Margie + Morgen’s Art Deco-Inspired Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Kathryn from Blackbird Letterpress created these gorgeous Art Deco-inspired invitations for her cousin’s wedding this summer, and I’ve been waiting (very patiently) to feature them ever since Kathryn sent over the corresponding save the dates back in May.  Inspired by the wedding venue, the Queen Mary, these invitations feature stunning calligraphy from Betsy Dunlap, Kathryn’s beautiful illustrations and patterns, and fun die cut elements – all in a sea green and coral invitation suite.

From Kathryn: Margie and Morgen are both amazingly talented.  Morgen has an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture and technology, while Margie is an architect and the co-creator of Larks & Japes.  Since the wedding was to be on the Queen Mary, we developed the style referencing the era of the 1930s, inspired by Art Deco architecture and jazz.  Margie loved the wave pattern from the save the dates, so I drew it again here to become a sea green ocean.  A small image of the ship in silhouette continue throughout the suite and other pieces.

We commissioned Betsy Dunlap to letter the names and other calligraphy elements.  The typeface used for the main text is Verlag, which is very close to what was used on the Queen Mary’s original menu.

The die cut idea came up when we both wanted an small element of surprise.  Instead of using an enclosure folder or inner envelope, we agreed on a folded card with cut outs showing just a peek of the ship and invitation text.  Cruise ships of the time period are known for their telegraphic communication, but since this was to be mailed, Morgen suggested using “Postalgram.”  It gives reference to the old form of communication but with our own twist.

The rehearsal dinner was held at an old theater in Long Beach, California.  An old movie was shown along with a casual dinner.  Since the wedding was a destination wedding, the dinner invitation needed to be included with the invitation mailing.  Printed in coral, the stylized waves were brought back along with a bit of Betsy’s calligraphy.  Margie found these fantastic “crown” tickets that we incorporated into the design.  Thank you cards were designed by Betsy with her signature ribbon illustration.

I couldn’t get enough of the ship images and wave pattern, so for wedding favors, I formatted the illustrations to fit on round 4″ coasters, with two different designs.  The coasters were wrapped in sets of 6 (3 of each design) with orange and white baker’s twine and placed at each place setting at the reception.  My mom and aunt threw a bridal luncheon the day before the wedding and commissioned me to print a favor for that, so the ship and waves were again printed, here on Moleskines with squared/grid pages in honor of Margie and Morgen’s architecture background.

The escort card tags were letterpress printed and numbered on kraft paper tags with waves printed in coral at the bottom, a reinforced kraft circle around the hole, and tied with orange and white baker’s twine.  Morgen graciously volunteered to type everyone’s name and hometown with his vintage Underwood typewriter.

Thank you so much Kathryn!

Design and Printing: Blackbird Letterpress

Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap

Blackbird Letterpress 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: Ben Christensen Photography

Olivia’s Country Carnival-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations

Sarah from The Happy Envelope sent over these adorable invitations that she created for a country carnival-inspired birthday party.  Such a fun theme for a fall birthday celebration!  The double-sided invitations were printed in pretty orange and green inks, then placed in mailing boxes and tied up with a ribbon and lollipop.  So cute!

From Sarah: These invitations were letterpress printed on ultra-thick, luxurious Crane 4-ply paper in a bright orange ink on the front and a mossy green on the back.  The invitations were placed into chartreuse mailing boxes from Paper Source filled with festive, colorful foam balls and then tied with a pumpkin lollipop and cheery ribbon.  An antique pumpkin illustration paired with vintage-style type and a woodgrain pattern all come together for a perfect country carnival mood!


Thanks Sarah!

Photo Credits: The Happy Envelope

New Giveaway! Custom Journals from Paper + Cup

I’m super excited about today’s giveaway – it comes from one of my favorite design studios, Paper + Cup!  I just love their amazing wedding invitations, stationery, and other paper goodies.  Paper + Cup’s artistic director recently moved to Paris and they’ve launched a new blog, Paper + Cup Sketchbook, to chronicle their inter-continental adventures in New York and Paris, and to keep track of inspiration sources and ideas.  To celebrate the new blog launch, Paper + Cup is offer­ing two lucky win­ners the chance to win three of their signature gold foil silhouette journals!


These gorgeous journals are available in assorted colors, individually hand bound with fine Italian paper.  The inside pages are blank, perfect for writing or drawing.  The covers can be customized with your choice of text and silhouette image.

To enter, just leave a comment below with something that has inspired you recently!  You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Fri­day, October 14 to enter – bonne chance!

Photo Credits: Paper + Cup

Caitlin + Sean’s Watercolor Wedding Invitations

I’ve had these beautiful watercolor wedding invitations from Constellation & Co. bookmarked for the longest time and just couldn’t wait any longer to share them.  Sara and Brad from Constellation & Co. combined letterpress text with a wash of watercolor, making each invitation completely unique and absolutely stunning!

Sara & Brad designed these wedding invitations for a late summer wedding in Victoria, British Columbia.  Each invitation was watercolor painted by hand to represent the last moments of sunshine as summer becomes fall.  So pretty!

Constellation & Co. 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: Constellation & Co.

p.s. I have an awesome giveaway coming up a bit later, so be sure to check back soon for the announcement!

Papercut Artwork from Tena Letica

In my book, papercut artists are basically magicians.  Probably because I lack even a fraction of the incredible skill and patience that goes into making these delicate art pieces.  I came across the gorgeous work of Zagreb, Croatia-based artist Tena Letica a few weeks ago, and instantly fell in love with her whimsical creations.  Here are a few of her recent projects!

From TenaAfter getting a degree in Industrial Design and working in a graphic design studio I decided to take the rather insecure road of freelancing.  My recent work mostly revolves around papercutting and paper engineering and those long hours spent at the studio usually result in whimsical characters cut out of paper.  Finding my inspiration in vintage cartoons, I try to keep my work simple and sharp with a dose of humor.  I like to keep things handmade as much as possible because those small differences in actual pieces make each piece unique.

Thanks Tena!  Check out more of Tena’s beautiful papercut work right here!

Photo Credits: Tena Letica