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Brescia – damask wedding stationery (inspired)

Card invitation with damask inspired design

Brescia is one of Artemis Stationery’s more unique collections of bespoke wedding stationery.  As it can look really different dependent on the choices made.  You might have seen photos of different items that barely look like they belong to the same collection.  This article will attempt to explain why and show how the different options look with this damask wedding stationery.

The Background on Brescia & Damask patterns

The basics of Brescia is it’s a damask pattern inspired design.  Damask is an old style of fabric designs created by weaving.  They originated from Islamic cultures and the Byzantine empire in the middle ages.  The term damask was first recorded in France in the 14th century.  These days its not contained to fabric and damask patterns get a lot of use as striking wall paper, sometimes as feature walls and website backgrounds.

If you do a google image search for Damask patterns you will get plenty of results to illustrate what they are.  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=damask+pattern&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e_ryUenaD6Si0QWXjIHADA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=963

The main trend is that they’re one design, often quite elaborate, normally from stylised floral elements.  The design is then repeated to form a pattern, some designs interlink quite ingeniously while others are more clearly separated.  The designs generally interlock when repeated.  If you imagine a chess board, turn it 45 degrees and each of the squares would represent one part of the design.

 Back to damask wedding stationery

Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.
Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.

Back to Brescia, the inspiration was damask so I produced a design that could be repeated across the page.  But since like all of our designs we are in complete control as to how they are used with Brescia there’s four main routes to go down.  The simplest is to have a one off central design and not repeat it as shown in the image at the top of the page.  The second is to just repeat it and have it as a background pattern, this can be as subtle or pronounced as you like.

Brescia as a damask inspired pattern
Brescia as a damask inspired pattern

The third option is to combine the first two, use one big version of the design in front of a background pattern.  The options which have one large central pattern when put on the cover of something are good in a square shape so work brilliantly with square cards as shown at the top of the page as well as bifold and trifold invitations.

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

Some items like our place names and booklet invitations are rectangle shaped.  So in these instances I like to just use part of the design so it’s like a very zoomed in version and this is the fourth option.  But that doesn’t mean any of the options couldn’t be used on rectangular items.  The choice is entirely down to you if you’re ordering Brescia.

Off white vintage booklet invitation
Off white vintage booklet invitation

So there you have it.  Brescia has been pretty popular with wedding ideas magazine, one of our green place names was used in many issues while a purple card design.  You can see it on our main website along with many other bespoke wedding stationery collections.

Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine

Art Deco Wedding Invitations

An Art Deco Stationery Order

I think Art Deco and weddings is a match made in heaven if you are after a something with style, elegance and great design.  I am bit of a fan of Art Deco and if you don’t know why take a look at my post all about Art Deco here.  So when it comes to making Art Deco wedding invitations I am in my element.  I was really delighted when I received the order that I want to share photos from today.  It was from Kelly and Leighton who were absolute stars to work with.

Art Deco Wedding Invitations

The stationery range Kelly and Leighton went for is our Capri design.  It is a really flexible design.  It has strong Art Deco leanings but it’s the choice of fonts that really brings out the Art Deco elements in the design out.  It’s been a popular range of late thanks to the increased interest in Art Deco at the moment.  Though that’s not to say these invitations look much like any other Capri invitations that have been ordered from us or will be ordered in future.  The Capri design is just a base to work from.  Once the design is chosen we start tailoring it to each individual client.  They’re bespoke invitations without the hundreds of pounds in initial design fees.

Making it unique

Kelly and Leighton chose Reisling as the main font to use for the invitation and also chose a pastel shade of purple to use from our colour charts.  Reisling is a brilliant font as it’s one that I thinks looks great as header or where you need text to make a strong visual impression.  It’s also pretty readable and makes a fair body text.  I complimented this with Plaza D Reg for the sub header under their names.  You can see more Art Deco fonts here on this blog.  The two types of invitations ordered were a booklet for the day invitations and an A5 invitation with mounting for the evening guests.  The card we used for the mounting and the back of the booklet was Canford cards pale lilac which complimented the colour that would be on the printed part of the invites.  The invitations were complimented by Swarovski Tanzanite crystals for that added bit of glitz.

Of course none of this matters if Kelly and Leighton didn’t like their invitations.  So what did the clients and their guests think?

“Just to say thank you again for producing such lovely wedding invitations for us, they are really setting the tone for our wedding and as we have been giving them out everyone has commented on how lovely they are!”  Kelly

I hope you like the photos shown here.  They’re mostly from the production stage just after the crystals have been glued and the invites glue is left to dry.  There is a close up of the final booklet invitation and a design image of the evening invite with the details changed.  If you would like to see more of Capri or our Art Deco invitations please visit Artemis Stationery.  You can also seem more photos of our products on our Facebook Page.

A Magnetic Save the Date

Genoa Purple and Grey magnetic Save the Date

I’m so proud of the bespoke stationery that is produced by Artemis Stationery and today I get to share a Save the Date design that we did for one of our really lovely clients back in the autumn. This particular item is one of our magnetic save the dates, from the Genoa bespoke stationery range. The front features a design using letters from the first name of the bride and groom and the date. The rear of the Save the Date has more details on including the location. If you’re wondering about the magnet that stays in the middle so it can be attached either side.

It is in a purple and grey colour scheme and mixes the free flowing nature of the ‘A’ and ‘L’ in flemish script with the rest of the text in Parisian BT which is a very Art Deco looking font. Art Deco fonts are often angular and without too much fuss (though not short in style) and can contrast really well with the free flowing curves and extravagance of script style fonts.

A big thank you to Annabel for letting me share this, her stationery was really good fun to design. If you would like to see more of Genoa click here and there’s a post on the magnets which can be used for anything, not just Save the Dates here.

Dragonfly stationery range

Arezzo is one of our more unusual stationery ranges.  The design features two dragonflies flying in tandem across the page. 
Each dragonfly have been illustrated to a high degree of detail.  With particular time and effort spent drawing the individual cells that make up the dragon fly wings trying to catch the essence of these fantastically detailed wonders of nature.  They are also semi-transparent allowing them to be seen through.  Dragonflies make a good alternative to butterflies for use in wedding stationery or would work well with a mixed order comprising it and Naples.    
Like all of our bespoke stationery and invitations the dragon flies can be changed to any colour to fit in with different colour schemes.  All of the font’s used can also be changed allowing the style of the invite to change.    
See the stationery range here or if you like this you might want to see the butterfly featuring range Naples.