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Client Customization – Elegant Letterpress + Foil Holiday Card

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” This letterpress and foil holiday is the epitome of this iconic line. Our retailer, The Stovall Collection, worked with this family to create a unique holiday card that features elegant letterpress, an overall festive feel and a space for their annual family photo.

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This custom holiday card features an all-over pattern of leaping reindeer (featuring Rudolf!) in our subtle varnish ink, like footsteps in the snow, layered under the holiday greeting printed in crimson red foil. The whimsical font chosen for the quote and the family name gives the card a festive feel. All will be complete when the family adds their adorable family photograph within the simple foil frame.

How are you greeting friends and family this holiday season? Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to help you create a design worthy of your family’s annual holiday mailing.

A.M. Inspiration {fashion + freetime}

Over the years, I have had so much fun designing birthday party invitations for my two daughters. I love taking their ideas and interests to create the party theme. The girls are so enthusiastic about their parties that the moment one comes to a close, they are already dreaming up next year’s party!

My oldest daughter, Madeleine, has always loved fashion and art, so we came up with the idea of a paper doll invite for one of her recent Birthday parties. The invitation rolled up and was tied with an over-sized ribbon … it came complete with a tag that invited each party guest for a limo ride to Sweet and Sassy, where they got their hair and make-up done, got dressed up and took part in a runway show.

The paper doll invitation was designed so that each guest received a doll and two outfits with various accessories. They were printed with marine ink on white paper so that the girls could color and create their own unique fashions for their paper doll. So, once the party was over and they had some free time, they could occupy themselves with their very own creations! What little girl doesn’t dream of being a fashion designer at least once in their lifetime!?

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Do you have ideas for an interactive invitation? Work with one of our local retailers or call us to turn your ideas into a fun creation for your party guests!

Client Customization – Vintage Nantucket Save The Date

One of our favorite retailers, Parchment Fine Papers in Nantucket, is always bringing us the most elegant wedding invitations. This classic design is one that we’re excited to share with you. We love location-specific designs and as we’ve talked about before, if you are getting married in a location as beautiful as Nantucket, why not let that guide your invitation design?

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Our journal format allows you to share multiple pages of wedding details {schedule of events, timelines, travel information} and also make a statement with the design of the front cover. With a journal design, we recommend that you keep the details simple on the cover and use the space to express yourself visually.

With this save the date design, a vintage map of Nantucket is printed in a subtle neutral with the wedding date and names of the couple taking center stage. This leaves room for extra design elements – a nautical feeling striped border and flag announcing the wedding date.

Have you selected your wedding location? Let us help you make the most of it with a custom design. Begin the process by contacting us or one of our exclusive retailers.

Before and After – Custom Occidental Invitation Suite

We have a fun visual for you this week. We wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison of an invitation from our Custom Wedding Portfolio and the custom design it inspired.

Our original Occidental letterpress wedding invitation suite is regal and formal. The large format card incorporates a design that highlights the thick cotton paper with a tactile, all-over letterpress pattern in a neutral color. Balancing the subtle pattern is a stately monogram and delicate script in a deep blue.

Wanting to emphasize the detail in the lace-like pattern, we reconstructed it as a decorative border on the custom design (right). Printing the new border in a deep jewel tone turns it into a focal point and frames the details of your special day.

Turning the background pattern into a border also allowed us to print this new design in one ink color. This impacts your budget {in a positive way} and also keeps this suite feeling traditional.

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You can see more design transformations by clicking on the Customized Variations link {under Inspiration, when viewing any suite} to inspire you. These Customized Variations utilize the design details from our wedding album to inspire you to create a custom design.

With all of the choices in our Custom Wedding Portfolio, there are so many ways to completely transform a design. Our exclusive retailers are experts at helping you figure out what you love about your favorite inspiration designs and are amazing at helping you create a custom design. It’s a fun process and we can’t wait to see what you create!

Client Customization – Letterpress Kentucky Derby Invitation

It is such a treat to work with clients on their annual events. One of our exclusive retailers, Rebecca at Taylor Street Paper, has come to us for invitations to her personal events many times. For everything from holiday cards to Kentucky Derby festivities.

Today we’re sharing her chosen design selected this year for the 141st Kentucky Derby. With a stand-out color palette, this is one of our favorites so far. The layered pattern and prominent all-caps typefaces combine to make this an event guests will be anxiously awaiting!

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Rebecca has a great eye for detail and really knows how to make the most of design for letterpress printing. She is much like all of our exclusive retailers, armed with a ton of experience and ready to help you find the perfect combination of elements for your letterpress stationery. Call us or contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to take advantage of that expertise that we’re all willing to share.

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