Readership of the Stationers Guild news are mindful that I have high admiration for D’Arconte’s beautiful engraved Christmas cards. Bob D’Arconte is, perhaps, the only artist in the United States that designs and engraves his own Christmas cards, invitations and fine 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 inundated by demands from readers trying to get D’Arconte’s holiday cards at shops in their community. Unfortunately, his brand of stationery and Christmas 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 on the internet. Mr. D’Arconte has been reluctant to promote his holiday greeting cards on the internet because internet image resolutions are inferior and it is difficult to record the subtleties of engraving, in particular on the vibrant white papers he uses. This season, I acquired his agreement to offer you 18 D’Arconte holiday greeting cards which may be viewed and bought online. Picture resolutions do not do justice to the inherent charm of these cards; however, those familiar with D’Arconte’s designs will now have a chance to indulge their desire for these lovely works of art.
A word about D’Arconte’s holiday card designs. To start with, the online images don’t do his holiday cards justice. Engraved images are three-dimensional and both the bold and delicate shapes of his engraved creations and imprinted frames are simply missing in most Internet browsers. Secondly, the loss of color or distinct “white space” only enhances the beauty and proportion of his artistic designs. Experienced on a “white” Internet background, the artistic impact and sophistication is unfortunately lost. Thirdly, D’Arconte “bumps” metallic inks (primarily gold and silver) twice to give them a luxuriant burnished touch. D’Arconte’s pizzazz and workmanship is – in my opinion – several steps ahead of the rest of the field that appears to have problems finding their identity in designs and printing quality that simply lacks energy.
See and buy D’Arconte holiday cards online or find an experienced D’Arconte dealer in your town.
Sheila P. May
Founding Member Holiday Greeting Cards