Monthly Archives: February 2014

Metallic Wedding Invitations

Trieste cheque booklet invitation with metallic card

Metallic effects both in fashion and wedding worlds are very much on trend at the moment both in its own right and fitting other trends like glamorous vintage and art deco. Because of this I was very glad recently to of found some great metallic card or pearlescent card. I’ve called it both as it was described as pearlescent but I would probably call it metallic. I’ve had access to pearlescent card before and I have offered it to clients. Where the card is actually white card with a metallic style surface attached to both sides. Though I’ve never been a fan of having card with a white core, it can still look good. And when used with my cheque book style invitations is probably even less of an issue. Since the pages of the invitation are white anyway when seen from the side. This type of card is also harder to glue as the glue doesn’t permeate it like standard card. It more sits on the surface. The new card however is a coloured card with metallic grains in the card so there is no white core and glue works as well as with other normal card.

Black metallic card with a cheque book invitation from Catania collection
Black metallic card with a cheque book invitation from Catania collection

Metallic Card

I’ve had a chance to use some of the new metallic card on an order which I’m really looking forward to sharing soon once the invitations are out with their guests. I’ve also been able to use it with some of my samples designs. In standard day light it can be very subtle as light is generally diffuse so stays soft and modest, a subtle bit of sparkling delight. In artificial light it can really shine though! This may take me a while to work out how to photograph effectively. But here today are my first attempts at photographing the two sample designs I’ve made so. Hopefully you can appreciate that the card is more luminescent than it should be if it were a flat colour.

The two items shown are both cheque book style invitations. The two bespoke wedding stationery collections shown are Trieste one of our most elegant collections and Catania. Based on a carnival design.

Beach Huts

Beach hut corner booklet wedding invitation

Today’s blog post is a sneaky first look at a new collection. In March I’ll be at a Blue Fizz’s Barefoot Bride event in Woolacombe at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel. Woolacomble is a lovely seaside resort in North Devon. As such I’ve been working on designs with a coastal theme. You may have seen the Coast collection mentioned previously on this blog in several places (see the most recent here) or on the main Artemis Stationery website.

This new collection is based on a beach hut design. I’d created some beach hut artwork quite a while ago, but it was only seeing how popular beach huts were in other art forms and the upcoming trip to the coast which concentrated my mind on them. The intention with the design is to show the Bride and Grooms name’s on the beach huts where possible and also to vary the colours of the huts to each client’s preference.

The item shown here is a corner booklet which our newest type of invitation. This one however is fastened with a metal fastener rather than ribbon for a more modern look. Though bare in mind these fasteners if going through the post will make it a large letter when sending in the UK as they’re just over 5mm thick.

More to follow from this collection soon.

Beach hut corner booklet wedding invitation
Beach hut corner booklet wedding invitation

Coast – Cheque book invitation

Cheque book style invitation from coast collection

Life’s a beach and then you make a wedding stationery collection!  You may have seen the great new Coast collection on the main website.  Today’s blog post is a quicky!  Why because I have new photos to share of Coast, this time of the cheque book version.  You can see two images of it on this page.  To see more of this great collection just follow the link above to the main website.

Coast is a really great design, full of quirky eccentric English seaside charm.  If you’re familiar with our general stationery you might wonder how adaptable this range can be.  Well the signs are easily changed, you don’t have to have the large text shown here on as the sign could be enough.  The flowers and buildings can also change colours.  So can the seasons, it doesn’t need to be a bright sunny day!  This is a great design for a wedding at a beach or near the coast.

Cheque book invitation showing the four pages, cover, invitation, rsvp and information.
Cheque book invitation showing the four pages, cover, invitation, rsvp and information.

 

Cheque book invitation standing
Cheque book invitation standing

Designing the Lovebird wedding stationery collection

Lovebirds bifold wedding invitation

Love birds are a recent design to Artemis Stationery.  It has a rather interesting beginning which I thought it would be good to explore today.  I also found some photos of the prototypes I’d made which so far haven’t been seen.

initial lovebird sketches
initial lovebird sketches

So where did the idea begin for Love Birds?  Well it was Christmas 2012.  Aside from crossing my fingers for snow it’s a time when for a week or two there is not often too many enquiries so I can think about new ideas and get the sketch book out.  Sorry I know snow is a nuisance for many but I do love snow, especially at Christmas time.  Anyway, one of the previous Christmas’s ideas revolved around birds and wood.  Love birds are very common theme so I can’t claim any great originality there.  I did plan them to be stylised love birds rather than the actual species (for my take on actual Love bird wedding stationery see here).  The wood came in as textures have been popular of late and I wanted to use one of the less exploited ones.  I also like the natural feel of wood and the fact it is similar yet not quite the card we I print on.

Lindsey and Ross Lovebird design
Lindsey and Ross Lovebird design

I have to admit though that the New Year caught up with me. I was working on the current website and the work load picked up.  I’d spent a long time exploring wooden textures and not quite finding one I thought would work.  This was also complicated by the fact I wanted to find some commercially free one’s to play around with.  Not that easy!

Lindsey and Ross's Trieste place name design
Lindsey and Ross’s Trieste place name design

My next brush with Love Birds was on holiday, or rather the plane ride to me holiday.  A long plane flight gave me time to sketch.  I’d taken a sketch book, pencils and a rubber.  The only downside was there was no images to look at for inspiration.  I forgot to print any so I had to stick to more simple themes rather than complex designs.  So I did get a chance to start sketching birds.

love bird mounted invite
love bird mounted invite
A5 sheet Lovebird wedding invitation
A5 sheet Lovebird wedding invitation

The initial realisation of the design came about later that summer while working on day stationery for two of my clients Lindsay and Ross.  They had already had Trieste invitations and were sticking with it for their day stationery.  They had a very nice corel and pastel yellow colour scheme.  A good combination between fun and vibrancy and the delicate and elegance often associated with wedding style.  It was the back of the table names, place cards and footer of the table plan though where Lindsay and Ross had an extra request.  As you might guess it was for a pair of lovebirds in front of a heart.  You can see what we came up with here.  They were a little more stylised than the sketches and we for Lindsay and Ross I made one of the love birds larger than the other and a slightly darker colour.

Example of a Lovebird place name
Example of a Lovebird place name
Back of place name
Back of place name

So now I had the Lovebirds and just needed the textures.  Instead of crawling the net I thought I would search my home and well other friends and relatives for wooden surfaces to photograph.  I took loads of photos of doors, work tops and furniture.  Eventually I got two different ones.  One texture to use as a background and the other to use for the birds and hearts.  As you can see from the final design there is a few twists on the design for Lindsay and Ross as it’s a design in its own right rather than a detail on another design.

Lovebirds and heart bifold wedding invitation
Lovebirds and heart bifold wedding invitation

I hope you like the results.  You can get prices and more details on Lovebirds on the main wedding stationery website:  visit Artemis Stationery

Inside of bifold invitation
Inside of bifold invitation