Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sunlit Letterpress Wins Best Wedding Invitation from Canadian Wedding Industry Awards


We are excited, proud and honoured to accept the 2014 Canadian Wedding Industry Award's Best Wedding Invitation Award for the BC Region! Thank you very much to all the judges (how exciting to know that Randy Fenoli [Say Yes to the Dress], Ellen Black {Lehr + Black], Marcy Blum [Marcy Blum & Associates], Rebecca Grinnals [Engaging Concepts], Laura Gutkin [Etsy Canada] and Francis Guindon [Maison Birks] were judging something we created!) and congratulations to all the winners from across Canada!

If you would like award-winning design and craftsmanship for your wedding stationery, please contact our studio. We are now booking wedding stationery consultations and orders for January 2015, so get in touch with us early to avoid disappointment :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunlit Letterpress @thisopenspace for Etsy's First #UnwrapEtsy Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Vancouver | November 13-19


Looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Our letterpress cards, art prints, gift tags, and other stationery gifts and holiday ephemera will be available at Etsy's first #UnwrapEtsy Holiday Pop-Up Shop here in Vancouver at This Open Space (434 Columbia Street, Chinatown). With the best handmade wares from 34 local Vancouver designers and artists, you'll be sure to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list!

We are so excited to be participating in Etsy's first (temporary) store here in Vancouver! Our friends at Etsy are so organized and friendly that I know this will be another great event! When I dropped off our merchandise this morning I just wanted to start shopping for myself – so many beautiful gifts available, from home décor to jewelry, and paper goods to edibles and leather goods...Oh, and there are workshops going on as well (i.e. leather work, ornament design, etc.).

Our stationery inventory is limited at the shop so get there early if you can! Thank you Etsy Canada for including us in this awesome holiday shopping event!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We're On Pinterest!



Did you know that Sunlit Letterpress is on Pinterest? Come find us and check out our pins @sunlitpress! We'll be adding new photos and behind the scenes shots soon. Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Custom Brush Script Letterpress Business Cards

Do you love brush script as much as I do? A good, organic brush script is truly one of my favorite things, maybe next to modern calligraphy. I wanted to offer a custom letterpress business card that would suit clients with a shared love of hand-lettering – and so here it is! These cards are perfect for established professionals, but also for those who are just starting out and who maybe don't yet have a logo or set branding, but who want to stand out nonetheless and make a bold statement with their business cards.

What happens when you order these brush script letterpress cards? I will take your name and write it in brush script with sumi ink, and then transfer the artwork digitally to create a custom business card for you, using the contact information you send us. We then send you a proof to approve, and once approved, we create your printing plates and start the letterpress printing!

A set of these cards makes a great holiday gift for that creative person in your life and recent or upcoming grads.

A digital option will also be available soon. Enjoy!

p.s. Happy Halloween! Happy November (what?!)! Be sure to visit again soon for photos and ordering information for our 2014 holiday cards!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Denise Styled Her "Love Is" Corinthians Letterpress Art Print


We just love seeing how you display and style our letterpress art prints in your homes and offices – it is so nice to see where the prints end up (like little children going off into the world), and your décor and gallery walls are just so lovely!

The photos above come to us from Denise who ordered our "Love Is" Corinthians letterpress art print, and she placed it in a beautiful floating glass frame from Chapters/Indigo.  Although she created a gorgeous vignette, Denise is planning to give her print to her cousin who recently got engaged :) What a great gift idea! Congratulations to your cousin, Denise!

We would love to see how you've styled our prints in your home or office, and we'd love to feature your photos here to share with our readers. Please keep the photos coming by email or by tagging us on Instagram with @sunlitletterpress or #sunlitletterpress!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase | DIY Centerpiece

Last week we had Thanksgiving here in Canada (I know, how weird is it that we don't share the same date for Thanksgiving with the US?). My husband and I were hosting and I wanted to have a pretty centerpiece for the table, but I didn't want to spend a fortune on one that was already made. Not to mention it's pretty difficult to find a pre-made Thanksgiving centerpiece that doesn't involve cheesy turkeys or tacky glittery bouquet inserts that say "Happy Thanksgiving!" on plastic (you know the ones I mean, right?). So I thought I'd try my hand at arranging some flowers using a pumpkin as a vase.

First I found a nice, medium-sized white pumpkin at the grocery store. In previous years, all I could find at the supermarket were the usual standard orange pumpkins – but not anymore! From bumpy, warty-looking green ones to beautiful bright orange "Cinderella" pumpkins, even my local run-of-the-mill supermarket is carrying the "fancy" pumpkins this year. My white pumpkin was from Fred Meyer (Kroger).

I gutted my pumpkin (saving the lid for later in the fridge), then cleaned it in the sink and let it air dry. To add some flair to the white skin I used gold spray paint (my favorite is this one from Rust-Oleum– buy it online, it's way cheaper!) to create an ombré look. I sprayed the bottom heavily, and lightened the spray as I went down the pumpkin. The trick is to use a light hand and spray from a distance, letting each pass dry before spraying the same area again. If you don't do this, you will get drips running down your pumpkin. Remember to stay out of the wind so you don't inhale any paint!


At the grocery store where I bought my pumpkin, I tried to find some pretty seasonal flowers in fall colors. I picked a few chrysanthemums in yellow and white. I would have liked to use something more orange/red, but the flower selection at the store wasn't as great as the pumpkin selection! (I think if I had found a large orange flower to replace the light yellow flowers I used, the result would have been better). I measured my flowers in graduated heights – white flowers were tallest because of their larger size, then medium height for the gold filler mums, and then the light yellow flowers were the shortest since I planned to place them below the other flowers.



I was pleased with how the centerpiece looked when I finished (and after my daughter helped me cut and place all the flowers – critiquing the whole time in the way that only 5-year-olds can get away with). See the top photo for the finished product.

Added bonus: now that the flowers have seen better days, I cleared them out of the pumpkin, and am now left with a pretty white and gold ombré pumpkin for my front porch.

What are (were) your centerpiece plans for Thanksgiving this year?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello. | Letterpress Greeting Card Set



If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen some hand lettering work I was doing a while back – and here are some photos of what those illustrations became. With a brush and some sumi ink I completed the lettering, and then created a digital version of my illustration and made it into a printing plate. We printed this "hello" card on Strathmore's Pure Cotton 110 lb. cover, and sets of 4 cards with kraft envelopes are available for purchase from our online shop. Buy a set for yourself or as a gift for someone special (...Christmas is coming...in 9 weeks...what?!). 



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