Wedding Invitations – Blackbird Letterpress

Today we’re back to wedding invitations, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing some of the gorgeous work of Kathryn from Blackbird Letterpress!  You might already be familiar with Kathryn’s invitations for her own wedding, as well as this stunning wedding invitation that she created in a collaboration with Betsy Dunlap, and the rest of her wedding invitation portfolio is just as gorgeous.

creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

{Kathryn’s wedding invitations, which you can see in greater detail here}

Blackbird Letterpress specializes in custom wedding invitations, using many letterpress printing methods from movable hand set type to photopolymer plates depending on the design and the client’s needs.  Blackbird Letterpress also strives to make as little impact on our fragile world by using soy solvents and papers that are recycled or made from renewable resources.

creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

{wrought iron}

creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

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creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

{new orleans – you can see more of this invitation right here!}

creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

{calla lily}

creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

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creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations


creative custom letterpress wedding invitations

{carousel – love the blind deboss details!}

Thank you so much Kathryn!  You can check out more of Kathryn’s lovely custom work over on her website and check out her collection of letterpress cards and notebooks in the Blackbird Letterpress etsy shop!

Looking for a wedding invitation designer?  You can find Blackbird Letterpress and many other wedding invitation studios over in the Designer Rolodex!

{image credits: blackbird letterpress}

Quick Pick: Wit + Whistle

Today I’m loving these sweet cards and little jotter notebooks over at Wit and Whistle:

heart love card heart love card set

kids birthday party invitations

flower retro jotter notebook chevron stripe jotter notebook

Some very cute party invitations as well – check out the full selection over at Wit and Whistle!

{image credits: wit and whistle, found via victoria}

2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 1

Other than the arrival of fall, the end of September means only one thing – and that’s calendar round-ups!  A few of my favorite stationery shops have already listed their calendars, with more to come over the next few weeks.  So I thought I’d get a head start with the first installment of the year!

First up, one of my perennial favorites, letterpress and silk screened desk calendars from Ilee.  I’m loving the January design, inspired by the Year of the Rabbit on the Chinese zodiac!

letterpress and silkscreened calendar

letterpress and silkscreened calendar

letterpress and silkscreened calendar


I absolutely love the design of the 2011 calendar from SeeSaw!  This year, the ladies at SeeSaw were inspired by vintage textiles, and the calendar features gold foil and gray letterpress in beautiful geometric shapes:

letterpress and metallic foil calendar

letterpress and metallic foil calendar


We caught a sneak peek of this calendar at the National Stationery Show – and the 2011 calendar from Sycamore Street Press is now available!  The illustrations were inspired by the wildlife around Eva and Kirk’s home in Utah:

letterpress poster calendar

letterpress poster calendar

{Sycamore Street Press}

Another perennial favorite that we also saw at the Stationery Show, the gorgeous calendars from Linda & Harriett!  Each month features a perforated post card at the bottom that you can detach and send to a friend.  There’s also a fantastic perpetual calendar that’s great for keeping track of birthdays or anniversaries.

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{linda & harriett}

Every year I like to get at least one fabric calendar to go along with my annual collection of paper calendars (I may or may not have at least 5 calendars scattered throughout my home), and I’m loving these fabric calendars from Lisa Rupp.  The calendars are available in two designs – one with floral illustrations and another with hot air balloons:

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fabric 2011 calendar

fabric 2011 calendar

{lisa rupp}

Flora and Fauna Press also created two calendars for 2011 – a large 3-color letterpress poster-style calendar, and a smaller desk calendar inspired by marine life:

letterpress wall poster calendar

letterpress desk calendar

{flora and fauna press}

Also along the marine life theme – the 2011 mini calendar from Blackbird Letterpress features a Louisiana blue crab calendar pad with tear-off months:

gulf coast letterpress calendar

{blackbird letterpress}

From Dizzy Wizzy Design out in Australia, a fun desk calendar with space to jot down notes on the reverse side:

2011 desk calendar

2011 desk calendar

{dizzy wizzy}

Or turn calendars into a fun family craft project with these printable calendars from A Little Hut:

printable calendars

{a little hut}

For even more variety and options, one canoe two has created FOUR gorgeous poster-style letterpress calendars for 2011:

{one canoe two}

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back with many more calendars over the next couple of weeks!

p.s. If you have a calendar that you’d like to submit for a round-up installment, feel free to send them to me right here!

{all images from their respective sources}

Katy + Jason’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Earlier this year, Derek and Kim, the husband and wife designers behind RageHaus, sent over a set of vintage-inspired Save the Dates that they printed for friends Katy and Jason.  Well, after recently relocating to Brooklyn, Kim and Derek are back with Katy and Jason’s wedding invitations!  For the follow-on invitations, Kim and Derek continued with the color palette and vintage typography-inspired design elements from the Save the Dates.


From Kim: Katy and Jason wanted a modern wedding invitation with a major emphasis on strong typography.  The wedding will take place in Boston, so we drew a majority of our inspiration from old Boston signage.

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With the ceremony being held at The Hampshire House, an historic Boston mansion, we decided to pull in some luxurious elements to the design.


Between the strong typography and the delicate ornaments and flourishes, we were able to create a modern, yet elegant, wedding invitation.

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The entire set was screen printed by hand.  For the the invitation, white and light pink ink was printed on French Paper‘s Wine Speckletone.


For the reply card, we brought in Pink Lemonade Pop Tone to accentuate the light pink ink on the invitation.  Maroon ink was matched to the wine color of the invitation and printed on both the reply card and envelope.


The entire invitation set was finished with a French Paper’s Aged Parchtone belly band.  The monogram printed on the belly band was from their save the date.


Thanks so much Kim and Derek!  You can also check out more from Kim and Derek over on their website and flickr page, and you can see Katy and Jason’s Save the Dates (along with a bunch of others) over in the Save the Date gallery!

{image credits: RageHaus}

Stephanie + David’s Nautical Wedding Invitations

Our first set of wedding invitations today comes to us from Stephanie Pryor, a recent bride and graphic designer with a love for typography and letterpress.  Stephanie designed her own wedding invitations, incorporating a blue color palette as a nod to her beachside wedding venue and some fun design elements for an overall design that is both playful and sophisticated.


From Stephanie: Our wedding took place on Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City New Jersey.  The ceremony was on the beach and the reception was held at the Ocean City Yacht Club.  We wanted our invitations to subtly reflect our nautical beach setting but also retain a sophisticated design sensibility.


I’ve always loved typography and wanted the type to be the focal point of the suite.  We choose a nautical blue color theme to give a nod to our reception venue and hand-tied the invitations with a single seashell to symbolize our beach ceremony.


We also wanted to add an element of surprise and excitement to the suite.  Our solution was the typographic envelope liners.  I love that when guests opened the envelope it yelled “You’re Invited!”  The goal was to get our guests excited for our big day!

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I also adore the edge painting on the invitation.  It added an extra pop of color in such a delicate and unique way.


Our wedding invitations were truly a DIY project.  I designed them myself and did the majority of printing, cutting, folding, inserting, embossing and gluing!  I can still remember the endless nights slaved over my Epson and the intoxicating fumes of spray mount like it was yesterday!


I did enlist help from Boxcar Press to letterpress print the actual invitation and RSVP card.  I love the tactile beauty of letterpress and I wanted to incorporate it wherever I could afford given my tight budget.

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Such a fun invitation – from the bold envelope liners to the long fold-out map enclosure.  Thank you so much Stephanie!

If you’re looking for more invitation inspiration, you can check out Stephanie’s invitations and lots of others in the wedding invitation gallery!

{image credits: edge painting and envelope photographs by stephanie, all others by alyssa andrew photography}