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Feature Presentation: The Birdcage - January 2020 | Design & Paper Spotlight

Let’s Get Literal (LGL) is a fun, interactive series of designs based on “literal” interpretations. LGL combines several things we love – movies, design and creating campaigns that delight and engage people. This year’s calendar theme is MOVIE TITLES and it’s up to the end-user to guess and then check their answers at

January’s design was inspired by an eclectic celebration of bronze and gold

  • Designer: Michelle Stephenson
  • Movie Title: The Birdcage
  • Design Style: Vector art with Damask pattern
  • Ink: PMS 2736 + Gold Foil
  • Paper: Neenah STARDREAM® Smooth 2.0, Saturn, 74C

Designer’s Commentary with Michelle

When we were brainstorming ideas for movie titles and The Birdcage was thrown out there, I saw the design for it immediately in my head. I knew I wanted a simple line drawing of a birdcage – gold, bold and shiny. As I started designing, I felt like the house this cage was in would have walls covered in decadent, vintage wallpaper, so I added a damask pattern as a background. I then added the subtle silhouette of the bird in the cage, which was kind of haunting in a way.


I chose Neenah STARDREAM® Saturn, which is a bronze/coppery shimmering paper with amazing sparkly gold flecks. These gold flecks were enhanced even more by the gold foil I chose for the birdcage graphic and calendar dates. 


I was originally going to use gold metallic PMS 8643 for the back side of my design, but while press proofing, the gold ink was barely legible! Where did it go?



We didn't realize the ink would be so close in hue to the paper, so we had to think on our feet and switch the gold to the blue I used for the front. Phew!



I really wanted to see a lot of sparkle on my page and I’d say I achieved that – I love how different the artwork looks at varying angles and lighting! These papers really take the design to the next level and I wish I could capture how awesome it looks in person because photos just don’t do it justice.


STARDREAM® is available in 28 shimmering pearlized colors plus 5 extra sparkling colors (STARDREAM® 2.0). All colors are FSC® Certified. For more information and a peek at color options, visit our friends at Neenah.



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