Happy Monday everyone! Allie from AllieRuth Design sent over these beautiful wedding invitations – inspired by the English roses growing in the bride and groom’s backyard garden! Allie combined letterpress printing, digital printing, and even screen printing to create a romantic and vintage-inspired invitation suite that is full of color and texture. So lovely!
From Allie: These invitations were designed for Sara and Bob, who hosted a beautiful backyard wedding at their home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. English roses are abundant in their yard and happen to be Sara’s favorite, so we chose to use roses as the motif in her wedding stationery.
I created floral and foliage patterns using vintage imagery, and paired them with hand lettering for a sweet and playful combo. Their invitation card, RSVP, and save the date were all printed by me using a digital/letterpress combination, which has become a staple in the AllieRuth studio. It allows for so much more color than a traditional letterpress printed piece, yet still gives couples the wonderful texture of letterpress.
The dark green was chosen for the screen printed cards (printed by Mama’s Sauce) as a nod to their late night after party.
Design + Letterpress Printing: AllieRuth Design
Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce
Photo Credits: AllieRuth Design
It’s a huge understatement to say that I’m a fan of Liz from Linda & Harriett. I’ve admired her wonderful stationery for years, was thrilled to work with her on the invitations for the 2013 Paper Party this past spring, and I love her approach to the creative process. Liz has been quietly working on a new website for the past few months, and it’s finally live! And just in time for the holidays, with a fabulous 2014 calendar, screen printed gift tags, notepads, and more! My favorite item in the new shop? This wonderful seasonal note card box set with 16 total designs – four for each season!
Photo Credits: Linda & Harriett
These screen printed invitations from Mikaela at The Hungry Fox are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice great design to achieve a budget-friendly wedding invitation. Just print the design in a single color! The text takes center stage in this design, with decorative elements inspired by the Art Deco vibe of the wedding and printed in a lovely shade of sage green. Beautiful!
From Mikaela: Aurora was planning a wedding with a loose 1920s theme. She wanted to create a very relaxed festival feel but with a glamorous old world Art Deco-inspired edge. Her palette was sage green, light pink and creamy white.
Here is an initial sketch I made and a picture of the screen I made to print them. I enjoyed designing an invitation that was mostly about the lettering, with decorative touches. Aurora also wanted a monogram, and I made several for her to choose from. I printed the one we chose on the back flap of each envelope. I thought the sage green on the creamy white envelopes was a nice touch. This suite shows that a person on a budget can still get lovely hand printed invitations by choosing a one color design.
It was slightly complicated communicating about things like paper thickness, because in the UK they talk about paper thickness in gsm instead of pounds as we do here in the U.S. We resorted to saying things like “Oh, about the thickness of 10 sheets of computer paper stacked together.” The invitations were printed on French Muscletone Paper in Whip Cream.
Photo Credits: The Hungry Fox
You may remember Zach and Alexandra’s engagement party invitations from earlier this year – and today Rux from Lush Prints is back to share their wedding invitations! Rux worked with the talented folks at Mama’s Sauce to produce an elegant screen printed invitation suite with whimsical die cut details and bright pops of yellow. Beautiful!
From Rux: Shortly after we completed Zachary & Alexandra’s engagement dinner invitations, we found ourselves designing concepts for their wedding invitations. Our goal was to make their wedding invitation memorable and elegant. Listening to how these two souls crossed paths allowed us to unlock tiny details needed to start the creative process.
One of Zach and Alexandra’s courtship habits really stood out to us: they frequented Disneyland for many date nights. We strategically placed a hidden Mickey on damask pattern (can you find it?). A few weeks before the wedding, Zach & Alexandra posted a Facebook message with a contest asking their guests to find Mickey. The winner was announced at the reception and presented with a honeycomb jar filled with sweet golden honey.
Other little details included the couple’s bee monogram. We incorporated throughout the wedding stationery and also created a custom cake topper that completed the beautiful honeycomb theme cake.
Design: Lush Prints
Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce
Photo Credits: Lush Prints
Hi Again! Today we’d like to share with you a recent invite we did for an amazing couple who was having a sophisticated ’20s-era wedding. Although “Gatsby” was one of the words they used to convey the feeling they were going for, their suite was more about capturing the elegance and modernism of the era rather than trying to replicate the cues taken from the recent Baz Luhrmann movie. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
The suite features a two-sided, super thick invite that’s letterpress printed on both sides, with an application of silkscreen on the front, and edge painted in antique gold. If you’re familiar with letterpress printing at all, you may be aware that printing flats are a little more challenging than printing line work. We wanted to try a new approach where we attempted to letterpress a silver layer on top of the charcoal base flat layer, with the cream text knocked out of the charcoal layer. We had done a test in the studio before we pitched the idea to the client and it looked great. Somehow, by the time we were ready to print the silver layer, it didn’t look as legible as the tests and we had to come up with a new approach. We opted for silkscreen since it’s more viscous than letterpress ink. Another solution could have been hot foil stamping.
On the back of the invitation, we letterpress printed a cross section of a piece of wood, since the groom-to-be was an avid wood worker.
Their wedding was set to take place on Shelter Island, and features a letterpress print of a vintage map that acts as an inner envelope. These were then addressed in gold guache by our in-house calligrapher Tammy Ann Tan.
Their RSVP is also letterpress printed on thick cotton paper, edge painted and is double sided to accommodate menus, events and additional info. Their folded letterpress Info Card features directions, accommodations and vintage illustrations of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress