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Wedding Stationery with DaisiesAmong the friendliest of blooms, daisies warm up a traditional engraved invitation, available from Stationers Engraving Co. It is crowned by a flowery monogram that we repeated on the coaster. The polka-dot envelope liner plays on the whimsy of daisies, and a matching paper-daisy chain, strung on embroidery floss, is a charming way to continue the theme. Make a few using craft punches, and use as small details -- drape across the newlyweds' chairs at dinner or tie in with the ribbons of a bride's bouquet.
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Wedding Invitations with OrchidsAbstract orchids extend beyond the margins of these letterpress pieces created with stationer Peculiar Pair Press. The flowers' contemporary forms counterbalance Victorian-style trim for a look that could suit a garden party or a black-tie affair. In the same way they mix motifs, the cards combine three different typefaces. And shades of bright and pale pink and chocolate brown switch places on every card for added interest. A dinner menu slips out of an orchid-print pocket. Calligraphy by Deborah Delaney.
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Poppy Wedding Invitations
We let the cheerful character of poppies inform this bold letterpress collection, available from Bella Figura. The graphic blooms, calligraphy (by Deborah Delaney), and type all have a light-spirited, modern feeling. For favors, mini sketchbooks are paired with petite colored-pencil sets from Paper Presentation (Bella Figura printed the glue-on labels).
To make the books, cut card stock into 3-by-6-inch strips (cut slightly smaller pages from regular copier paper), fold in half, and tie embroidery floss around the spine for a loose binding; stamp "sketches" on the front (or print out from your computer before assembling).
Even the postage stamps match the theme; you can use discontinued designs like these, available from online vendors, as long as the postage on the envelope adds up to at least the current rate.
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Wedding Stationery with Tulips
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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Lily of the Valley Wedding Invitations
We chose light and dark brown engraving on ecru paper to give this elegant lily-of-the-valley suite, available from Crane & Co., its finely detailed look; the linework of the illustration resembles a botanical print. The invitation has slim dimensions and a beveled edge, which is repeated on the place cards calligraphed by Deborah Delaney.
A paper wrapper, also by Crane, covers a matchbox by Rae Michaels Design Group and is secured with double-sided tape. We opted for offset printing on the reply postcard, since it's the best method for two-sided cards. The matching program is bound with silk ribbon.
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