The engraving plate used to create Kevin Cantrell's "Let There Be Light" poster, which won the PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award for Q3 2013.
The “Let There Be Light” creation story of Genesis is the lofty inspiration for this amazing poster conceived by graphic designer Kevin Cantrell and sponsored by Gruppo Cordenons.
“There’s no foil stamping, no ink. It’s purely gorgeous design,” says Jennifer Morla, president and creative director of Morla Design (San Francisco).
Morla, guest judge for PaperSpecs Gallery’s quarterly competition, selected Kevin Cantrell’s Luminares poster as the Take Note Award winner for Quarter Three 2013.
Cantrell conceived the piece based on the “let there be light” creation story from the first chapter of Genesis. A delicate blend of paper and printing technique transforms the beautiful letterforms created by Cantrell for this poster design into a visual representation of light at dawn. Hot stamping on Gruppo Cordenons’ Moondream resulted in stunning blind-embossed impressions that turn translucent when held up to the light.
“The other amazing thing is the size of the poster,” says Morla. “I do a lot of embossing/debossing projects, and the fact that the paper didn’t stretch or wrinkle on the sides is a testament to the craftsmanship on this piece.
Cantrell and his printing partner, Gottschall Engraving (Salt Lake City, Utah), experimented until they perfected the process that required a unique combination of pressure and temperature.
The project, which has evolved in ways Cantrell only imagined, might never have been realized had it not been for an observant paper rep – just part of the magic surrounding this poster.