Letterpress Love Letters

A week or so ago, Sarah from Truly Smitten posted these custom note cards that she printed for a husband who writes a note to his wife (a pediatric resident) every time she works an overnight shift.  The idea is so incredibly sweet, it's been stuck in my head ever since:


The tree is a carryover from their wedding invitation design, but I think my favorite detail is the little heart above his name at the bottom.  Seriously one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

{image credits: Truly Smitten}

*Truly Smitten is one of my fabulous sponsors, but provided no financial compensation or incentives for this post. I featured these cards solely because I think they're awesome. For information on my editorial policy, please click here.

Vegas Elopement Save the Dates

Just in case you were wondering, you can totally do Save the Date for a Vegas elopement!  The groom, Alan, created these chipboard Save the Dates for just 20 invited guests (at a total cost of $80) using a photo, some stitching, and some good old fashioned screen printing:


Oh — and even with only 17 guests at their elopement — they sent their family and friends home with these adorable coordinating favor boxes:


So cool! Check out all the details and background on the design process over on Alan’s blog right here.

{image credits: Alan Velek via FPO}

2010 Calendars, a few more…

I know, I know, I said the mega round-ups were over, and they are!  But see, there are a few more that just came out or *somehow* weren't included in earlier round-ups but really need to be — so I figured a quick mini round-up is the easiest way to share them with you.  And trust me, these are some really great calendars…

First up, I am completely head over heels in love with this seasonal letterpress calendar from Becca Heuer:

Becca-Heuer-Letterpress-Seasonal-Calendar{becca heuer}

If you're looking for a more modern design, check out this gorgeous eco-friendly calendar with two months printed to each page from Good on Paper

Good-on-Paper-Calendar2{good on paper}

For those of you looking for calendars that can also function as artwork, this beautiful screen printed calendar by Nate Duval might be for you:


Kirtland House has released two different 2010 letterpress calendars — one named for girls and the another named for boys — each featuring unique imagery each month and a beautiful silhouette on the cover:

Kirtland-House-Letterpress-Silhouette-Calendar-Girl Kirtland-House-Letterpress-Silhouette-Calendar-Boy

And for those of you who really don't want to wait until 2010 to start using your new calendar, Hammerpress offers a 13-month (December 2009 – December 2010) honeybee tear-away calendar letterpress printed on newsprint and chipboard:


I came across this beautiful calendar (available in French and English) by Flora Douville via Chelsea, and love all the beautiful illustrated details in both the wall calendar and perpetual calendar:


Flora-Douville-Perpetual-Calendar3{flora douville}

That's it (for now)!

{images from their respective sources}

College Ruled + Edge Painted Business Cards

I thought I’d take a quick break from holiday stationery this morning to share a couple of business cards printed by Michael from Czar Press.  Michael printed the first set of business cards for Meg Sutton with a design that emulates college ruled paper, and since Meg couldn’t decide which kind of paper she liked best, Michael split the print run on her two top choices — super-thick (220#/600 gsm!) cotton lettra paper and chipboard:


Michael also printed a few new cards for himself — also on the super-thick cotton lettra — complete with vibrant red edge painting.  The thickness of the paper both allows a full letterpress impression on both sides of the paper without showing through on the other side, and really helps the red edges stand out:


 {image credits: czar press}

*Czar Press is one of my fabulous sponsors, but provided no financial compensation or incentives for this post. I feature his work solely because I think it’s awesome. For information on my editorial policy, click here.