Seasonal Stationery: Easter Cards

Easter is just around the corner – in, um, like a couple of weeks – so today I thought I’d round up a few Easter cards for those of you celebrating the holiday. In addition to the favorites below, you can find lots more over in the Market List here!

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1. Thimblepress

2. Sugar Paper

3. 9th Letter Press

4. Paper Source

5. Egg Press

6. Hennel Paper Co.

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7. Lydia & Pugs

8. Noteworthy Paper & Press

9. Kiss & Punch

10. Hartford Prints

11. Hennel Paper Co.

12. Grey Moggie

p.s. More fabulous Easter cards in last year’s round up right here – and even more in the Market List here!

Nicole’s Hand Lettered Plaid Baby Shower Invitations

These baby shower invitations from Nicole at Floating Specks combine a hand drawn plaid pattern with whimsical hand lettering – all in a rustic color palette of red, black, and white (with a dose of kraft paper). So fun!

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From NicoleAfter nearly two years of waiting for our family to be blessed with our first baby, we have been very excited for every step of preparation for our little boy, Aidan. For the baby shower, we wanted to stay with the manly and outdoors theme that we picked for Aidan’s nursery, matching alongside the red plaid apparel and gold balloons of our gender reveal photo.

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I hand drew the red plaid pattern for the invitation background and added my handwriting for a personal touch. Since there are several ways to spell Aidan, we wanted to make sure our friends and family knew the correct spelling of our baby’s name. We added a name plate that we tied around the invitation and had our gender reveal photo printed on the reverse side.

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Thanks Nicole!

Photo Credits: Floating Specks

Lillian’s Blush Pink Letterpress Birth Announcements

These beautiful blush pink letterpress birth announcements were created by Carrie of Callidora Letterpress + Design for her daughter Lillian. Carrie wanted the announcements to have a classic feel while incorporating whimsical handmade elements. The resulting announcements couldn’t be any sweeter!

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From CarrieI wanted Lillian’s birth announcement to feel handmade yet slightly formal and classic. I had recently purchased a sewing machine and had been making little headbands and dresses for Lillian and wanted to try sewing paper for quite some time. I thought it would be a lovely touch if I sewed her newborn photograph to the announcement.

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I chose a thread that perfectly matched the blush paper and gave a feminine touch without being over girly. The photo was attached to the card but was playful in the way it lifted from the paper. Each announcement was printed on thick blush pink 100% cotton paper. I decided to letterpress print the announcements in metallic gold ink to contrast with the craftiness of the sewn on image.

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I also chose two contrasting fonts, one more classic and traditional – the other a more hand-made and whimsical. By contrasting these elements the announcement because exactly what I was looking for, handmade with a touch of formality.

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Thanks Carrie!

Photo Credits: Callidora Letterpress + Design

Rebecca + Gregory’s Rustic Illustrated Wreath Wedding Invitations

I love everything about the invitations that Rebecca created for her own wedding last year – from the affordable production to the beautiful illustrations and the meaning that Rebecca imbued into each element. And the simple color palette of black, white, and kraft? So perfect for a late fall (early winter?) wedding!

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From Rebecca: When you’re a graphic designer, and you’ve been analyzing wedding announcements your whole life, it makes paper planning for your own wedding rather difficult. A few years ago, I decided I would have lace on my wedding invitations. I started making sketches and comps so that I would be ready with the perfect design when the day came. After Greg and I got engaged, I opened up those old files and knew it wasn’t quite right. It seemed outdated and not really “us.”

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So I started designing. Well I tried to start designing, and every time I tried, I got too nervous. I always over-analyze wedding invitations and so I would imagine people analyzing our wedding invitations and I would panic. But one night when I had some downtime, I sat down with just my sketchbook and my favorite pen. I drew all of my favorite things. The first was a loop-de-loop.

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When I had been going through my lace phase, I was also going through a loop-de-loop phase, but the loop-de-loop stuck with me. I would always sketch an ongoing infinity symbol back and forth on my sketch books. Always. I experimented with all sorts of weights and styles and lengths, I thought they were so pretty. And then the more I analyzed it, the more I thought it was the perfect motif for a wedding invitation. It was never ending. There were ups and downs, but it was always connected. The line might be thinner in some spots and thicker in others. In my sentimental, symbolic view, I decided it was perfect. I explained it to Greg about our relationship and future union would be eternal and always bound and connected. That there would be ups and downs, but we would always be together. So we knew the loop-de-loops had to stay.

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But I also really love circles. And I wanted the circle to be involved too. I went back to my sketches and showed them to my sister, Melissa. She loved the wreath I had made with our initials. She stopped at the wreath and said,”Yes, yes. That is so you.” So we put it on a quilt, some notebooks, our invitation, etc. It became the branding of our union. I’ve always loved linen paper, so that was an obvious choice for both the paper and the envelopes. I wrote out all the addresses with some of my favorite fancy pens and used a stamp that my parents already had as the return label.

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In the end, it was really nice to make our own wedding invitations. It was a special experience and I’m so glad that I was able to make something super affordable and with lots of meaning.

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Thanks Rebecca!

Design: Rebeccamade

Printing: BYU Print & Mail

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

Photo Credits: Mikki Platt and Claire Marika Buys