Quick Picks : 10.31.13

Trick or Treat : A Happy Haunter's Halloween Book by Debbie Leppanen, with Illustration by Tad Carpenter

Trick or Treat : A Happy Haunter’s Halloween Book
written by Debbie Leppanen and illustrated by Tad Carpenter

This Week’s Picks

♥ The most stylish wine box packaging that I ever did see.

♥ Omigosh, miniature bookbinding tools!

♥ Fantastic color and texture in this new gig poster design by Doe Eyed.

♥ A great gift idea for the dog lover in your life.

♥ Love this Día de Muertos papercutting template from Scherenschnitte.

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Save 50% on Shutterfly hardcover photo books with code PUMPKIN. Offer expires 11/3/13.

Save 15% on any order from Knock Knock with code PAPERWIT. Offer ends 11/30/13. (Limit one-time use only and one per customer).

♥ Use code PAPERCRAVE13 for 20% off in the Starshaped Press Etsy shop. Offer expires 12/31/13.

image from Amazon.com / Tad Carpenter

A Letterpress Christmas 2013, Roundup #1

It’s my first “A Letterpress Christmas” roundup of the year, and there’s much great illustration, festive color, and fun to be found in this awesome bunch of letterpress holiday cards. As the clever peeps at Dude & Chick say, “Happy Eggnog Season!”

A Letterpress Christmas, Roundup #1 as seen on papercrave.com

Above, clockwise from top left : Egg Nog Season | Dude & Chick; All is Calm… | Prickle Press; Let It Snow | Honizukle Press; Best Gifts | Paper Parasol Press; Stressmess Lights | Dude & Chick; Deck the Halls… | Kiss and Punch; Joy and Cheer | Paper Parasol Press

View all of my 2013 “A Letterpress Christmas” picks

View All "A Letterpress Christmas" 2013 Picks

images from their respective sources

Yelena & Chris’ Modern Parisian Wedding Invitations

Yelena & Chris' Modern Parisian Wedding Inivtations | Atelier Isabey

Yelena & Chris’ gorgeous wedding suite, created by Atelier Isabey, is the perfect blend of classic, Parisian glamour and chic, contemporary style. Featuring luxe letterpress invitations, printed in gold and black, a coat of arms designed just for the couple, and a seriously stylish booklet containing wedding details and information, this suite is the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury.

Yelena & Chris' Modern Parisian Wedding Inivtations | Atelier Isabey

Atelier Isabey shares details about this beautiful project:

Weddings don’t get any more romantic and glamorous than in Paris, so we wanted to set the tone with an invitation that captured a truly classic Parisian feel in a fresh, updated way. We tried to stay away from anything too kitschy or cliché and focused on making the suite feel French and Parisian with understated references to the city of lights and with elegant photography and graphics. Yelena, the bride, was originally from Russia and loved all things luxurious and ornate. Chris, on the other hand, had a more modern and minimalist, Philippe Starck aesthetic. We merged their individual styles right in the middle and accentuated the design with a multitude of luxe print methods, details, and finishings.

The invitation card is printed in gold foil and black letterpress on ultra thick stock with gilded edges. It is paired with a booklet (also with gilded edges) which outlines the itinerary, information, and details, all designed in a contemporary editorial style with bold typography and crisp photography. Both of these pieces slide into a stark white sleeve accented with a sculpture embossed coat of arms designed specially for them. To finish the entire look we designed a custom gusseted envelope with a thick spine and contoured flap to house the contents within.

Embossed Coat of Arms | Atelier Isabey

Gold and Black Letterpress Wedding Invitations | Atelier Isabey

Yelena & Chris' Modern Parisian Wedding Inivtations | Atelier Isabey

Yelena & Chris' Modern Parisian Wedding Inivtations | Atelier Isabey

images from Atelier Isabey

Whimsical, Book-Themed Baby Shower Invitations


Whimsical, Book-Themed Baby Shower Invitations | Design House of Moira

I’m a sucker for a book-themed invitation, and these custom baby shower invitations by Moira Design Studio are so very sweet. The book-themed invites feature whimsical hand lettering and hand drawn illustrations, along with colorful touches of watercolor that bring color and depth to this darling ensemble.

Jessica from Moira Design shares:

What better way to set the tone for a book-themed baby shower than by sending the invitations in a book! I knew I wanted to include illustrations and artwork, as well as hand lettering, and I also knew I wanted to think of an interesting method of shipping.

I ordered an antique set of children’s classics from eBay (the same set my mom has as a little girl), and I tucked the invitation sets into the books, wrapped them in brown paper, and into the post they went. The suites themselves included the invitation, reply card, a bookplate, and a request to have the guests bring their favorite book to start baby Claire’s library. I also included a bookmark so people knew to open the book when they got it in the mail.

Whimsical, Book-Themed Baby Shower Invitations | Design House of Moira

Whimsical, Book-Themed Baby Shower Invitations | Design House of Moira

images from Moira Design Studio