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!

2012 Holiday Card Round-Up!

Before we get too far into 2013, I wanted to take a moment to show off the awesome custom holiday cards we created for our clients for this past holiday season.  It always brings a smile to my face when a client from the past that we made wedding invitations or birth announcements, or business cards for, comes back during the holidays to order a special holiday or New Year’s card.  I also love getting holiday and New Year’s card orders from new clients!  Everyone can use a little letterpress in their life, whether they’re getting married or not!  Above is a small collection of my favorite custom holiday cards that we printed in 2012!

Allie and Ryan Hole were married in 2011 in California and they hired us to print their Save-the-Date cards, which you can see here.  For their holiday cards this year, they decided to re-use the tandem bike and whippets from their Save-the-dates, and had me “holiday-it-up” a little bit.  In order to do this, I paired the original drawing with a snowflake theme and some festive fonts to create the A6 flat holiday card you see below.  These were printed in gold ink on Crane Lettra Ecru Paper.

Another sweet, doggie-themed holiday card we created this past season was for Julia Swartz of Maryland Standard Poodles.  Julia published a children’s book entitled “Wishing Star: a Poodle’s Tale” about a year ago, and hired us to print some letterpress greeting cards to commemorate the publication.  Julia still carries those cards as well as these new ones, and the book, in her online shop.  Go check them out!  Everything you will see there is really adorable!

These blue, A7-size flat holiday cards for Lisa Brooks and her husband, James, were very sweet and classic!  We printed these in a single ink color on 100% cotton paper and paired them with matching blue envelopes.

Along the same lines as Lisa’s cards were these awesome folded holiday greetings for Portland, Oregon couple York and Julie!  I love the retro typefaces and the awesome use of overprinting.  York designed these holiday cards himself, and I just love how well he took advantage of the letterpress process’ strengths.

One particularly touching set of cards I printed this December was for a Seattle family whose daughter had vanquished cancer in 2012.  Sally Lanham hired us to customize our Crane String Cards with a personal message on the inside.  I think this was a lovely way to celebrate her daughter’s triumph over cancer, and to wish their friends and family a healthy, Happy New Year.

Another couple that I’ve been working with for several years now, hired us to do holiday cards this year that both celebrated the season, and announced their move into their first (“Furst” is their last name) home!  Miami couple, Rachel and Joseph Furst are awesome and I just loved printing these cards for them!  We also printed their wedding invitations back in 2009, and their holiday cards in 2010.  The drawing of their new house for this year’s card was done by the couple’s architect!  I think it turned out so awesome!

I also bought my first house in 2012 and was inspired by Rachel & Joseph to use that achievement as the theme for my own holiday cards this year.  I was a little late sending mine out (as always – when you work on other folks’ stationery all day, you’re not terribly motivated to do your own), but you can check them out below!  The small house drawing was done (really fast) by moi.

Thanks so much everyone who ordered holiday cards this past year!  It’s always a pleasure working with all of you!  I’m looking forward to more exciting letterpress adventures in 2013!

Weddings | Kathryn & Richard

Happy New Year and Happy Friday Everyone!  With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it’s been a while since we actually showed off anything new!  There’s no time like the present to remedy that!  To start off the year, I want to share with you one of my favorite new designs from last summer, that I hadn’t gotten around to showing you yet.  This invitation was created for San Francisco couple Kathryn and Richard, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!  You can see the full suite in the photo above.  It included an A7 size invitation with corresponding outer envelope, a 4-bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a cute, A2-size Welcome BBQ invitation!

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When I initially began talking to Kathryn about what she envisioned for her invitation suite, she mentioned really liking this set of invitations that was originally designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for her own wedding and letterpress printed by us.  While Kathryn loved Jihee’s suite, she also wanted her design to utilize some more traditional fonts and to possibly add a few more decorative elements, rather than just relying on the text as decoration.  I think what we came up with was a perfect melding of these two aesthetics!  Kathryn and Richard’s invite was printed in metallic ink colors: gold and silver on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper!  I love the large, gold script names in the center of the design, as well as the gold flourishes at the top and bottom!  So pretty!

For the invitation envelope, Kathryn chose an awesome, shimmery metallic black envelope and we letterpress printed the same flourishes from the invitation on the upper-left and bottom-right corners of the front in silver ink.  We also printed their return address in silver on the back flap, using the same fonts from the invitation!

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One of my favorite things about this suite is the awesome combination of different papers Kathryn chose for the different pieces!  For her reply card envelope, we matched the colors from the invite envelope and simply printed a matching envelope in a smaller size.  For the reply card itself, Kathryn picked out an awesome, shimmery grey (almost dark silver) paper for the actual card, and we printed the design on it in black ink.

Last, but not, least, is their Welcome BBQ invitation.  In lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner Kathryn & Richard held a fun, Welcome BBQ at their home in San Francisco, the evening before their wedding.  For this smaller invitation, we hired the wonderful folks at Porridge Papers to create a custom gold paper for us to print on.  It’s difficult to see in the photos, but this paper is bright and shimmery, much like the envelopes Kathryn chose, but still awesomely soft and perfect for letterpress printing.  For the design of this card, we used a slightly more casual and whimsical font for “Welcome BBQ”, and added two little hearts to the line at the bottom.  Too cute!  These cards were printed with shimmery silver ink.

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Check out the detail of the letterpress printing in the image above!  I just love printing on custom papers!

Kathryn and Richard, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  I hope the new year to come brings you both lots of joy!  Thanks again!

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Jennifer - January 8, 2013 - 12:25 am

Hello!
I am so inspired by your designs and think they are lovely!

I especially love the “jihee and isaac’s” as well as “Kathryn & Richard’s” designs.

I was curious…if you already have the templates and designs available, is it fairly straightforward to switch out the names and details? Basically, we are not looking for a custom design, but want to use the design templates that are already available (specifically the ones mentioned above). Is this possible? If so, around how much would it cost to edit and print about 130 invitations and envelopes (do not need any other inserts? Also, what is the turnaround time for this?

Please let us know.

Thank you!
Jennifer

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