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Dauphine Press Loves {embellishments}

We’re back with another installation of our Dauphine Press Loves posts! As a team, we always find ourselves talking about our favorite things – blog posts we have read, images and articles in magazines and of course wedding and stationery details! With our Dauphine Press Loves posts we share our favorites right here on our blog. It gives you a little peek into the team creating your custom wedding stationery and hopefully provides a bit of inspiration!

We are in the thick of our busy season and we love seeing all of the unique variations and customizations coming off press. One of the elements that can really make an invitation suite unique are the embellishments. Today we’re sharing our favorites. Hopefully our favorite embellishments will inspire your custom design!

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{Carissa} You might be seeing a trend here and a bit of personality showing through! Carissa loves a bright pop of color, whether it’s her favorite embellishment of an edged invitation or your wedding color palette!

{Abbey} A decorative paper wrap in any of our exclusive patterns {available in any color!} is Abbey’s favorite way to add a gorgeous final touch to your wedding suite!

{Kristie} Colored envelopes can really make a statement since they’re the first thing your guests see! Kristie loves an envelope with a pop of color or in a stunning metallic!

{Kendra} Speaking of adding a stunning metallic, Kendra loves a foil stamped frame and the way it highlights the important details on your wedding invitation.

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Embellishments really allow you to personalize your wedding invitation. We have a large selection to choose from and they can be added to any suite. Visit your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer today to see all of the options and to start creating your custom wedding invitation!

Suite Spotlight – Beechwood Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

The letterpress printed wood grain pattern of our large square Beechwood invitation is the standout element on this Bar Mitzvah design. Used throughout the suite in buttercream ink, the wood grain pattern is artfully paired with a wide cocoa colored backer card, a green tea pocket folder and woodblock typeface. On both the inspiration board and final printed suite, a masculine, yet playful look is achieved.

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Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? As shown, this design is great for a Bar Mitzvah, but can also be customized to suite a wedding. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

30 Free letterpress wedding invitation elements with every custom order

Suite Spotlight – Academy Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitation

This multi-layered invitation, from our Bar and Bat Mitzvah portfolio of custom invitations, enables you to incorporate playful colors and patterns. Select the classic black and blue letterpress inks and houndstooth pattern as shown on this classic look, or brighten it up with any of our inks, backer cards and patterns to create an invitation to suit any style of event.

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Are you inspired to customize your own Dauphine Press letterpress invitation suite? Visit one of our exclusive retailers to see our printed pieces in person and start pulling all of your ideas and details together!

30 Free letterpress wedding invitation elements with every custom order

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.

Broadmoor Letterpress Invitation – New Design Customization

Today we’re sharing another brand new design customization with you! This design made a complete transformation and is definitely a crowd favorite!

As we mentioned last week, these new design customizations are fun for us to share since they all illustrate exactly how far you can take your own wedding invitation suite when using our design process. Through these new designs we are sharing 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!

Our Broadmoor design customization was selected as a favorite by Tracy at The WeddingLovely Blog — and can you blame her?! Take a peek at the before and after. The inspiration and the customization.

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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. We’re sharing a list of elements from our design team that make our new Broadmoor 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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Ink Palette:  We have a secret to share … the letterpress ink run was removed when we created this new design! The original was 1-color letterpress + 1-color foil and for the customized invitation, we just chose to use one foil run. This means that by only using foil on the new design, the overall cost was decreased! Another tip: the new design could also be printed in just 1-color letterpress {any color in our ink palette}, which would bring the price down even further.

Motifs and Monograms: In this case, the one design element that really ties the inspiration to the customization is the monogram at the top of the invitation. The slim #10 card is the perfect way to highlight your monogram, and a monogram is the perfect way to highlight your new union! We chose the fonts and design elements for both of these monograms separately, so feel free to browse our library of motifs and frames to create the perfect symbol for you as a couple!

Fonts: As you know from our post last week, 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. For our Broadmoor customization, we went for a “traditional with a twist” feel using a classic script font for the names of the bride and groom, but in all lowercase to update the look.

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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. For our Broadmoor customization, we chose just one embellishment upgrade to really make this design standout:

Traditional Duplexing: The striking peacock blue paper used on this customization is a true star and will surely have your guests excited to attend your wedding! We have many colored papers to choose from and three different duplexing options: Traditional, Elegant and Luxe. The three options represent a different weight and thickness. The Traditional Duplexing chosen for our Broadmoor customization is two sheets of the peacock blue paper adhered together so that the card presented is like a thick board.

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!

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