holiday cards and a shop!

by jen | 16th November 2012 | Posted in holiday, shop |

We have some exciting news to share! We have finally opened an online shop!  For quite a few years now I have been interested in offering ready-made stationery. By ready-made stationery, I mean things like thank you cards, note cards, gift tags, and even holiday cards! So, this year we finally decided to pull the trigger.

Be sure to head on over to our shop! You will even find some holiday cards for the upcoming season, including our Merry & Bright card as seen above. Each holiday card you see is available for purchase as a single card or in larger quantities.  Don’t see exactly what you need? Feel free to inquire about a custom listing!

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it’s halloween!

by jen | 31st October 2012 | Posted in uncategorized |

We just wanted to pop in to wish you a happy Halloween! Our thoughts are also with those that have been effected by Hurricane Sandy. Please keep safe, everyone!

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perforated letterpress reply cards

by jen | 23rd October 2012 | Posted in customize, invitations, reply cards |

It’s not uncommon for our clients to request that the address for their wedding website be included on their invitation. However, I always like to find a more discreet place for it whenever possible – as opposed to including it on the wedding invitation itself. In the case of a project I worked on earlier this year, I was also looking for a way to avoid the cost of adding an additional card to the set. On a whim, I suggested adding a little extra length to the reply postcard and perforating it so as to create a detachable website card. Fortunately, the bride and groom loved the idea as much as I did!

I made sure to design the website portion of the card so that it would work as a card on its own once separated from the reply card. The first line announces the marriage of the couple, followed by the URL for their wedding website and directions that remind you to tear along the perforated line before placing the reply card in the mail. Once the card is separated, it’s perfect for hanging on the refrigerator, attaching to a bulletin board, or can even be used as a bookmark!

If you have an idea for incorporating something a little bit different into your invitation set, or think you might be interested in some perforated letterpress cards, please let us know!

As usual, we try to keep addresses private – so please excuse the lack of photos showing the full set in its entirety.

 

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letterpress wedding invitations in gold

by jen | 11th October 2012 | Posted in ink, invitations, letterpress |

We hope everyone is having a wonderful fall! This is always the time of year when things are a little less hectic and we can take care of some things around the studio that are normally pushed aside when we’re extra busy. Currently, I have several boxes of invitation sets from past projects that need to be organized and stored properly. While looking through a few of the boxes, I spotted this letterpress invitation we printed for a wedding that took place last fall. Not only did the couple choose our Willow design, which is perfect for fall and winter weddings, but they requested gold ink as you can see in the image below.

Now, metallic inks have been pretty popular lately, but it is good to know that if you want a metallic ink to look exceptionally shiny, then you are probably better off choosing foil stamping as your printing method. Don’t get me wrong though, metallic inks can look lovely with letterpress and there are some tricks that some printers use to prevent the ink from losing so much of its shininess. In the case of this project, the bride was interested in gold ink, but did not want the end result to be too flashy.  Fortunately, she trusted me when I told her it would look great – and she was very happy with the end result!  The gold ink we used is what I would describe as an antique gold and goes really well with our pearl white paper.  I think the end result is quite subdued and sophisticated.  What do you think?

 

 

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for the love of mail

by jen | 13th February 2012 | Posted in everyday things, inspiration |

I have always found it hard to throw away any sort of personal letter or card that arrives in the mail. I even like to keep the envelopes that letters arrive in, for there is something about the look of a postmarked envelope that I have always loved. Whether it’s an illustration on a vintage postcard or the gracefulness of a handwritten note – there is always inspiration to be found in this ephemera I’ve collected throughout the years. So, I thought it would be nice to share a few images of some of my favorite items I have kept along the way. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, while some of these items were sent to me personally, I found the vintage postcards in the back of a used book store quite a few years ago. Not only are they fun to look through, but they can also be a great source of inexpensive art for your home!)

We would love to hear from you!  What sort of things do you like to hang onto?

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blue hydrangea letterpress invitations

by jen | 2nd February 2012 | Posted in custom, design, letterpress |

While I’m still hoping for some actual winter weather, I have to admit, seeing the trees budding (in February!) is making it a bit difficult to not yearn for spring. To hold me over a bit until all the flowers start blooming again, I thought it would be nice to share this invitation suite we printed last summer. These were actually printed for a local couple that were married in Raleigh, North Carolina this past fall. When going through some of our samples, the bride spotted some hydrangeas I had drawn for a previous invitation project. I made a few small changes to the illustration and after discussing some different layouts with the bride and groom, they settled on the design you see below.

Instead of the usual reply card and envelope, they chose to go with a reply postcard. We left some open space on one side for any guests that felt like writing a message.  Also, near the bottom of the postcard, we found the perfect place to list the wedding website.  To coordinate with their wedding, the bride and groom selected a pale blue ink and pearl white cotton paper. They also ordered pearl white envelopes with coordinating blue liners, as well as a box full of matching thank you cards!

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