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

Oakes’s Nature-Inspired Letterpress Baby Announcements

These beautiful baby announcements come to us from Bonnie and Currier of Tenn Hens Design – and were created for Bonnie’s new baby boy, Oakes! Inspired by Bonnie’s childhood family farm, the announcements feature nature-inspired motifs like deer, oak leaves, and herons, a hand painted patterned envelope liner, and of course an adorable baby photo!

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From Bonnie and CurrierWe wanted to create a special birth announcement to welcome Bonnie’s baby boy, Preston Oakes Cross, into the world. Our concept took its inspiration from Bonnie’s family farm where she grew up, married, and where Oakes will be baptized this summer.

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The property is bounded by a beautiful river which brought to mind the natural world of trees, foliage, deer, canoes, and herons. Illustrations of these elements were incorporated throughout the announcement, and Currier hand painted a soft watercolor graphic pattern for the envelope liner.

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The announcement is letterpress printed and duplexed to another card printed with images of the natural world around Bonnie’s family farm. The photo was printed on metallic paper to add a crisp note to the overall color palette. And of course Oakes provided his adorable baby face. Don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks?!

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Thanks Bonnie and Currier!

Photo Credits: Tenn Hens Design

NSS 2014 Sneak Peek: Missive

The National Stationery Show is only two weeks away – which means it’s time to kick off NSS sneak peek posts! First up this year is a longtime favorite letterpress studio making their NSS debut: Missive. Lisa from Missive is bringing her letterpress stationery to the Ladies of Letterpress Booth (#2462), with a brand new Cursive collection along with several additions to her existing greeting card and everyday stationery collections. I can’t wait to see it all in person!

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Thanks Lisa!

Photo Credits: Missive