Admore Inc., a Div. of Ennis, Manufactures Official 2013 White House Holiday Card
The official 2013 card is the brainchild of designer Chris Hankinson of Hilltop Studios located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hankinson's design is a pop-up card that features a miniature, three-dimensional image of the White House and tiny replicates of the Obamas' dogs Bo and newcomer Sunny. Imprinted directly above the signature of President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia is a message that reads: "As we gather around this season, may the warmth and joy of the holidays fill your home."
Admore Inc. partnered with Hankinson and handled all manufacturing responsibilities, including printing, foil, embossing, die cutting and hand assembly, according to Bill Tignanelli, Admore's general manager. Read on as Tignanelli gives a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of the official White House Holiday Card.
Print+Promo (P+P): Can you describe the process of being selected to manufacture the White House holiday card? If this isn't a job to bid on, how did your partnership come about?
Bill Tignanelli (BT): We partnered with the designer of the card and he sold the idea. This wasn't a bidding process. The designer needed a larger printer that could handle the volume, and it needed to be produced by a union shop since Democratic National Committee was funding the project. Admore was suggested since we are a union shop in Michigan, had all of the equipment to handle an order of this magnitude, and are known for our quality. We worked with the designer last year on the 2012 Holiday Card, but it was not selected. This year he was contacted, and after a few changes to his design, he was selected. We've been working with him since July on this project.