Monday

Wedding Invitaitons with a Romantic Color Palette of Burgundy, Blush and Gold

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Mixing pearl white, blush, natural wood and burgundy for a rich and beautiful invitation suite.
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Diecut sleeve takes the place of the more traditional inner envelope.



One of the most beautiful ways to add depth and interest to your palette--for invitations, your walls, or your wardrobe--layer colors. For invitations especially, I think using multiple materials and shades of paper colors can create much more interest in an invitation suite over just matching all your cards and envelopes in the same shade of white. Today's featured wedding invitation proves adding color can be just as elegant, if not more, than traditional whites alone.

Of course, I love the combination of burgundy and blush. Wine colors can be heavy, but pairing it with blush pink lightens the overall effect. Now add the natural warmth that the wood card brings to the suite and tuck it into a soft bamboo white sleeve so that the monogram is revealed, and you've got yourself a rich, warm and beautiful invitation suite.

The gold foil printed beautifully on the wood card, the key to its success being that the art was not too small. Foil catches light and can be more difficult to read at certain angles, so having just the names and monogram in the foil was key to the success of this piece. Turning the card in your hands and when that gold foil catches the light, the names seem to light up. Tying in the outer envelope, we used the rich burgundy ink for the smaller text, which worked beautifully.

Design wise, pairing hand lettered script for the names and the couple's pre-married monogram (just their first initials; after the wedding, if she takes his last name, they can begin to use his last name initial in their monogram. But absolutely not before) with classic small caps typesetting keeps the look formal and elegant.

Real Card Studio created these wedding invitations for Magnificent Milestones in Chicago. Photographed by Fresh Outtakes, photos styled by Heather van Breda.

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Friday

Pink Glitter and Letterpress Bat Mitzvah Invitation


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Bat Mitzvah invitation by Real Card Studio :: Beautiful and age-appropriate pink glitter card duplexed with metallic rose, and mounted bright white cotton invitation with hand lettering letterpress printed in rose pink.

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CLOSE UPTOh, to be thirteen again! Who else could pull off such a beautiful invitation-- with pink glitter all over the backside?

When we were working on the design for this bat mitzvah invitation, the mother was a little nervous about the glitter and thought maybe we should do white to tone it down; but I easily convinced her that once you're doing glitter... it may as well be pink! Because it was handily balanced by the elegance of the hand lettered name and delicate classic typesetting in a soft pink ink.

Pretty in pink, forever.

Real Card Studio created this Bat Mitzvah invitation for Notes by Nanette in New York City. Photos by Fresh Outtakes.

Wednesday

Influenced by Fashion: Inspired by the work of Lee Alexander McQueen

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"I don't think like the average person on the street. I think quite perversely sometimes." –Lee Alexander McQueen

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"Bumsters" skirt by Alexander McQueen, Highland Rape collection, autumn/winter 1995-96
I love couture fashion. And I don't mean that in a "I-always-wear-amazing-clothes" kind of way. (I really, really don't.) But being in a creative career, I crave inspiration. I need input. Looking at other stationery designers and graphic designers is a must, and I pick up ideas there, but usually it mostly makes me feel unoriginal. So I like to seek out inspiration that needs a little translation to my application, like apparel design. Color combinations, textures, folds, patterns all relate to my work. So while my own uniform is rather simple, I still love love LOVE high fashion.

One of my favorite designers to go to for creative refreshment is Alexander McQueen. At first glance, his work can be startling. But I have his book Savage Beauty on my shelf and the more I look, the more I want to look, and eventually I start to see. Lee Alexander McQueen left an indelible mark on the world of art and fashion.

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"Voss" ensemble by Alexander McQueen, spring/summer 2001

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"Widow of Calludon" by Alexander McQueen, Highland Rape collection, autumn/winter 2006-7

Although exquisite, to the average observer, a lot of his designs are rather absurd. Exposed breasts, straight-jacket restrained arms, bird-skulls-as-shoulder-adornments. I see it. And imagining your average mall-shopper trying one on of Alexander McQueen's skirts in the dressing room, it is absurd. But fashion was his artistic medium where he put his exquisite tailoring skills to work while exploring and bringing to light his ideas related to gender, sexuality, nature and even history, and he expressed these themes in such a unusual and, well, savagely beautiful way. 

When I say that Alexander McQueen inspires me, I'm not saying that I want to come out with a tartan envelope liner to remember his Highland Rape collection (which is about Scotland, and not about women, by the way). I mean that seeing his work reminds me that I do my best work when I express something that matters to me. When I'm exploring an idea that is bigger than just using Pantone's Color of the Year and the latest pattern trend, because those aren't meaningful, and they're not personal.  

But if I express my experience of going to back to where my husband was born in Johannesburg, and I pick a color to match the red dirt of Africa and use letterpress printing to give it depth and texture and choose a tribal pattern for the liner, then there's a chance someone will connect with it. They may not even know why they like it, or maybe they think they just like the colors and patterns. But if I operate in this manner, my designs will have soul and come from a real place and I hope people will sense that.

"When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity."  –Lee Alexander McQueen
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"Widows of Culloden" Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2006-7
Lee Alexander McQueen images and quotations are from the book Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with contributions by Susannah Frankel and Tim Blanks. Photography by Sølve Sundsbø.

Monday

Dress for Success: How what you wear effects confidence and creativity

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Sometimes, a fantastic pair of new spring sandals is all it takes for me to feel like I'm the shit and then the creativity just pours out of me.

What's your go-to outfit when you need to kick-ass?

Thursday

Calling Cards That Leave a Memorable Impression

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Fun with typography! Letterpress printed calling cards by Real Card Studio

Here's the thing about calling cards: you personally hand them to people that have met/are meeting you. So the job of the card is not to inform people about you, it's to help them remember you, and let them know how to get in touch.

So why do something memorable?

Typography is my passion. I love playing with fonts, carefully pairing contrasting styles and sizing lines by importance to best fit the space. Lately, I've been having fun breaking words onto separate lines, like in the "Vanessa" card shown above. Admittedly, it's a little tough if Vanessa hands you her card and hasn't introduced herself, you'll be looking at it longer as your brain processes the line breaks and slowly comes up with the answer. But after Vanessa Mazursky introduces herself and then hands her card to you, your brain will recognize it immediately. A lot of reading is simply recognition, it would be too slow if we had to truly read every word every time.You don't always have to read a complete word to know what it says. And sometimes, that's more than okay, it's intriguing.

Letterpress printed calling cards by Real Card Studio are available at Blacker and Kooby in NYC. For more stores, please visit our website.

Wednesday

Beach Destination Wedding Invitations in Aqua Letterpress

A little detail goes a long way on this sea-worthy invitation to an engagement party.

The focal point of this invitation is the beautiful calligraphy by Karen Yee Chan for the couple's names. We wanted to frame the layout, but with the name bleeding off, we had to blow the frame out further as well. The frame detail is from a quatrefoil outline, but zoomed in so we just see the corner details. The aqua letterpress printing gives the card it's sunny oceanside feel.

Real Card Studio's "Daiquiri" invitation is available at Union Street Papery in San Francisco, and select stationers nationwide. Please visit our website for Stores.

Monday

One of My Favorite Books: All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren


Let me just say, my blog is not where you'll find reviews of the latest books. First of all, I'm not a book reviewer, per se. And second, I often like to find my next good read at second hand and thrift stores, so the newest books (unless they're terrible) don't make it there right away. Today I'm sharing a little about my favorite book, that was first published in 1946.

All The Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren is narrated by Jack Burden, primarily in a conversational style of Louisiana in the 1930s, a journalist following the campaign and career of one of Louisiana's most colorful and energetic governors. Fiction, of course, but said to be based on a real life politician of the same place and time.

I can't help but love them all, but Jack is my favorite character. He tries so hard not to care, not to get invested and merely observe and record. But the events that unfold become increasingly personal to him, despite his trying very hard 'not to know what anyone anywhere is doing at any time', and he is no longer able to escape the burden of being intricately involved.

At an innocuous meeting in the back room of a bar one afternoon, Jack meets a local do-gooder councilman named Willie Stark who appears to be there for inspection to be set up as a vote-splitter for the reigning corrupt politician. Convinced to run for Governor of Louisiana, when Stark goes on the campaign trail, Burden follows him to report the story, all the while knowing that Stark's encouragement to run is not as authentic as he thinks it is and that he's certainly not expected to win. Stark is full of heart, but it's not until he realizes he's been set up that he truly finds his voice, and then he takes the election by a landslide. When Jack is hired by Stark to be part of his personal entourage, his position as intellectual observer begins to disappear and the politics of the state become entwined with Jack's past, his family, his best friend, and his first love.

A few years after I first read the book, the movie came out (the 2007 version, anyway. It was also made into a movie back in 1949 that I have yet to see). It was hard for me at first because the characters I knew so well from the detailed descriptions by author Robert Penn Warren looked different on screen. Willie Stark was a large man, James-Gandolfini-esque in my mind (Gandolfini actually plays a different character in the film named "Tiny" Duffy), but he is played by not-very-large Sean Penn. And Stark's associate and mistress Sadie Burke (my second favorite character), a chain-smoker with nervous energy and jet black hair, is played by the refined and strawberry-blonde Patricia Clarkson. But they nailed the ethos of the story so I have long since forgiven the visual disconnect.

All the King's Men is one of only a handful of books I've read more than once, and I'm sure will read again. You won't regret it. At the very least, see the movie!

Friday

Encouraging Artistic Expression vs. Over-Instruction

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Big Mouth sculpture by Jude



Ah, Jude. My oldest child has such a funny and fearless artistic style. Pictured above is a sculpture he made at school that I will cherish forever. I'm positive there was very little art direction here by anyone, and left to his own imagination, he came up with this crazy big-mouthed creature.  Mouth open so wide, you can't see his face, just his two front teeth topped with a villain's curled moustache.

Art requires freedom. Freedom to express creativity without worrying what people will think, or if it's good enough. And opportunity vs. over-instruction to allow the artist to interpret the project and execute as he or she sees fitting. As a parent I hope Jude keeps that carefree instinct and don't become stifled trying to please. As an artist, I admire him and aspire to be that fearless in my own work.

My younger son, Noah, has the expression part down for sure. Pictured below, I can see how he might not realize that once the chalkboard ends and his wall begins he's not supposed to color on the wall anymore. But Noah is generally a pleaser, so my favorite thing about this (naughty) expression is his strike-through commentary on the graphic art we have hanging in his room. His mark making is unrestrained. (That's gold Sharpie, by the way, not chalk.) I couldn't get mad about this. In fact, I kind of love it.
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Mark making by Noah

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Strike-through expression. (I think he's over the farm animals.)
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When many of your guests will be traveling from out of town to your wedding, or if the city is majorly important thematically to your entire event, an illustration of its skyline makes a great save the date card. Add some gold foil on a cotton card, et voilà! Chic and modern without breaking a sweat.

Real Card Studio printed this save the date for Rock Paper Scissors in Franklin, Tennessee.

Thursday

Fashion First When Hiking in the PNW

Fashion first when it comes to shoes, even in the forest. Because the squirrels do in fact care what you wear.

One of the reasons I enjoy social media is that it gives me an excuse to set up styled photo shoots with my friend and photographer Kim Mitchell, owner of Fresh Outtakes. It feels like we're pretending to work because it's so much fun. If you've ever seen a photo you like on my blog... she shot it. Although sometimes I get anxious and a little out of hand ("Kim! I'm going to bake a cake... should you come over with your camera and take pictures?"), we actually try and keep it authentic.

One such shoot, she dragged me out of bed at 6AM on a Saturday to meet her and go on an easy hike to scenic Franklin Falls, not too far out of town. Admittedly, this outing was a little more "authentic" for her to be doing than for me, but once I was there, it was a lot of fun. We were there to get some scenery shots and try and show off some of my stationery in the wild. And in the process, she got some funny action shots of what its like to be me out in the woods.

(Pretend) reading about fishing, but not actually planning to fish.
Snail mail.



The outdoorsy profile pic.

And the windy outtake.

Monday

4 Times Pretty Postage Stamps Made Your Invitations Better

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You can always tell when someone has put in the extra effort to match their stamps to their stationery or invitation. Sometimes we even design custom printed postage to go with an invitation design. But as an art nerd, I'm surprisingly far more impressed when standard issue postage stamps are used and they match as well, if not better than custom postage. And the more stamps the better--as long as they're all different! Collecting stamps for your big mailing project does take a little work. There are a few ways to find stamps for your special mailing.

If you're lucky, there's a great post office in your area where you can go in person and find a patient postal worker willing to pull out all the available options. There are even some post offices that stock older out of print stamps, where you'll find more variety. And actually, I have pretty good luck finding great postage on the USPS website. Be sure to browse all postage denominations, sometimes the perfect stamp might is a 10-center; find something to pair with it to get enough to make your mailing rate (always, always have your special mailings weighed for postage rate at the post office; it would be a pity to go to all this trouble and have it all come back to you because you didn't put enough postage). Splurge if you have to--paying an extra ten-cents for perfect looking postage wouldn't be the end of the world. Plan ahead, if you can order online they'll mail it to you so you can avoid hoofing it to the post office.

Here are four times the postage matched so well, it actually improved the overall mailing: 


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1. CALLIGRAPHIC IN LAVENDAR
Her stationery is gorgeous--beautiful hand lettered name by Karen Yee Chan, letterpress printed in the most beautiful shade of lavender ink. You wouldn't think it could get any better, but look what happened when we paired it with postage in purple, magenta and chartreuse! Yes, we cheated, these are vintage stamps, but it just goes to show you that it's worth the effort to shop around for stamps.


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2. ARCHER IN EARTH TONES
On the trendy side, this charming stationery features a crossed-arrows motif and chevron envelope liner in an earthy taupe color with kraft envelopes. To make it pop, we paired it with postage we found in bright neutrals like oxblood and olive, and even matched it thematically with an owl stamp with an earthy green background. See? Better.


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3. ARCHITECTURAL MONOGRAM IN BLIND IMPRESSION
This felt like a trick question because, what matches no color? The answer of course is everything. So to make this postage pairing work with the stationery--a masculine monogram with architectural design, deeply letterpress printed without ink into double-thick pearly white cotton--we chose earthtone colors in reds, greens and rusty browns that matched the card's character: masculine and organic.



4. ABSTRACT PAINTERLY PATTERN IN PERIWINKLE, NAVY AND WARM RED
Sometimes, you just get really lucky. This stationery design was inspired by the frivolous, energetic and sometimes irreverent art of Donald "Drawbertson" Robertson. The liner design looks like it could have been drawn with Sharpies in bold shades of blue and red. Finding stamps (with a fun outer space motif, no less) that matched the three colors exactly was amazing. #meanttobe

Friday

Shopping for Nostalgia and Creating a Good Old Fashioned Childhood

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Slide of me and my mom in her blue Pontiac LeMans, circa 1973.
I'm a bit of a thrift store junkie. There's something about finding treasured objects that you can't always buy in stores anymore that keeps me going back for more. When I shop, I keep a few prizes in mind that I'm always searching for (the perfect cookie jar, for example) but I'm more interested in the unexpected. I don't want my house ever to look like I just bought the store display somewhere, as lovely as it may be. I want it to feel cultivated and real.

Recently, I spied on a high shelf (I'm 5' 2" so that could be almost any shelf, really) a yellow box that contained a working Kodak Carousel projector. (You know, the one Don Draper named in an episode of Mad Men.) When my father passed away a few years ago, I inherited a box of old family photos, letters my siblings and I had written as kids, and also a bunch of slides. The slide boxes were labeled things like "Heather's 1st Birthday" and "Giveout Creek" a rustic ranch property my parents bought in the 1970s in north eastern Washington. When I first went through the box, I held up a few to the light and could kind of see what was going on, but with the projector, it's a whole new experience. 

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One of my favorite thrift store finds: Kodak Carousel projector.
My boys got a kick out of seeing me as a baby, and noting our resemblances. The images of "the ranch" as we always referred to the property, remind me of the times we spent there, being kids in the country, playing in the barn and chasing mice in the field. And later, as a teenager, I remember arriving at the ranch, pulling in to the field and I'm listening to Depeche Mode on my Walkman, and my dad says to me 'turn that off now, you're in John Denver country'. I'm not even sure he was a John Denver fan, but Country Roads (now the official state song of West Virginia) will always be the song that reminds me of him.

And suddenly I realize that I'm now trying to recreate that experience for my own family, with our cabin we bought in the mountains last year. I spent a lot of time in the country as a kid, and I want my own kids to have the kind of memories and connection to the region that I feel. Tearing them away from technology, they seem to go through some sort of drug withdrawl, but once they finally break free, I know they're building the most wonderful memories. 


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Thursday

Adding Bling to Your Invitation

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ParfaiCrystal rhinestones are an enchanting embellishment for any invitation. And I do mean any--because rhinestones don't always look like jewelry, sometimes they're jet black and look more industrial than whimsical. They come in so many colors, you're sure to find one that works with your piece. Applied the right way, they add drama and elegance.


We use hot-fix rhinestones and apply by hand with a special tool that heats up the backside so it sticks. In other words, no messy glue applications. If you're doing it yourself, it's worth the small investment to get the tool. It comes with different size applicators that you swap out so you can use it with a variety of rhinestone sizes.

For position, I like to use it to, say, dot one "i", or to embellish a decorative element. Rhinestones are darling on place cards and table signs, too. I like the rhinestones that are just about 1/8" in diameter for a couple of reasons.

First, the smaller rhinestones don't add too much bulk to the piece if it will go through the mail. Rhinestones that are tucked into an envelope do run the risk of damaging the envelope through the mail. If you do mail it, stuff it so that the rhinestone faces the back of the envelope. That way when the post office runs it through its machines, the bulk of the abuse will be on the flat side of the card facing the envelope.

The second reason I like the smaller rhinestones is that although we use the highest quality Swarovski crystals, they are not real jewels. The bigger the rhinestone, the more obvious this becomes and they start to look more fake than pretty. We're trying to add a touch of class, not crass.

When it sparkles, a little goes a long way.

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Placecard embellished with a tiny magenta crystal rhinestone by Real Card Studio


Wednesday

Details Matter: Choosing Ribbon to Enhance your Wedding Invitation Design

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"The details aren't the details. They make the design." –Charles Eames

While the satin ribbon expertly tied around your wedding invitation is not the design, it is often what ties the piece together, so to speak. When I use ribbon in my designs, I like them to be a major focal point, and not sharing the space with a lot of other details. If there's icons, monograms and a lot of other design elements competing for attention, your guests won't know where to focus. Use a tide knot or sweet bow to draw their eye to the place on the design you want them to focus, which is usually the names or maybe to underline a spectacular event location.

And don't scrimp on the ribbon: cheap ribbon will make your invitation look cheap. Use the good stuff: hand dyed silk, double-face satin or cotton herringbone. And ribbon doesn't have to be shiny to be pretty, maybe it's an organic cotton that has natural appeal. Let your invitation designer choose a textile that reinforces the character of your invitation. Details matter.

Tuesday

NSS: My Booth at the National Stationery Show

Exhibiting at the National Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC is one of the more exciting things I get to do as a stationery business owner. It takes enormous effort and planning, not to mention the expense, but it always pays off. And not just in dollars (although there is that) connecting with the stationery store owners around the country that keep me in business is an important reason we make the effort to exhibit.
Designing the booth was a lot of fun. For this exhibit, I went clean and contemporary. Real Card Studio is known for it's bold and colorful invitation and stationery designs, so clean white art gallery walls and shiny white floors were the way to make everything I had to show pop.

I also wanted our logo to really stand out, so I gave it its own wall. I had it laser cut out of wood, painted it black so it would stand out, and attached it with offset screws so that up close, it was dimensional against the flat white wall. Sadly, it broke when we tore down after the show so I had to leave it behind. But I was very pleased with its performance during the show.

I did not, however, leave behind my "Vapor" chairs. Made of transparent acrylic, under the right light the hot pink color made them light up like neon signs. They were my biggest splurge (beside the walls and lighting of course), but they were show-stoppers. Seating in your booth--for visitors, not for you--is important. Getting a potential buyer to take a load off while they look through your catalog is why you are there. These statement pieces did that and more.

The show is three and a half long days on your feet, schmoozing and talking. For those of us that are naturally more introverted, it's both exhilerating and exhausting. By the last day, the traffic through the show slows down dramatically compared to the first day (it starts on Sunday, and some of the shop owners that travel to the show and only stay for the weekend). Exhibitors start to get a little cabin fever, even in a larger 10x12' booth like I had.

One such slow day at the show brought me my most unforgettable moment, which was also my biggest show failure. After not seeing anyone in my booth for half hour or so, I took a walk down the aisle, just to get a change of scenery. When I wandered back in to my booth expecting it to be empty, I found Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine looking at my display. She topped the list of people I dreamed of meeting at the show, and I was so caught off guard, I didn't give her my pitch, that I'd been working on eight hours a day for the past three days. I'm not sure I said more than 'hello'. She looked at me, smiled, and walked out of my booth and went to throw confetti around with the Knot and Bow gals in the booth across from us. I wanted to punch myself in the face. I'll be ready next time.

Thursday

Parisian Street Style Chic Attire for a 40th Birthday Party

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For the style obsessed, plan a party around your preferred attire, and then just go with it. For Valentina's 40th birthday, she planned for a girls' day on the town in Minneapolis starting with lunch at her favorite french pâtisserie followed by shopping. These mint and vibrant yellow invitations–reminiscent of her favorite macarons from Laduree in Paris–were the perfect introduction to une soirée très bonne!

Pâtisserie invitation is party of Real Card Studio's Party Collection available at select stores nationwide, including RSVP in Virginia Beach.

Wednesday

Architectural Bar Mitzvah Invitation in Gray, Silver and Blue

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Beautiful texture created by blind impress letterpress repeat of the name, accented in silver foil


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It's no secret, my favorite color is gray. (Not that it's really a color...but you know what I mean.) There's just something beautiful about a strong neutral like gray, that's always so elegant. It's really hard to design something in gray and not come out classy. This bar mitzvah invitation is no exception.

One of my favorite elements of this invitation design is the texture of the front cover of the pocket folder. The name repeated in blind impression is almost like the weave of a warm chunky sweater. Accenting the center name in matte silver makes this seem more like a luxury fashion label than a thirteen year old's party invitation.

Another fashion-forward indicator for this invitation package is the coordinated but not matching envelope. I love when the envelope is a color that pulls the whole package together without actually being a color specifically used on the invitation. Same for the reply envelope, when you stack insert cards in a pocket, I love to add a pop of color in the mix with the reply envelope. And that's not even the coolest color pop for this piece.

The boldest design move in this invitation is the blue liner. I have worked on thousands of invitations over the past decade-and-a-half, and let me tell you: people agonize over finding a matching envelope liner. I say forget matching. Pick a color that obviously works with your colors, but pick something surprising. The blue envelope liner is really refreshing amidst the shades of grey. Be bold! It always pays off.

Real Card Studio designed this bar mitzvah invitation for L.S. Amster Company in Scarsdale, NY.
Photographed here by Fresh Outtakes.

Monday

Chicago Skyline Envelope Liners with Ampersand Save the Date Wedding Cards on Wood

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Real wood cards with large ampersand letterpress printed in navy blue ink

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Location love: Chicago skyline envelope liners
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Save the date card with skyline envelope liners for a wedding in Chicago

City chic with a warm rustic touch. Combine earthy wood cards in clean type and a fun over-sized and cut off ampersand with location-savvy envelope liners depicting a graphic Chicago skyline. The inclination for most is to match the envelope liner color to the print color on the card, but if you want more depth and interest, choose a complementary color to contrast with your card instead. The overall look will be more polished and personal.

Wood save the date cards by Real Card Studio for Magnificent Milestones in Chicago. Photo by Fresh Outtakes.

Wednesday

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Elegant wedding invitation letterpress printed in black on cotton paper with blush pink backer.
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Coordinated from save the date through stationery for writing those thank you notes after the wedding.
Sometimes the simplest solution is also the best solution. We started this wedding project with a hand lettered monogram that we used and then adapted as the event progressed. As an engaged couple, their monogram would either be just their first initials or both of their first and last initials, because before the wedding--when invitations go out--the couple does not yet share a last name and therefore cannot use a three letter monogram that implies a shared last name. In this case, they opted for a four letter monogram that featured both of their last names, even though they have the same last name initial, M, repeating it is necessary. The pre-wedding monogram was used on their save the date packet and their wedding invitations.

Immediately after the wedding, they are able to begin using their three-letter monogram, with just the one M, on their reception items such as the menu and of course, their new stationery.

Beautiful cotton paper letterpress printed in black ink with black satin bows accenting pieces and just a hint of pink was used for this very formal and classic invitation suite.

Real Card Studio created this wedding invitation for a couple in Minnesota. Please visit our website to find a store in your area that carries Real Card Studio. Photography by Fresh Outtakes.

Tuesday

Minimalist and Modern Ampersand Note Cards

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Brilliant silver foil with blind impression ampersand on white cotton
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This stationery design is so simple it looks amazing contrasted with an antique floral.
I don't often have stationery envy, but when I do the cards look just like this one. Bold and contemporary typography that cuts off on the end with the names in a brilliant metallic silver foil and the subtle punch of ampersand letterpress printed blind--without ink. Sleek in a simple white envelope, or pair it lined with pretty much any pattern and it will look fantastic. 

Foil and blind impression printed stationery by Real Card Studio for Blacker and Kooby in New York City. Photographed by Fresh Outtakes. Styled by Heather van Breda