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Designer’s Pick – Elegant Date

We are excited to introduce a new series brought to you by our design team. We are very fortunate to have a team that brings creativity and spirit to their work and is invested in providing each client with a truly custom design. Our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you. Kicking things off is Heather with her pick of the week.

As a type enthusiast, one of my favorite Dauphine Press suites is Elegant Date. One of the reasons I like this design is that it uses typography as a motif. The elegant script feels calligraphic and makes a bold statement. The large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. From a design perspective, I love how many variations I’ve seen over the years, not only with font and colors, but with motifs and embellishments (like painted edges or foil). Whether Elegant Date stays true to the original or is customized, the design never goes out of style. The oversized date not only celebrates the couple’s special day, it has been the inspiration for other save the dates. I also love our other typography based suites.

Inspired by vintage typogrpahy, this custom Volusia from Events blends a beautiful script with bold type. 

This fresh take on Elegant Date has flourishes, an all over pattern and painted edges, which makes Calistoga the perfect choice for any extraordinary event.

Pairing bold numerals with delicate patterns, Cloverdale is the perfect way to make a statement.

Customize your suite – with our new fonts!

Here at Dauphine Press we get quite enthusiastic about typography. Along with the debut of our new designs, we also wanted to share with you the NEW selection of fonts we recently added to our toolbox! With the addition of the 14 new fonts below, we now have a total of 140 beautiful typefaces that you can choose from.

While some couples select their invitation suite directly from the designs shown in our albums – our fonts, motifs & ink colors can always be swapped at no additional charge. Below are a few of our favorite new fonts. To see the full balance of custom elements you have available to you, click here!

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You have already seen a few of these in action in our latest new design posts. Our new Calistoga suite is a beautiful showcase of Piel and Fairfield artfully displays Carolyna. One thing both of these fonts have in common is a hand-lettered feel, which is something we are getting a lot of requests for lately. Calligraphy style fonts are a great way to bring that hand-lettered look in to your suite, without the cost of true hand calligraphy.

Have you picked a favorite yet? If so, any of the design consultants at our exclusive retailers can help you pull your wedding stationery suite together.

Customize your suite – with letterpress inks!

As we mentioned in our recent post on our new Calistoga suite, with our 2012 update, our Custom Wedding Portfolio includes a refreshed color palette!

We have 19 new letterpress inks, making a total of 68 colors available! Since colors vary from screen to screen, we recommend visiting one of our exclusive retailers to see and touch the true swatches before placing your order, but here’s a glance at the range:

DP_letterpress_ink_library3Within the full palette are 14 opaque letterpress inks, all with a slight shimmer. Our opaque inks have a subtle sheen and are ideal for printing on colored papers & envelopes. Please note that the only inks in this section available as edge painting are black, silver, gold & copper.

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Our opaque inks are the perfect match for another new custom detail highlighted in our 2012 update — duplexed colored papers — which we will be sharing even more about over the next week. We’ve been hard at work testing our new letterpress inks on the colored papers available in our line. Here’s a sneak peek of some fun test swatches hot off the press!

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Also, we now offer edge painting to match any letterpress ink color! That means you now have 5 times the options to choose from! Are you getting as excited as we are about all of the amazing new ways to bring color into your next print project?!

Last but not least, if you aren’t seeing what you are looking for here, we offer custom letterpress and edge painting ink mixes! Ask your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer for more information if you are interested in a color customized just for you.

 

Meet Our New Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite – Calistoga

Starting with our new Calistoga wedding invitation suite, we are sharing the new designs we launched at The National Stationery Show in New York this past May. We wanted to give each new design an individual post to share with you the details behind the design and our team’s vision of this suite. All of our new designs are now in the hands of our exclusive retailers if you’re dying to see these in person.

Calistoga incorporates a few of our newest custom design elements {keep an eye on the blog for even more of these new details!} — the large monogram letterpress printed in our new Apricot ink makes a bold yet elegant statement that pairs perfectly with the coordinating Apricot edging and delicate geometric pattern in our new Sea Glass ink on the back of the double-thick premium letterpress stock. You can’t miss the new die cut shape on the response card, which is the perfect finishing touch to any suite!

This is a traditional design with a modern twist that could work for any event, but the below board represents the romantic, ray-of-sunshine event our team had in mind when creating this original design.

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I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a guest at this wedding. It also has me thinking about all of the different possibilities for customizing this design though. Want a real sneak peek in to what is to come? All of our new designs are now in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II gallery! We will be giving each of them their own post over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes out for even more eye candy!

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