WhiskerPrints

Vintage Typographic Art Prints

8297 Sales

WhiskerPrints

Vintage Typographic Art Prints

8297 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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(1195)
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Maria O

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Announcement   *BUY 3 GET THE 4TH FREE!!* Click 'read more' for details!

♥ DO NOT BUY/PAY FOR YOUR FREE PRINT OR PUT IT IN YOUR SHOPPING CART! ♥ Only buy three (3) prints and indicate which free one you'd like under "notes to seller" when you checkout. For every 3 prints you buy, you get a fourth one (of equal or lesser value) free!

We send all our prints out by USPS First Class mail, which doesn't include tracking. If you need your package to be tracked, please upgrade to Priority Mail shipping on checkout, and we'll be able to see exactly when it should arrive.

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Last updated on Jul 19, 2016

*BUY 3 GET THE 4TH FREE!!* Click 'read more' for details!

♥ DO NOT BUY/PAY FOR YOUR FREE PRINT OR PUT IT IN YOUR SHOPPING CART! ♥ Only buy three (3) prints and indicate which free one you'd like under "notes to seller" when you checkout. For every 3 prints you buy, you get a fourth one (of equal or lesser value) free!

We send all our prints out by USPS First Class mail, which doesn't include tracking. If you need your package to be tracked, please upgrade to Priority Mail shipping on checkout, and we'll be able to see exactly when it should arrive.

Maria O

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Maria O

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About

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." ~ Mark Twain

My name is Maria, and I'm the owner of Whisker Prints. Together with my husband, we work from our home studio in Glendale, Arizona crafting designs of our favorite quotations and printing them on pages we upcycle from vintage dictionaries we find in disrepair.

My husband is a professional designer and illustrator and we make a great team - he's my best friend. We've been married over 22 years and we have a son and daughter in middle and high school. Sometimes they help us out with production and mailing when we get swamped, and they're pretty wonderful.

My husband and I are both avid readers and we love great quotes. There's something magical about a singular, encapsulated thought that can both illuminate our humanity and uplift our spirit. When a writer or a statesman or a scientist or someone's grandparent can put something so well and so clear that it touches you, then there's great power in that. That's exciting to me. It makes me feel good and I love how, when you share it with someone who gets it too, it creates a bond.

That's why we started making these. It started out as a craft project for gifts with friends and family - we found quotes that fit how we felt about each person and was meaningful to them, and designed them graphically to bring out the personality of the quote. They were a hit, and they started asking to buy extras so they could give them as gifts as well.

We had fun making them and word got out to local shops so we started selling more and more, and one day it hit us as to why they were so popular.

Anyone can buy a gift card, or a nice sweater and while it's a very nice gesture and totally appropriate for certain situations, if you need something more personal, it can lack… meaning. What our customers found in our prints was that they got to say something that said something about them and how they felt about the person they were giving it to. They were connecting on an intellectual level and an emotional level in a way that a sweater could never do. No matter how much they paid for that sweater, or how pretty the pattern or luxurious the material, it couldn't touch your heart like the quote you chose that shows them that you get them, you understand who they are and that you love them.

That's the greatest thing about our little home business, we love to hear the stories!

We've heard from sisters that share an adoration for the movie "Elf" (and Etsy) and each bought one of our quotes for the other on Christmas (without the other knowing, too… a total "Gift of the Magi" moment), parents that give them to their kids' teachers and librarians to show appreciation for their dedication and hard work, and messages of strength and solidarity for friends going through illness or the loss of a loved one. As a custom request, we once designed a special quote from J.R.R. Tolkien ("I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging") that was given as part of a marriage proposal. Since then, we've created framed prints of that one to be gifts for a wedding party or as table decor. In fact, we've now started selling to wedding planners as well as our regular book store and gift shop customers.

In addition to the substance of the quotes and the thoughtfulness of the design, a big part of the appeal of our prints is the vintage paper we use. We cull whatever usable sheets we can find from long out-of-date dictionaries that have sat neglected on shelves or stored in boxes for decades, slowly falling apart. By stripping away the ragged portions we sometimes find a great number of usable pages in the middle that we can upcycle and give new life as an art print.

We look for the shabbiest ones that are almost a hundred years old. Over that span of time the paper has acquired a golden, aged patina and sometimes there's foxing (small brown spots), tiny tears along the edge or corner creases - each page is unique, sometimes with beautiful spot illustrations accompanying a few of the entries. It's always a surprise to see how a particular design will interact with each page's unique properties; the random quirkiness is a big part of the charm.

Thanks for taking a moment to learn more about us, and if you have a special quotation or something unique that you'd like us to create custom for you, please contact us and we'll do everything we can to design the perfect gift that says exactly what you want to say. :D

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  • Maria O

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    I work from a home studio in Glendale, Arizona, where my husband and I craft designs of our favorite quotations, sayings and original illustrations and print them on pages we upcycle from vintage, long out-of-date dictionaries we find in disrepair.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2014
Thanks for visiting Whisker Prints! We create original vintage book art prints and archival art prints to enjoy at home, or as thoughtful gifts that your friends and family are sure to love.

Please read our shop policies carefully before you place your order. Because of the varied nature of available pages, we cannot match prints to specific letter groups or words, however, requests can be made on custom orders and we'll do our best to fulfill them based on available page stock. If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll reply as soon as possible.

Enjoy your time in my shop and don't hesitate to ask questions. We love making custom orders.

BUY THREE, GET ONE FREE! ☛ Do NOT purchase the 4th print, just specify in "message to seller" upon checkout which free print you would like. For every 3 prints purchased you get a free one of the same or lesser value, and yes, the deal stacks... if you buy 6, you'll get 2 free, if you buy 9, you'll get 3 free, etc. Thanks!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Direct Checkout (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and Paypal are the only methods accepted and due at time of purchase. Paypal eChecks must clear first before sending your order. When we receive payment we'll send your order out within two business days.

Note that sometimes when you create a PayPal account for the first time, the payment may be delayed for a few days while PayPal verifies your information.

If payment is not received within five days, your order may be cancelled. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Shipping
Prints are enclosed in an archival poly sleeve and shipped in a sturdy stay flat mailer via USPS mail, domestic and international.

U.S. SHIPPING: items are sent within 1-3 business days of payment, 6 days a week

GLOBAL SHIPPING: items are sent within 1-3 business days of payment (no weekends or holidays)

Estimated USPS delivery times:
United States: 3-5 business days
Canada: 10-14 business days
Everywhere else: 15-30 business days

We pride ourselves on getting orders out as soon as possible, so once the notification of shipping is sent, that means it's packaged up and in the mail. Occasionally folks forget to send us a convo or note as instructed for the free print and we used to convo them and wait for a response while we placed their partial order in an area in our studio set aside for just such orphans. However, if they sat there too long before going out they sometimes got lost in the shuffle and then customers wouldn't get the ones they ordered in time for gift dates, etc., and that's no fun. :(

Of course, if you still want your free one contact us within five business days and we'll send it to you for an additional shipping charge:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115830789/extra-shippingpackaging-to-re-send-a

We would like to amend our shipping policies. Due to an on-going reported issue from customers telling us of lost or undelivered packages sent via USPS First Class Mail and USPS First Class International Mail, we can no longer replace lost packages sent this way. Once we send your package out via USPS First Class Mail or USPS First Class International Mail we will send you a tracking number to see approximately what sort facility your package is at, however this is not insured or traceable and although the majority of packages DO make it to their destination, some unfortunately do not.

If you'd like us to send your order via fully insured and tracked USPS Priority Mail or USPS International Priority Mail please add one of these listings to your order (these upgrades are in addition to the regular shipping rates):

Domestic Orders: https://www.etsy.com/listing/162266268/express-delivery-usps-priority-mail

International Orders: https://www.etsy.com/listing/177819308/usps-international-priority-mail-upgrade

International buyers are responsible for any duties or customs fees that may be incurred by their destination country. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our shipping policies.
Refunds and Exchanges
If we've made a mistake on your order, our prints are 100% returnable for the full purchase price, your satisfaction is our goal. If you are unhappy with your purchase we'll be happy to help resolve the issue.

However, due to recent issues with the US Postal Service regarding occasional mishandling and loss, if you did NOT purchase insurance and traceability in the form of our USPS Priority Mail upgrades (as outlined in our policies), then we can't replace items that arrived damaged in shipping, or if your package was accepted by the post office (as shown in USPS tracking) but was lost in transit.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of the images and designs on this website are original works, although some contain public domain images that have been modified and are incorporated within them. Any public domain images that have been modified as such by the artists at Whiskerprints.com are classified as new derivative works and afforded full copyright protection under United States and International Copyright Law. Unmodified, original public domain works do, of course, still remain in the public domain. However, all modified, derivative works featured on this website are the exclusive property of WhiskerPrints.com, and all rights are reserved. Any other use of the artwork images contained herein without the expressed written consent of WhiskerPrints.com is strictly prohibited.

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