Tuesday, March 24, 2009

long-time favourites

oops. there was a little blip in the blogging since i started...went to hawaii on a fabulous fun relaxing trip with my parents, two sisters, brother-in-laws, husband and our one-year-old son. didn't see any letterpress in maui but it did cross my mind as i was basking in the sun next to the blue-green ocean on the smooth sandy beaches. :)

my first favourite letterpress cards came from egg press, snow and graham, and caroline gardner. each company has a signature style. egg press is always fun and bold with fresh patterns. snow and graham is perfectly designed with precise lines and shapes. caroline gardner has a lively contemporary style. in the future i'm sure i won't be able to resist posting new products from these designers.

i've received many cards including the *you rule* one pictured here from my husband for our second anniversary.

images: egg press

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

close to my heart

hello and welcome to my blog! i fell in love with letterpress about seven years ago when i first set foot in a local lettepress studio and i haven't looked back. the more i learned about the process, the harder i fell...

for this inaugural post i'm sharing something close to my heart – my wedding invitation suite. as a graphic designer i struggled with creating the perfect design for my invitations as i had so many ideas and inspirations. i know that i arrived at my ideal design because i still love them when i look at them now.

the design involved a motiv of four-leaf clovers and blossoms to represent my husband's and my asian and irish backgrounds. i chose two typefaces, three ink colours and also had the front of the invite blind embossed with our names. the three panel card was created on a textured cream-coloured stock. the invitations, reply cards, envelopes, ceremony programs, reception menus, place cards, small cards for the favours, and thank you cards were printed by the very talented and legendary David Clifford of Black Stone Press in vancouver. i was happy to have letterpress surrounding me during my wedding planning and on the big day!

images: jonetsu photography