Today I’m loving this colorful line of illustrated greeting cards and fill-in party invitations from Four Wet Feet. Each design is originally painted by hand in gouache or watercolor by illustrator Shannon Chen!
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Photo Credits: Shannon Chen / Four Wet Feet
Remember these beautiful understated calligraphy save the dates for Alana of Vellum & Vogue? With the wedding weekend fast approaching, it was time for Alana’s bachelorette weekend! The general details had already been decided in advance, but Alana wanted to inject some excitement by sending an itinerary of the weekend schedule. These teal and gold leaf itineraries couldn’t be more perfect!
From Krystal and Alana of Vellum & Vogue: As designers, one of the most fun parts of planning your own wedding is the paper goods. That includes all of the peripheral events like the bridal shower and of course, the bachelorette party. The details around Alana’s bachelorette weekend were arranged long in advance, so to get guests excited we decided to send out an itinerary outlining the upcoming weekend events.
We wanted the itineraries to have a bright pop of color and immediately fell in love with these teal envelopes, incorporating the same shade throughout the suite. We also wanted to add a touch of gold. Since this project was a shorter run, we opted for a DIY foil technique, easily accomplished with a glue stick and sheets of gold leaf applied to the border of each itinerary card.
The cards were completed by a folded itinerary, mounted in a glassine envelope on the back of each card. We layered the itinerary over a black and white geometric pattern and teal card stock, also accented in gold foil.
We also created complimentary thank you notecards and coasters which became part of a favor box for each guest.
Thanks Alana and Krystal!
Photo Credits: Vellum & Vogue
You’ve already seen the photos from the 2014 Paper Party during the National Stationery Show, but today I wanted to share a few photos of my most favorite detail from the entire party: the invitations! The party invitations have become a dream project each year, with an amazing team contributing to everything from design to printing to envelope addressing. This year I was lucky enough to work with Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Smock, Mohawk, and Meant to Be Calligraphy. I’m so excited to share the resulting invitations with you!
I was absolutely thrilled to work with Mr. Boddington’s Studio on this year’s design – they designed everything from email save the dates to the tote gift bag design! I wanted the invitations to reflect the quirky sophistication that has become Mr. Boddington’s Studio signature style while also complementing our floral party inspiration. We decided to keep the main invitation in classic black and white with a botanical wreath printed in shiny metallic gold foil – all letterpress printed by Smock.
We printed the invitations on Mohawk’s Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 130 lb paper. The envelopes are Mohawk’s Loop Antique Vellum Kraft paper envelopes in A7 size. Mr. Boddington’s Studio also designed a fun patterned envelope liner to add a little surprise of color, which was digitally printed by Smock.
The amazingly talented Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in her Jackson style. We picked a light aqua ink to complement the blue in the envelope liners – I love the way it looks against the kraft paper!
I hope you love the invitations as much as I do!
Design: Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Paper: Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 130 lb
Envelopes: Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Kraft 80 text in A7 size
Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Sweet Sixteen party invitations! Designer Cristina Pandol was commissioned by two very design-savvy teenagers to create invitations for their upcoming Sweet Sixteen party. Cristina wanted to match the girls’ enthusiasm by screen printing the main invitation on colorful balloons, each of which was then mounted on letterpress printed cardstock and enclosed in a box with custom confetti. So fun!
From Cristina: I have no idea how, but I was tracked down by two soon-to-be-16 year-old girls about designing an epic invitation for their Sweet Sixteen party. I’d never had a Sweet Sixteen, so I decided to live vicariously through Natalie and Abby. The first thing I noticed about them was how excited and enthusiastic about everything. Their emails had sooooo many exclamation points that I felt pressured to match that enthusiasm in the invitation.
I found an online vendor to screen print my design on the balloons and I letterpress printed the remaining pieces myself at Lala Press in Silverlake. Natalie and Abby really wanted to be involved in the invitation process, so the three of us got together to assemble and build the invitation.
We mounted pink card stock to the back of each invitation to add some more color, tied the balloons to the invitation, and then cut our own confetti to put them inside of the boxes. The entire processes felt like a DIY craft party and it was so fun to reconnect with my teenage self.
Photo Credits: Garrett Shannon
After moving to a new house last year, designer Lauren Chism is getting ready to host her first big party! Fueled by her husband’s enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby, they’re planning a fun Derby Day party full of mint juleps, big hats, and bow ties. For the invitations, Lauren went with a preppy navy and green infographic design with a striped pattern on the back. So cute!
From Lauren: Having moved from a condo to a house last year, we have enjoyed being able to entertain a bit more. We don’t typically host big parties, but are giving it a go this weekend and throwing a Derby Day party.
My husband has a real soft spot for the Kentucky Derby – it might be the bow-ties or mint juleps, I don’t know – but his enthusiasm is infectious and is quickly turning this into an annual weekend for our family and friends. I can’t pass up an opportunity for paper goods, so I wanted to send invitations, but really struggled with a way to merge classic derby themes with the fun casual party we wanted to host. Also, when you run an invitation business, turns out there’s not a lot of time for your own invitations!
With a looming deadline of send invitations or just opting for an evite, I was pretty stuck. In an attempt to get me out of my designer’s block, my husband was listing themes, facts and ideas about the derby and it hit me: we should do an infographic! We then compiled all the details we wanted to included, and filled the rest in with fun facts about the derby. It all came together easily after that. They were digitally printed in a fun layout with a preppy striped pattern on the back.
I wanted it to feel casual and fun and get people excited to grab their hats, bow ties and cute kids and enjoy the Derby with us. It was a nice collaborative effort and I really love how they turned out.
Design: Lauren Chism
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Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers