I hope everyone is having a pleasant weekend. It seems the recent trend of constant occupation in my life is not slowing down. I didn't have a bunch of time these last few days for any personal projects to share, so I thought I might tell you a little about a recent design that I created for some clients at Pike Street Press (that's where I work.)
Creative professions are really rewarding. I wouldn't concede that they are the most stable of career paths, but the experience of creating something unique for clients who are seeking your talents in particular, is a kind of validating experience that is hard to explain.
I really enjoyed working with these clients. Sometimes it's difficult to explain the value and work behind what we do, but so much attention and experience is behind every step of the process- and these guys really appreciated that. The aesthetic completely evolved from our first conversation to the finished production, but it turned into one of my favorites of the season.
I really need a better camera, guys....
This set is composed of a 5"x7" Invitation with gold foil stamp grapevine motif (the wedding is at Sara's parent's winery!), a 4 Bar size rsvp, 3.5"x2" info card, and matching antique gold shimmer envelopes for the return rsvp and main envelope house. There's also a custom printed envelope liner. The design is printed in navy ink on Crane's Lettra 110# Fluorescent White stock.
I was so excited when these guys decided on a non-traditional script for their calligraphy style. Personally, I like mixing script and block letters. As much as I appreciate a fully flourished, straight laced paper house, there's something casual about this style that matched the personality of Sara+Carl.
For anyone who's written on these Curious Metallics envelopes, you might be aware that they are notoriously finicky to work with. They are a coated stock and accept inks differently. I've found that an ink with more body will set better on the surface, if you need to add body to your ink, use gum arabic (liquid or powder will do). There are so many of these shimmer papers available these days, and this brand is definitely suitable... but just a bit of advice: if it's within budget, opt for the Reich Shine line, particularly if you're planning on having a return address printed. The Reich papers accept ink much better.
I hope this was helpful or interesting for someone! I'm working on finishing a calligraphy job before leaving for Chicago this week. Still chasing that finish line but it's getting closer. I remember being small and being so frustrated that time was sooooo slow, and more and more it's feeling overwhelming how quickly time goes. Hope you're all filling your days with things you care about. Until next Sunday...
Sneek peek of this weekends project