Weddings | Jasmine & Kristin

Remember the pretty celadon green and blind embossed Save-the-Dates we created for Jasmine and Kristin who are getting married in May, this past fall?  Well, shortly after we finished their Save-the-Dates, I finished designing and printing their wedding invitations!  Jasmine and Kristin were really on top of it when it came to figuring out what they wanted, so designing for them was an absolute breeze!

Jasmine and Kristin’s wedding invitation suite included a 5.5″ square invite with corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope and a ribbon belly band with a medallion to hold all of the pieces together.  Both the invitation and reply card were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in their Bone White color and both sets of envelopes were a khaki color from Waste Not Paper Company.

For their invitation envelope, we wanted to do something fancy that incorporated one of their wedding colors that we hadn’t used in the save-the-dates: chocolate brown.  In order to do this, Jasmine and Kristin picked a khaki colored envelope and I printed some gorgeous flourishes on the top left and bottom right corners in chocolate brown ink with their return address printed on the back flap.  For their names in the return address, we used Jasmine’s handwriting, just like we did for the Save-the-Date!  I love how personal and unique it is when we use a bride or groom’s handwriting as part of their invitation design.

When you open up their invitation envelope, this is what you would see.  Enclosed are the invite, reply card, and reply card envelope, stacked in order of size, and tied together with a 1/4″ light pink ribbon that has a celedon green medallion in the center of it with Jasmine and Kristin’s initials printed on it in chocolate brown ink.  I make these types of belly bands a lot and I think that they are a lovely way to, literally, “tie-together” an invitation suite! You can see the whole “package”, in greater detail, in the photo below.

For the actual invitation, Jasmine and Kristin chose a design with cascading light pink flourishes and celadon green text.  For the majority of the text on this invite, we used a modern san-serif typeface, and for the names, we used Jasmine’s actual handwriting.  In order to achieve this for the letterpress print, I had Jasmine write out several versions of her and her fiancée’s names on a plain sheet of white paper, then we scanned the names in to the computer, turned them in to vector graphics and made a photopolymer plate of the version they liked best.  I think it turned out great!

Their reply card was designed to match the invite and was also printed in two ink colors: light pink and celadon green.  I used one fancy cascade of flourishes to decorate this card coming in from the top left corner of the card and the same combination of fonts (the modern san-serif and Jasmine’s handwriting) for the text.  It’s so simple, but so beautiful, at the same time.

Last, but not least, we created a reply card envelope in the same colors and style as the invite envelope, but this time in a 4bar size to fit the reply card.  I decorated the front of this envelope with some chocolate brown flourishes and we used a combination of handwriting and regular type for the address on the front.
Jasmine and Kristin were such a fun couple to work with and I’m sure their wedding in Tennessee this upcoming May is going to be just lovely!  Thanks again Jasmine and Kristin!  You are awesome!

Save the Date | Cailin & Chris are Getting Married!

Shortly before Thanksgiving, I finished a lovely set of Save-the-Date cards for a Washington D.C. couple who are getting married in Arcata, California next spring.  This set of Save-the-Dates combines a lot of elements that I love from designs I’ve created previously, and I think it turned out great!  Cailin & Chris’ Save-the-Dates are a double-sided monarch size printed in one ink color on 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton rag paper.  The color they picked was a lovely shade of green and one side of the Save-the-Dates featured some decorative blind embossing.  These cards came with coordinating light green envelopes from Green Paper Company.

Below you can see just the Save-the-Date card all by itself.  Monarch size cards measure 3.75″x7.25″, which I think is a really fun and unique size for a Save-the-Date.  One side of this card features a tall evergreen tree and the handwritten words “Save the Date” printed in green ink.  Both “Save the Date” and the names on the reverse side were handwritten by the bride and then letterpress printed by us as part of the design.  We’ve done a few different Save-the-Dates and invitations now that feature different bride’s handwriting, and I think it’s a really fun way to personalize a design!  We also created some lovely texture on the back of the Save-the-Dates by blind embossing various phrases related to Cailin and Chris’ wedding in a repeating pattern in the background.

The other side of the Save-the-Dates features the bride and groom’s names in Cailin’s handwriting at the top and then all of the other information (date, place, website) in a modern san-serif font below.  For her envelopes, Cailin picked out a nice, light green color and we printed their return address in the same green ink on the flap.  We also decorated the front of the envelopes a little by having a small evergreen tree on the front to the left of where Cailin will write her addresses.

Aren’t those lovely?!?  I think they’re just perfect for a northern California wedding in the spring!  Cailin and Chris have been wonderful to work with so far and I’m really excited to start working with them on their main invitation suite right after the holidays!  Thanks so much Cailin & Chris!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Jasmine & Kristin are Getting Married!

A couple of weeks ago I finished a lovely set of Save-the-Date cards for a wonderful couple getting married in Tennessee next May!  When Jasmine contacted me about creating her and her fiancee’s Save-the-Date cards and wedding invitations several months ago, they had seen another Save-the-Date that we had done earlier this year on our site that they liked so much, that they wanted to do something similar for their own.  Jasmine & Kristin’s Save-the-Date is the same style and size as the aforementioned Save-the-Date, but we customized it with their own colors, paper and envelope choices, and Jasmine’s own handwriting for the design.  This Save-the-Date is a long & skinny monarch size (measuring 7.25″x3.75″) and was printed on 100% cotton, super-thick, Crane Lettra 220 lb. Duplex Pearl White paper.  These were printed in one ink color: a light, pretty, celadon green and they came with coordinating light pink envelopes from Green Paper Company.

Here is the Save-the-Date card by itself.  Jasmine and Kristin’s cards are double-sided.  For one side of the design, we blind embossed all sorts of wedding-related phrases including their names, the date and where they are getting married into the background, all over the card, to create some awesome texture.  Then, I had Jasmine write out the words “Save the Date” in her handwriting and we letterpress printed her words in celadon green ink towards the bottom of the back of the card.  The opposite side of the card featured all of their Save-the-Date information, including their names and wedding date (also in Jasmine’s handwriting), the location and the address of their wedding website.  We chose a lovely, modern san-serif typeface for the parts of the Save-the-Date that weren’t in Jasmine’s handwriting to create some contrast within the design.  This is also the same font that we used for the blind embossing on the back.

Aren’t these pretty?!?  I love how Jasmine’s handwriting created such an awesome letterpress impression in the thick cotton paper.  It feels just amazing!

In the photos below you can see the backside with the blind embossing a little bit closer up.  In the image in the top left, you can also see a close-up of the envelope flaps.  I love the light pink color Jasmine & Kristin chose to pair with these cards!  I printed their return address on the envelope flap using the same celadon green ink we had used for the actual card and we used Jasmine’s handwritten names in the address to coordinate with the rest of the design.

I’m so excited about how these cards turned out!  Jasmine and Kristin booked with me super-early and it took a while for me to start their stationery, but now that it’s well underway, it’s turning out so beautifully!  I’m actually going to have their actual wedding invitations finished later this week and I can’t wait to show those to you too!  In case you were curious, here is a photo of the lovely couple that these were created for on the left!  Aren’t they both going to be such gorgeous brides this coming spring?!?  I’m so excited I’ve gotten to work with these two, and their invites are going to be just awesome!  Check back here for those in a week or two!

Save the Date | Kara & Steve are Getting Married!

Let me say up front that I LOVE it, when couples looking for custom letterpress stationery contact me well in advance of their wedding date! The more you plan ahead, the more time we will have to come up with something totally awesome, and totally “you”.

Seattle couple, Kara and Steve, are getting married in late August of 2010 in Kara’s hometown of Billings, Montana, and Kara contacted me originally back in April of this year asking about custom letterpress printing for her wedding. We began talking about designs for her Save-the-Date cards in July and we finished them up and shipped them to her so she could send them out to her guests about eleven months prior to her wedding. I have to give her mad props for planning way ahead – that’s awesome!
Right before I began working on Kara and Steve’s designs, Kara sent me a fabulous and very detailed description of different things she liked and what she already has planned for her wedding next August. Kara wrote:

“[Our wedding] will be at my parents’ home; they have a country-type house on 20 acres. We’ll have the ceremony in the backyard in the early evening and then the reception will be in one of those huge white tents, probably 40′ x 120′, and will last late into the night. Overall, we want our wedding to have an elegant, romantic, chic feel. Our colors are aubergine and blush pink, with accent colors of lime green, brown, and ivory. In our reception tent, we want the tables to have aubergine lamour (satin-like finish) tablecloths and dark wood chivari chairs, and to have lots and lots of votive candles on the tables. For flowers, I love peonies, magnolias, ranunculus, anemones, orchids and hydrangeas…”

When discussing what she wanted for her stationery, I found out that Kara loved the idea of a super-thick paper that would really show off the letterpress impressions well. She really wanted something that was fresh and modern, but with a touch of romance and whimsy, all the while incorporating elements of her and Steve’s personality and the colors and style that they would have for their upcoming wedding. You can see in the photo at the top of this post, and in the ones below what we came up with.
Kara and Steve’s Save the Date’s are a very modern monarch size card (which measures 3.75″x7.25″) printed on Crane Lettra 220 lb. 100% cotton duplex paper in Ecru. The duplex paper is twice as thick as the regular Crane Lettra paper and handles deep letterpress impressions very well. We decided to go with the warm Ecru color, rather than a standard white or off-white shade, to lend a slightly more rustic, traditional and warm touch to an otherwise, very modern design. This save-the-date is also very unique in that it is double-sided. You can see both sides and the envelope in the photo at the top of the post.
For one of the sides we decided to do a repeating, blind-embossed pattern of Kara and Steve’s wedding date, written several different ways, as well as their names, and the phrase “Save the Date” in a modern, san-serif font all over the entire side of the card. This created a really interesting visual and tactile “texture” on the surface of each card. Click on the photo below to see the detail better!
Then, on top of the pattern I letterpress printed the words “Save the Date” in Kara’s actual handwriting in a dark aubergine ink. In order to do this, Kara wrote out the words she wanted on a piece of paper several times until she got it to look the way she wanted it to. Then she scanned the handwriting, e-mailed it to me, I converted it into a vector image, and then created a letterpress printing plate from it! Pretty neat, don’t you think? Here is a detail image of Kara’s handwritten “Save the Date” as well as of the blind-embossing:
On the other side, we continued to print with the same Aubergine ink and utilized Kara’s handwriting and the fonts I used on the reverse side for the blind embossing to print the actual information. Check it out:
Kara wrote her and Steve’s names for the design on the top of the card and then below them, we printed their full names, the date, place and their website info. The layout and style is very modern and I absolutely love the way that Kara’s writing extending off the edges of each sheet looks so fresh and stylish, yet timeless and personal all at the same time!
In order to incorporate another one of their wedding colors into the Save-the-Date, Kara chose a light green, monarch-size envelope from Green Paper Company to pair with her cards. The shade of green is called “Balsam Fir” and we letterpress printed their return address in aubergine ink on the flap.
Kara asked me to blur a fairly significant portion of their address, but you can still get an idea of where the address was situated and what the color and shape of the envelope was like from the above photo. Everything about these cards turned out beautifully. They are so unique and I can’t wait to see where we decide to go for their actual invitations!
In other news, I would like to wish a very happy wedding day to a Eugene, Oregon couple I printed wedding invitations for who are getting married in Cannon Beach, Oregon today! Congratulations Leia & Tyler! I haven’t shown off their stationery on this blog yet, but I will very soon, so keep an eye on this blog if you want to see it!

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