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Etsy Hands-On: Valentines

Jan 25, 2012

by Claire Comfort handmade and vintage goods

Here at the Etsy Labs, you’ll often find us poised over our Vandercook press, printing our happy hearts away. The entire office has taken turns cranking out cards and coasters, and now’s your chance to experience the satisfaction of holding a card, hot off the press. To kick off the newly redesigned 2012 creative event series at Etsy Labs — now known as Etsy Hands-On — we are teaming up with Sesame Letterpress and getting intimate with paper crafts in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Join us!

Sesame Press

Come on down to the Etsy Labs on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. We will have table-top presses set up with two different designs for coasters (make a set!), and the Vandercook press will be equipped to print a folded card. After printing, enjoy drinks and treats while making your own envelopes with vintage papers and ephemera. You can also type up a love letter in Miniature Rhino’s very special letter writing booth!

Bonus: The first 25 people to check in will receive a free tote bag. We’ll also be raffling off some sweet surprises throughout the night.

Miniature Rhino

As in years past, we are partnering with Citymeals-on-Wheels, an organization that provides nutritious meals to elderly New Yorkers, for the Special Delivery: Share Your Love card campaign. Hands-On: Valentines is the perfect opportunity to help spread smiles and valentines throughout the city by printing cards to donate. For more information on how you can participate in the Special Delivery program, check out this post.

If the whir of a printing press is music to your ears, be sure to RSVP! If you can’t make it, your loved one needn’t go without, browse a bounty of Valentine’s items right here on Etsy!

Etsy Labs

Printing on the Vandercook

The Details:
Where: Etsy Labs at 55 Washington Street, Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: February 7, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. Drop by anytime!
Who: This event is appropriate for all ages and skill levels — beginners are welcome! Make cards with your family, bring your sweetheart or be a secret admirer.
Cost: Free


Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:
12/1: Craft Night at Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA
12/1: Craft Bar at Museum of Craft and Folk Art in SF
2/16: Church of Craft Meeting at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas | Gift Guides 


  • PoisonApplePotions

    PoisonApplePotions said 7 years ago

    Wish I could come!

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 7 years ago

    I love letterpress so! I would come if Indy was closer to Brooklyn!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Fun and thoughtful, love it! I'm sure plenty of people are going to want to jump on that letterpress!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Looks like so much fun and what beautiful creations are just waiting to be made! I love letterpress! =)

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 7 years ago

    WOW! This event is sure to be fun, inspirational and educational! Too bad we can't all magically transport there a la Spock. :( Please post photos of all the killer valentines the attendees make!

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden said 7 years ago

    it's very cool event !

  • bustmybutton

    bustmybutton said 7 years ago

    Wow, I can't imagine how imaginative this event will be! Hope everyone who attends has a fun time!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    Wish I lived over your way!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 7 years ago

    looks like fun! I am a little bit away from there though...;}

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Sound like a great event. Wish I lived closer.

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 7 years ago

    Sounds like fun!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 7 years ago


  • thevicagirl

    thevicagirl said 7 years ago

    Oh, that sounds like so much fun. I haven't made anything in print for such a long time. Too bad I don't live closer.

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a fabulous event! (^__^)

  • dezbahbeads

    dezbahbeads said 7 years ago

    By the time i get to New York..........I'm in Phoenix!!! Have a great time guys!

  • jessihstevens

    jessihstevens said 7 years ago

    Wish I was close to NY - sounds really fun!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 7 years ago

    Sounds like fun! I wish I loved closer!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Wish I could be there to use the Vandercook press! I'll be sure to check out the Special Delivery: Share Your Love card campaign.

  • Mebou

    Mebou said 7 years ago

    Damn! Wish I could go...magnifique cartes!

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    NicoleNicoletta2 said 7 years ago

    looks fun!

  • glusk

    glusk said 7 years ago

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  • AprilMarieMai

    AprilMarieMai said 7 years ago

    i'm guessing there will just be one color run? vandercooks are a bear to properly clean!

  • GemsTheWord

    GemsTheWord said 7 years ago

    I want to go, but I'm from Jersey and I don't know my way around Brooklyn. I'd be driving, does anyone know if there's parking there? Or would anyone want to carpool from NJ?

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    looks so fun! i want to join in the fun... I feel a roadtrip coming on!

  • soulflowervintage

    soulflowervintage said 7 years ago

    YAY, just registered for my daughter and I. looking forward to it!

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround said 7 years ago

    I hope to join someday...

  • stemstallkids

    stemstallkids said 7 years ago

    Looks like fun, but can I really bring a 4 year old with me? Will see if her dad can come home early from work so I can come, we shall see.....

  • RozemarijnOudejans

    RozemarijnOudejans said 7 years ago

    I SO wish I lived closer to NYC!

  • Swara

    Swara said 7 years ago

    If only I was not working... ~TrendyKnitz

  • origamidolly

    origamidolly said 7 years ago

    I wish it is in Sydney, Australia!!

  • eschreur

    eschreur said 7 years ago

    I wish I could come too. That's so awesome! Enjoy, for those who are able to go!

  • kmhcollections

    kmhcollections said 7 years ago

    Definitely sounds like fun. I want to know about the top picture of what appears to be cutouts!

  • WhoKnowsWhat

    WhoKnowsWhat said 7 years ago

    I can't come but I'll keep my hands busy.

  • polkyanddot

    polkyanddot said 7 years ago

    Beautiful stuff!!! Wow!

  • AcmeFun

    AcmeFun said 7 years ago

    I live in Dumbo Brooklyn I wish I could go to Craft Night.

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 7 years ago

    ஐ.-~•*’˜¨¯•¸♥¸•¯¨˜’*•~-.ஐ Great Read ஐ.-~•*’˜¨¯•¸♥¸•¯¨˜’*•~-.ஐ

  • EgretandOwl

    EgretandOwl from EgretandOwl said 7 years ago

    I'm so sad I missed this... 2 days too late :(

  • AcmeFun

    Patricia Arnold said 7 years ago

    THIS “PARTY” WAS TOTTALLY LAME. It was a pitch party to celebrate ETSY’s biggest day of sales to date. They made so much money they stopped hosting Craft Night. So much for the community, only a handful of the several hundred tickets were made available to the public and THEY SOLD OUT in hours. And this Double Plus Good pretence that Hands-On will be better craftier events, there wasn’t much crafting going on here- mostly standing in line to be handed an exuded item with a logo on it. No worry, as soon as ETSY runs out of people and venders to pitch I’m sure they will end Hands-On as well. ETSY’s homginised staff is too young to know what gentrification looks like, but I do, in fact I know how to spell it. ET$$zzzzzzz

  • deltamoonsoap

    Carla from deltamoonsoap said 7 years ago

    I think it sounded like great fun. Wish I could "teleport" the same way that I'm certain my cats do! :-)

  • Cause2Be

    Cinthia from Cause2Be said 7 years ago

    Like most posts, I also wish I lived close by so I could have attended!

  • AcmeFun

    Patricia Arnold said 7 years ago

    If you were near and "if" you could get a ticket, a really BIG if. I was a Craft Night regular and out of several hundred guest I saw 5 people that I knew.

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