Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #4

As a paper enthusiast, it’s no secret that I love business cards.  I love seeing all of the amazing and creative business cards at blogging conferences and trade shows.  And even though it’ll be a while before I need new business cards for myself (you can see my current cards right here), I’ve had business cards on the brain over the past few weeks.  I was going through some of my favorite images and noticed some patterns emerging – bright pops of color and quirky design elements like illustrated details and hand lettering…

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{colorful edge painting on these business cards for Shyama Golden via Francesco Mugnai}

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{ah-mazing dip-dyed business cards – another genius idea from Jordan}

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{laser engraved wood veneer cards from Staci Paul via FPO}

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{pantone chip business cards by James Prunean via Lovely Stationery}

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{Chris Piascik}

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{Colt Bowden via FPO}

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{illustrated letterpress and foil stamped business cards by Dolce Press}

For my designer and printer friends out there, have you printed any fun business cards recently?  I’d love to see them!  Just shoot me an e-mail right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Rebecca + Dale’s Traditional Honeysuckle + Gray Wedding Invitations

I was excited when Honeysuckle – the bright and bold shade of pink below – was named Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen it used in a wedding invitation!  For Rebecca and Dale’s wedding invitations, Kathleen from & Kathleen Design blended traditional design with modern pops of color, as well as multiple printing methods, with stunning results!

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From Kathleen:  When Rebecca saw some of my work on Oh So Beautiful Paper, and then found out that I live in the same city as her and her fiance, she knew I was the designer for them. When Rebecca and I met face-to-face I learned that she wanted a traditional design with clean lines for her wedding invitations. Because my work is usually a little more quirky and non-traditional I was excited to try something a little more classic.  However, Rebecca was open to a few modern twists – like bold color and sleek typography.

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I used a combination of lithography and letterpress printing on a thick bright white letterpress paper.  Full floods of honeysuckle complemented gray accents and letterpress detail on the invitation.  Modern sans-serif typefaces and dotted lines were contrasted with a bold script and fun flourishes.  Overall, I think this invitation was a great blend of the classic meets modern look Rebecca was wanting to achieve.

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Gorgeous as always – thanks so much Kathleen!

{image credits: kathleen shannon}

Dawn + Matthew’s South Carolina Low Country Wedding Invitations

Having just spent some time in coastal South Carolina this past weekend, I was delighted to see these low country wedding invitations pop into my inbox!  Dawn and Matthew were married a couple of summers ago on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  Designer Christine Wisnieski created a simple and playful invitation that reflected the relaxed vibe of the wedding location.

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From Christine:  I created this custom wedding invitation for two very close friends, Dawn and Matthew.  They wanted a suite of materials that were light-hearted and easy to use.  The solution was an accordion fold letterpress invitation card held together with a simple paper band.  The spirit of the invitation suite took inspiration from the laid-back style of South Carolina’s low-country.

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I love the accordion fold layout – and such a pretty scallop border!  Thanks Christine!

{image credits: christine wisnieski}

Lorna + Jose’s Puerto Rico Destination Wedding Invitations

Our first set of wedding invitations this week comes to us from Leslie Vega Design – for a wedding taking place this summer in Puerto Rico!  Although Lorna and José are originally from Puerto Rico, many of their guests will be traveling to attend the wedding, and they wanted wedding invitations that reflected both their own heritage as well as the natural beauty of the island, all in a truly stunning shade of royal blue.

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From Leslie:  Our lovely bride, Lorna and her fiance, José, will be getting married in the beautiful destination setting of the Hacienda Seista Alegre in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.  Lorna and Jose are both natives of Puerto Rico and wanted their wedding to reflect the beauty of their spanish heritage.  There is meaning throughout every element of this suite.

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The design of their letterpress suite uses blue spanish inspired patterns, vintage elements and a special, carefully hand drawn ‘Flamboyan’ tree – a tree especially known for it’s grandiose beauty seen all throughout the island of Puerto Rico.  The two birds placed over an intricate depiction of an infinity symbol signify the love story of how they met in college during a calculus class where the infinity symbol is commonly used.

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Just stunning!  Thank you so much Leslie!

{image credits: leslie vega design}

{happy monday}

Whew!  Three days, five states, and more than 900 miles later I’m incredibly happy to be back at home in DC.  I’m a wee bit tired from a long driving weekend, so I thought I would share a few photos from our road trip and some of my favorite links from last week before jumping back into the swing of things.

We stopped in the lovely and charming coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina.  Have any of you been there?  We really enjoyed our time there!

And a few favorite links from last week!

I’ve got some gorgeous wedding invitations to share with you this morning, so check back soon!

{all photos by me}