Christmas snowflakes on the cards

| December 14, 2016

Iggesund Paperboard’s tradition of producing sophisticated Christmas cards has this year seen the company create a card based on the unique properties of individual snowflakes.

The card can be folded in many thousands of possible variations that reflect the form of a snowflake, in colors that range from crystal white to winter blue.

‘The card consists of seven die-cut snowflakes with each side printed with a different pattern,’ said an Iggesund press note. ‘These 14 variations can then be folded to create more than 44,000 different patterns.

‘The design is the brainchild of German designer Peter Dahmen, who in recent years has specialised in digital finishing, often together with the Israeli print house Highcon.

‘The snowflake created by the card’s recipient then encloses a card made of Invercote Metalprint 359 g/m2 with shades of cyan printed on metal foil and the traditional Christmas greeting on the reverse side.’

“Digital finishing is an exciting field and Iggesund’s Christmas card is one of the most sophisticated commissions I’ve done in this area,” said Dahmen. “In theory, the project could be done using traditional die-cutting tools but with an edition of this size that would be much more expensive because then you have to remove the excess strips of paperboard manually.”

Highcon’s design engineer Yaron Eshel supported Dahmen in the creative process.

“I got the idea for the card the night before I was to fly to Israel,” Dahmen said. “I was having trouble getting to sleep but when the idea came to me I had to jump out of bed and write it down before it went out of my head.”

During the flight the next day he refined the drawings on his iPad and showed them to Eshel on arrival.

“When he said it could be done using Highcon’s process, the basics fell into place.”

Dahmen has worked both with digital and traditional die cutting and creasing and is very familiar with all the techniques. But he says digital technology makes it possible to do more fine adjustments at the last minute.

Meanwhile, Iggesund says that its motive for producing sophisticated Christmas cards is not only about being able to send an elegant greeting to its customers.

“We’re actively looking for new solutions and techniques, or innovative uses of traditional methods, that can inspire our customers around the world,” said Iggesund Paperboard’s project manager Anna Adler, who has about a dozen such cards to her credit so far.

“The Christmas card is a printed sample which shows what people can achieve with our paperboards, Invercote and Incada.”

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