One of my favorite custom holiday cards from this past season was created for one of my very favorite Chicago families! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Edwina, John and little Elizabeth. Edwina originally hired me to design and print Elizabeth’s adorable, tri-fold, birth announcements in the fall of 2010, and, my how that little girl has grown! Edwina also had me create Elizabeth’s 1st birthday party invitations earlier this fall, but I haven’t posted them here yet (just you wait – they’re coming soon). At any rate, I love this family an awful lot, and I feel like after working with them on so many different projects, I’m really getting to know them, despite the fact that we’ve never met in person. It was an absolute joy to create their holiday cards this year, which you can see above and below.
The Boege Family’s holiday cards were an A6 size card printed in two ink colors, red and charcoal grey, on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper. Holyoke paper is 140# and super-soft, which makes for a deliciously deep letterpress impression. Edwina wanted to include a photo with these cards, so it was my challenge to design a card that incorporated one. Above is what we came up with! This card features a 2.5″ diameter die-cut circle window with the mitten design encircling it. The front of the card reads “Warmest Wishes”, and the inside has a more personal message from the family, also in red.
Each family photo had rounded corners, and was tipped in by hand, so that it showed through the window on the front of the card. Their holiday greeting was printed below each photo, and each card came with a matching red envelope with a copper return address printed in the same fonts on the back flap.
Aren’t they sweet?!? I loved this design so much, that I actually created a non-photo-card version for our etsy shop! You can find it here. The Boege’s have been wonderful to me and Twin Ravens Press over the past couple of years and I love every new project that we get to work on together! I can’t wait to see what projects are in store for us and the Boege’s in 2012! Thanks so much again for working with us Edwina, John & Elizabeth! Happy 2012!