Friday, May 30, 2008

Height of Elegance

What kind of invitation do you make for a bride and groom with impeccable taste and a traditional vision?

I worked with Marcie and Will on their Save the Dates a few months back. Since they're getting married in Ireland, we knew we'd go with an Irish theme. They were pretty clear that their invitations were to be formal, but we could be a little more casual with the Save the Dates. We used a shimmery green backing and 2 color thermography (raised type) to give the text that sparkle that you just can't get with digital printing. We went with an envelope to match the matting and viola, a sparkly green treasure delivered to each guest.

More pics coming soon

Then it was on to the invitations. I knew the bride and groom wanted their invites to be the official announcement of their event, so we had to think classic and elegant, but with a WOW factor. The bride and groom also requested a special detail that I just knew would be a big hit, they wanted the invitation to be personalized with the name of each guest.

So, I called my friend & master calligrapher Laura Hooper of LH Calligraphy, and told her my vision. She hand designed an invitation in calligraphy then had it letterpressed with a blank space so she could go back and personalize each invitation with the name of the guest.


It was a hand crafted effort from beginning to end, lovely calligraphy complimented by the beauty of letterpress, each piece was truly a work of art.



What will you do to WOW your guests?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

More DIY: Petal & Layered Programs

Once upon a time, a brand shiny new Micheal's Crafts opened it's doors in a land not so far far away...

Strolling through the aisles, I can across a some products that I've received numerous requests for, Petal Fan Programs and Layered Programs. In the past I've tried to steer clear of taking on these projects, they are amazingly time consuming to create from scratch and as you can imagine, the more components to an item and the longer it takes to cut, print and assemble the more expensive it becomes.

DIY Petal Fan Programs

Once again, Gartner Studios to save the day! They have partnered with Brides Magazine to come up with an exclusive line of print at home wedding accessories, not just invites, but wedding programs, chair signs, favor boxes, even letterpressed (looking) place cards sold exclusively at Micheal's. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of craft store wedding products, to much painted plastic and tulle for me, but I think Gartner really hit this mark this time. Their designs are modern and sophisticated, including everything from whimsical soft pink dots to elegant black damask designs (p.s. you'll be seeing much more damask in the coming months). It's an inexpensive, or should I say, less expensive, way to add all of those extra details to your wedding without having to take out a second mortgage.

Some others fun things from the collection:

DIY Chair Signs

Damask Place Cards

See the entire line here:

Happy Planning!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Imprintable Invites at Target

Stay tuned for Cry Baby Ink Letterpress Imprintable Stationary and Pocketfold DIY kits...
Until then...
Looking to get that letterpressed feel at a DIY price?

Target and Gartner Studios have introduced a line of imprintable wedding stationary that they are calling Letter Impress. Their design suite offers a letterpressed graphic on a card that you can run through your printer at home. Great idea, great price. The only thing is, it's not actually letterpressed, hence the name Letter Impress. It's printed flat, then embossed, and only the graphic is embossed, not the printed text. But unless your one who checks registration and such things, no one willever know.