In My Studio

Paper Doily Makes: Illustrated Wedding Cards

I’m happy to announce that I have just launched a new collection of ‘Will you be my…?’ Wedding cards, yay! I really love designing stationery. Anything floral and pastel coloured makes me very excited and since my own wedding in 2014, I’ve been very interested in wedding stationery.

 

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My greetings card designs generally begin with some initial sketches. I then use my trusty lightbox and a black pen to refine my drawings ready for scanning. I then use a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, which is where most of the fun happens. I’m lucky enough to own a professional printer which means I can print most of my cards from the comfort of my own craft room. This is really handy in terms of personalisation, as additional names and colours can easily be added! It also means that I can launch several designs at once to learn what the most popular designs are.

This is the main design, isn’t it lovely? I loved the design so much, I’ve used the same one throughout all of these three cards, but have changed the text on each one. Here’s the first one:

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What are your thoughts? Did you send any bridesmaid cards for your wedding, or are you planning to? I had small wedding, so despite having some of my closest friends there along with my family, I didn’t have any bridesmaids. However, I can totally appreciate how absolutely lovely it is to have them and to treat them to special cards like these!

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Now for this version. There are some absolutely adorable images online of flower girls and there is some beautiful stationery to match also. I warn you though, once you get started on those wedding blogs, you can say goodbye to a good few hours! I can imagine this flower girl card being perfect for a lovely little girl.

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Last but certainly not least, is the maid of honour version. I’m an avid Instagram user and have noticed an increase in brides-to-be having maid’s of honour. Have you? I really hope these cards are a success. Even if they put a smile on one special person’s face on opening, that’s my job done! Do keep your eyes peeled as I am looking to expand my range on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet.

Weddings

Wedding Wednesday: Inspiring Wedding Stationery

Hello folks!

I’ve decided to start an exciting new blog feature which you’ll see from the title. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll begin to notice that Wednesday’s will be entirely dedicated to weddings, which will give me the perfect opportunity to feature some of the most talented wedding designers and craftspeople out there.

After planning my own wedding last year, I will admit that I really miss browsing through inspirational wedding photographs and products, and creating endless Pinterest boards. I may have been creating three or four boards a week at one point! Those who are married have all been there right? Do tell me yes!? I must mention that I’m very happily married, but these blog posts will rather selfishly allow me continue to fulfil my wedding planning desires, whilst inspiring many other soon-to-be weds. Win, win all round, right?

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This week is all about wedding stationery. It’s a vital part of any wedding celebration and in my experience, one of the first items I purchased after finalising certain aspects of the day. There are so many wedding invitations out there, how do you even begin to narrow the choice down?

The best thing about Nina Thomas Studio, is the amount of options available. There’s bound to be something you love in her collection… or in my case, I love everything and would find it a rather large task to choose. Nina Thomas Studio specialises in vintage inspired wedding stationery and paper goods. Her Summer Bloom collection, featured here, is one of my favourites.

We’ll start with the save the date cards as they are pretty important, right? The painterly effect is just stunning. The colours are fresh and beautiful, the collection is styled in an incredibly inspiring way and the font makes the whole design look pretty dreamy. Do you agree? The Summer Bloom wedding invitations, RSVP cards and place settings are also absolutely gorgeous. What a remarkable collection.

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Next on the agenda is an amazing selection of wedding stationery, designed by Norma & Dorothy. Norma & Dorothy offer an outstanding selection of handmade wedding stationery of a very unique, whimsical and rustic style.

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The surface pattern designs presented on these cards are so inspiring. There are many flower girl and bridesmaid cards available in the handmade marketplace, but these ones offer a very special, personalised touch, particularly by including the recipients name on the front. These are the type of cards of which I for one would cherish forever and I’d also be very proud to send them to my family and friends.

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The place name cards and table numbers pictured above, also designed by Norma & Dorothy are the perfect addition to your wedding table, if you happen to be a bunting and doily addict like myself.

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You may have noticed from the features above, that I have a rather large soft spot for hand painted stationery and lettering. Jade Fisher specialises in sweet and simple stationery and is the amazing illustrator of these greeting cards. I can clearly see that these have been designed with so much love and attention to detail. Greeting cards are a very important part of any wedding celebration, and what better way to send your love and best wishes? The colours used by Jade, work brilliantly together and Jade’s photography always makes me want to dive straight in and purchase everything! Are you experiencing the same effect? It certainly wouldn’t suprise me!

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Last but absolutely never least, are these awesome greeting cards designed by Joanne Hawker. I love how the cards can be personalised to feature the special couple’s names. As Joanne very rightly explains, they are perfect for congratulating the happy couple, and I personally couldn’t think of a nicer way to do so, how utterly sweet! These greeting cards are simple, yet very effective. Something which is often quite hard to create.

Are you feeling fully inspired now? I really hoped you’ve enjoyed this weeks instalment of Wedding Wednesday. As cheesy as it may sound, I’m thinking it’s one of my best ideas for the blog as of yet, and will hopefully inspire many happy couples out there. Would you like the be featured in the next instalment of Wedding Wednesday, or can you recommend a special someone I should check out? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

In the mean time, you may like to have a browse through my own stationery collection which is sold on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet. I offer a lovingly designed range of cards and stickers, which are all designed in my home studio. Here is a sneaky peek!

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Happy wedding planning!