Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Wishing all our readers and clients are very happy and prosperous New Year.

The blog will kick start tomorrow with a post on when to send out wedding invitations and then hopefully have daily posts all through January. Also be sure to keep an eye on English Wedding Blog where we contribute stationery related articles. See my wedding stationery articles.

If you’re already thinking about ordering bespoke wedding stationery take a look on our main site Artemis Stationery.

If you’re wondering about the design I started with the thought of clocks and fireworks in my head! It may well feature in the Geometry inspired collection which be debuting on the main website soon.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Why do we use this image twice? The RSS feed doesn’t always pick up the first image.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Artemis Stationery designers and makers of bespoke wedding invitations and stationery

Merry Christmas from Artemis Stationery!  There’s plenty to be doing other than reading wedding blogs over Christmas but if you do want to see wedding related reading material this blog is packed with it, well and the odd diversion into inspiration!

We’re bespoke stationery makers.  Mostly for weddings but we do other occasions to.  So what can you read on Artemis Stationery’s blog?  Well the bespoke section looks at the various ways our stationery collections can be made personal for you.

Bespoke

Colours

Colour is an obvious way to take a design around the seasons or to match other elements of your wedding.  Things can be kept simple by looking using one colour in several shades or you can be more adventurous and go for many colours.

Fonts

A look at fonts, we have posts looking at different styles of fonts as well as more specific uses of individual fonts.  Fonts can really change the style and tone of a design.

Styles and Seasons

Hope fully this speaks for itself.  Here articles are grouped by styles, eg vintage, art deco etc and seasons, like summer and Christmas!

Wedding Stationery

This section groups articles by 4 types.  Day stationery – stationery made for the wedding day.  Invitations, hopefully obvious!  Stationery ranges, which are our stationery collections and real clients which is articles that mention stationery made for clients rather than samples or concept pieces.

Weddings

Weddings is our advice section and includes stationery advice, some general wedding advice.  This also host to lots and lots of table name ideas posts.

There is more like our prints and downloads section.  This has stationery designs which are free to download and print.  Could be useful to someone!  Artemis Stationery makes bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  You can view our website Artemis Stationery here.

Merry Christmas, hope you have great time and best wishes with everything your planning in 2014 and beyond.

Merry Christmas from Artemis Stationery designers and makers of bespoke wedding invitations and stationery
Merry Christmas from Artemis Stationery designers and makers of bespoke wedding invitations and stationery

 

 

Father Christmas personalised gift tag

Personalised Father Christmas gift tag

In a recent post I mentioned a Father Christmas personalised gift tag so today I thought I’d talk a very little bit about that!

They’re completely bespoke and we can tailor them to suit your specific need.  The idea being they’re gift tags for stocking presents from Father Christmas or Santa Claus.  It can be either.  We can also change the colour and font of the child’s name and the wording around it.

You can see them on the Artemis Prints site here

Personalised Father Christmas gift tag
Personalised Father Christmas gift tag

Christmas train ride ticket

Vintage style Christmas train ride ticket

My nephew will in the next few days be off to the Polar Express in Devon. It’s a surprise so keep it under your hat;) His mum was afraid he might explode if he knew about it too far in advance. He is being told before they get there though. Presumably he will be told in advance so he can wear his pyjamas though.

Christmas train ride ticket

It got me thinking about type and tickets so I thought I’d have a play around with some fonts and a texture and do a ticket design. Polar Express is a trademark so I’ve erred (oh that is a word, well according to word) on the side of caution and called it the Artic Express. I figure that’s right, never heard of Father Christmas or Santa Claus living at the South Pole. I assume he lives in a secret base underneath the ice. Not sure what may happen if the pole melts? Maybe the base will be able to go down to the sea floor during the summer to stay in hiding.

I thought the ticket needs to look a bit official and a bit vintage, it is after all a steam train even if it is one made in very modern CGI! So there’s a bit of Victorian and 19th Century US railroad inspiration on the font selection. While I thought the name should look hand written for a more personal touch so went for a script font. I think elves would have good hand writing!

That reminds me, I do have personalised gift tags from Santa, they can be ordered if you know the elves are running behind!

See them on my non-wedding stationery site here

Further reading

There is a font section to this blog – view more font stuff here
We also have a Christmas section – take a look at our Christmas blog posts

Christmas train ride ticket
Christmas train ride ticket

Quirky table name idea

Table Name Front

Table names, if you have to seat guests at set places around set tables then you are always going to need a way to name or number the tables. Well don’t have to but it will be much quicker than letting your guests wander around each table until they find the place card with their name on it. So we need a table name or number, it’s pragmatic, almost essential. But it can still be fun. Now this isn’t an article extolling the virtues of names over numbers. I’ve said that plenty of times in places I’m not sure I can remember. See this article on English Wedding Blog.

Quirky table name back
Quirky table name back

So taking that you’re going with names depending on the room layout it’s not always necessary to have the table names double sided. So earlier this year two of my great clients decided to have a little fun with it. They each had different backgrounds, one in physics, the other in psychology. So they had decided to use names of famous Physicists and Psychologists as table names. On the back though they wanted to have some fun with facts and so we printed little bits of information they had written. Not all totally true but meant as something to read, maybe raise a little bit of a laugh and get their guests talking.

We dressed these bits of information up to make them look like an encyclopaedia entry. Although we called it a factorium and named it after their surname initials so it is a totally fictional entity, as we were not trying to mislead!

Tablenames can be ordered from any of the bespoke stationery collections. Prices can be found by expanding the day stationery box on each collection page. We list several types and explanations and pictures. Follow these links for day stationery tents and double sided table names.

Bespoke Christmas cards

Bespoke Christmas card

Artemis Stationery are best known for making bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  That’s what we do most, you may not know that the stationery collections are not exclusively for weddings.  The text used on any of the collections can be changed to suit whatever our clients need.  You can see examples of this on the main website here.  They make great party invitations, whether it is for birthdays or anniversaries, christenings or any other purpose you may have.  We also make Christmas cards and have a second site through which we sell some of our preprinted designs.  This is called Artemis Prints.

As well as preprinted Christmas cards we can also make one’s specifically for a client and that is the main subject of today’s blog post.

 Bespoke Christmas cards

Christmas jumpers family Christmas card
Christmas jumpers family Christmas card

This post has three examples of cards that have been designed for different clients.  Often these end up being designs that use a photo sent to us by the client.  This can be a great way to send a very personal Christmas card to a friend or relative.  Of course not everyone has a great Christmas photo to use but you can normally use a picture that has snow in which makes it a little broader.  Or equipping the family or whomever you want in the picture in Christmas jumpers any time of the year is another way to get a Christmas photo and could be done any time of year.  If you like planning ahead getting a good photo could be done this year in 2013 for 2014 when all the decorations are about.  You don’t have to think of your own.  There maybe public spots that are a good spot for a photo with or without anyone you know in.  We can add text or banners if required but a good photo doesn’t always need anything added, just to be printed to a high quality onto great card.

Holiday photo of Swedish church
Holiday photo of Swedish church

If you don’t fancy a photo any of the designs on the Artemis Prints site could be used as a basis for a bespoke Christmas card design.  The ideas in the Natale bespoke wedding stationery collection could also be used, see Natale Christmas wedding stationery here.  If you’re interested in bespoke Christmas cards Artemis Prints has prices or email me at contact@artemisstationery.co.uk for further details.

Mini Order of Service booklets

Capri mini order of service booklets

Today’s blog post is a production photo.  Pictured is an order of what I think of as mini Order of Service, one of the types of bespoke wedding stationery Artemis Stationery make.  Unlike many Order of Service they don’t have the complete text of the wedding ceremony.  Instead they have an outline of the ceremony, maybe even a program for the rest of the day.  Normally hymn books and the like can be used to supplement them for when guests need to sing and join in with prayers.  It would be wise to talk to whom ever is conducting the ceremony to see if this is a possibility.

More about Order of Service booklets

You can find more about Orders of Service here on this wedding stationery blog.   If you want to know how much an item of wedding stationery like this costs to order take a look at the Artemis Stationery website.   They’re not called mini orders of service but the mini booklet would be the item that is used in this photo.  They could also be used for programs or menus.  Whatever you fancy!  Also note the prices changes from collection to collection.

Light!

Another thing I’d like to point out is how different the colour of these booklets look in the daylight compared to the photo below of the cheque book invitations made for the same clients Kelly and Leighton.  If you’re matching colours it can be very important to compare two colours in more than one type of light, sometimes the difference can be surprisingly large.  If there is anything else to take from these pictures it is that I like self-propelling pencils.  I was being very tidy at the time this photo was taken and pretty much all our bespoke wedding stationery is handmade.  That’s one of the rotary trimmers behind and the base of the lamp which is often on especially on the dark winter days.

Cheque book wedding invitations
Cheque book wedding invitations

Approval

Always remember that the person conducting the ceremony will probably need to approve the text in an Order of Service especially if you are putting song words or readings in.  Also some places can take a very long time to do this and pay little attention to the practicalities of then making the Order of Service so it’s best not to leave this to the last minute.  Find out how long approval normally takes and be clear how much time you need to get the Order of Service made.

Floral Wedding Stationery

A5 Sienna wedding invitation with mounting and art deco fonts

It may seem an odd time of year to be thinking about floral wedding stationery as it’s winter. Well I say winter, it’s December but seems to be quite mild. A balmy 9 degrees C today! But spring will be with us before we know it and the Winter itself isn’t without its blossoms. On a walk just a few days ago I passed a bush full of some tiny white little flowers, they looked exquisite. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, though have already talked about winter flowers in a previous table names post you can find here.

So today I’d like to summarise our:

Floral wedding stationery and invitations

Sienna

I think I’ll start with Sienna. Sienna I like because of its simple elegance. It’s designed to be simple and clean. When used as a design for a wedding invitation it works in unison with the Bride and Grooms name to make an attractive design. Style wise it’s clean lines can give it a modern or contemporary feel. Though it does have art nouveau and art deco influences as it works brilliantly with art deco fonts such as Plaza D Reg used in one of the pictures here. Script fonts also work well for a much more classic look. It can be further embellished with Swarovski crystals or pearls.

Sienna cheque book wedding invitation in orange
Sienna cheque book wedding invitation in orange

View more of Sienna on the Artemis Stationery website

Calabria

 

Inside of a Calabria bifold invitation
Inside of a Calabria bifold invitation

Next is Calabria’s turn, much newer than Sienna I’m yet to try adding crystals to it, though I have a feeling they will work really well. I was designing it to be a light and modern stylised floral design and I like using it with quite strong fonts as in the bifold invitation example on this page. Though like all the bespoke stationery collections they can be used with any font and like Sienna it seems to work rather well with Art Deco fonts.

Calabria place card using an art deco font
Calabria place card using an art deco font

Visit Calabria on the Artemis Stationery site here

Tuscany

Tuscany is the first stationery design I ever did and persuaded me that I liked doing printed designs rather than assembling more crafty creations. It’s actually based on roses though is heavily stylised using early 20th century influences. I like it in solid black but you can use it with multiple colours or at least using complimentary colours. Normally I do this by using a stronger colour at the edge than in the centres of the flower and leaves.

Tuscany menu on orange and red with script fonts
Tuscany menu on orange and red with script fonts

Visit Tuscany here

Naples and Sassari

 

Naples Small Card Invitation featuring butterflies
Naples Small Card Invitation featuring butterflies

Naples and Sassari I’ll talk about at the same time. As while flowers are not the main attraction they’re a very important supporting act. Naples is based around Butterflies and Sassari around Lovebirds (a small type of parrot). Both though have flowers across the background, behind the Bride and Grooms name in the designs.

Sassari Place name in blue featuring a love bird
Sassari Place name in blue featuring a love bird

Stationery featuring flowers and plants

I think this all of the stationery where flowers are front and centre in the design but other designs do have floral influences. Reggio Emilia is a baroque styled design based on detail you often found in baroque style decoration. But these are actually stylised plant leafs. Reggio Emilia definitely can be used to achieve an opulent look. Then we have Brescia, it’s a damask inspired design and like Reggio Emilia this means the design is based on plant leafs.

vintage damask inspired blue place name
vintage damask inspired blue place name

Bologne is one of our art deco designs. Featuring a sunray inspired elements in the background with an art deco band up the left hand side. Delicate looking flowers have been added to the foreground though to compliment and soften the straight lines behind. The Way to Go also made it onto the floral stationery list as while the sign posts may be the larger part of the design it is a country scene and what summer country scene would be complete without flowers in. Some versions of the design also uses flowers around the text.

You can see all these bespoke wedding invitation and stationery collections here on the floral stationery menu on the Artemis Stationery website.

This article may need repeating at a later date as some of the old floral stationery ranges which are currently not listed I am planning to update and then add back to the site once I’ve made samples and photographed them.

Snowflake wedding invitation

Snowflake cheque book wedding invitation

In the last post I shared some images from the Natale collection of a trifold invitation with a frosty blue holly design on.  So I thought today I would show another idea from the Natale collection.  Today it’s the turn of a cheque book invitation.  You may have seen them in the past called booklet invitations but either way they’re the long thin invitations with a tabbed page design.  This particular example is also in a blue colour scheme, although slightly darker than on the trifold invitation.

Snowflake wedding invitation

Instead of holly though this piece of Christmas stationery has a snowflake design, these snowflakes have been drawn by myself rather than using somebody else’s snowflakes.  The snowflakes in this example have an ice inspired colour scheme while the rest of the invitation is a darker blue.  Of course you don’t have to stick to these colours.  Snowflakes are pretty recognisable so I think would work well in any Christmas or Winter colour scheme.  Gold and red could work just as well.  There is an example from a place card designed with one of the same snowflakes as used on the invitation.

Snow flake place cards
Snow flake place cards

You can see more Christmas wedding stationery ideas in our Natale collection on the Artemis Stationery website.

There is also more information on Cheque book invitations both on Artemis Stationery and here on this blog – view here.

Snowflake cheque book wedding invitation
Snowflake cheque book wedding invitation

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A frosty Christmas wedding invitation

Christmas Wedding Invitation

This is a frosty take on a Holly Trifold wedding invitation from the Natale collection.  The Natale collection is different to most of our collections.  It’s broader in scope in that it covers many ideas for Christmas inspired stationery.  Whereas other collections are more specific, such as wooden lovebirds (spoilers 😉 ).  Actually you can find that spoiler here.  It’s not like I’m a secret agent!  I want people to know about my products.

Natale means Christmas (in Italian)

Today I wanted to showcase an idea involving Holly but without resorting to the stereo typical colour scheme of green and red.  As why limit yourself?  The colours keep well with winter anyway.  So I wanted to use some frosty blues but thought they need a bit of warmth so instead of red berries they’re yellow.  E.g. candles can give warmth to very otherwise cool or icey looking décor.

Trifold Wedding Invitation

The invitation used in this is a Trifold Invitation.  What I love about the Trifold type of invitation is the inside.  You can really push the boat out on the presentation and make a great looking invitation that is still very functional.  Inviting your guests in style and giving them lots of important information.  As well as giving them an RSVP with which they can reply.  There’s even space for things like meal options for each guest.  I think with the holly we’re able to frame the information really well with the design to make a stunning looking invitation that is bound to impress anyone you invite.

Inside of Christmas Trifold invitation
Inside of Christmas Trifold invitation

Another thing I really like about Trifold Invitations is opening them.  Admittedly that may sound silly so let me explain.  When you open the first part of the invitation, you can see one of the inside panels but not the other two.  Instead you see another outer side of the card.  I like to use this space to have some fun with the design but you could do whatever you fancy with it.  How about a poem or engagement photo?  Or maybe use this side for the invitation so it’s seen first.  In this case though there is a different take on the holly design without the text used on the front cover.

Just inside the invitatotion
Just inside the invitatotion

Bespoke Invitations

By the way, the colours used in this example are totally flexible.  So they could be changed to match your tastes.  Similarly this design could be used on any of the other invitation types, such as Bifolds or Cheque Book style Wedding Invitations.  See all the invitation types here.

So there you have it, a whistle stop tour of a frosty coloured holly inspired Trifold Christmas Wedding invitation.    You can visit the Natale section on Artemis Stationery here.