Congrats to Ashley and Lindsey on their recent wedding! We really enjoyed working on their invitations, which were a combination of our Vintage NYC and Downtown designs. They were inspired by their venue, Houston Hall, and wanted an old New York feeling. The wine red and black ink, with a black envelope makes a really striking set. We also designed a Save the Date coaster, in the same style as the invitations to make a complete set.
January can be cold and bleak outside, but this month in the studio we're thinking of spring and summer as we're in the thick of the "Save the Date" printing season.
These cards can be lighthearted and more casual than the formal invitation, printing in brighter colors or creative formats (like bookmarks or coasters) or they can match the design closely so the guests have a sense of the celebration to come.
Regardless of the design, the text for these is usually very minimal. It typically includes the names of the couple, the date, the city of the wedding and often a website address for guests to refer to for details on travel, accommodations, wedding registries etc... For more samples of Save the Date wording, please visit our website where we've added sample text for all the cards in a suite.
I have been visiting the High Line with my daughter since the week it opened in June 2009. It has been one of our favorite escapes in the city since that first visit. We love it year round. I like seeing which plants are in bloom and my daughter looks forward to the gelato and ice pops (ok, we both look forward to those). It was one of the highlights of my career then, to be invited to the Friends of the High Line office last spring to talk about a collaboration. They gave us a High Line Plant Guide, detailing the many gorgeous plants that bloom in the park throughout the year. Inspired, we created a set of letterpress coasters featuring vintage illustrations of ten of the flowers. These are now available on their website at www.thehighline.org/shop.
Although we have a lot of letterpress coasters around the house, this set if my favorite as it is a tiny part of the High Line in our home. Plus, it's really nice to have some flowers around in this frigid season.
Check out their website for history and photos of this amazing park and all the beautiful products for sale.
Letterpress coasters are such a fun way to commemorate an important event. They're great for any celebration, whether it be a 60th birthday party or an announcement for a wedding yet to come. They can be used as a cute keepsake for guests, as well as a nice way to protect your coffee table.
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Halloween is just around the corner, so we wanted to share some of our spookiest goods with you. Give your home just the right amount of fright for your festivities! Our new raven coasters will be the perfect accent to your Halloween party. Or these might be the perfect gift for a friend who likes their home to be just a little bit dark and creepy all year long.
We have bags of mystery to fill with all kinds of goods for little ghouls and gals and bats to swoop in to say hello to friends and family. We just love this time of year, when we can embrace our spooky side. Will you be tricking or treating this Halloween?
We worked with a great designer (and soon-to-be-groom) to print his dream Save the Date coasters. These played on the idea of 'tying the knot' with a range of layouts of knotted rope.
The reverse of the coaster featured a simple mention of the date and location of the wedding and a custom monogram featuring the initials of the grooms:
The cleverest element of this design was the way in which the coasters can be overlapped to create a single, unified image. Here's a diagram to show how it works:
Even though all of the couples we work with have their own vision and ideas when it comes to their wedding stationery, there are a few requests that come up quite frequently. We are often asked for images and illustrations of hydrangeas. We love these flowers. Whether in white, pale green or purple-y blue they are always so pretty. Here's a suite we printed a couple of years ago for a very sweet couple:
We love the subtle ink colors and the illustration of the bunch of hydrangea is beautifully detailed:
And did we mention that our set of blue hydrangea coasters would be the perfect guest favor or part of a bridesmaid gift:
And finally, if you need a little more inspiration, how about this rustic bouquet, featuring hydrangea and rosemary:
With Valentine's Day almost around the corner, we've been creating some really sweet gifts for all the people you love most! And don't forget: these aren't just for February 14th! Stationery makes the perfect birthday present or host/ess gift. And we're also big fans of giving gifts for no apparent reason: just because we want to show somebody how much we care. So, without further ado, here are some of our top picks...
For your dad / husband / boss - THE MARINER SET
For your boyfriend / brother / workmate - THE EXPLORER SET
For your sister / best friend / niece - THE PRETTY IN PINK SET
For your girlfriend / mom / great aunt - THE LA VIE EN ROSE SET
We've noticed that one of our most popular products is the set of letterpress lobster coasters! We love how something pretty esoteric is also really appealing. We wonder if it's because lobsters sum up summertime, outdoor dining, communal eating and also the sheer joy of getting a little bit messy while consuming something delicious!
And finally, how about a recipe for the Ultimate Lobster Roll?!
We've been designing a few new additions to our product lines. We created a series of gorgeous floral coasters that are perfect for Spring...or Mother's Day...or wedding favors...or just a lovely bright pop of color on your dining table!
And we are thrilled to have already received quite a lot of press for these items. Including a feature on the Martha Stewart Weddings website!
We love working with couples to design their Save the Dates. It's so much fun at the very start of the stationery-planning process to discuss colors, designs and formats. Over the past few years, we have printed a whole bunch of Save the Date coasters and we wanted to share some of these with you. We like the functional nature of these items; any leftovers are a lovely keepsake for the married couple to use after the wedding! Here's a classic design with a fun twist: as a Brit, I love the cursive "Cheers!"
If you're going to use a coaster as a Save the Date, why not include a recipe for your favorite mixed drink:
We really like the silhouette of the couple in the coasters below - and these could be customized in any colors:
I'm a big fan of a pop of bright green, so the simple design below immediately caught my eye:
And finally, my personal favorite...I love cycling around the city so anything with a bicycle theme appeals to me!
We were thrilled to be featured on one of our favorite websites, in a countdown to Halloween. We love any excuse to print holiday products and this spooky selection are the perfect accessories for a party on October 31!
Thank you Angela at Shelterrific - check out the post here.
We love the gorgeous glass work of artist Dale Chihuly so we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to print coasters featuring Chihuly's drawings for the new Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum at the Seattle Center.
We printed four designs and these are packed together and sold at the museum's shop as a set of 8 coasters. It is such a treat to be able to collaborate with artists we admire to create letterpress pieces. If I ever make it to Seattle, this will be my first stop!
One of our bespoke, monogrammed coasters has been featured in Martha Stewart Real Weddings! A great complement to any formal dining experience or a reception bar.
Paper is precious to us and we hate to let anything go to waste, so when we set up a project to print, we will use scraps of paper or misprinted cards to test the color and impression. Once we get as far in the set up process as we can go using scraps, we'll use clean paper to proof before we start the print run. Sometimes the test prints can be really beautiful with strange mixes of color and type etc... Here is a photo of a coaster created by testing two of the new graphic prints, one on top of the other. I would love a dress made out of this pattern!
We're introducing a new line of invitation designs featuring brighter, graphic elements. It's really fun to work with the bright colors and patterns. We printed coasters to match and I think we'll keep adding more designs to have a full range of textile-inspired bright coasters for the Spring. It's about time we start planning for the Stationery Show...