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Kensington Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

We thought that a great way to welcome the New Year would be with another brand new design customization! Today’s design is timely too with shimmering foil details! The brilliant foil frame on both versions demonstrate two beautiful ways to present the invitation to your wedding day with touches of modern glamour.

Our Kensington design and the brand new design variation were chosen by blogger and wedding planner Allison at Engaged & Inspired as one of her favorite new designs. We agree with Allison that adding foil stamping to your wedding invitations gives you “a little something extra special” to present to your guests!

The delicate foil stamped border on our original Kensington wedding invitation design is reminiscent of gold jewelry and catches the light like a diamond ring. Inspired by the styles of the 30s and 40s this suite sets the tone for an affair that is stylish and classic. For the variation, we wanted to play with a few of the details to create a slightly different feel, but one that is just as stunning!

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Here are the fine details, with a few design tips along the way, to help you customize your very own letterpress wedding suite!

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Ink Palette: The change in the letterpress ink color on the new customization is subtlety at its best! We swapped out the fuchsia from the original design for our taupe letterpress ink. Using a classic neutral gives your invitation a very traditional feel. Taupe is a great, on-trend choice, but the same look can be created with many colors in our letterpress ink palette – black, charcoal or metal gray, silver or gold or a warm tone like cafe or cocoa.

Motifs, Borders and Patterns: We took our own advice when it came to selecting the perfect border for this new design. As we mentioned in a previous post, if you love a design, stick with the overall layout, but play with the details! This new design incorporates a frame with lots of layers. From dots in tiny rows to the streamers of dots radiating to the edges of the card, the frame on the new design variation gives a very festive feel!

Fonts: As you know from our previous posts, fonts and typefaces can be a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. The font on the original Kensington design is a modern sans serif that is a great match for the bright ink and glowing foil frame. For the new design customization, we chose a more traditional mix to pair with the new neutral letterpress ink color. The twist with this design is that the body of the copy is in a script and the names of the bride and groom are in a bold all caps typeface. The trend of mixing fonts on a wedding invitation has been popular for some time, but swapping out where the script and all caps fonts are used, is a fun update on this trend.

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We’ve been saving the best for last! The embellishments on this new Kensington design variation really pull everything together. Beyond the custom elements listed above, you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. Here are the embellishments that complete this invitation:

Foil Stamping: How gorgeous is the blush colored foil on the new invitation design?! We know that everyone is loving foil stamping these days as a great way to add a little sparkle to your wedding invitation suite. Our colored foils are a way to take that one step further and we have an array of colored foil options to suit any wedding color palette.

Colored Paper: To create the more romantic look of the new design customization, changing things a bit from the modern contrast of the bright fuchsia ink color on our brilliant white stock, we chose the London Fog gray colored paper as the background for our blush colored foil and taupe letterpress ink. We have a large collection of colored papers in our Design Library for you to choose from. And, if you don’t see a shade that matches your palette perfectly, just ask us, we can always complete a search for the best match! Tip: we do always struggle to use the word “perfect” when it comes to color since we feel that very often “complementary” colors can be much more beautiful than an exact match. Don’t worry though, along with our Exclusive Retailers, we’re happy to help you select the perfect combination!

Luxe Board Duplexing: You may have noticed that duplexing colored papers is one of our favorite embellishments. We know that color is very important to brides and grooms, so having the ability to print letterpress and foil on thick colored papers is such a treat! We love playing with different ink, foil and paper combinations! The new Kensington design customization features our Traditional Duplexing, which is a double-thick version of our colored papers.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

Cloverdale Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

Are you starting to see a theme here? Can you see how looking at a few of the design details that make up every wedding invitation, and swapping them out for your favorite combination, results in a brand new design — one that is unique to you and your event?!

Today’s new design, our Cloverdale customization, includes a graphic detail that we love using and we’re very excited to show on a wedding invitation and in a tonal color palette. On the original, the pool blue colored border appears to be a solid block of color from a distance, but if you look up close, you’ll see that it’s so much more than that! Backing up a little … we often get requests for large, solid areas of color, and the truth is, with letterpress that just isn’t the ideal fit. Our design team found a solution in our Cloverdale design. Using the fine cross-hatch pattern in the borders means that the end result is a nice, even area of color. Plus, the added benefit is that fine detail. Everyone we know picks up a letterpress printed card to take a closer look and feel the impression — what a treat to find that fun little detail!

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Where the original inspiration suite is casual and modern, using the cross-hatch pattern on the new customization created an elegantly subtle look that we always see couples loving for their invitation. How fun would it be to pair these two, in the same color palette, as part of a full wedding stationery wardrobe with the inspiration design as the save the date card and the new customization as the invitation. Ooh! And, please let us dream up fun new ways to use this detail on menu cards, place cards, etc.!

OK, enough dreaming! Back to this new design and the few changes we made to create a brand new design:

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Ink Palette: Changing the ink palette on any design is one of the most notable ways to personalize your suite. Simply choose colors from our letterpress inks that match the palette you are using in the rest of your decor and you’re on your way to a suite that is uniquely yours. With our Cloverdale customization, we switched the original pool blue and charcoal gray to cantaloupe and tobacco. Both versions use a neutral and a pastel to really make the most of this design. That pastel is key to making sure the large areas of color in the cross-hatch border act as a frame for the most important information on your wedding invitation.

Motifs, Borders and Patterns: On this new design, the same border and pattern were used, just in a different way! This is a great tip! If you love a design, but want to make it your own, just think about how your favorite details can be used in a different way. Taking the same details and putting them on the larger card have completely transformed this design. Changing the format of the card, from horizontal to vertical, also instantly tells a new story.

Fonts: As you know from our previous posts, fonts and typefaces can be a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. The fonts on this new design customization lean towards formal with the bulk of the copy in an all-caps font {Garamond} and the highlighted text in a traditional script {Carolyna}.

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Beyond our custom elements, you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. Our Cloverdale customization features a combination of embellishments to complete this look:

Colored Paper: To achieve the tonal look we wanted to create with this design, the first choice was our pretty peony paper stock to compliment the cantaloupe letterpress ink. We have a large collection of colored papers in our Design Library for you to choose from. And, if you don’t see a shade that matches your palette perfectly, just ask us, we can always complete a search for the best match! Tip: we do always struggle to use the word “perfect” when it comes to color since we feel that very often “complementary” colors can be much more beautiful than an exact match. Don’t worry though, along with our Exclusive Retailers, we’re happy to help you select the perfect combination!

Luxe Board Duplexing: Just like last week’s Broadmoor design, we chose a duplexing option for the colored paper on this design. Cloverdale features our Luxe Board Duplexing, which is our thickest option, and includes two sheets of the peony paper adhered to a super thick board in the middle. Note that the board in the center is white and will show a layering effect at the edge of your card. Some clients love that look and others want to take advantage of that nice thick surface and add our next embellishment …

Painted Edges: Painted edges were the finishing touch for this new design customization. Painted in our Tobacco ink to match the letterpress printed copy, this new design is complete! Remember, we have shades to match all of our letterpress ink colors!

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

A big thank you to Engaged & Inspired for helping us debut this new design! Take a look at Allison’s favorite new designs of ours, including a sneak peek at another “custom recipe” we have coming up here on The Fine Print.

Citron Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

We have some exciting news for you, our stationery design and letterpress loving friends! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a bundle of new design customizations on our website! We love that we get to create new designs every day and we are excited to share some of the latest with you!

The main reason that we are beyond thrilled to share these new customizations is because these designs really illustrate exactly how far you can take your own wedding invitation suite. Through these new designs we will share how a few changes, changes that make a design uniquely yours, allow you to present your guests with a wedding invitation to an event that they just can’t wait to attend. Yours!

There are so many options to consider and we know that sometimes too many options can be just that — too many options! With these new designs, we wanted to outline a short list of elements you may want to consider when personalizing your wedding wardrobe.

We collaborated with some of our {and your!} favorite wedding bloggers to debut their favorites from our new collection, so hopefully you have gotten a preview already! Our Citron customization was a favorite of the amazing duo over at Ritzy Bee Blog.

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In our Custom Wedding Portfolio albums I and II, we have outlined the steps for transforming any design in our gallery into your custom suite. Here’s the list of elements from our design team that make our new Citron design customization unique. You can use any of these details to customize your very own suite.  Here are a few things to consider:

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Paper Color: In the case of this Citron customization, the paper color was changed from our brilliant white letterpress stock to our natural white letterpress stock to warm up the overall look. Often couples choose their paper color based on the shade of the bride’s dress.

Ink Palette: Changing the ink palette on any design is one of the most notable ways to personalize your suite. Simply choose colors from our letterpress inks that match the palette you are using in the rest of your decor and you’re on your way to a suite that is uniquely yours. In the side-by-side visual above, you can see that we changed the espresso, leaf and buttercup combination in the original to apricot, celadon and charcoal to coordinate with the new orange motif and also soften the palette a little.

Motifs and Patterns: Here is where you can really start getting creative! You can see that with the Citron customization, swapping out the original lemon motif for the orange motif really changes the guests’ expectations for each event. To  keep what you love about any inspiration piece in-tact, it’s always a good idea to choose a similar motif, like the lemon and orange, and use it in a similar way to make sure that your new design has the same amount of impact!

Fonts: Fonts and typefaces are a very personal choice. We have a large selection to choose from, so you can really have fun with this element. We have fonts that range from casual to very formal. Script fonts are often used for more formal events. We hear from brides and grooms all of the time that they often choose a font based on whether or not they like the way their {new!} initials appear in a certain font. So be sure you check out the entire alphabet!

The best part about all of the elements outlined above is that they are all complimentary with our Custom Wedding Portfolio program. You can change any of the details above and you will not see any additional charges since we feel that these are elements that every couple will want to change so we made sure that doing so doesn’t impact your budget at all!

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Beyond our custom elements,  you can also add on any number of embellishments. You can see all of the details available in our online Design Library or in-person when you visit one of our Exclusive Retailers. We chose just a couple to dress up our new Citron design:

Painted Edges: Painted edges were a fun detail we added to the new design customization. That extra touch of color allows you to extend your color palette to the edge of the card. We have shades to match all of our letterpress ink colors!

Paper Weight: We chose our double-thick letterpress stock for the new design, which really highlights the edge painting. With the thicker card there’s more surface area on the edge to showcase the added color.

We created our Custom Wedding Portfolio process with every unique couple in mind. We, ourselves, would expect to personalize our wedding invitation suite, so we wanted to create a process that allowed every bride and groom to do the same. It’s also designed to be fun! We encourage you to scour our website {don’t forget to check out our Search By Style feature} and meet with the experts at your local Dauphine Press retailer to get their guidance and input. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating your very own custom letterpress wedding invitations!

Suite Spotlight – Ainsley Diecut + Letterpress Wedding Invitation

September is the perfect time for a wedding! Well, any time of year is perfect for a wedding, but September is the perfect time for an Ainsley wedding! Our Ainsley design has the perfect formula for a late summer wedding – one where hints of fall are sprinkled throughout the details. As our design team’s inspiration board displays, the salmon and tobacco palette speak a little to both seasons! Salmon has the ability to go light and bright {which is essential for those hot summer days} but is also beautiful when paired with a deeper shade that reminds us all of the approaching season.  And, tobacco is a great neutral to pair with any shade, any time of year. The mix creates an event with gorgeous depth!

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Dauphine Press Ainsley Letterpress Wedding Invitation featuring detailed die cut edges

The focal point of our Ainsley design is the fun die-cut shape of each card, which makes this suite unique from the others your guests may be getting in the mail. Paired with a vintage pattern and personalized monogram surrounded by a decorative frame, this suite is fitting for any celebration. The mix of fonts on our original design feel traditional with a touch of whimsy!

A selection from our Coral album, this design allows you the flexibility to swap out any of the fonts or mix up the color palette to suit your event, all while benefiting from the smaller price tag the Coral album provides.

To meet Ainsley in person and view the rest of our letterpress wedding invitations, take a look at the locator on our website to find the exclusive Dauphine Press retailer near you. All of our retailers are stationery experts and can help you personalize your very own wedding stationery suite.

Store Spotlight – Paper Plane Paperie

When we first met Emily at Paper Plane Paperie, everything immediately clicked — we instantly loved working with her! Because of her her strong eye for design and detail, she has an amazing way of working with our Custom Wedding Portfolio II tools and inspiration to produce some of the most amazing designs! In fact, only a few short weeks after she received the album, Emily was on her way to being one of our top stores. This means that we have had plenty of time, working on her amazing orders, to get to know her and today we wanted to share a little bit about Emily with you.

First, here’s a look at her gorgeous space where she meets with lucky couples in the Newport Beach, California area:


What inspired you to open Paper Plane Paperie?
I have always been a very creative person, and during my wedding planning process in 2009, I fell in love with the customization process when it came to the invitations.  I wanted to use my creative talents to inspire other brides to use paper as a way to get their guests excited for a wedding or big party.  There is no better way to set the tone for an event than through a beautiful invitation suite.

What did you do in your life before Paper Plane Paperie?
I was a visual merchandiser for Hudson Jeans where I created window displays for large department stores all over the country.

When did you first realize that you had a passion for paper?
During my 2009 wedding planning process I really began to gain an understanding for the letterpress process and how the technique is used to create stunning invitations by hand, one invite at a time.  Soon after, I began taking letterpress classes and was completely hooked!

What is the Paper Plane Paperie design aesthetic?
Our personal aesthetic is coastal chic.  Since my shop is in Newport Beach, CA, anytime I can get my hands on something nautical, I go for it.

What inspires you?
Interior design … patterns and color.  I always look for ways that these things can translate onto paper.

What trends are you noticing/loving in wedding stationery?
Calligraphy tied in with classic text as part of the suite adds a nice touch. I am also loving custom wax seals right now!

What are the hottest trends or must haves for weddings in your area?
Tying in at least a few DIY projects has been popular for a while now, but is a lot of fun because it really personalizes the event.  Also, the color grey has replaced black in most cases which gives things a softer, more modern feel. Also, I recently went to a wedding with a ice cream sandwich bar. I thought it was a genius idea for a hot summer night!

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See what we mean? Emily is the perfect mix of designer, friend and wedding consultant! What couple doesn’t want to WOW their guests from the first glimpse of correspondence about their big day? Emily gets that and has an amazing portfolio of work as a result.

Here’s a perfect example — this suite, designed for a couple getting married in Chicago this summer {just last weekend actually! Congratulations Roxane and Denis!} incorporates many of the key elements Emily describes as being on trend. Let’s take a closer look …

We love this fun take on our Marinwood trifold and invitation suite, using elements such as the lattice pattern and frame surrounding the key details on the first panel {both inspired by interior design} paired with beautiful hand calligraphy and illustrations by Holly Hollon that adds the perfect personal touch.

The striking design on the invitation, which includes their signature lattice pattern in robin’s egg letterpress ink, a seaglass frame and charcoal invitation wording, sets the tone perfectly for their August wedding.  Rounding out the suite is a coordinating response set with more personal calligraphic touches and a fresh wedgewood blue envelope liner.

If you’re in the Newport Beach, CA area and looking to create your own custom letterpress wedding invitations, you must plan a visit to the studio! If you want to see more of what inspires Emily, you can visit her blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages.

Paper Plane Paperie is part of a large network of Dauphine Press exclusive retailers selling our custom letterpress and foil invitations around the world. You can find your local retailer here and begin designing for your extraordinary event today!

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