Kate + Cleon’s Romantic Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Aaaah, rose gold – even in the smallest of doses, this beautiful metallic makes my heart go pitter patter. Combine rose gold foil with stunning calligraphy in a beautiful wedding invitation suite from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress? Absolute perfection!

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From Samantha and Whitney: This custom suite was designed for a sweet couple who were married by the sea in Blue Hill, Maine. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect the romantic, textural, and elegant design that they had in mind for their fête.

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Each invitation was triple mounted on a variety of colored stocks in a neutral palette to give a dramatic layering effect and a luxurious weight to the piece. The invitation and insert pieces all featured classic typesetting letterpress printed in a warm grey ink and beautiful custom calligraphy done by Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl foil stamped in a romantic rose gold foil.

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A reply postcard featured a vintage topographical map of the venue location, further highlighting the lovely destination. All pieces were then wrapped in a hand-stitched, textural linen band with a layered, foil-stamped tag and coils of super-fine paper thread.

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A soft-pink cotton envelope liner foil stamped with Kate and Cleon’s names added yet another pop of color and shine. The pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

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Day of pieces included programs printed on double-thick cotton featuring rose-gold foil edging, a welcome bag note showcasing a custom map detailing fun area activities for guests, favor tags, custom koozies, and so much more!

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Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Watercolor + Gold Foil Edged Letterpress Business Cards

I’m so unbelievably excited to share a very special project with all of you today – my brand new business cards! After launching the new design back in March, it was definitely time to update my business cards. I’ve always been impressed by the amazing custom work from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress, so I immediately turned to them for help translating the beautiful new logo (by Liz from Linda & Harriett) into an equally beautiful business card. When it comes to my own personal projects, my approach is always to pick a designer whose work I absolutely love and then just let them run with it –and Samantha and Whitney completely knocked it out of the park! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

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From Samantha and Whitney: We took strong inspiration from the watercolor logo designed for Oh So Beautiful Paper by Linda & Harriett. We wanted the card to complement the logo without feeling visually overwhelming or too busy.

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Because we can’t achieve the exact same look as watercolor with letterpress printing, we had to be creative as to how we showcased that tonal variation. We opted to print using three different shades of pink to give an ombre/gradient effect and then added a wash of color along the bottom for a pop of interest.

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We brainstormed various ways to add the pop of color (from dip dying using vegetable and fruit dyes to pigment dyes), but ultimately decided that actually watercoloring each card by hand was the way to go. We spent hours testing different watercolor mixes and saturations to come up with the perfect palette of paints.

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Every card was individually painted with a wash of watercolor on each side prior to being trimmed down, so each card is unique and has a slightly different look/color scheme due to the variation in concentration of the wash.

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All pieces were lovingly printed by hand in our Dover, New Hampshire studio and are printed on thick, 220# 100% cotton. As the final finishing touch, Smock foil edged the cards in metallic gold shine foil!

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I hope you love these business cards as much as I do!

Design / Letterpress Printing and Watercolor: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Foil Edging: Smock

Logo Design: Linda & Harriett

Smock and Gus & Ruby Letterpress are members of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more beautiful work from Smock right here and more wonderful custom work from Gus & Ruby Letterpress here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gregg + Ilana’s Outdoors-Inspired Save the Dates

When it comes time to design their own wedding invitations and personal stationery, designers can often be their own toughest clients – but I always love to see the results! For her own wedding save the dates, Ilana from Sugar and Type wanted to capture her fiancé’s love of cycling and their shared love of the outdoors. Ilana incorporated lots of outdoors-inspired imagery with a horizontal layout, hand addressed kraft paper envelopes, and purple edge painting!

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From IlanaMy fiancé was a professional BMX Racer, and now rides Cyclocross all over the United States. Cycling is a huge part of our lives, and I really wanted to incorporate our love for the outdoors, hiking, biking, and soaking up the sun. After showing Gregg tons of options, he loved this approach! It was so rewarding to find something we felt represented our relationship.

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I was happy to call our dear friend Amy of Greengirl Press and be able to help her pull our prints off her Vandercook Press. We used 220 lb paper, giving us the opportunity to do a pop of color with purple edge painting.

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Thanks Ilana!

Design and Envelope Addressing: Sugar and Type

Letterpress Printing and Edge Painting: Greengirl Press

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more beau­ti­ful cus­tom save the dates!

Photo Credits: Audra Zaba Photo

Ashley + Anthony’s Gray and White Foil Wedding Invitations

I love it when couples do something unexpected for their wedding invitations! Instead of going for a typical rustic design for their vineyard wedding, Ashley and Anthony chose a gray, white, and poppy red color palette and folk art-inspired floral details for their wedding invitations. Created by Emily and Anna of Paper Moss, the final design features gray paper paired with white foil printing and a pop of color in the envelope liner. So fun!

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From Emily and Anna: Ashley and Anthony wanted something unconventional for their rustic wedding invitations. With a vineyard wedding and wedding colors of gray, poppy, and white, we jumped at the opportunity to use a gray stock as a base. Challenged with keeping the all gray invitation suite from feeling too dark, we chose a softer textured paper and added contrast with hot white foil printing.

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Inspired by folk art floral patterns, we brought in a floral motif to almost all the pieces but most prominent in the bright and happy poppy-colored envelope liner, and matching custom postage. In order to stay true to the romantic and rustic feel they were going for, we made sure to work with elegant fonts, along with floral art that had a hand-drawn feel.

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Ashley and Anthony loved the idea of a small booklet for their “Schedule of Events” held together by a mini belly band. To capitalize on this cute addition, we introduced a soft white stock with gray letterpress ink. This also complimented the address wrap labels around the envelopes!

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Thanks ladies!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Ruth Eileen Photography

Alana + Dan’s Blind Emboss Letterpress Save the Dates

These letterpress save the dates from Alana and Krystal of Vellum & Vogue are just so understated and lovely. Created for Alana’s own upcoming wedding, the square save the dates combine beautiful calligraphy with a classic black and white color palette and elegant vintage-inspired blind emboss pattern. So pretty!

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From Alana + Krystal: These save the dates were a particular labor of love as they were created for one of our own, our co-founder Alana and her fiancé Dan. Alana has always loved the look of tin ceiling tiles. For their save the dates, we wanted to create something that mimicked that same look and texture but in a neutral palette.

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To achieve this, we opted for a square save the date card. The front was letterpress printed with vintage-inspired text and calligraphy from the talented Anne Robin. The back features a blind embossed pattern inspired by tin ceiling tiles. We love the textural feel the blind emboss created. The cards were then double mounted to create a heavier weight. We finished the look with a kraft string-tie envelope, lined in black with the same blind embossed pattern.

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Thanks Alana + Krystal!

Design: Vellum & Vogue

Calligraphy: Anne Robin

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more beau­ti­ful cus­tom save the dates!

Photo Credits: Erin Hearts Court