Floral Stationery: Tulip

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2006

Invitation and Reply Card
Artist and stationer Ida Pearle designed the variegated tulips for this invitation and reply card using a collage of patterned paper. A tulip's simple shape lends itself especially well to collage, but Pearle can use the same art form to create other flowers. Her work was then reproduced for the stationery using offset printing.

Unlike engraving or letterpress, which requires separate plates to apply every color, offset printing allows for multiple nuanced hues, like the pale blues, tomato reds, and celery greens used here, at a lower cost. The green envelope liner repeats the pattern on the tulips in shadow-like forms.

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