Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations

Um…. these neon acrylic birthday party invitations from Melissa of Atheneum Creative are SO much fun! And the best part? They were inspired by one of my favorites: Sour Patch Kids! Drawing from her candy inspiration, Melissa chose a bright neon pink acrylic to pack a punch with the overall design and feel of these invitations. So fun and sweet all the way through!

Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations by Atheneum Creative

From Melissa: This was a fun one! James had a birthday coming up and his wife wanted to surprise him with a birthday party. She mentioned his love of Sour Patch Kids and before we knew it that was the inspiration for the party and the invitations. When you’re given Sour Patch Kids as inspiration for a birthday invitation, you simply can’t just print it on paper – it needs to be exciting and fun!

Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations by Atheneum Creative

We presented some different design directions, but we all fell in love with this colored acrylic. The color we chose to work with is called Flamingo – I mean how fun is that? The one thing we love about this acrylic is the ability it has to change colors right in front you. Turn it one way and it looks orange, turn it another way and the acrylic turns pink. It also changes colors when placed on different surfaces. The draw to the acrylic was instant, but the fact that it changed colors only played to the sour patch kids even more with their tagline being, “first they’re sour, then they’re sweet.”

Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations by Atheneum Creative

We wanted to add another layer of texture to the invitation by cutting his name out of the acrylic. We loved the way it was all packaged up with the filler paper showing through behind the acrylic invitations. The idea of seeing something different played well with the Sour Patch Kids theme. I loved the presentation as a whole, especially how his name stood out so boldly!

Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations by Atheneum Creative

We mailed the invitation in a self-mailing white box with a wrap around label and white paper filler. This also highlighted the pink color when you opened the invitation and experienced the color changing acrylic as you took out the invitation. We loved the overall feel we created from such a fun piece of inspiration!

Neon Acrylic Birthday Party Invitations by Atheneum Creative

Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations

A bit of agate-inspired prettiness to brighten your Wednesday! Agate slices and jewel tones are having quite a moment these days, don’t you think? First these gorgeous purple-hued agate-inspired invitations a few weeks ago, and now these vibrant blue agate-inspired watercolor wedding invitations from Debbie Wong Design! The watercolor does a great job of mimicking the unique and varied nature of agate stones. And the hand painted watercolor is even more beautiful when paired with deckle edge paper and modern calligraphy in white ink!

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

From Debbie: The aesthetic and rich jewel tones of agate were the main inspiration for this invitation suite. Blue is incredibly versatile and a beautiful color to use year-round, no matter how seasonal trends may change.

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

Since agate stones come in so many different patterns, the background for the invitation and response card were also unique from one to another, due to the handmade nature of watercolors. Another unique element of agate slices that we wanted to highlight was the unique crystal design at the center of each stone.

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

I decided modern calligraphy was an appropriate style to use for this fun invitation suite, and white ink was the perfect choice to stand out the most against the dark blue tones of the suite. The invitation suite was created on hand deckled cotton rag paper to get a gorgeous texture. Then, the invitation and the response card were tied together with a soft dusty blue silk ribbon from Silk and Willow, before inserting them into a light blue envelope.

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

Vintage stamps were another fun detail we incorporated. Blue stamps fit the theme, but we added a couple of brightly colored stamps to make the envelopes stand out in a fun and vibrant. A blueberry stamp was also incorporated, and this motif tied in with the menu card.

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

The reception was going to be a cocktail style affair, so the menu items were hors d’oeuvres instead of a full seated dinner. The menu was also made on the same hand deckled cotton paper, with a little blueberry painted on the top as the header. We used watercolor to write the appetizer names onto these cards. I knew using watercolor would give the menu cards an organic look with the colors varying slightly from word to word.

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

We used actual agate slices as food labels for the stations at the reception. Brilliant white ink with modern calligraphy was used to match the invitation suite’s calligraphy. I purposely chose three distinctive looking agate stones for the appetizer cards, as no two agates are exact, just like a hand painting. This was such a fun project to orchestrate and I love how it came together!

Blue Agate-Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Debbie Wong Design

Thanks Debbie!

Design, calligraphy, & hand painting: Debbie Wong Design

Ribbon: Silk and Willow

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

Photo Credits: Debbie Wong

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

Our next sneak peek from NSS 2017 comes from returning exhibitor Inclosed out of Omaha, Nebraska (Booth 1926!). I always love Lesley’s wedding invitation designs (she has an album available for retailers!) and her letterpress and foil printed greeting cards are super cute. Along with new greeting cards making their debut at this year’s show, Lesley is adding colorful new gift wrap inspired by her letterpress cleanup rags, and she’s expanding her gold foil Charmpad line to include all 50 states, hand-drawn dog illustrations, and fun seasonal designs! Oh, and ten new wedding invitation suites, including some printed on handmade paper! Only a few more days left people!

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Inclosed

 More from Inclosed right here!

Stationery A-Z: New Home Congratulations Cards

Summer is a time of shifting temperatures, big life events, transitioning wardrobes, and often new and exciting locations. A change of scenery can be a welcome, albeit scary transition. A houseplant is a welcome gesture to congratulate friends and family, but go one step further and celebrate that new lease (or mortgage!) with a congratulatory note of genuine enthusiasm. Pair a monstera with a bright red front door or a fiddle leaf fig with a whimsical castle illustration. A succulent with an illustrated rug in a mid-century palate? We’ve got you covered. Check out our roundup below and let us know your favorites! – Shauna

New Home Congratulations CardsFrom top right:

1. This elegant Sugar Paper card would go perfectly with your sisters new downtown loft. Side note: did you see that Sugar Paper is opening a new brick and mortar location in Newport Beach this summer?

2. A good friend once told me she dreamed of living in a house with a red door. If only I’d found this Jade Fisher design sooner!

3. Truth from Farewell Paperie. Except it was my husband, an air conditioning unit and July in New York.

4. Do you like rhymes and Neutra Bold? Check our this message forward card from Rhubarb Paper Company.

5. Big mushroom, small house as painted by Shannon Kristen

6. Why yes, my new home does bear a striking resemblance to Cinderella’s castle. Illustrated by Lesley Barnes for Red Cap Cards.

7. Leave it to those clever cats at Mr. Boddington’s Studio to turn a favorite childhood pastime into a novelty greeting.

8. The thought of packing up all my earthly possessions literally makes me nauseous. Commemorate the end of cardboard boxes with this 2 color letterpress design from Smudge Ink (confetti included!).  

9. Loving this retro, yet modern, color palate from Wild Hart Paper (and wishing I actually owned this rug).

10. Another gem from Nicholas John Frith for Wrap Magazine.

11. Ah! More cardboard boxes! At least they are painted beautifully by Idlewild Co.

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

Less than a week to go until the 2017 National Stationery Show! Our next sneak peek comes from a familiar name around OSBP: Wild Ink Press (Booth 1633)! New releases include a gorgeous brand new line of Birthday Gemstone cards – one for each month of the year and printed in more than 12 different foils and paired with iridescent envelopes (what?!?!) – and 25 new greeting cards ranging from Halloween to Thanksgiving to bridesmaid and wedding party cards. There are also new notebooks and journals, including a lined journal, notebook, and list jotter, with each sentiment also available as a pencil (sold individually or in a set of three). Finally, six new happy gift tags with fun sentiments from “it’s returnable” to “it’s late because good things take time” – all in a new rainbow of happy colors!

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

More from Wild Ink Press right here!