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Ey Up Duck! Card


One of our best sellers, this card is hand printed in green and black with a fabulous image of a duck (ey up, duck!).


Ey Up Duck!

Ey Up Duck! Send a traditional Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire welcome with one of our best sellers. The card is hand printed in contrasting colours with a fabulous image of a duck to accompany the greeting (ey up, duck!). There’s some debate over the spelling of Ey Up, so check out our alternative here.

Why duck?

Ey up, also written as ‘ay up’, ‘ayup’ or ‘eyup’ is a Midlands greeting, used widely throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. Thought to be of Old Norse origin ‘se upp’ and “m’ duck” it dates back to Saxon times here in England and is thought to be derived from a respectful Anglo Saxon form of address, ‘Duk’, ‘Duc’ or ‘Duka’ – literally ‘duke’ – and is totally unrelated to waterfowl. So don’t be offended, we’re being nice!

Local lad Jack O’Connell spreads the word


This is a truly authentic letterpress card printed using original wood type on our Squintani Model 6 treadle press.

Our hand printed cards also look stunning when framed – so remember you’re giving a print, made with love too!


  • Birthday
  • General
  • Just Because


  • A6
  • 100% recycled, 320gsm card
  • 100% recycled Hairy Manilla (kraft) envelope
  • Blank inside for your own message
  • Supplied in a plastic sleeve

Add a message

Personalise your card with a typewritten note. Simply select the ‘Add a Message’ option and leave the text required in the ‘Order Notes’ when you checkout, or alternatively message us with the text, and we’ll type it up and tip it in to the card. We can post directly to the recipient, please make sure you put the address in at the checkout.

Cards are shipped within 1–3 business days of payment being received.

Check out other greetings cards here

We support! If you’re happy to buy your cards without plastic sleeves, let us know when you place your order… easy peasy and earth friendly!!

[NOTE] Each card is individually printed on our vintage press so please remember that each card will differ slightly which is the charm of handmade goods! Please also remember that colours may vary across screens.


Every purchase you make helps to support The Smallprint Company, so thanks for shopping with us!

About The Smallprint Co.

Hannah and Chris have brought their passion for print to the high street with their boutique studio close to the centre of Derby and its famous Cathedral Quarter. The team prints letterpress commissions for private clients and small businesses, facilitates workshops both on and off site, and produces a range of popular greetings cards and stationery for retail. A gallery is situated to the front of the studio which showcases work by both printmakers and their workshop attendees. They welcome volunteers to the studio to help with cataloguing their expanding collection of type too, so get in touch if you fancy getting your hands inky!

Additional information

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Blank inside, Add a message


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