Inspired By: Gold Foil

The resurgence of gold foil is hands down one of my favorite design trends this year.  Foil comes in a myriad of colors (as you saw from Fig. 2 Design Studio on Monday), but gold foil will always have a special place in my heart.  Gold foil can be a big and bold statement or a subtle detail depending on the project and design, but it looks great on everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements to business cards and everything in between.  Gold foil also looks fantastic whether on its own, paired with a classic black and white design, or combined with lots of bright color!

No. 1 Hayley & Lucas via the Keep Calm Gallery; No. 2 Sugar Paper; No. 3 Dauphine Press; No. 4 SeeSaw; No. 5 Rifle Paper Co.; No. 6 Kate Spade; No. 7 Earmark Social Paper Goods

If you’re curious, you can learn more about the foil printing process right here!

Modern Open House Invitations by Studio Carta + Albertine Press

If only all office party invitations were this pretty!  Angela from Studio Carta created these beautiful letterpress invitations for a corporate cocktail reception – with only a week of turnaround time!  Angela partnered up with Shelley from Albertine Press for the letterpress printing, creating an elegant and modern design that suited the client without being overly formal.

From AngelaI was commissioned to design an Open House invitation for a new Dental Center, with only one week of time to complete the project!  When you factor in all the elements of letterpress printing, beyond the design, including ordering the polymer plates, shipping them to the printer, time for the actual printing, and then finally shipping everything back to my studio for the delivery – I was left with only one day to design receive final approval from my client!

The client was looking for elegant, modern invitations, and a dark gray color to match their logo.  I chose 100% cotton Lettra paper and square envelopes for its elegant and soft texture.  The 2-ply paper add a lovely tactile quality to the overall design, and the deep letterpress impression was very visible.  For the typography, I chose a contemporary sans-serif typeface designed by Dutch Lucas de Groot, paired with a calligraphic font that I used for the owners’ names to make the design a bit less formal.

Thanks Angela!

Design: Studio Carta

Letterpress Printing: Albertine Press

Photo Credits: Angela Liguori | Studio Carta

Giada + Davide’s Kraft Paper and Lace Wedding Invitations

As much as I love bright pops of color, I’m just as easily blown away by a beautiful wedding invitation suite done all in soft and natural colors.  Valentina from Cut and Paste created these beautiful invitations for a recent wedding in Friuli, Italy, combining kraft paper, lace, and even lasercut wood into the wedding invitations and day-of stationery!

From Valentina:  Giada and Davide wanted a soft boho style wedding with lots of little flags and banners.  I created an invitation suite with a natural color palette, incorporating lace, kraft paper, and wood.  The kraft paper invitations were screen printed in white ink with a lace overlay at the top, then paired with white envelopes and kraft paper wrap-around address labels.

For favors, we printed copies of Giada and Davide’s favorite biscuit recipe on kraft paper and bound them to small jars of cinnamon.


Lasercut wooden flags served as table numbers, while laser engraved clothespins functioned as place cards.


Thanks Valentina!

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

Photo Credits: Valentina | Cut and Paste

Vintage Stamp Journals from Campbell Raw Press

I adore the hand-bound journals and albums from Maggie at Campbell Raw Press; I even used one as my wedding guestbook years ago!  Maggie recently combined two of my favorite things – vintage postage stamps and her beautiful bookbinding – into a brand new collection of limited edition cloth-bound journals and photo albums, called Post-Marked!

From Maggie: Post-Marked is a new series of limited edition handmade journals and photo albums.  Each book features a vintage postage stamp set into a cover made with an eco-friendly cotton-linen book cloth.  A new collection of books will be available every two weeks from October through December.  The first collection features air mail stamps and subsequent collections include U.S. states, world travel, conservation, and natural history.


Check out the current edition right here!  Thanks Maggie!

Photo Credits: Campbell Raw Press

Metallic Greeting Cards from Fig. 2 Design Studio + Jess LC

Right now I’m loving metallics and pretty much all things shiny, so I was thrilled to see these gorgeous new metallic foil stamp greeting cards from Jessica Constable of Jess LC and Claudia from Fig. 2 Design Studio show up in my inbox!

Jessica and Claudia recently teamed up to develop a collection of foil stamp note cards.  The collection features adorable striped and confetti greeting cards in a range of fun metallic colors – from gold to turquoise to plum to bronze – as well as some festive and colorful gift tags!

The confetti cards come with a Cheers! salutation while the striped sets come with Merci!

The gold foil stamped note sets are sold exclusively through Jess LC and come with coral envelopes.  Gift tags and boxed notes in additional colors are available through the Fig. 2 Design Studio online shop and come with matching colored envelopes.  Thanks Claudia!

Photo Credits: Mary Kate McKenna, Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy