You’ve already seen the photos from the 2014 Paper Party during the National Stationery Show, but today I wanted to share a few photos of my most favorite detail from the entire party: the invitations! The party invitations have become a dream project each year, with an amazing team contributing to everything from design to printing to envelope addressing. This year I was lucky enough to work with Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Smock, Mohawk, and Meant to Be Calligraphy. I’m so excited to share the resulting invitations with you!
I was absolutely thrilled to work with Mr. Boddington’s Studio on this year’s design – they designed everything from email save the dates to the tote gift bag design! I wanted the invitations to reflect the quirky sophistication that has become Mr. Boddington’s Studio signature style while also complementing our floral party inspiration. We decided to keep the main invitation in classic black and white with a botanical wreath printed in shiny metallic gold foil – all letterpress printed by Smock.
We printed the invitations on Mohawk’s Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 130 lb paper. The envelopes are Mohawk’s Loop Antique Vellum Kraft paper envelopes in A7 size. Mr. Boddington’s Studio also designed a fun patterned envelope liner to add a little surprise of color, which was digitally printed by Smock.
The amazingly talented Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in her Jackson style. We picked a light aqua ink to complement the blue in the envelope liners – I love the way it looks against the kraft paper!
I hope you love the invitations as much as I do!
Design: Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Paper: Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 130 lb
Envelopes: Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Kraft 80 text in A7 size
Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
I do indeed. Every element of this design is gorgeous… well done to all involved. I hope you don’t mind me asking this… I’m consumed with curiosity with regard to how your lined envelopes are constructed… do you digitally print and die-cut each liner to fit an A7 envelope? Are the liners glued at a single point or is the entire liner glued to the envelope? I would love to incorporate this feature into my range but have held off because it seemed time consuming and labour intensive. I had convinced myself that large organizations such as yours were custom making envelopes and gluing the liner prior to assembling the envelope, however, the above project doesn’t seem to support my theory. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Catherine! The envelope liners were handled entirely by Smock – they printed the liners, cut them down to size, and inserted/adhered the printed liner into the Mohawk envelopes. Smock offers envelope liners to their invitation clients, but I’m afraid I can’t speak to the specific process they use to produce the liners from start to finish. The ladies of Antiquaria have included envelope liners in many of the DIY tutorials they’ve written for Oh So Beautiful Paper (http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/category/guest-posts/antiquaria/), and for DIYers they recommend using envelope liner templates and a glue stick. It can be a very labor intensive process, especially if you’re a one-woman operation, so if you do want to offer this service to your clients you’ll have to think carefully about your pricing structure to make sure you cover the additional production time. I hope that helps!
Thank you so much for taking the time out to reply. I’m going straight over to the The Ladies of Antiquaria DIY tutorials. Oh So Beautiful Paper is a fantastic resource. I’m really delighted to have had this opportunity to chat with you. With very best wishes, Catherine.
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