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Suite Spotlight – Marinwood Letterpress Holiday Card

Just last month we released our 2013 Timeless Custom Holiday Collection of letterpress and foil stamped holiday cards. We wanted to take some time and share with you all that you can create using our Holiday Collection. The process works just like our Custom Wedding Portfolio where you can build any design to suit your style. You can use any of our existing designs {holiday or wedding!} or build a design from the ground up using all of the design elements offered in our design library.

The Marinwood Holiday trifold we are highlighting today is a great example of taking inspiration from our existing designs and adding personal touches to create a unique-to-you design. Using our Marinwood save the date trifold as inspiration, this holiday card and moving announcement takes on a completely new look. The jolly message on the first panel, in standout vintage lettering, is a welcomed greeting for friends and family during the holidays. The recipient is then treated to a sweet surprise when they unfold the card to reveal a gorgeous 2-color letterpress vintage pattern printed on the center panel. Just like the inspiration piece, when placing a family photo over the center, the detailed design acts as a decorative frame. The last panel is used for another timely greeting and a smartly placed moving announcement. Color palette is key to this design as well – the perfectly selected red raspberry and willow inks complete the festive look!

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Creating a unique design with our Custom Wedding Portfolio can be a very fun process – one that always results in a gorgeous piece of stationery that is an extension of you! Teaming up with one of our exclusive retailers, like For Heaven’s Sake in Beaumont, Texas who helped create this gorgeous design, is the perfect place to start.

Another great part of the process is finding inspiration to help you define your favorite design elements, color palette and overall look and feel of your new card. Take a peek at our Pinterest boards for even more inspiration like the elements our design team pulled together for the perfect vintage holiday card, just like the Marinwood Holiday trifold.

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Remember, our Timeless Holiday Collection is based on our Custom Wedding Portfolio program, which means that any design can be customized for no additional charge! There are just three steps:

1. Browse our holiday card designs and get creative! Pull elements from any design you see or from the details in our design library to create a holiday card that is unique to you and your family.

2. Visit one of our exclusive retailers to place your order. Through this process you will gain their experience and knowledge to help you refine your holiday card design. Seeing the album in person, you can also feel the papers, choose ink swatches and add your favorite embellishments.

3. Approve your proof and receive your cards in 10* business days! Once the retailer places your order our team of true designers will create a unique design especially for you within 2 business days. Once your proof is approved, your holiday cards ship in less than two weeks!

*The fine details on The Fine Print: Most designs shown in the collection include letterpress or letterpress + foil stamping. For orders placed before November 1, 2013, these two categories will ship within 10 days from proof approval. All letterpress cards ship in 7 business days and letterpress + foil cards ship in 10 business days. Cards with additional embellishments, such as colored envelopes and edge painting,edge painting, can take up to 15-20 business days. And, your proof always reaches you in two business days!

Happy Holidays!

In The Press – Stationery Trends Summer 2013

It’s been a great summer here at Dauphine Press! And yes, we’ve noticed that everyone has already started talking about “back to school” and end of summer plans. We’re wanting to stretch out the warm summer days so we are having fun recapping some of the great things that we have been part of this summer. One very special honor was being included in the Stationery Trends Summer 2013 issue in their Fresh Picks section. We loved seeing our Fairfield save the date and invitation suite featured in our favorite trade magazine.

The romantic lattice pattern in our mist foil truly makes this suite shine. The luxe board duplexed stock creates a beautiful canvas for the foil printed pattern and calligraphic typeface and our gold edge painting is the perfect accessory.

If Fairfield is also your idea of a fresh pick, contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to start customizing your own wedding stationery.

Can’t get enough of our Fairfield suite? The inspiration board for this design is a must see!

Client Customization – A Peachy Take on Marinwood

I can’t tell you how often I hear people in our industry talk about how hard it is to design their own stationery! When you are exposed to such gorgeous design and printing every single day, I am the first to admit that it can be a painfully slow process when it comes time to narrow down all of the amazing choices into a single card for yourself. However, this time around, when it came time to design {another!} baby announcement, it was much less daunting!

With the help of Dauphine Press designers Matt and Heather and my client services sidekick Tracy, I had the perfect team to help me pull this design together. Focusing on every detail from the color palette to the perfectly petite pattern behind the photograph and the ideal art for the first panel to the most fabulous fonts for my baby girl’s name, it came together in no time. I absolutely love the end result and I’m especially pleased with the way it complements big sister’s announcement that we created two years ago.

Right from the start, I knew that I wanted to go with the same trifold format as Chelsea’s announcement {baby number one}, since that worked so well the first time around. This format has proven itself to be a great fit for everything from a big announcement to a wedding details card packed with travel information. And, let’s not forget what a precious keepsake it makes with it’s small size and luxe print techniques.

Our Marinwood design has seen many variations since it was released two years ago – check out a few of our favorites here and here. Are you looking for the perfect announcement or save the date? Visit one of our exclusive retailers and share with them all the ways you would customize your very own trifold.

Suite Spotlight – Solage Letterpress Save the Date Card

It’s time for another “Suite Spotlight” where we look at one of our current designs and share with you the details that went into creating the suite, all the way back to the initial inspiration — and finish off with gorgeous beauty shot of the final piece.

As we note on our website, Solage is no ordinary save the date card! With it’s vintage stying and rich tactile spin on the more modern trend of photo cards, this save the date really makes an impression. The richness of the cotton papers gives contrast to the delicate photograph while the antique engraving design, printed in Wisteria and Charcoal letterpress provides a picture perfect frame.

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Real Dauphine {Baby Announcement}

We’re back today with details and images of Chelsea’s birth announcement. As we mentioned in our last post, the inspiration for this piece came from our Marinwood save the date. With it’s gorgeous first panel, second panel fit for a photo and the last panel for details, it is the perfect format for a baby announcement.

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Not wanting a typical pink baby announcement (or nursery, or 1st Birthday party!), Kendra chose our buttercup ink along with a custom coral color (which is coming soon to our official color palette, called papaya) to transform the save the date in to a sweet baby announcement. Printed on our natural white letterpress stock and paired with a black and white photograph of Chelsea, this customization was complete!

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