1.25.2014

letterpressed combination birth announcement & holiday card

a little custom designed, three piece, charcoal and navy birth announcement and holiday card rolled into one.

letterpressed in warm gray, with hand lettering and illustrated stitching. each piece had an applied photo.
finally, the three cards are strung together, on simple navy seam binding... 

and slipped into a charcoal envelope, addressed in white. 

1.21.2014

letterpressed holiday cards


each design poses a challenge of its own... with this one, we needed it to contain three photos, so we chose a rectangular format with illustrated holiday greens and ribbons.

we letterpressed in olive green, on creamy lettra paper. 

we affixed the three printed photos to the inside, among my hand illustrations and calligraphed words.

 we used lovely string tie envelopes and each was calligraphed with white ink. 



1.15.2014

holiday save the date


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.


10.10.2013

emerson rain birth announcements

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...


       congrats f + b on your sweet little bundle. 

8.03.2013

wedding suite: the invitation




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!






wedding suite: the details


for the details... all of the other pieces of paper that go along with the wedding. 

first thing is the details card. we used a vintage postcard of the venue to create a mailer for all of the guests. it included the details for shuttles and pre-wedding celebrations. 



the escort tags... hand calligraphed on crane lettra, each was given a splash of blush on the end of the tag and tied with the same linen twine used on the invitation.




we used some pretty aluminum pushpins to hang each tag on our custom raw linen covered board.


for the table numbers, we used the same format as the invitation reply. each was blind letterpressed with the frame. this time, we handpainted each photo corner and table numeral. 




the programs we designed used the same format as the escort tags, only larger. the back of each oversized tag was letterpress printed with my peony illustration in blush and a faux hole reinforcer was handpainted on the back of each large tag. the front of each of the three tags was printed with the ceremony information. the trio was strung with the linen twine and tied with a knot to hang on the ceremony chairs.



the couple has a sweet dog that they wanted to include in their wedding celebration. to do so, each guest was given a card with a note stating their love for their dog and including information to the shelters they donated to in honor of their wedding. carmella's photo was printed and applied to each square card. the text on the reverse of the card was simple, and inserted into a square envelope and tied with linen twine. 


the menu was letterpress printed with the couples monogram at the top, and below, all of the deliciousness to come. a blind press of the peony illustration subtly graced the bottom of each menu.





one of my favorite details was the cigar bands... the newlyweds had a cigar roller on site to roll cigars for the guests. so naturally you need the perfect cigar band to wrap around. we letterpressed the couples initials and added traditional cigar band embellishments in foiled gold. 



see the invitation