Erin + Andrew’s Ombre Watercolor and Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I’m constantly amazed at what happens when talented individuals pool their efforts on a single project – and these incredible wedding invitations are no exception.  Photographer Laura Murray sent over the gorgeous invitations for her sister Erin’s wedding.  Erin worked with Roger from Flourish Letterpress and Victoria of Calligraphos to create a custom invitation suite that combines hand painted watercolor (DIY’d by the bride and groom!), letterpress, calligraphy, and even laser cutting!

From Erin, the bride: Ombre, calligraphy, and letterpress printing.  These are three things I adore and all elements that I wanted in my wedding invitation suite.  After we finalized the design, Roger from Flourish Letterpress cut the paper for the save the dates, wedding invitations, and reception cards and passed them off to me to be watercolored in an ombre effect.

My fiancé and I did an ombre wash on all the paper using a mixture of Holbein Artist’ Water Color inks in Jaune Brilliant No. 2, Shell Pink, and Brilliant Pink.  Once everything had dried, we handed the paper back off to Roger for letterpress printing.


Roger used Crane Lettra 220# pearl white paper for the invitations and matching 110# Lettra paper for the save the dates and reception card.  Lettra paper is made from 100% cotton, giving it a unique, smooth texture and the ability to absorb the letterpress impression.  We found that this paper took the watercolor well and maintained its ability to really hold the letterpress texture.

From Roger of Flourish Letterpress: I wanted to combine elegance with a slightly rustic feel for the invitation design.  I incorporated the kraft paper for a nice contrast while tying in the feeling of their wedding venue.  I wanted to try something new, so I used my laser engraving abilities to make a paper wrap with the look of lace and also incorporates Erin and Andrew’s initials.  Erin’s ombre watercolor painting really made the lace wrap pop.


Lastly, we created a rubber stamp with their wedding logo so they could stamp their logo on the hang tag and envelopes.  It’s a fun, extra element that they could play with and use to customize each piece.

Gah – so amazing!  Thank you so much ladies!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Flourish Letterpress

Calligraphy: Victoria Lane, Calligraphos

Watercolor: DIY by the bride and groom

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

Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography

  1. I’m really loving the ombre wash and lace wrapping, they compliment each other well.

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