Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Invitations for a Summer Winery Wedding in Penticton


It's almost the New Year, and here I am getting caught up on posting summer 2015 wedding invitation photos! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few (busy) days before Christmas. Are you done your shopping? I'm this close to being done, and am dreading a final (please God) trip to the mall to finish up. On a positive note, I've managed to take my kids skating this morning, bake some holiday treats with them, and get a bit of work and present wrapping done. #Winning.

So...back to summer weddings!

This custom letterpress wedding stationery suite was designed and letterpress printed in-house for White Rock couple Samantha and Daniel. The couple was married at the Painted Rock Estate Winery in Penticton - a very special venue for the foodie and wine aficionado bride and groom. Their wedding would include reserve and vintage wines expertly paired with each appetizer and meal course, as well as locally sourced and prepared dishes to be served on the vineyard.

I've never been to the Painted Rock, but doesn't it look beautiful? Vineyard photos © and courtesy of the Painted Rock Estate Winery.





Our clients were seeking wedding stationery that married clean, crisp and modern styling (much like their venue), and referenced the vineyard in an abstract way (without being too cute). The bride and groom also wanted the stationery to use only grey ink and a blind letterpress impression (letterpress printing with no ink) to keep the finish simple and to focus on the tactile impression provided uniquely by letterpress printing. The pieces were printed on our thickest 220 lb. Strathmore Pure Cotton cover to provide the extra weight and sturdiness that only a thicker stock can offer.

We created the circle pattern that appears on all stationery pieces by brush painting the circles with Japanese sumi ink. The pattern, suggestive of grapes, is simple and organic, and reminiscent of the Painted Rock Estate Winery's logo. Once the pattern was complete, we scanned and digitized the artwork so that it could be transferred to magnesium printing plate and printed on the press.

Vineyard photo © Adrian Photographers and via The Painted Rock Estate Winery.


In all, we designed and printed the invitation, outer envelope, RSVP, RSVP envelope, BBQ event invitation, accommodations card, oversize schedule of events signage, oversize seating chart signage, and coordinating place cards where the guests' names were written and a meal selection circled (to assist catering staff with delivery of plated entrées).



With the exception of the oversize signage (schedule of events and seating chart), the entire wedding invitation suite was printed by hand on our studio's 104-year old antique cast-iron Chandler & Price printing press. We do not farm out our printing or finishing work and pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials and experienced craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind stationery pieces for our bridal clients.


Are you getting married in 2016? We are already booking stationery clients for next year, so please contact us early to reserve your space in line for press time!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for Stationery Lovers + Coupon From Our Shop!

Happy Holidays!

I hope all our blog readers are lovers of letterpress stationery products, and I wanted to post a coupon for your holiday shopping in our Etsy shop and give you a few holiday gift ideas for the paper lovers in your life!

2015 Holiday Cards



Our 2015 holiday card "Let It Snow" is now available for purchase in sets of 4 or 10 cards with kraft envelopes. This year's card features our signature brush script lettering with a modern snowflake pattern in gold foil. Check them out here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/259045615/gold-foil-christmas-card-holiday-card


The Stationery Gift That Keeps on Giving

For the serious letterpress lover(s) in your life we have subscriptions in our Letterpress Lovers Club (a stationery-of-the-month club) available in one, three, six, and 12-month terms. Your gift recipient receives unique letterpress stationery items once a month for the duration of their membership and includes a card noting your name as the sender of the monthly gift.



There is no auto-renewal - so no unexpected charges after expiry - and we ship worldwide! Purchase a membership here:

1-Month ($12)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/200348060/card-subscription-letterpress

3-Month ($37)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/46694579/card-subscription-letterpress

6-Month ($73)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/50949069/card-subscription-letterpress

12-Month ($145)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/86357503/subscriptions-card-subscription


Everyday Stationery, Motivational Prints + More

A variety of stationery goodies perfect for gift-giving are also available in our shop - from letterpress note cards to art prints for the home.





Our happy customers tell us:

"Great quality & craftsmanship...will definitely be back to your shop:)"
"The quality was amazing!! Very happy."
"Beautiful! Great communication and delivered on time."


2015 Promo Code

For your holiday purchases from our shop, please use the following code:

PAPERGIFTS15 - for 15% off your stationery purchase from our Etsy shop. Expires Dec. 25th, 2015


Enjoy!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gold Foil Holiday 2015 Cards Available Now!


Hello Letterpress Lovers! Just a quick post to let you know that the 2015 Sunlit Letterpress Holiday Card is now available for purchase on Etsy. This year I hand lettered "Let it Snow" in brush script with sumi ink along with some snowflake designs and ink blots, and transferred the design in gold foil to a thick white 120 lb. cover. The cards are available in sets of 4 or 10 and ship within 24 hrs. Limited quantities are available, so order early to avoid disappointment! Limited rush wholesale orders on this design are available – please contact the studio for details.

 



Monday, November 16, 2015

"Love Is" Typographic Print Corinthians 1:13






Due to popular demand (and feedback at the September Etsy Made in Canada event), our popular "Love Is" letterpress art print is now available in a larger size at 8" x 10". The print is still available at the original 5" x 7" size, and we are also now offering a framed version:




You can purchase the typographic "Love Is" letterpress art prints in our Etsy shop:


Enjoy!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Midsummer



Happy August 1st! I consider August 1st to be the midpoint of summer because it leaves us just one month before everyone heads back to school. I hope this summer has brought you some wonderful memories and fun times so far! Our family has spent a great deal of time at the beach now that we live within walking distance, and it's been great. As my friend pointed out today, the beach is somewhere you can let the kids get dirty, throw toys everywhere, drip juice and food at will, and generally do things you can't do inside the house without consequence – and tide pools make for quick and easy clean-ups!

This summer has been busy as we moved our family and studio to a new home in late spring. We are still (#ugh #makeitstop) unpacking random bits here and there and doing some renovation work. My office space will undergo an overhaul in the fall and I am looking forward to finishing the space and implementing some new organization systems to streamline inventory, packaging, and shipping. If I remember to take photos (mental note!), I will post some before and after shots.

The studio printing space and equipment was moved to our new home with ease by our friends at Salmon's Transfer commercial division. This was our fourth (OMG!) commercial move with them and we are on a first name basis with the guys now. Crazy. These guys KNOW what they are doing and I highly recommend them if you have commercial equipment, awkward items, or heavy pieces like safes or pianos to move. This move took our equipment from ground level to ground level, so the move was swift and uneventful – the best kind of move!

In addition to the custom wedding stationery orders we've been working on this summer (photos coming soon), we've been busy preparing inventory for the Etsy Made In Canada Vancouver Market, which will take place at Robson Square on September 26, 2015. Did you attend last year? Over 5,000 people shopped the market in 2014, and I am looking forward to another fun event this year! Oh, and there is a Chipotle's across the street. And we don't have one out in the burbs. So yeah, Chipotle's while working a show = bonus!

Here are a few new items that will also be available for purchase at the Etsy Made in Canada Market and are also available now in our shop for purchase:






Enjoy!
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