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Suite Spotlight – Carneros Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Today we want to put the spotlight on one of our most popular designs – Carneros. Carneros has seen many customizations from real brides and grooms, but its timeless design is always present, no matter how our couples customize it.

Two of the main highlights on this design are the painted edges in Sunshine and the Dauphine Press exclusive envelope liner in a coordinating Sunshine chevron pattern. Swapping out these two elements means that the core of the design — the traditional letterpress monogram in our Varnish ink and modern typefaces — is still strong and present, but the suite as a whole still has a big impact and will suit your unique event.

With our recent updates to our Design Library and custom elements, the possibilities really are endless for this piece. Our expanded edge painting palette means you now have 58 colors to choose from, not to mention the same number of options for liner colors in any of our patterns!

You may recall that Carneros was also the subject of our style shoot from earlier this year {here is the behind the scenes look at the shoot}. Below are even more amazing shots of this suite as well as our design team’s inspiration for the original design.

Carneros Inspiration Board1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

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Ultimate Eye Candy – New Lookbook Pages!

Here at Dauphine Press we are all about two things – high end print techniques and custom design. In the past couple of weeks we have been highlighting a bunch of our favorite new print techniques, but today we want to talk about custom design! Every couple deserves a unique wedding stationery suite. No matter how simple they say they want to keep things initially, every couple ends up putting in many hours on all of their wedding details, big and small.

One of the most important elements is getting guests to your big day and conveying the right feel for your festivities. The design of your wedding stationery is a very important step. At Dauphine Press, we set out years ago to create an experience for all brides and grooms to do just that – create their very own, unique look without having to spend thousands with an independent designer. Using the Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, thousands of options are there for you to use at no additional charge.

Our albums include a carefully curated collection of design created by our design team. When creating these designs we take many things into consideration – a true Dauphine Press look, making the most of our print techniques and wedding trends. Even though we take the time to pull these designs together, it is always our expectation that couples will change *something* on our designs. Often times though, couples may be nervous about making those changes since it can be tough to visualize. With our new lookbook pages, all of that worry is gone.

Sitting side-by-side with each suite in our album are hundreds of additional ideas from our design team to help you create the perfect suite for your wedding and special event. There are changes big and small shown. We show everything from changing ink colors and fonts to swapping out print techniques and adding backers, duplexed colored papers and edging. This new tool also provides a visual for a range of budgets, showing that a 2-color letterpress and foil design in the album can easily be switched to 1-color letterpress – and that the results can be equally as stunning.

You can view all of our lookbook pages by visiting any of our exclusive retailers or visiting the gallery section of our website.

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Above photo by Brookelyn Photography.

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letterpress wedding invitations, foil stamp, die cut

As you can see, these new lookbook pages not only add 400+ new designs to our Custom Wedding Portfolio, but they also provide an immense amount of inspiration. Each design in our gallery has a link to view the additional pieces in the suite & the customized variations in the suite. Enjoy!

Fine Details from The Fine Print – Our Blogging Retailers

Source: Typewriter photo from the AMAZING AM Radio Etsy Shop. Click here to see their full collection!

As we’re sure you know by now, our exclusive retailers are #1 in our book! We love that we have the opportunity to work with so many paper experts around the world and that when a couple looks for Dauphine Press it is these fine folks that are helping them create amazing suites! With the launch of our latest new designs and custom design elements, we have been seeing many posts from our retailers on their blogs. It’s fun to see their perspective and favorite elements in our line. We know there are a lot of paper lovers out there reading our blog, so we wanted to spread the word about these sites with the hopes that you will love them as much as we do!

Couture Ink in Ridgefield, New Jersey

Hitched in Washington, DC

Paper Passionista in Seattle, Washington

Posh Parties & Paper in Jupiter, Florida

Salutations in Chapel Hill and Charlotte, North Carolina

Sweet Paper in La Jolla, California

The Write Image in Salt Lake City, Utah

These are just a hand-full of the recent posts we have seen, but you can see even more blogging retailers in the list to the right. We hope you fall in love with these blogs as we have — and that they become daily reads for you too!

Meet Our New Foil + Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Stinson

As we mentioned yesterday, we saved our most talked about new design for last. We love them all, but it seems Stinson is a favorite among our retailers and 2013 couples. We have a bundle of customizations of this gorgeous design in the works. You know we will be sharing them with you here on our blog as soon as we can!

The beauty of Stinson is the use of our new duplexed stock in Pyrite paired with our new Platinum foil. These two custom design elements paired together are what make you gasp initially at the simple elegance of this suite. Looking closer you’ll see the gorgeous font combination smartly printed in Black letterpress ink completing this perfectly balanced look.

Now, let’s talk about that gorgeous graphic! The stylized and romantic florals were adapted from vintage embroidery and lacework. The bold and graphic look, especially when printed in our Platinum foil, create a more contemporary take on the typical wedding florals.

Before we get to the invitation design, here’s a look at the stunning inspiration board created by our design team:

Stinson Inspiration Board1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

Dauphine Press Stinson Suite

Which is your favorite new design? Calistoga, Fairfield, Hamilton or Stinson? Next up we are going to explore all of the ways you can customize these (any!) of the suites in our album with a brand new design tool. Let the fun begin!

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Customize your suite – with foil stamping!

With each new custom design element we feature, I’m tempted to say it’s my favorite and our newly refreshed foil palette is no exception. Every wedding deserves a little sparkle, but for couples who aren’t looking for traditional silver or gold — our new colored foil options are the perfect fit.

When we launched foil stamping in May 2011, we started with a traditional palette. Over the past year+, foil paired with letterpress has become very popular here at Dauphine Press. This year with the addition of our new colored foil options {not to mention how fabulous they are with our new duplexing options!}, we can’t wait to see all of the customizations you come up with. Take a look:

New Foil Stamping ColorsNew Foil SwatchesThis is simply the foil stamping swatch page from our Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library, but isn’t it divine?!  To see all of these options in person, visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer.

New Foil Stamping Colors

So far we’ve shown you modern colored foil paired with intricate motifs and patterns for the perfect balance of romantic and modern in our Hamilton and Fairfield designs (back patterns pictured above), but are you ready for monochromatic modern elegance?  Keep a lookout for our next blog post too — we’ve saved the most talked about design for last. We know you’ll love it and we can’t wait to see how you customize it for your extraordinary event.

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