Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements

We’ve featured the work of designer Lauren Chism many times on Oh So Beautiful Paper – and I’m a huge fan of her classic, less-is-more aesthetic. So it’s an absolute honor to share the GORGEOUS classic blush and rose gold foil baby announcements that she made for her own daughter, Graycen Mae. Lauren really honed in on her true design style to create an incredibly elegant and understated announcement, printed in rose gold foil on absolutely dreamy pale pink paper. Just so, so pretty.

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

From Lauren: In true ‘shoemaker’s child’ fashion, these birth announcements almost didn’t happen. Motherhood rocked my world and it took me a long time to be able to sit down and design again. But alas, I finished them, and I am so glad that I did. It makes me smile every time I look at them… and then I tear up a bit when I realize how much she has changed and grown!

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

When I found out I was having a girl, my friend and fellow-stationer, Kimberly FitzSimons, texted me ‘bring on the Arturo pink!’. Yes, yes, yes! Turns out, that was the easy part. With my Arturo Rosa paper and envelopes ordered, I hit a roadblock and really struggled with where to go from there. These had to be my best birth announcements ever, right?! There is nothing like self-inflicted pressure! After putting things off for so long, I forced myself to remember my true design style. Not the most creative, out of box design, but a beautiful, classic, ‘less is more’ aesthetic… and from there, it finally came together.

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

I love photo birth announcements, but I also love a classic non-photo design too, so I met in the middle and created a two-sided announcement, with the photo on one side and the announcement on the other. The announcement was foil printed on the palest pink card stock in beautiful rose gold, which turned out to be the sweetest, most feminine color combo. It was duplexed with my favorite newborn photo, which was printed on double thick card stock. This created a TRIPLE thick announcement, which was so luxurious, and maybe a little over the top, but who cares, it’s my job!

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

The final look was simple and classic… just. my. style. I could not love them more. I can’t believe that I am not too far away from designing her first birthday invitations and that also makes me shed a tear or two. Life is happening so much faster now, so I love that I have this keepsake to remember this precious time.

Classic Blush and Rose Gold Foil Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Foil Printing: Elefant Press

Paper: Arturo Rosa

Newborn Photography: Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements

Well, these are fun! Ashley of Ash Bush Lettering and Design sent over these galaxy-inspired graduation announcements, which feels like kind of the most perfect theme for a graduation. I mean, if the world is your oyster, why not the entire galaxy?? Ashley combined galaxy elements with her playful hand lettering, and of course galaxy envelope liners!

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From AshleyI’m in love with these galaxy graduation announcements I had the chance to create! They’re fun, modern, and unique. I started out making custom liners, each one was different! From there we decided on a smokey gray, metallic square envelope. The envelopes really drove the rest of the design – I wanted the announcements to balance and complement the envelopes, so I kept it light with just a splash of galaxy in the custom hand-lettering.

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I also made a custom ink mixture of white with splashes of shimmer powder to add just a hint of shine to the envelope lettering. The overall feel of the suite’s lettering was brushy and messy with ink splatters everywhere to resemble stars. And of course we topped it off with the most fun vintage stamps we could find!

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ashley!

Photo Credits: Ash Bush Lettering and Design

Harley’s Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Designer Blake Eagle worked with the talented folks at Mama’s Sauce to create these letterpress and gold foil birth announcements for her son Harley. Blake incorporated design elements inspired by the traditional birth certificate and standardized forms along with astrological symbols – all wrapped up with thin gold wire. So cool!

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From Blake: My husband and I decided to go all out and design a multi-piece announcement suite for our soon-to-arrive little guy. We were very much inspired by the birth certificate, astrological symbols, and standardized charts like the periodic table. We wanted to design something that was sophisticated, but also whimsical. The idea was to redesign elements of the birth certificate, but focus on personalizing all of the small details.

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In the beginning we wanted to keep everything black and white and very minimalistic, but we became obsessed with the idea of adding a foiled element to the suite. After finishing the larger card with the birth details, which was letterpress printed on 220# Crane Lettra, we decided to add a smaller gold foil piece.

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Keeping with the theme, we included things like Harley’s astrological sign and element into the design, as well as the weather and moon phase as a sort of homage to the day he was born. To wrap it up (literally…) we used a very thin wire to hold everything together and tie in the gold from the smaller card to the rest of the suite. It was then all placed in a black envelope complete with a letterpress printed address wrap and personalized stamp.

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Design: Blake Eagle

Letterpress and Foil Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Photo Credits: Blake Eagle

Beck’s Chartreuse Letterpress Birth Announcements

Designer Kaydi from Maison Yellow and her husband welcomed their first child last October: an adorable baby boy named Becher! Kaydi wanted Beck’s birth announcements to be bold and fun, so she chose a bright chartreuse and steel blue color palette and a cute illustrated envelope liner. Letterpress printing from Czar Press and a sweet baby photo were the perfect finishing touches!

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From KaydiIn October of last year my husband and I were blessed with our first child. No one can ever accurately explain to you just how crazy those first few weeks and months are. To add to the chaos, my husband is in the Air Force and had to leave for an assignment when our son was just 4 weeks old. Needless to say all my big plans of sending out fantastic custom birth announcements the month after he was born went out the window. As a designer myself, the last thing I wanted to skip out on was my own child’s birth announcement. So, even though they are a few months late, I finally decided on a design direction and ran with it.

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When deciding on a name for our son we both wanted something strong and bold but still a bit fun and different. I used those keywords as inspiration for the birth announcements: strong, bold, fun, and different. I feel those concepts came to life through the color palette, illustrations, envelope liner pattern, and layered component of the additional envelope with picture card. Being a multi-piece announcement suite, it also allowed for opportunities to use letterpress and flat printing, creating a depth of texture as well as opportunities to expand upon the main design concepts but in different formats.

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Since our son’s first name is a little different and special in that it means first born son in Hebrew, I wanted this to be the main focus of the letterpress card and come across strong and bold without a real “babyish” feel. The separate photo card tucked in an envelope labeled “our little love” sealed with washi tape was also a great way to introduce a nickname leaving the letterpress card with the complete formal name.

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The envelope liner, featuring onesies with ties labeled “Becher,” bottles, footprints, and rattles, was a must for me and added the extra playful patterning in the same chartreuse and steel blue palette as the rest of the suite. All in all, this birth announcement design turned out to be a perfect representation of our little guy and his wonderful personality… and not to mention a great excuse for more letterpress in my life!

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Thanks Kaydi – and congrats!

Design: Maison Yellow

Letterpress and Photo Card printing: Czar Press

Baby Photo: Joseph Mark Photography

Photo Credits: Maison Yellow

Jackson’s Sleek Black + White Birth Announcements

I’ve been loving the streamlined look of classic black + white for a while now – and I love it even more when it involves baby announcements! Designer Lauren Chism was inspired by the beautiful black and white baby photo to create these sleek announcements, which also doubled as New Year’s cards for the busy new parents! Lauren matched the glossiness of the photo with shiny black foil text. Such a great idea!

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From LaurenThe photo for birth announcements is so important and really directs me when it comes to how I design for the announcement. As much as moms-to-be may want to get ahead on the design, I always suggest waiting to see how your sweet baby is photographed before you do the announcements. You might be envisioning one thing and a different photo captures your heart and changes everything.

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That’s exactly what happened with Suzanne, who knew that she would have her hands full after her baby was born and came to me prior to discuss design ideas. She had some fun (and funny) ideas for them, but our whole direction changed once little Jackson arrived and she took this adorable photo. Even though she typically sends out more jovial cards, she couldn’t resist this black and white image and those baby lips, and so we changed concepts completely and ended up with these sleek birth announcements that also doubled as New Year cards.

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The cards say ‘ newborn kisses + happy new year wishes’ which I think is such a perfect sentiment, yet the design is clean and modern for friends and family to leave up throughout the year.

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The cards were printed in black foil, which is a nice contrast to the white card stock. Since letterpress inks sometimes leave a salty look, we decided to use black foil because we could achieve a more saturated and glossy look. It really adds that ‘wow’ factor that Suzanne was looking for and pairs perfectly with the semi-gloss photograph that was attached to each card.. I know recipients had to ‘ooh and aww’ just a little when opening these – over the cards AND that handsome baby boy.

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

Printing: Czar Press

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers