Another wedding in the works during our month of florals! Congratulations to Mary and Ryan for their wedding in the Catskills today. They chose our Roses design, but customized it with a unique placement of the floral illustration. The rose is centered on their invitation card, but printed in a tint of gray for a subtle background effect.
Our pale floral wedding invitation is one of our favorite designs as it is simple in color and yet has an intricate embossed background. To print this, we use a clear ink with just a speck of pigment to bring out the depth. Each time we print this design for a couple, we marvel at the result.
In honor of spring, we designed and printed a new set of garden inspired letterpress cards. We've been dying to use Reich Paper's soft gray paper and thought this would be the perfect project. We printed vintage etchings of insects in charcoal ink, with a layer of neon color underneath. The result is a set of eye-catching cards with a greeting for every occasion.
We loved the idea of mixed sets so much that we we're now selling some of our old favorites in boxed sets, as well. Our Animal Portrait and Kraft collections each contain 6 assorted cards with matching envelopes, and are tied up in a box with a pretty ribbon.
These letterpress card sets are perfect for anyone who still enjoys sitting down to pen a personal note to family and friends. These and more are available at our online shop.
All of the designs in our Wedding Collection are meant to be customized to reflect a couple's style and the tone of their event. We love seeing how different these designs look for different couples. Here is one of our favorite versions of the Floral Wreath design. Black letterpress printing always looks incredibly elegant.
Their simple serif monogram fits perfectly inside the wreath of flowers.
This classic black and white wedding invitation really sets the tone for their elegant event. We hope their big day is a beautiful affair for everyone there!
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.
The simplicity of the font allows the fine illustrations to really shine through. We also adore the subtle ampersand behind the couple's names.
When it came to laying out the RSVP card, they replicated a single element of the design and used the same fonts and pale blue ink to create a unified look. Just so pretty!
We just finished a new design for our line of greeting cards. Our various floral layouts are always very popular so we worked on a version with a pretty arrangement and a really contemporary mix of dark, neutral ink and bright, fluorescent yellow.
We love how this card straddles the vintage theme with 21st century colors!
Here are some photos that show the new design alongside one of our other VERY bright layouts:
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:
We designed this invitation set to represent a bouquet of flowers. Each card has a slightly different floral element which is subtly printed, using the palest of pale tinted ink.
The combination of fonts also adds an element of embellishment to the layout. And we adore how each card has a slightly different alignment for the florals.
Here's one more detail of the main invitation card which highlights the fine detail in the letterpress impression. This design can be printed in your choice of colored ink and we recommend opting for the pale silver-gray tint on the floral printing.
We feel really lucky to have the chance to regularly print tags and other printed materials for the family-owned business, Saipua. Based in New York, they are another great, local business that focuses on quality materials and pitch perfect execution. They've been making olive oil based soaps for well over a decade and all of their products look and smell simply divine! Here's a photo of the cedarwood candle with a tag that we printed:
That design is so pretty; the flowers intertwined with a snake. It perfectly captures the haunting beauty of all of Saipua's flower arrangements. Seriously, we can't get enough of the stunning photographs from their blog.
Towards the end of last year, we also worked on another item, this time for a sampler of soaps. Once again, the illustration was gorgeous and this time we printed in a luxuriant matte gold ink:
This invitation suite is charming and classic and we love the recurring wreath motif.
We designed the wreath to incorporate the monogram that features the initials of the couple's first names and it looks so pretty on the different pieces.
Here's the layout of the gift tag that can be affixed to favors:
And we even used the illustration as a pale, tinted blind embossed element on the RSVP cards:
Just a few weeks to go until Mother's Day and we have designed a really lovely card for the occasion! We love this bouquet and we think it looks particularly pretty printed in bright sunshine yellow and pink.
And here's a detail of the floral imagery:
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 have printed business cards a few times for Nicolette Owen owner of Nicolette Camille. She is a floral designer and she designed this card to reflect the scope of her business.
It looks so pretty in letterpress with all the fine detail picked out.
I love traditional still life paintings with rich and moody colors. Our newest line of cards is inspired by this admiration. We've taken vintage etchings and experimented with coloring details of the pictures (having a five year old daughter, I spend a fair amount of time coloring in pictures...). We settled on a pairing of ultra bright ink for the detail painting and then darker grays for the overlaying images. We're always looking to link our love of 19th Century everything with 21st Century style.