Crafting the Save-the-Dates: The Finished Product

After much trial and tribulation and a few frustrating Adobe Illustrator moments where I was sure I was going to throw the computer into the sun, I have completed our custom save-the-dates! In my last entry I mentioned that I was inspired by save-the-dates that feature simple silhouettes, which I thought added personalization while incorporating our 18th century Versailles/Marie Antoinette theme. Without further ado, I bring you our save-the-dates:

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This is the “edited for Weddingbee” version. The original version obviously has our names, wedding date, address, and wedding website. The real version also has a full bleed area around the edge so it doesn’t look cropped so close to the sides.

We are having them printed from Moo because I’ve always been really impressed with the quality of their products, specifically the Moo MiniCards that so many previous Bees have utilized in their invitation suites. I realize I am jumping the gun by sharing the design before having the finished product, but I was too excited about having this project done to wait any longer!

The intricate trim on the front of the postcard was taken from Ladurée macaron box because I’m a little obsessed with Ladurée macarons and I wanted to infuse some of that Parisian flair into our paper goods. Whether it makes a reappearance on our invitation suite remains to be seen! The wreath graphics on the front and the bird/wreath graphic on the back were from a Dover ornaments book which were scanned and vectorized by me. The fonts used are Mardian (the cursive) and Brain Flower, and both were downloaded for free at dafont.com.

I made the silhouettes myself. I took profile photographs of myself and Mr. C and traced them on Photoshop. I have a Wacom tablet which made this process a lot easier. I then imported the graphics into Illustrator and vectorized them. In order to give it a more worn, weathered look, I used a watercolor texture behind the graphics.

If you are not familiar with graphic arts or Illustrator, vectorizing a graphic is essentially making it a graphic that can be resized without ever losing any detail or quality. It only really works with graphic images/fonts.

Well, that’s about it! I hope the postcards look great when they arrive and I hope our guests enjoy them!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:04 am

    These look great! I love the silhouettes!

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    yuletide 58 posts, Worker bee @ 9:16 am

    Very romantic!Bless you:)

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:21 am

    So pretty! I love them! We had a great experience with Moo, I’m sure your final product will work out well :)
    I LOVE the “Are You In Or What?” That’s, like, foreshadowing an amazing party

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    x0jlynn03 2126 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:24 am

    I think they look awesome! You worked hard on them, it shows!

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    briansbride 1038 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:31 am

    I love these! What a great idea with the silhouettes!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:35 am

    I love your Save the Date. The design is gorgeous! And I second Moo, we also printed out Save the Dates there.

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 9:58 am

    These are beautiful!! Great job!! :)

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:00 am

    These look great– nice work!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:39 am

    We used “Are you in or what?” for our Save-the-Dates, too! It was PERFECT wording and a great way to set the tone/overall feel of our wedding and all related events.

    Love these!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:56 am

    these look great! im impressed with your graphic design skillzzz

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 6:04 pm

    These are so pretty! Nice job!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:50 pm

    These are so pretty, the silhouettes look perfect!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:53 am

    I wish I had your Illustrator & Photoshop skills! :)

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:13 pm

    Great job–these are awesome! I love the “Are You in or What?”

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    Thanks so much guys! I think if I had more time and patience I would change a few things about them (make them more colorful, somehow?) — but I have to say that I can’t take credit for the “Are you in or what?” phrase as I unabashedly stole it from Minted. I think it sets sort of a fun, playful tone in an otherwise serious save-the-date card, which is important because Mr. C and I are both fun and playful people.

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:07 pm

    Love these!

    I’m sure you’ve gotten these already, but I also ordered my Save the Dates from Moo and I LOVED them!!

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