2009 Holiday Cards, Part 1

As you've all noticed, the holiday stationery season is most definitely now in effect.  And since there are so many great designs starting to come out, I'm breaking my holiday card coverage this year up into a few smaller posts over the next few weeks.  So, first up, a perennial favorite Linda & Harriett with a festive holiday collection — featuring a friendly Moose!

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Next up, Dutch Door Press, with letterpress cards inspired by the 12 days of Christmas and a few other themes of the holiday season:

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These coffee cup holiday cards from Maida Vale are super cute:

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I love the blind impression details in these letterpress holiday cards from 12fifteen:

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In somewhat holiday-related news, I'll be working on the second and final 2010 calendar round-up over the weekend.  And with all the calendars that have come out over the last couple of weeks, part 2 might end up being even bigger than part 1!  Hopefully I've seen every calendar at this point, but just wanted to put out one last call for any designers who might not have submitted their calendars yet.

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Letterpress Christmas Ornaments

So this is the time of year that nearly every designer is busy cranking out their holiday collections – from holiday cards to gift wrap sets and gift tags – and this year I'm already seeing tons of amazing holiday stationery starting to make its way into the shops.  So instead of saving it all for a big mondo round-up or two, I thought this year I might collect them into groups of three or four and share them gradually over the next few weeks.  If you're browsing around, you'll be able to find them all under the holiday category from the sidebar.  Sound like a plan?

First up, some fantastic letterpress ornaments from Moontree Press, which I've been dying to share here for weeks now:

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Aren't these lovely?  The ornaments currently come in four patterns, which you can find in the Moontree Press shop right here.  More holiday goodies to come soon!

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Wedding Invitations — Campbell Raw Press

Maggie Campbell is kind of my hero — she *just* had a baby (the ever-adorable Charlotte) and just three weeks later she’s launching her new line of absolutely beautiful letterpress wedding invitations.  Amazing!

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The Campbell Raw Press wedding line includes three invitation suites named for some of Maggie’s favorite authors — Fitzgerald, Collins, and Strand — each of which can be customized with different color palettes and beautiful Japanese patterned screenprinted paper known as chiyogami:

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Aren’t these gorgeous?  So elegant and beautifully letterpress printed.  Just in case you’d like to see one of these suites in person, Maggie has made samples available for purchase in her etsy shop.  You can also read more about the Campbell Raw Press wedding invitation line (and check out a bunch of additional photos) on her website right here.  Congratulations Maggie!

{image credits: Campbell Raw Press}

Sparkling Lights + Beautiful Flowers

I just love these photos from two recent weddings.  First, from Diana + Anthony's wedding via What Junebug Loves, and photographed by Sean Flanigan, the globe lights strung across the reception area create such a beautiful effect:

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And from Jen + Nick's wedding photographed by the amazingly talented Robert Sukrachand via Once Wed, I love the idea of a floral wreath hung above the bride and groom during the ceremony — totally unexpected, and undeniably lovely:

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Aren't those flowers fabulous?  The arrangements were created by the fabulous Saipua.  Amazing.

{photographs by Sean Flanigan and Robert Sukrachand}

Carrie + Barrett’s Wood Veneer Mountain Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations come from the fantastic design duo of Bird and Banner, who created an amazing set of wood veneer wedding invitations (and ceremony programs, menus, favor labels, and table numbers) for Carrie and Barrett for their Jackson Hole, Wyoming wedding last year.  This suite is one of my favorites from the Bird and Banner portfolio, largely for its wonderful mix of different materials and typography styles.  Erin and Nicole, the talented ladies behind Bird and Banner, stopped by to describe the creative process behind these lovely pink and brown wedding invitations, so I’ll turn things over to them!

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From Erin and Nicole: Neither Carrie nor Barrett are from Jackson Hole but the couple had shared many special times there.  They knew it was the perfect place to celebrate their wedding.  Held at the Crescent Ranch, the inspiration was rustic yet elegant which included a formal BBQ menu and a fiddler band.

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Because it was a destination wedding Carrie and Barrett wanted to highlight the location in their invitations as much as possible.  This led us to explore using new materials and formats that would help introduce their guests to the location.

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Our initial idea was a muslin bag filled with wooden postcards.

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We loved the idea of mixing Carrie’s palatte of bright pink and brown with wood.  Working with language describing the location, we planned to use a mix of type styles.

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Unfortunately the design started to look like a “Most Wanted” poster!  So we scaled back, and then everything came together.

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Carrie and Barrett had a full weekend of festivities planned so we also created an itinerary for guests that included hand drawn illustrations of the various Jackson Hole event locations, including the arch in the town square where they got engaged.

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From the bride, Carrie: Erin and Nicole from Bird and Banner are so amazingly creative; I never had to reiterate the feel/mood we wanted to convey to our guests more than once.  Awesome!  The itinerary, invitations, packaging, etc., are what I was most proud of in the wedding planning process — even though they did all the work, they made me feel like we were a team in creating the PERFECT presentation.

So, so lovely — and a beautiful mix of rustic and modern design elements that create the perfect invitation for a wedding in Jackson Hole.  I love the attention to detail throughout the invitation, from the line illustrations to the tiny hearts and border details.  Thanks so much to Carrie, and of course to Nicole + Erin from Bird and Banner, for stopping by to share these gorgeous wedding invitations today!

{image credits: reception photos by Carrie Patterson, all others via Bird and Banner}