i love tiny things. here is one of my most recent favorites... a tiny announcement, 4 inches square. we decided on a double envelope, the outer is kraft, the inner is cotton, with a sweet linen twine knot closure.
inside, is a lovely simple square announcement. hand lettered calligraphy paired with typed italics and softly rounded corners.
i have been meaning to post these photos for some time... i am so thrilled and honored to have contributed my paper designs to this project of such mega talented proportions. first, i designed paper pieces for the welcome box. each box had a small square booklet with the activities for the week. i stitched each booklet spine with silver thread to hold the pages together. a wide belly band was letterpress printed in olive green with my mexican inspired hand drawings. the belly band was wrapped around each hand made box. oh the details... a little round window was cut from each belly band to reveal the hand written name of each guest. the belly bands were sewn at the corner seams with silver thread to secure.
for the invitations... in tones of agave and soft gray green with pops of silver. agave lettering, hand embossing and sterling silver leaf details on each piece. the invitations were presented in vintage celadon silk pouches with agave envelope. the whole suite was then insetred into a larger mailing envelope with hand embossed and silvered belly band address application.
the programs were simply coordinated with hand embossed and silvered leaves and spine. simply written in tones of agave.
the menus for the place setting had a simple hand embossed and silvered dotted border with agave text. i love how they mirror the border on the plates and chargers.
little details for a gorgeous tequila bar... hand written tags with silvered hole reinforcements.
and the sweetest detail... a burro to carry the wedding packages.
a fun little save the date and holiday card rolled into one. the calligraphy was done (by me) in white, clean and crisp. and paired with my favorite stamp of all time... the reproduction inverted jenny. (nice work, post office)
using the mini books we saw on minted for an idea, i sized ours down and added some bespoke elements. each of our save the dates was letterpress printed in two colors on soft cotton paper...
a pretty charcoal gray with pops of cheery persimmon. a simple modern styled border was hand drawn for the front cover to frame a little photo.each of the photographs was printed on lustre photo paper and adhered to the cotton letterpress paper adding lovely layered detail.
the pages of each booklet were hand sewn together with silver thread in a simple zig zag.
then, to top it all off, we added tiny silver jingle bells to each of the silver threads on the top.
i am so lucky to get to work with such wonderful people. this birth announcement was no exception. this family wanted a custom announcement that celebrated their baby daughters meaningful middle name, rain. they were engaged and married in the rain, they even brought both of their babies home in the rain, so it's no question that rain is very near and dear to their hearts... they find it soothing, cleansing and peaceful. with inspiration taken from a meaningful quote "life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... its about learning to dance in the rain" i designed an announcement especially for them.
we decided to go with shades of glass green, aloe and nectarine, letterpressed clouds with embossed white lettering for the quote and cheerful sunkissed pink hand lettering.
the top of each announcement was hand torn leaving a pretty soft edge, then it was painted with silver to add a little detail. the drops had glints of hand painted silver too, to tie them in.
the announcements were paired with a couple of photos of the baby and her big sister, enclosed in a glassine envelope, which was tied to the announcement with a wrap of one of my favorite linen and stainless steel threads.
we enclosed them in pretty celadon envelopes...
and stamped each one with a custom return address stamp...
it seems like forever that i have been working away on this delicious wedding suite, full of details. it has been a joy to create something so true to my style. working with colors of blush and deep blue, while keeping a balanced mix of masculine and feminine and pulling in some vintage inspiration, we created this invitation suite and lots of wedding day extras.
for the invitation, we letterpress printed each component on gorgeous creamy crane lettra. each invitation card was blind printed on 220# lettra with my hand drawn peonies.
then, each card was letterpressed with deep blue text and custom calligraphy. the blind printed peonies were hand watercolored in varying tones of blush on each invitation. this added some lovely variations between each flower and invitation with the watercolor puddling in the deeply impressed lines. the invitations are finished with rounded corners.
the envelope return was beautifully pressed into the cotton envelopes with custom calligraphy (a mix between pieces from 2 very talented calligraphers... laura hooper and anne robin) and simple vintage inspired type.
for the envelope liners, we wanted to add a bit of masculinity to a feminine invitation, so we channeled some vintage inspiration and decided on graph paper. each is letterpressed with a graph paper inspired grid, lending a tactile element to the envelopes.
for the reply, we decided to use the peony illustration, this time for the envelope liner. pressed in blush to balance the masculinity of the reply card.
each reply card was blind printed with a frame, mimicking a white border photo frame. then, some letterpressed photo corners were added along with the text. simple and straightforward with a vintage feel.
we wrapped the invitations tucking the rsvp into a parcel tie of gorgeous natural linen twine, an element that will repeat itself in many of the other pieces.
each envelope was hand calligraphed with the recipients address just below the letterpressed phrase "please deliver to:"
for mailing we used a collection of new stamps, vintage inspired seed packets, that cam in many different styles. they perfectly incorporated the blush and vintage feel we were focused on, and we were able to use a mix of styles on each invitation envelope.
please make sure to visit the details post to see the rest of the suite!
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