I’m honored to have been asked to be the guest judge for the most recent Smock Paper Design Contest. The contest is a semi-annual celebration of Smock’s favorite retailer customizations, and this time around I had the chance to choose my favorites, too. Let me tell you, it was very difficult to pick my top three because there were so many lovely letterpress creations, and I’m so excited to be able to share the winners with you! And now, without further ado…
First Place : Salutations in Charlotte, NC
This invitation suite is simply gorgeous —delicate, romantic, and oh so elegant. I absolutely love the palette, which is subdued and very nicely balanced, making this a design that would appeal to both men and women. And the patterned pocket fold presentation really makes this suite special. I would feel like I had just received a lovely gift if I received an invitation to this wedding.
1st Runner Up : Luxe Expressions in Atlanta, GA
This letterpress invitation is so vibrant and fun, perfect for an ’80s themed celebration. The design is versatile and could be used for so many different types of occasions, but I love it as a 40th birthday party invite. The message it sends is, “I’m turning 40, I am completely fabulous, and you are going to have an absolute blast at my party!”
2nd Runner Up : Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan
This suite oozes class without being staid, and the fantastic color choices and patterns give it a very modern feel. I love the playfulness of the language on the reply postcard and rehearsal card, too. And the incredible, colorful patterned envelope liner is a detail that just had to put this invitation in my top three.
You can see more images of the winners and get more details and information about the individual suites over at Smock’s blog. Thank you, Smock, for the opportunity, and congratulations to the winners!
images from Smock Paper