After countless delays, all on my part, the Queens of the Mat series of letterpress greeting cards are finally ready. At least the very limited first printing is done and available for shipping in 3 Pack and 9 Pack sets. These are hopefully only the first set of blank A8 greeting cards with matching envelopes to be offered directly to fans of The International House of Zing’s Novelty Division.
As you can see, there are three images in a set. Three fictional women wrestlers past their salad days still competing in the ring.
These very nice cards are the result of a collaboration with a fine young man in Chattanooga who runs a letterpress operation down there.We’re talking small and very intimate runs, by the way. The fellow’s name is Terry Chouinard and his press is called The Wing and the Wheel. For Terry, the letterpress is a calling. And that makes me lucky for having him available to print our cards.
The images for these cards were originally done years ago as a self-promo series I did to garner more work during a sluggish period when I was doing a lot of editorial work. The problem arose when I wanted to revive the series with Terry in a different way and I couldn’t locate the original art.
Terry needed high resolution images to make his plates (so important when doing any printing, but especially essential for letterpress) so I actually had to re-draw and re-ink the pieces. Below you can see the new original art with the printed card…for size reference.
The back of the card is also letterpress and includes the name of each wrestler in hot pink.
If you’d like to have a set of these marvelously rendered blank greeting cards to send to your cousin, or impress your Great Aunt Mary, or just to add to your growing collection of unique House of Zing Novelties, please find our International House of Zing Giftshop here: