Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #12

I had so much fun sharing some edge painted business card ideas with you last week, I thought I would pull together some more business card inspiration again this week!  This time we’re not just limited to edge painting as a key element – today’s selection includes non-traditional shapes and sizes, die cut elements, foil printing, and much more…

Cast Iron Design

Hype & Slippers

 

Oscar & Emma

Black and White Letterpress Business Card

Design: Racket, Letterpress Printing: The Hungry Workshop

Studio on Fire

Moontree Letterpress

Oleg Lyutov Design via FPO

Blush Publishing

Do you have an awesome business card that you’d like to share?  If so, e-mail me right here!

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Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink

Have you seen the new wedding invitation collection from Smudge Ink?  I saw an early peek back at NYIGF in January, but I’m so excited to see the full collection.  Many of the wedding invitation and save the date designs are inspired by affection for New England, gardens in bloom, ocean air, and the beauty of mixing the old with the new – so pretty!  I’m definitely loving all of the nature-inspired shapes and patterns; check out some of my favorites below…

 

Check out the rest of the collection right here!

Photo Credits: Smudge Ink

Jaclyn + Jason’s Illustrated Nautical Wedding Invitations

We’re moving from rustic to nautical with our next set of wedding invitations.  Jaclyn and Jason worked with Diane of Faye + Co. for their Atlantic City wedding invitations – you might also remember Diane’s awesome sailor tattoo wedding invitations from a couple of years ago.  Jaclyn and Jason chose a completely nautical theme for their invitations, with beautiful illustrations and hand lettering by Diane.

From DianeJaclyn and Jason are a fun couple and wanted the seaside reflected in their wedding invitations.  First we set the tone with a save the date postcard, using hand-drawn artwork of a nautical lantern.

On the invitations, we went all out!  From a tattoo-inspired anchor, to the dock-style posts, a rope border around the entire piece, to bits of inspiration from Atlantic City featured on the envelope liner.

This style invitation was a first for me, since the invitation folded vertically instead of a standard gatefold or trifold invitation.  At the bottom of the invitation was a perforated rsvp postcard that could be separated from the rest of the invitation with ease.

Not too long after sending off the invitations, I was contacted to design the bridal shower invitations as well – I was ecstatic!  From the save the date and invitation, all the way through to the bridal shower, this couple has a stylish set of stationery for their wedding.

Thanks Diane!

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

Photo Credits: Faye + Co.

Georgie + Dave’s Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  I love starting the week with a gorgeous set of wedding invitations, and today is no exception.  These invitations come to us from Amy of Saint Gertrude Design and Letterpress in Melbourne, Australia.  Amy combined a laser-cut tree overlay with two-color letterpress printed wedding invitations to achieve a modern, yet rustic, aesthetic for these wonderful invitations.

From AmyGeorgie and Dave’s wedding invitation suite was quite an epic project, merging two-colour letterpress print with an intricate laser cut folder.  This couple may be Melbourne cityfolk, but their attitudes and values were just so beautifully down-to-earth that I felt a simple but rustic vibe was needed for their invitations.

They were married under a canopy of trees at The Boulevard in Kew and rather than just paying lip service to this, an intricately illustrated tree was laser-cut to create a silhouette over the letterpress printed invitations underneath.  A heart cut into its trunk aligned perfectly with the couple’s heart monogram below and this motif ran throughout all of their stationery.  The whole suite was tied up in cotton string with a gift tag.

 

 

Beautiful!  Thanks Amy!

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

Photo Credits: Structured Pieces

Friday Happy Hour: The Traditional Margarita

With spring just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to share a recipe for one of the most popular spring and summer cocktails – although the key ingredient might also be among the most misunderstood in American cocktails.  Along with its close relative the Daiquiri, there are few drinks as abused in American drinking culture as the Margarita.  I’m sure there are plenty of bars that serve great, authentic Margaritas, but the sickly sweet, blended drink that most people experience is a pale shadow of this classic drink.

Signature Cocktail Recipe: The Traditional Margarita via Oh So Beautiful Paper (6)

Read below for the full recipe!

The Margarita

2 oz Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 Dash Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup

Combine all the ingredients, shake well with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.  This one is great straight up or on the rocks; garnish with a lime wedge.  Salt the rim only if you like that sort of thing.

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Here’s what you’ll get: a drink that is sweet but refreshingly tart, citrusy but deeply, richly vegetal from the agave-derived Tequila.

Signature Cocktail Recipe: The Traditional Margarita via Oh So Beautiful Paper (5)

If you want a real Margarita, here’s what to avoid: blenders, sour mix, frozen limeade, and cheap mixto Tequila. Here’s what you absolutely must use: 100% agave Tequila.  Many Americans have horror stories about Tequila and that one night in college, but most of these can be explained by a) drinking too much and b) drinking mixto, which is a headache-inducing mix of as little as 51% agave, sugar, and neutral spirits.  Spend a little more for 100% agave and banish those bad memories forever.

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Tequila is distilled from the agave plant and, by law, can only be made in the Mexican state of Jalisco (in this, it is like Champagne, Cognac, or Calvados).  There are three basic types of Tequila: blanco or plata (white or silver), aged less than two months; reposado (rested), aged two months to just under a year; and añejo (aged), aged from one to three years or more.  A white or silver Tequila will give you a much fresher, stronger taste of the agave, while an añejo is a much smoother, richer flavor.  I love a good añejo in my Margarita, but this is really up to you.

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Where did the Margarita come from? There are some stories out there about a Mexican bartender and the daughter of the German ambassador, or an actress allergic to every spirit but Tequila, or… well, or the typical myths that surround the origins of every great classic cocktail. Here’s what I think: the Margarita probably dates back to Prohibition, when Americans desperate for a good drink went south of the border and started ordering cocktails with Tequila for the first time in large numbers. The Margarita closely resembles the venerable Sidecar family of drinks, which match a spirit, a citrus, and an orange liqueur; it also closely resembles the older Tequila Daisy, which pairs Tequila with lime, grenadine, and club soda. Conveniently enough, Margarita is Spanish for daisy.  Hmm….

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper