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Judy Paulen Designs – Baby Announcement

Our friend Jessica Paulen of Judy Paulen Designs in New York {at Bloomingdale’s} welcomed a daughter last year and we really loved the sweet design she chose to announce the arrival of little Maya Dove. The floral pattern feels current, but it’s actually a very old Japanese Katagami design originally used for dying textiles.

If you’re in New York, Jessica and her team can help you design the perfect baby announcement. Just pop up to the 6th floor and say hello!
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Featured Design – Bar Mitzvah

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We love when one good design inspires several others. This has definitely been the case with our Camille
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– so many of our dealers have been sending in orders for this design and we are constantly amazed at the level of creativity that arrives on every order form. This is exactly what our invitations line is meant for. Many designs can be deconstructed and modified to suit each client and their unique occasion. The best part? There’s no additional charge for us to do this. We supply the tools, our dealers and their clients supply the creativity to reimagine the designs in their own unique way.

We received a great order for a Bar Mitzvah invitation recently from Sincerely Yours, Diane in Boca Raton, Florida. Diane Bender, the eponymous owner, worked with her client to customize the design. They started with a sample of our Camille invitation which was of course too feminine in feel, but her client loved the way the design was framed out. Knowing we can customize any design in any way for no additional fees, they chose several elements from the Dauphine Press Design Library. The foliate background of the Camille
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was replaced with masculine stripes and the palette moved to a steel gray and two shades of blue. Diane and her client called out the specifications for the invitation design, but they wanted the additional enclosure cards to relate to the invitation design without matching it entirely. Our designers took the lead on laying out the other cards. Diane relates “The Dauphine designers were a huge help on this job, as always.”

We think it looks smashing!

Alhambra Letterpress Invitation

Our Alhambra invitation design comes to us courtesy of Jori Jackman at Seaside Papery in Coronado, California. The invitation was custom designed for an event at The Prado in San Diego’s Balboa Park which is known for it’s flamboyant Spanish Colonial style architecture.

One of the things I always recall about The Prado is the gorgeous hand painted tile work throughout the restaurant, and also in the outdoor courtyards and magnificent Moorish style fountains surrounding it. We were naturally delighted to have the opportunity to incorporate some of the gorgeous tile details into this inspired invitation. We used a distressed fill on the aqua blue arch that frames the invitation wording to lend a vintage feel that ties in perfectly with the retro script typeface. Also the fresh palette is one of our personal favorites. Enjoy!

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Invitation to the Voyage

For years, brides have sought out Dauphine Press for letterpress invitations and announcements to their destination weddings and events. Several years ago, a particular invitation to a Nantucket wedding incorporated a custom map of the island. The map was printed in a pale celadon in the background with darker type overprinting the image. That single design has gone on to inspire countless others.

Several other map invitations may be previewed in our Design Gallery. If there is a destination you have in mind for your event, please check with us as we may likely have an existing map in our library.

Here are several that we felt were noteworthy. Bon voyage!


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Invitation of the Week: Citron

Spring has finally hit everywhere around the country and this week we’re highlighting an invitation from our Dauphine Press custom collection that is the embodiment of spring itself: Citron.

This award-winning design was created by Katrina McHugh and prints in three colors: buttercup, leaf and espresso. On press, we capture a very high level of detail in the lemon branch image which derives from a vintage engraving. The Citron invitation won an International Design Award from How Magazine in 2009.

The Citron invitation sprung from a project we did for the esteemed Paula LeDuc catering in Emeryville, California. Paula wanted a bonbon box as a takeaway for their tastings and events. The company’s identity and stationery was restrained and classic, they had never before used a graphic image on any branded materials. But the lyrical lemon branch image resonated with Paula, and we designed the bonbon box that first introduced the image to their clients. We later developed an invitation for an event Paula le Duc held at Beaulieu Garden which evolved into our Citron wedding invitation.

Inspiration comes from so many unexpected places! We hope your spring brings new inspired ideas to your world.

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