmons, lindsay lohan?
BoldFace Type (BFT): Thanks for all those idea starters. You’re forgetting Jesus. We have a card called “Hot Jesus” and another one called “Judas,” so needless to say our moms are pretty proud. I think next year you should look out for “Sexy Shirley Temple.”
WS: tell us the truth, how do you come up with your text? belly up over cocktails?
BFT: We’ve come up with a lot of good ideas over drinks. And even more bad ones. Sometimes card concepts are just things we have said to each other that made us laugh. But, I’ll admit, sometimes you have to sit down with a pen and paper and go, “What word rhymes with birthday.” Nothing, nothing rhymes with, “birthday.” This is a tough business.
WS: what was your last life before greeting card gurus?
BFT: We met at an ad agency in New York while working on a large, credit card account. They kept rejecting out “Hot Jesus” jokes so we decided we needed to find a new audience.
Thank-you to Boldface Type for taking a bit of time to answer our questions. Pick up their sweet, funny goods at the shop and give them a visit on their site.