Weddings | Jeremy & Kim

Hi Everybody!  These invitations that we printed last fall for Oklahoma couple, Kim & Jeremy, combine two of my very favorite things: classic elements and contemporary styling, with a fun and funky combination of paper and inks!  When Jeremy first approached me about printing he and Kim’s invitations, they knew they wanted something a little out of the ordinary, and I think these black invitations with metallic gold ink and edge painting, really fit the bill. Their suite included an A7 size invitation printed on duplex-weight black paper with gold ink, a 4bar size reply card printed on shimmery gold, handmade Porridge Paper with black ink, and coordinating envelopes for both!  

I really love Jeremy and Kim’s invitation design, which you can see in better detail above!  Not only is the combination of gold ink on black paper really unique for a wedding, but I love how they were able to incorporate more classic looking flourishes and patterns into a really unique layout for their invite.  I love the large, rustic-looking, scripty names in the center, and the slightly western, serif typeface used for the body text!  They are romantic, rustic, western, classic, and just a tiny bit steampunk all at the same time!  Love it!!

As you can see in the top right photo below, we also edge painted Kim and Jeremy’s invitations with shimmery gold edge paint for an added bit of shiny!  Both the reply card envelope and invitation envelope were designed to match.  Both envelopes were black, printed with gold ink, and featured the bride’s mom’s address inside of a fun rustic border!

For their reply card, Jeremy and Kim wanted to continue using unique colored paper, but they also wanted their guests to be able to write on these easily, so, for these, we just flip-flopped the colors and used a handmade, slightly shimmery, gold cotton paper from Porridge Papers and printed the design in black ink.

Aren’t these invitations just so cool!?!  I just love how unique and interesting they are!  Jeremy and Kim were fabulous to work with this past fall and I imagine that their October wedding was just lovely!

Thanks so much again for working with us Jeremy and Kim!  Many congratulations!

New Critter Greeting Cards from Josh Searl!

I’m thrilled to announce that we now have three new, awesome greeting card designs available in our Etsy shop from our continued collaboration with Eugene artist and designer, Josh Searl.  We first began working with Josh just over a year ago and have had two of his adorable monster designs available since (you can find them here and here).  I love working with Josh, and think that his creatures are so funny and cute.  You can see the three new designs above: two different birds, and one adorable dinosaur.  All three of these designs were letterpress printed as 4bar size cards (measuring 3.5″x4.875″) and each comes with a coordinating envelope.  They are available as singles for $4.00 each.  If you would like to order more than one of any of the designs, or are interested in a mixed set, please email us.  Bulk discounts apply.

If you’d like to check out more of Josh’s artwork, you can on his DeviantArt site.  Thanks so much again Josh!  I just love your work!!

Weddings | Alison & Matthew

The invitations I’m posting today are one of my favorite classic, yet modern, black & white suites from last year!  They’re big, beautiful, and classy with just a touch of whimsy!  Alison and Matthew hired me last year to design and print this suite, based on some samples they had seen of some of my previous invitations, but also wanted to incorporate some custom calligraphy!  Their suite included a large 7″-square invite and corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and matching envelope, and a small 3.5″x2.5″ reception card. 

Alison & Matthew’s gorgeous invite was printed in two ink colors: black and silver.  We used the silver for their names only and the black for all of the other text.  The invites were printed on double-thick Crane Lettra Duplex paper.  Alison hired the awesome Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl to create her custom calligraphy.  Isn’t it beautiful?!?  Alison had Kelle create a few key phrases in calligraphy for the other pieces for us to incorporate into their design.  You can see the reply card and matching envelope in the photo below.  I love how the phrases “kindly reply”, “m______________”, and “mr. and mrs steven jones” are in calligraphy!  I love the contrast between them and the other phrases in the serif font – it’s such a nice contrast.

In the top left photo above you can see that we used the same return address for the back flap of the main invitation envelope.  The top right photo is a close up of the reception card.  This insert measured 3.5″x2.5″ (just slightly larger than a regular business card) and featured Kelle Anne’s calligraphy for “dinner and dancing” and the rest of the info in the serif font.  Lastly, to make the invites even more special, we edge painted them in a shimmery silver edge paint to match Alison & Matthew’s names.  I just love how these invitations turned out!

Alison and Matthew, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

A Baby Shower for Lauren

It’s been super-cold for several days up here in Oregon, so, today, I’m going to show off some light, warm, cheery baby shower invitations that we did last fall for event planner, Lauren Stewart, in California.  We’ve worked with Lauren and her clients several times before, so I was both honored and excited to be printing the invitations for her own baby shower!  Lauren’s shower invitations were printed on 5.5″ square cards in two ink colors: a lovely pastel peach and a lovely light turquoise.  They were printed on super-soft Holyoke 100% cotton paper and were paired with a matching envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.  I love the mix of whimsical fonts, fun patterns and borders and the cute banners that Lauren used on both the invite and envelope.

Aren’t these cute?!?  Due to the lightness of Lauren’s name in the banner, from printing in such a light ink color, Lauren ended up hand lettering her name into the banner in gold to give it more contrast.  She also hand lined her envelopes with a fun gold-polka-dot paper to match.  So cute!!

The envelopes were designed to coordinate and featured her party’s host’s address on the back flap in peach-colored ink.

Lauren also had us print an adorable, smaller square insert with a cute poem requesting that guests bring a children’s book instead of a card to the shower!  Such a cute idea and a wonderful way to start up a collection of books for your little one!

Thanks so much again for working with us on these Lauren!  I’m sure your little girl is absolutely adorable!

 

Weddings | Bianca & Paul

The day after Christmas, a lovely couple that we had the pleasure of working with from Paris, France, were married in the Philippines.  Talk about an awesome destination wedding!  Bianca and I designed her invitations via email and Skype, and the results were truly awesome!  She was looking for a classy and sophisticated design that spoke to both their ceremony, and maturity as a couple.  We chose to use a beautiful damask pattern and classic fonts printed in silver ink to achieve this look!  Each invitation was letterpress printed as an A7 size in one ink color (silver) on super-thick, 220# Crane Lettra Duplex paper.  After they were printed, we then laser-cut each invitation out to give it the cool, scalloped edges that you can see in the photos.  To make these invites even more unique and special, we also edge painted all of them with shimmery copper edge paint.  A set of A7 envelopes were also printed with Bianca & Paul’s return address on the flap to compliment the invitation!  I just love how this classy set of invites turned out, and it was such a joy working with Bianca!  Check out more photos of the finished invites below!  

Thanks so much again for working with us Bianca!  I’m sure your wedding a few weeks ago was just beautiful!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Kirk & Christy

Check out these cute, modern wedding invitations we made last summer for California couple Kirk and Christy!  Kirk and Christy were married in the Oregon Coast town of Cannon Beach last August, and I had a ton of fun working with them to create these invites!  Above is the full set, which included a monarch size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope, a smaller website card and a custom, laser cut belly band.  Let’s look at all of the pieces individually!

When Kirk originally contacted me, he and Christy wanted to do something fun and quirky with the motif for their invitations!  When they had first started dating, one of the first photos they took together was of their hands with tiny octopus and squid finger puppets (see original photo below on the right).  I think it’s so cool (and adorable!) that they wanted to somehow incorporate this into their wedding invitations!  To do this, I created the drawing you see at the top of the octopus and squid holding hands, and we carried this through all of the pieces in their invitations suite!  Their invite is a modern monarch size, measuring 3.75″x7.25″ and was printed in a nice light blue ink on 100% cotton paper.  I love the combination of the cute octopus/squid drawing with the simple, serif font we used for the text!

The other pieces in the suite were designed to match the invitation!  Below you can see Kirk and Christy’s reply card and envelope as well as their small website card.  Additional information could be found on their website, so they didn’t need a bunch of extra insert cards, just a small one directing guests to the website.  

The thing that sets this suite apart, in my opinion, from a lot of others, is the awesome way we tied everything together!  Kirk and Christy had me design a custom, laser-cut belly band to wrap around the individual pieces in their suite.  Because we had been using the “squid and octopus holding hands” theme for the motif, I thought it would be really nice (and awesome) to have their belly band be of the tentacles of the squid and octopus holding hands around all of their stationery.  This was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to draw, and then cut, but they turned out so cool!!  The belly bands were laser cut in-house out of a shimmery blue paper and they secured all of the pieces in Kirk and Christy’s suite together!

I think everything in this suite turned out so cool!  I love the adorable simplicity of the main pieces, and then the totally unique belly band that tied everything together!  If you’re interested in adding something really different to your invitation suite, ask us about laser cutting!  There’s so much we can do with it that will add just that extra bit of uniqueness to your invitations!

Thanks so much again for working with us Kirk and Christy!  I hope you’re having a Happy New Year!

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