Monthly Archives: August 2013

Black and White Save the Dates

Black and White Save the Dates. Genoa, Reggio Emilia and Trieste

Recently I’ve started showcasing some of the stationery collections in colour schemes that probably have been shown before.  Today since it’s a short week and I’m probably only going to manage two rather than three posts I thought I would go with a bit of a variation on this theme.  Similar colours have been seen before but in this today’s piece shows how several different ranges could look in the same colour scheme.  The colours in question are actually black and white.  Black and white can make for a very classy and sophisticated look for a wedding.  It can keep things simple to, things are either black or white or they’re not.  No worrying about getting the right shade of something.

If you define it a little broader greys or a complimentary colour can come into play.  Greys can be useful if for instance you think black bridesmaid dresses may be a little severe and white is too close to what Brides wear.  Though I have seen examples where both can work.  Pinterest is a great resource for checking out all ideas wedding.  The Artemis Stationery boards are a good place to start.  Visit them here.

Black and White Save the Dates

When a potential client comes to Artemis Stationery saying they like several ranges but are not sure which is their favourite we sometimes give them all a quick try.  In this case fonts and colours seemed certain.  They also liked the monogram style designs which are the main part of the Genoa collection.  Though were also fond of Trieste and Reggio Emilia.  So we tried two different versions of a Genoa design.  One was straight forward with the monogram at the top then one with the monogram behind.  Then we integrated the monogram into Reggio Emilia and Trieste.  So four different variations on Save the Dates.

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You can see more these bespoke wedding invitation and stationery collections and all of the Artemis Stationery ranges at the Artemis Stationery website.

Ice Cream Table Name Ideas

So since it’s summer it’s probably high time to look at Ice cream.  Since it’s a stationery blog (see Artemis Stationery my main business) the best way to do this seems to be Table Name ideas – Yay a topic that is almost inexhaustible!  So Ice Cream Table names, well it seems obvious that a good place to start is going to be flavours.  Then I think ice lollies and other ice cream delivery devices need to come in.  Sorry I really couldn’t think of a good name there.   Hopefully I will by the time I get to this section.  Currently I’m particularly fond of Peanut Heaven an ice cream lolly which has lots of salted caramel in with the chocolate coating and vanilla ice cream and come from M&S.  Then I think we’ll have a third topic to round off with.

Thanks to Jonathon from living the Cream who really was a mine of information for this article.  He’s  a great chap and takes his Ice Cream tricycle all over the west country.

You can see his website here: Living the Cream – Jonathon also wrote an article for this blog and you can see it here

Ice Cream Table Names:

Ice Cream Flavours

  • Amaretto
  • Apple Strudel
  • Banana and Chocolate
  • Banoffie
  • Black Forest
  • Blackberry
  • Butterscotch Chip
  • Caribbean Rum & Raisin
  • Chocolate
  • Clotted Cream
  • Colombian Coffee
  • Double Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Honeycomb
  • Irish Cream
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Mango Madness
  • Marmalade
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Mocha
  • Pistachio
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb & Custard
  • Strawberry
  • Toffee Fudge
  • Tropical Orange & Mango
  • Turkish Delight
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Vanilla Bean
  • White Chocolate & Choc Honeycomb

These are based on flavours from Lovington Ice Cream (visit here) and New Forest Ice Cream (visit here)

I did once find a recipe for Guernsey Ice Cream http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/513273 which after seeing it made on tv thought I would try.  The mixture proved far too much for my ice cream machine to stir.  So at first it seemed a total fail.  Until I tasted the non iced cream mixture after it had rested in the fridge for a day.  Was delicious, not the most relevant to this post but…

Iced Treats

So Iced Treats, not sure that’s a good name but at least is a better name than Ice Cream delivery devices.

Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich
Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich – Yum!
  • Cola Float
  • Choc Ice
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Ice Cream cake
  • Pineapple float (like dole whip see here – I love these)
  • Ice Cream Bars (like Mars or Snickers)
  • Ice Cream Lollie
  • Ice Cream Cone
  • 99
  • Fab (resorting to brand names now)
  • Twister
  • Funky Feet
  • Split
  • Magnum
  • Cornetto

Toppings

Finally I thought I would look at toppings

  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Hundreds and Thousands
  • Choclate drops,
  • Chocolate vermicelli
  • Toffee chocolate chews
  • Flakes
  • M&M’s
  • Sprinkles
  • Fruit Gums
  • Skittles
  • Popping Candy
  • Honey comb
  • Fudge Pieces
  • Chocolate Coffee Beans

I’m not utterly convinced many people will name tables at a wedding after topping.  But if you’re having ice cream at your wedding it might help with ideas for toppings!

By the way the title was adapted from my Forli wedding stationery collection.  If you like it you can see it here.

Sienna- floral wedding stationery in light blue

Sienna - floral wedding invitation design in light blue

Hello and welcome, time for the second blog post of the week.  Last week I took a look at Trieste in a colour scheme which hasn’t been shown on the website or the blog before. Trieste has been a really popular wedding stationery collection so I thought it would be good to take a look at another of the popular wedding stationery collections.  Today it’s Sienna, this wedding stationery collection has been with Artemis Stationery since the beginning.  There have been a few small improvements along the way.  It was the first wedding invitation design ever sold and is still being ordered now. The latest order being in dark purple and ivory.  It’s an elegant yet simple design.  Featuring several different types of flowers in front of a flowing background.

Today I want to show a colour scheme which was done as a draft design for a client a few years ago.  They didn’t actually choose Sienna, in the end they ordered Bologne which was in fact that collections first ever order.  So I think they were the only people to have seen this colour scheme.  At least I can’t remember using it before for any other reason.

Fonts

This version of Sienna uses a classic combination of fonts.  An elegant swirling script font, in this case Edwardian Script ITC with a serif font.  In this case Times New Roman.  These fonts are a good choice and with fit the style of many weddings.

Colours

The colour scheme is a based on a light blue colour.  This is complimented by darker colours and a touch of yellow for contrast.  I’m really fond of how it goes from light to dark blue.  I was trying to think what time of year these colours could work for but I think it’s any.  The flowers lend themselves to spring and summer, light blue works with both of these times but it’s slightly cool feeling blues which makes me think of cooler times like winter.

Of course you don’t have to spot a colour scheme you like when ordering from Artemis Stationery as each set of wedding invitations and stationery ordered is adapted to each client.  This article is to highlight the flexibility that Artemis Stationery offers.

If you would like to see more of Sienna it can be found on the Artemis Stationery website here

Butterfly Wedding Invitation in Gold

Naples small card wedding invitation featuring butterflies gold

Recently I’ve been getting lots of new images ready in preparation for the launch of the new website. This one has already been shared on Facebook but I really like it and so wanted to share it on the blog to. Also thanks to facebook unless I pay them only a fraction of the people following will see anything I post so it’s good to give this image a proper airing. Shown is a small card invitation from the Naples bespoke wedding invitations and stationery collection – sorry that’s a bit of a mouthful!  Though just because Artemis Stationery mostly sells bespoke wedding invitations and stationery if you fancy using it as a party invite or a christening invitation or anything else for that matter the text can be changed to suit. As with all the stationery designed and made by Artemis Stationery there is complete flexibility over the colours used. This particular invite is in a gold colour scheme.  Which I was particularly happy with how it turned out as I don’t naturally think of Butterflies and Gold together.

A Butterfly Wedding Stationery Collection

Naples is a collection where butterflies are the main stairs of the design. The butterflies fly over a background of flowers which can be coloured either to match the main colour or in a secondary colour, this gives Naples a really good spring and summer feel to it. Though I would not worry about choosing it if you like the design but are getting married in the autumn or winter. Other ways to vary the colours include using the small bits of detail on the butterfly wings.

You can see Naples on the Artemis Stationery website here

Gold is interesting the sense that the colour is a colour like any other. But since gold is a metal some people might expect it to be sparkly or shiny. Few companies can actually print a metallic effect and Artemis Stationery is not one of them unfortunately. Though if you are looking for more than the colour gold all is not lost as there are ways to bring a sparkle to an invitation.
1. Some of our invitations like the booklet and mounted versions of the A5 and A6 size sheet invitations as well as Genoa (see the Genoa collection here) where the insignia is mounted use a second type of card. This card isn’t printed on and is normally coloured. A metallic or pearlescent card could be used here.
2. Add something that does sparkle. This could be something like Swarovski crystals (you can see the choice of these the website in the colours section) or maybe a ribbon which would work well with the traditional type of folded card invitations.
3. If you have time on your side we could always innovate. Over the summer I’ve bought a variety of different pens, sprays and paints to try out for picking out detail on small parts of a design. This may turn out to be an expensive way of tackling the problem as each invite would be finished by hand but it could make a really effective look. Expect to read more about these at a later date (probably after the new website is finished).

A choice of Golds

There are a lot of different shades of gold to choose from though. Below is the current gold colour chart that is in use for wedding invitation and stationery designs.

Artemis Stationery Gold Colour Chart
Artemis Stationery Gold Colour Chart

Serif Fonts with Character

Serif fonts with character

Serif fonts when it comes to wedding stationery are pretty handy.  They’re generally very readable and that little bit more decorated than sans-serif fonts like Arial and Calibri.  This means they work very well as a font to put the bulk of your text in.  They can look, classic, vintage, modern, elegant and even more novelty styles like distressed or worn, futuristic etc in some specific examples.  Although these won’t be looked at today.  What todays post does include are some examples of freely available serif fonts.  If you are considering ordering your stationery from Artemis Stationery they are available to choose.  If you’re looking to make your stationery these can be found online, downloaded and installed to your system.

The serif fonts here although not novelty fonts are quite varied in look and it that’s variety that made me want to compile a list that would help me and my clients.  There’s always that struggle between finding a good-looking font and an easily readable font.  As far as readability goes you are normally on safe ground with serif fonts and these can contribute to the style of an item far more than you might think from a life time of reading Times New Roman.  Some of the fonts are very angular, others have very square or rectangular ends or a quite eccentric look.  Some fonts play with the thickness of different parts of the letters.

There is a font section on my website.  These fonts are not on there but many more are.

Visit the Artemis Stationery font section here

Serif fonts with character that can be freely downloaded
Serif fonts with character that can be freely downloaded

Some of these fonts can be downloaded with one click. Others you may need to sign up for and add to a basket but they are still free, you just have to register and check out.

Customer Testimonials

Testimonials for Artemis Stationery

Testimonials

This summer or more specifically this last month has been a really busy time at Artemis Stationery.  Lots of orders going out, both of day stationery for items like Orders of Service, place names and tables plans.  As well as invitations.  It’s also a time for a lot of very exciting inquiries from new potential clients.  It’s always a thrill and a privilege to be involved in someone’s wedding.  Each different wedding always is new and unique.  We’ve done quite a few new things this summer to and in due course I’ll be blogging about each of them.  Today though I wanted to take the opportunity to show some of the great comments and feedback from recent clients.  This is just a small selection.

Lindsay and Ross

From Ross about their invitations: We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your hard work throughout the process of making our invitations. We’re really pleased with them, the quality is impeccable and the recipients have been very really impressed with them too.

From Lindsay about their day stationery: Just a quick snapshot from our wedding. The stationery was absolutely beautiful, Nathan. Thank you so much for all your help!

Trieste Table Name
Trieste Table Name

Shown is an image sent in by Lindsay of their table names. Visit Trieste on Artemis Stationery

Tracie & Tom

About the Invitations: The invitations arrived as promised and have been sent out to our guests. They have been received with great excitement and we’ve had many compliments on them.  Thank you once again for all your patience and hard work.

About the Day Stationery: Everything arrived at 9.55am this morning and the table plan looks beautiful in its frame. Thank you for all your hard work, it has given our wedding an air of sophistication.

Top of the Miami art deco table plan
Top of the Miami art deco table plan

Tracie and Tom ordered our bespoke Miami Art Deco collection Visit Miami on Artemis Stationery

Louise and Gary

About the Invitations: Received invitations yesterday and have checked them over. Absolutely beautiful, actually better than we anticipated. Also, packaging is excellent.

About the Day Stationery: All the stationary has arrived. So pleased with it all.  So happy that we chose you to do all the stationary, it looks better than we imagined.   It’s been an absolute pleasure.

Genoa Insignia - monogram style design
Genoa Insignia – monogram style design

Louise and Gary ordered from the Genoa collection which features a monogram style design. Visit Genoa on Artemis Stationery

Gold and Navy Trieste Booklet Invitation

Trieste Wedding Booklet Invitation in Gold and Dark Blue

This is a bit of a short hopefully bonus post.  A chance to show some of the different colour designs that our stationery collections can be put in.

Trieste in Gold and Navy Blue

Today I’m showcasing Trieste which is one of the most popular of the bespoke stationery collections made at Artemis Stationery.  Often and not surprisingly for weddings Trieste is used in very light colours and it does look good in light tones.  However it can also look great in darker colours so I’ve dug out a draft design for a dark blue and gold invitation.  There’s a variety of ways the colours could be used but in this design the blue is used as a foreground colour and gold for the background which is quite a natural choice with the blue being the darker colour. The image shown is the actual design.  But such an invite could be complemented with Gold or Blue Swarvoski crystals to bring in an element of sparkle.  It’s also possible to use metallic or pearlescent card which forms the wrap around part of a booklet invitation.  You can see below in this mint green example.   In the design above the card is a dark blue.

Mint coloured Trieste Booklet Invitation with matching wedding sign
Mint coloured Trieste Booklet Invitation with matching wedding sign

You can see Trieste on the Artemis Stationery website: Trieste

Bunting Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Bunting Wedding Place Name with polka dot flags

Bunting, it’s been used a lot and for good reason.  It can be fun and whimsical, bring in many different colours and styles and it’s also a way to add a celebratory note to a large space.  Today’s blog post I’d like to share a couple of new photos of items from my bunting wedding stationery collection.  One to represent our bunting wedding invitations and the other the day stationery.  With a great degree of imagination I called the collection Bunting!  Like all of my stationery it’s bespoke and so tailored to each individual customer.  In the case of this collection that means all the flags are tailored to your requirements.  You can have polka dots, gingham, hearts, plain, stripes, national flags, letters and probably more.

Bunting Wedding Stationery

So to the items I have to show you today.  The first is a place-name.  The place-name shown here uses more of an art deco/art nouveau period font that I think brings real character.  I’ve also used polka dot flags with this design just to showcase them a little.  Not that polka dots in themselves are amazingly 1920’s!  But nothing wrong with being eclectic and going with what you like.  It also features hearts and letters.  This photo also shows the texture of the card printed on really well.  It’s a soft texture and is made to be printed on so unlike some textured card you may see won’t interfere with the quality of the print.  This material is actually made for fine art reproduction and photographers.

Bunting Booklet Wedding Invitation W 900

Bunting Wedding Invitations

The second item is a booklet invitation.  It’s in purple and yellow.  It features a hand drawn style of font for a modern look to contrast the vintage overtones that bunting can have.  The card used in this sample is from eco-craft which gives some different colour choices to the Canford card normally used (made by Daler Rowney).  The flags are a mix of purple gingham style flags and plain flags some of which have letters on representing the Bride and Grooms first names.  Booklets are great invites as they combine style with a large amount of information for your guests and rsvps can be included within.

Visit Artemis Stationery to find out more about ordering the Bunting! bespoke wedding stationery collection today by clicking here.  Or to view all the bespoke stationery collections  click here.

 

 

 

A Real Wedding Art Deco Wedding Stationery Collection

Art Deco Canvas Wedding Table Plan

I’ve been really lucky to get some images through from some of my previous clients recently Annabel and Luke.  Their stationery has actually featured on this blog before as they had one of the first Save the Date Magnet orders I made.  That was many months ago and I’m now able to share with you some great images of their day stationery from their wedding day.

Art Deco Wedding Stationery

If you know my stationery and saw the previous article you’ll know they chose my Genoa wedding stationery collection for the Save the Date.  For their day stationery they chose to use the very art deco Bologne wedding stationery collection.  This worked well as their save the date had already used Art Deco fonts.  They also kept the same colours so although they mixed stationery collections the use of the same colours and style kept a consistent look.

Canvas Table Plan

The first item you’ve already seen as it’s at the top of the page is a canvas table plan.  I do love a good table plan as I think they’re a great and eye catching piece.  While being something that can make a really good keepsake from the wedding day.  On a personal note I also get a kick out of seeing my stationery designs in such a large format.  I think this also goes for my clients to.  I know many of my clients like seeing something of theirs in a large format.

Art Deco Table Name Tent
Art Deco Table Name Tent

Day Stationery

We also had Bologne table names and Orders of the Days.  The table names were of the tent variety.  The table name tents I think are great as they’re a lower profile than the traditional kind that go in the metal stand.  So they won’t obscure any amazing table centres you may have.  The Order of the Days were A5 sheets.  We do make booklets but these sheets for most weddings do the job perfectly well and come at a lower cost.

Art Deco Order of the Day
Art Deco Order of the Day

Finally I made a guest book.  This was actually the first guest book I’ve ever sold.  This was designed more like the Save the Date.  I can’t actually claim to of made the whole guest book but I did finish it to fit in with Annabel and Luke’s wedding.

Wedding Guest Book
Wedding Guest Book

I have to thank Annabel and Luke for letting me use their images. They own the copyright to these images and I thank their permission for letting me use them. Their photographer was Neal Houghton.  I claim no copyright over the images only the designs featured within them.

Summer Wedding Inspiration pt 2

Welcome to my second post on summer wedding inspiration.  Recently I did a post on summer for those wanting to reflect summer in their wedding which concentrated on flowers.  Admittedly at the time of writing it is summer, so this article will probably be more use through the other seasons for those planning summer weddings in the future when it’s not actually summer.  I’m not going to look at actual items for purchasing or renting but rather get back to basics.  So we’re looking at some of the summer fauna having looked at flora in the previous article.  You might call this a back to basics approach.  Looking at some of the things that make summer seem like well summer! Rather than looking at other peoples interpretation of it.

Summer Wedding Inspiration: Fauna

Fauna might be rather grand as for the most part it’s the insects I’ve concentrated on.  But I think they can be rather magnificent and quite exotic.  What says summer more than a bumble bee or a butterfly.  Their colours can be amazing and while I’m not advocating a bumble bee themed wedding the thought process it might start could be say getting local honey as a wedding favour.  Or maybe the flowers in the last post could inspire seeds or potted plants.  You could choose to go with more country meadow inspired flower choices for a more rustic and country vibe.

Looking at the structure of a butterfly’s wings is something that may prove fertile ground for inspiration.  While the dried grass that the Tortoise Shell butterfly was photographed on reminded me of straw and hay bales.  Of course they’re just my ideas and interpretations.

Bespoke Wedding Stationery

Naples postcard save the date
Naples postcard save the date

Since this is a wedding stationery blog and I sell bespoke wedding stationery I’m officially obliged to mention some summery wedding stationery.  Last time I already mentioned Naples, my butterfly design and that’s particularly appropriate with this post to.  But I also want to take the chance to show off a photo from a recent photo shoot of one of my newer designs ‘The Way to Go’.  Pictured is a canvas Welcome sign which can be used to greet your guests.  I thought this picture would fit particularly well with this article.  This range is really inspired by the countryside and the little lanes that run through it.  The sign in the background can also be personalised with locations personal to you. I did get some more good photos of this collection so I think it will have to be the focus of a future article itself!

Where to Go Welcome Sign
Where to Go Welcome Sign