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Client Customization – Unique Die-cut Save the Date

We love sharing when something unique comes along! This save the date certainly fits the bill! With the uniquely-folded shape and standout diecut. Our retailer The Stovall Collection in Memphis, Tennessee sent this striking design our way! The team at The Stovall Collection has an amazing way of creating distinctive pieces for their clients using the tools in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II. This save the date features 1-color letterpress on each panel in a handsome olive green against the brilliant white cotton paper stock – a beautiful combination for announcing to your friends and family that your big day is just months away!

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We want each and every Dauphine Press couple to feel excited to bring their own visions to life, which is why we created our custom wedding portfolio. By contacting one of our exclusive retailers, you can create one-of-a-kind stationery for your wedding day!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Reich Savoy, brilliant white, 118# | Ink: olive | Embellishment: custom die-cut shape

Spring Wishes from Dauphine Press

With sunnier days and warmer weather upon us, we are happily celebrating the Spring season here at Dauphine Press. This letterpress printed invitation exhibits the sweetest spring motifs, patterns and colors! We worked with our exclusive retailer For Heaven’s Sake in Beaumont, TX to design this adorable party invitation. The owner, Gina, wanted to create this gem for her very own annual gathering of family and friends {you can view the invite we printed for this event last year on our Instagram account!}.

Gina knew exactly what she wanted for the layout, fonts and color palette and asked our design team to suggest our favorite patterns for the decorative eggs. We offered a grouping from our collection of custom patterns that represented a balance of graphic and floral-inspired motifs. Above all, we chose patterns that beautifully displayed the letterpress printing. The beauty of a letterpress printed pattern on one of our cotton papers is that it can really show off the art and impression of letterpress printing.

We hope you are enjoying the Spring season with your family and friends!

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DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, brilliant white | Ink: petal, lemon + pool

A.M. Inspiration {pattern and color}

We all have our favorite creative times during the day, and for me, it’s early in the morning while most of the world – well, mostly my children – remain quiet. With our new “A.M. Inspiration” series, I will be posting images of what currently has me inspired, the exciting new ideas I am dreaming up on those quiet mornings and I’ll share my thoughts on how to translate that inspiration into stationery design and wedding invitations.

We are kicking off the series with a very special wedding invitation suite. This is a sneak preview of one of our new Dauphine Press design samples! We will reveal the full suite in a future post, but I first wanted to share two of my favorite details of this romantic and elegant design – pattern and color.

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One of my main sources of inspiration is pattern and home fashion/decor (probably a result from my formative creative years at Martha Stewart Living). Using pattern in my designs has always been a trademark of mine. I also love creating borders and motifs out of vintage drawings/etchings. I typically pull them apart and put them back together to create a new design. At the same time, I try to build the perfect balance of color when layering patterns and borders like you see here with the lavender damask pattern and vintage caramel frame on this new invitation sample.

Speaking of color, this lavender and caramel letterpress combination is another perfect example of “traditional with a twist” that we talked about in a recent blog post. The “twist” in the creation of this color palette is the use of caramel for the most important verbiage on each piece. Overall it results in a soft, romantic feel with a warm neutral used in place of traditional black. The fresh look with the caramel against the lavender gives your guests a little peek into your attention to detail and will have them anticipating all of the other twists you have in store for them the day of the wedding!

Suite Spotlight – Peony Letterpress Invitation Suite

Armfuls of peonies emerge on all sides of a cropped cartouche to create a breathtaking first impression for guests receiving our Peony letterpress wedding invitation. Unwrapping this delicately bundled package reveals layer after layer of heavenly details!

It’s hard to choose which aspect of the suite you love most with its overwhelmingly French feel, striking patterns, clever menu card and sumptuous palette! Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose. Our design team has perfected the art of layering details that result in a perfectly unique wedding invitation for each bride and groom with whom we work. A picture is worth 1,000 words – take a peek at the inspiration behind this suite:

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We can’t wait to see your wedding stationery inspiration board and begin finding the perfect way to layer all of the details important to you and your wedding day. Contact one of our exclusive retailers to start the process of designing your perfect wedding wardrobe!

Want to see more of our inspiration boards? Take a peek at what our design team is curating over on Pinterest!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: 118# Reich Savoy, brilliant white | Ink: ruchsia + cantaloupe | Embellishments: strawberry colored envelope, strawberry colored belly band, ¼” mink double-faced satin ribbon, die-cut favor tag + die-cut menu card

Client Customization – Fancy Foil Stamped Save the Date

Using our Fairfield invitation pattern as their inspiration, the couple behind today’s Client Customization created a design that is the epitome of “traditional with a twist”. Our Fairfield pattern is set as a foil border detail, framing a classic save the date design with the client-created monogram and script font. The “twist” this couple designed – along with their local Dauphine Press retailer Carolyn at The Write Touch in Jacksonville, Florida – is a layer of pale pink letterpress ink (our shell) under the gold foil border. We love the dimension the printed solid creates under the foil stamped border!

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What is the “twist” you’re looking to add to your wedding and invitation design? Bring your inspiration to a Dauphine Press retailer and work with our team to create your custom stationery that is sure to be just as gorgeous as this foiled beauty!

DESIGN DETAILS | Paper: Savoy Brilliant White, 236# | Ink: Shell letterpress | Foil: Reflective Gold | Fonts: Antoinette, Caslon OpenFace, Cantabile | Embellishments: Gold edge painting, Envelopments 24k envelope | Inspiration: Fairfield wedding invitation suite

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