Letterpress Recipe Cards by Bison

Letterpress Recipe Cards

Letterpress Recipe Cards


As both a lover of letterpress and someone who’s always looking for new and tasty recipes to try, I think that that this set of letterpress recipe cards from Bison would make a fantastic anytime gift, housewarming present, or hostess gift.

The recipes, provided by Bellingham, Washington catering company, Ciao Thyme / In the Kitchen, include delicious summertime fare — Heirloom Tomato Soup, Corny Corn Bread, Snow Peas with Pine Nuts & Mint, Rosemary Lemonade, Beet Greens, and Roasted Beets & Peaches, and each card features coordinating illustrations. The set comes packaged in a letterpressed chipboard box, perfect for giving as is or easily wrapping to gift.

images from Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress

New Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Pistachio Press

Pistachio Press just launched three new letterpress wedding invitation designs, and they’re all absolutely gorgeous! I can’t decide which I like the best, but I think I have a big crush on the Mexican Tile design. I absolutely love the design elements, and the shade of ink that’s used in this example is fab-u-lous!


Mexican Tile Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Mexican Tile Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Mexican Tile Letterpress Wedding Invitations


So darling — bunnies and bunting!


Bunny Bunting Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Bunny Bunting Letterpress Wedding Invitations


And I’m really liking the stylized feathers in this design. If you chose an autumnal color for this suite — all of the invitations have customizable color and font options — you’ll have a beautiful feather/leaf look for a fall wedding or occasion.


Feather Letterpress Wedding Invitations


Pistachio Press uses rubber-based inks and biodegradable citrus-based solvents for press clean-up, and they print on 100% tree-free cotton papers or recycled papers that contain at least 30% post-consumer waste. They also re-use or recycle office and shipping supplies.

images from Pistachio Press

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Invitations

Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Invitations


I’ve been on the lookout for Alice in Wonderland inspired paper goodies since Tim Burton’s take on the classic was released earlier this year, so I was pretty jazzed to hear from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada based graphic designer James Prunean, who submitted these dangerously chic baby shower invitations that he designed for his sister’s Alice in Wonderland themed baby shower tea party.


Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Invitations


The watercolor-y harlequin background on these invitations is a daring contrast to the bold, slightly gothic black and red elements, and I love the back of the invite, which was designed to look like a playing card. You can see more of James’ work at his site, OOXX, and here’s some more tasty invitation eye candy (with a peek at the super cool baby shower cake, too!):


Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Invitations

Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Invitations

Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Invitations

images from James Prunean

Navy + Pink Wedding Invites for a Budget Conscious Bride

120 Water Street Wedding Invitations


I was excited to hear from Nathalie Carrigan, the designer behind custom wedding invitation studio, 120 Water Street, not just because she shared these oh so elegant custom invites in one of my favorites color palettes and featuring a lovely damask pattern, but also because she talked about something that’s on the mind of almost every bride and groom around, especially these days: budget.

When Nathalie mentioned that she created this suite for a very budget conscious bride who was having 400 guests (yikes!) at her wedding, I wanted to know how she managed to keep the invitation budget down while still creating an invitation that would wow the invitees.


120 Water Street Wedding Invitations

120 Water Street Wedding Invitations


One thing that Sarah, the bride, wanted was a pocket fold, a tall order for a very tight budget with as many guests as she was inviting. Nathalie found these pockets, which were slightly less costly than the traditional tri-fold pockets, but they allowed for savings in other areas, the most major of those being cutting costs.


120 Water Street Wedding Invitations

120 Water Street Wedding Invitations


All three cards in the suite were cut to the same size, which greatly simplified the cutting process, lowering labor costs while maximizing the content space, an added bonus because the couple needed to share a good deal of information with guests. Having everything cut to the same size also eliminated the need for adhesives, as there was no backing panel or mounting to the center of the fold.

The printing method chosen was digital, the quickest and most budget friendly option, and it also allowed for use of rich, saturated shades of navy and pink. Reply envelope costs were eliminated by the use of a detachable postcard RSVP, which also helped save postage costs.

Thanks to Nathalie for sharing a beautiful invitation suite, as well as her fantastic tips for keeping within a tight budget while still maintaining quality, a happy client, and great results!

In addition to creating lovely wedding invites, Nathalie also designs eco-friendly, personalized note cards that you can find in the 120 Water Street Etsy shop. She’s currently having a summer special, which runs through Labor Day, and she’s offered Paper Crave readers free shipping on her note cards to anywhere in the US. Mention “paper crave” when you order to receive either a shipping refund or six additional note cards, free of charge!

images from Nathalie Carrigan / 120 Water Street

Papercut Art by The Time Is Now

The Time is Now Paper Cut Art


I’ve featured The Time Is Now’s outstanding papercut work previously, my focus having been on their beautiful cut paper journals and cards, but you can find much, much more in the shop. Naomi Shiek, the papercut artist behind The Time Is Now, creates outstanding papercut art pieces that often feature woodland themes and incorporate folkloric symbolism, and she also does private commissions, creating everything from wedding invites to posters and papercut books. Here’s just a bit from her impressive collection:


The Time is Now Paper Cut Art

The Time is Now Paper Cut Art

The Time is Now Paper Cut Art

images from The Time Is Now