Natalya + Ilya’s Nature-Inspired Linocut Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations are a truly one of a kind design for a once in a lifetime occasion.  Russian designer Elena Bulay created these invitations for old school friends Natalya and Ilya, first illustrating a nature-inspired design, then hand-carving the design into a linoleum block, and finally hand printing each invitation on cotton paper.  She even sent over a few photos of the process in action!

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From ElenaI made these invitations for the wedding of my best school friend, Natalya.  The invitation consists of three parts: a big card with the date and the names of the groom and the bride; a small card with the details; and a small tag in the shape of an apple with the name of the guest.  The invitations were bound together with green and natural raffia.

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I used special printmaking cotton paper Fabriano Rosaspina for the main invitation cards and apple tags, and designer paper Colorplan for the small cards.  I wanted to create an effect of naturalness and simplicity in my invitations, so I deckled the edge of the paper and chose natural colours for the design, including emerald green, beige, and brown.

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Thanks Elena!

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Photo Credits: Elena Bulay

  1. This is adorable! Don’t usually see foreign language stationery on here, but it’s cool that I can still read it since it’s in my parents’ language.

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