Everyone thinks, or would like to think, that what they create is unlike anything else out there but it's pretty rare to see something completely novel. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to find a couple of things at the Top Drawer trade show recently that I hadn't seen before in some way shape or form.
it's plastic by any other name
These little square cards by Stooshie Design feature a 3-D perspex ring that frames a particular design element [in this case, a Scottie dog]. Perspex, by the way, is British for acrylic. They are created by Linda Carlin, an incredibly sweet Scottish woman who educated me in Scottish slang. A stooshie, you see, is an argument or fracas, as in after one too many pints, their lively debate degraded into a right stooshie by the end of the night. It's a bit of a strange name given that Linda hardly seems the argumentative type. Whatever her mood may be, she does make cute and - better yet - original cards.
put it together
I've never seen a card made out of jigsaw puzzle pieces before. Maybe it's been done before and I just missed it - wouldn't be the first time - but I think this is clever. While the White Cotton Card Co.'s designs aren't really my style, I like the way they execute this concept and it's fun.
They've tested the cards and reported that they don't cost anything extra to send and the postal service will deliver the envelope full of puzzle pieces without a problem. Will wonders never cease.