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January 15, 2013

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Wedding Invitations Update

I've finally gotten around to listing a few of my wedding invitation samples in my Etsy shop.

 

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If you are interested in ordering a sample of my work, please click the photo above which will take you to my wedding invitations. I've ordered a couple of new printing plates so will be adding some additional designs soon. Each sample costs £3.00, but any money that is spent on samples will be deducted from your final bill if you choose to order invitations. In addition I've decided that, as I am in the process of trying to build my wedding invitation portfolio I will be offering an introductory price on all wedding paper goods.

Some sample prices are:

50 two-colour invitations = £190

75 two-colour invitations = £270

100 two-colour invitations = £350

Please contact me for prices of additional pieces. Finally, just a reminder that I would also love to print your designs (be it for business cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements, etc.) Just e-mail a PDF of your design and I can advise whether it is appropriate for letterpress printing.

March 01, 2012

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Letterpress Wedding Invitation - Scallops

I was looking through my blog archives today and realized that I have printed a few wedding invitation samples that I haven't shared on the blog, so I thought I would remedy that over the next few days. Today I'm going to show you an invitation with a scalloped design on the top and bottom. I have previously shown a draft design of this invitation which featured a cross in addition to the scallops. For this sample I didn't print the cross, but it can easily be added again if a client wants it. Letterpress Wedding Invitation Draft Here are a few detail shots of the finished sample invitation. If you are interested in personalising this invitation, please contact me!
February 29, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 12

This past week has been a bit hectic, with appointments and work being done on the house, so I'm afraid the designing slipped to the bottom of the To Do list. I feel a bit guilty about abandoning the project, so I thought I would try to end on a bang and I designed four new pieces to show you today! One of the wedding invitations I printed samples of a couple of months ago is this tree design:

I decided that today I would take that invitation and design some sample companion pieces to go along with it.

In the mockup I've included the invitation, envelope with coordinating lining, eveninig reception information card, menu, place card and thank you card. Here they are in a bit more detail - first is an evening reception information card:
This design could also be used as a Save the Date card, RSVP or other informational insert card. Second is a menu:
Third is a place card:

 

I've used a different font to indicate that the design would be printed but the names would be handwritten at a later point. Finally there is a thank you card: All fonts and colours can be personalised to suit the couple, and additional pieces could be designed as well. So, that ends my month of designing. Overall I'll give myself a B- (designs are ok, but I skipped quite a few days). I need a couple of days to digest the month and I'll be back with some parting thoughts on the project.

February 20, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 11

I have another wedding invitation for you today. It's a bit of a departure from what I normally do (not as much colour for a start), but I wanted to see if I could design something for a more classic wedding. This design features a monogram of the couple's initials and a simple black and white design. It could of course be printed in any colour (or mix of colours), but I wanted to keep it as uncomplicated as possible and I am quite pleased.

February 17, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 10

I have to admit that I cheated a bit with today's design. I created the illustration almost six months ago but hadn't added any colour, it was just a black and white outline. I've been meaning to go back to the design and play with it a bit more, so today I did. The design is loosely inspired by the intricate designs of Indian Mehndi, which is applied to a bride's hands and feet prior to the wedding ceremony.

And here is a corresponding RSVP card.

I love this design and think I might print samples of it just to see the lovely texture the printed design makes on the paper. Yum!
February 06, 2012

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A design a day - Day 4

Today was a pretty busy day, so I haven't had a lot of time to work on today's design. I stayed firmly in the comfort zone again and designed another wedding invitation, this one with flowers and a butterfly motif, perfect for a casual garden wedding. I picked a rose and matt gold colour palate that is really soft and romantic. Since I was on a roll with the design, I went ahead and made a corresponding RSVP to go along with the invitation. So far I am really enjoying this exercise. Let's hope that continues!
February 01, 2012

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A design a day - Introduction

I have a huge number of blogs that I follow on Google Reader. Sometimes I find it a bit overwhelming and do a lot of "mark all as read"-ing. I'm glad yesterday wasn't one of those days! As I was catching up on a few blogs, two posts caught my eye. The first post, New Printable Wedding Invitations from e.m. papers on Invitation Crush was about a challenge Eleanor from e.m. papers made for herself in March 2011. She set out to design 31 different invitations over a month and when she finished she took four of the most popular concepts and worked them into full invitation designs to sell. The second post, The Benefits of Personal Projects: A Guest Post By Anna Hardy posted in the Green Room section of the wedding blog Rock N' Roll Bride talks about how having a personal project (something creative that you do that isn't directly for the benefit of your business) can help spark your creativity and ultimately help you define your personal style. I was incredibly inspired by these two posts and have decided to set myself a challenge similar to the one that Eleanor set for herself. Every weekday in February I will design something (an invitation, greeting card or poster). I'm not looking to have any fully developed designs from this, but hope that getting into the habit of doing some designing every day will get me out of my creative rut. Most of the designing that I do is on the computer, but to incorporate a bit of the personal project philosophy (for myself, not necessarily for the benefit of the business) I'm challenging myself to get off the computer and do some of the designs by hand. I would classify myself as a creative person, but I'm not exactly artistic, so this part of the challenge is quite scary for me. I've tried drawing some designs before and always end up frustrated by not being able to put to paper what is in my head. That said, I won't be able to gain skills in that area unless I make myself work at it, so that is what I intend to do. I hope that at the end of the month I have some designs that I can use for the business, but won't be too disappointed if I don't. So, all that said, here is my first design. Since I just envisaged this whole project this morning I stayed firmly in the comfort zone and whipped this wedding invitation up on the computer. I'll be back tomorrow for day 2. Wish me luck!
August 24, 2011

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Introducing Merrill - a new wedding invitation design

A couple of months ago I wrote about expanding into wedding invitations. In that post I showed my design for a lacy wedding invitation. The design is based on a piece of lace that I used on my wedding day, in a hair flower and to wrap around my bouquet. The lace was given to me by a dear friend of my mom's, and I have named the suite in her honour. Last week I sent away for the printing plates and here is the finished product! Cerulean Press Letterpress Lace Wedding Invitation Cerulean Press Lace Letterpress Wedding Invitation Cerulean Press Lace Letterpress Wedding Invitation Detail Cerulean Press Lace Letterpress Wedding Invitation Detail As with the Mina suite I posted about last week, I have designed a couple of corresponding pieces but have yet to print samples. Cerulean Press Lace Information Card Cerulean Press Lace RSVP If you are interested in ordering this invitation for your wedding, please contact me for information. Colour, font and wording can all be changed to suit your needs.
August 17, 2011

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Introducing Mina - a new wedding invitation design

I've been busy working on a new wedding invitation suite design that I can't wait to show you. But first, a little introduction. A few years ago my mom moved to small town Wisconsin, met a nice man with a funny last name (Norwegian ancestry) and got married. One of her husband's relatives was a master of a Norwegian painting technique called rosemaling, and my mom's home is now filled with beautiful pieces that have been collected over the years. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="548" caption="Image via Volvecto blog"][/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="386" caption="Photos by Lester Public Library, on Flickr"]Photos[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tradisjon by anjakb, on Flickr"]Tradisjon[/caption] I love the look of rosemaling and have wanted to incorporate the look into some of my designs, but the shading won't work for letterpress at all, so I put the idea aside for awhile. Finally, a few weeks ago I found some inspirational pictures and set to work. Letterpress will never be able to capture the exact look of the technique, but I was able to get the general feeling with the outlines, leaf shapes and swooshes. I had my sample made into plates and here are the results. There's still a bit of tweaking (mostly with the letter spacing in the names, but that would be personalized for any orders anyway), but I love it!

Sample Letterpress wedding Invitation by Cerulean Press 

I also designed a couple of companion pieces (RSVP and information card) but haven't printed those yet. Letterpress Wedding Invitation Information Card Sample Letterpress Wedding Invitation Reply Card Sample I've been busy behind the scenes working on a "Wedding" page for the website with information about price, ink colours, the ordering process, etc. and am hoping to launch that soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in ordering this invitation for your wedding, please contact me for information. Colour, font and wording can all be changed to suit your needs.
June 15, 2011

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Expanding

I love printing greeting cards and making my journals, but part of my business plan has always been to expand into bespoke printing, especially wedding invitations. It has taken me a long time to get to the point with the press and the business that I am ready to offer that service, but I think I'm finally there! Over the past few days I've designed a couple of invitations and wanted to share. These are just drafts, and the colours and wording can be changed to suit the event, but overall I am pretty happy with them. I especially can't wait to see the lace design letterpress printed... I think the texture will look amazing. Letterpress Wedding Invitation Draft Letterpress Wedding Invitation Draft Letterpress Wedding Invitation Draft I have many more ideas to work on over the next couple of weeks. Of course, if you have your own wedding invitation design and would like me to letterpress print them for you, I would love to do that as well. Please contact me for more information.