Well, we pooled our collective pocket change, emptied our emergency fund and bought a new printer. In the end, Mr. Shortcake wouldn’t let me drop his old printer out of the window, or even give it a few gentle taps with a baseball bat a la Office Space, claiming that he wanted to keep it for sentimental reasons. What those reasons are, I’m not so sure of, but I think it involves framing the beast and hanging it on the office wall like a mounted deer head. 😛
Thanks to our new Epson RX595 (which works like a dream, thankyouverymuch), our invitations are printed and ready to go. I must admit that I was shocked speechless when I pressed “print 20 copies”…and the Epson printed twenty copies – twenty copies that were the same size, colour, font, species, etc. Hallelujah!
- white Arturo paper from White Aisle moving sale
- blossom card stock from White Aisle moving sale (from paper source)
- blush paper from cards and pockets
- gold leaf rectangolo pocket folds from cards and pockets
- cricut paper cutter
- cricut corner rounder
- double sided tape
- glue stick
- light pink ribbon from paper mart
- Speedball India black ink
- silver ink
- nibs and pen(will explain further in a calligraphy post)
- Fonts: feel script, ff_tsuj, Love Ya Like a Sister
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
- Adobe Illustrator CS3
- wacom graphire 2 tablet and stylus
This was the ninth design that I went through, and the illustrations are completely drawn by hand (with India ink and a old-fashioned nib). My father, being a graphic designer and photographer himself, and a generous man who supports my artistic inclinations, gifted me with a tablet and stylus, feel script, as well as adobe illustrator, which came in very handy for font manipulation. Illustrator was handy, that is. I still really haven’t figured out how to use the stylus! 😉 Before we had to buy the printer, the cost was approximately $3.86 per invite (the white aisle moving sale helped a lot), after the printer…well, I just won’t think about it! 🙂
They’re based on our very 1950s feminine colour scheme (blush, gold, charcoal, mustard, cream, buttercream yellow), which reminds me a lot of a starlet’s boudoir. Kind of glam, very feminine, very cute, and very vintage. Very “hel-lo dah-ling.”
I wanted the birds and banners to evoke a kind of romantic Cinderella feeling (you know, where they’re helping make her dress), and I wanted the font to be whimsical and vintage-inspired at the same time.
So, without further ado, I’d like to present our invitations.
Sacrilege! I hate blurring out our information.
…were hand drawn with India ink and a nib. You probably can’t read it, but the little banner says “An Old-Fashioned Kind of Love” – the theme of our vintage wedding! For fonts, I used feel script, ff_tsuj, and Love Ya Like a Sister. For colours, the grey type is 66,66,66, the pink is 241, 153, 153.
I love the look of the Couture Maps, but wasn’t a fan of the price, so in less than half an hour, I whipped up my own version!
…was based on Veer’s feel script, with my own personal touch for letters that I didn’t like as much. I blended black India ink with a metallic silver to get a custom dark silver blend that was pleasantly sparkly, but still very readable.
Because I couldn’t figure out what to call ourselves on the RSVP envelope (Mr. Firstname Lastname and Miss Firstname Different Lastname took up too much room), I just put down the rather quirky title of “the happy couple.” I figure if the post man is lost, he can just knock on doors until he finds residents with the hugest, dorky smiles ever. 😀
So, there you have it. By the end, our invitations were not so much a labour of love so much as omgpushpushhooohooheeee kind of affair. Nevertheless, I adore them.
Did anyone else make their invitations?