Letterpress Stationery For Matt Graif

Back in 2012 we printed some sweet business cards for Matt along with a couple other letterpress projects he designed for clients of his. Now it's 2015 and Matt's back with a rebranded stationery set.

We printed the business card with black and a custom lime ink on 600g Pearl White Lettra and paired it with a 300g A6 note card and a matching envelope.

Letterpress stationery sets for small businesses are quite fashionable these days. Check out this one we did for Palette & Parlour earlier this year. And we'll have more to share in the coming months.

A Wedding Between Two Ferns

Last month we featured Luke and Robyn's Mount Hood wedding invitation set. Sticking with the Oregon theme, this time we head south for Julia and Detlev's wedding on the Umpqua River.

Both the wedding ceremony invitation and the rehearsal dinner invite feature fern imagery – somewhat abstractly on the main invite and more realistically and delicately for the rehearsal.

A Mount Hood Wedding

Perhaps you saw our 2013 blog post detailing the underused letterpress technique of halftone screens. In short, we can use tiny dots and on-paper ink mixing to create the illusion of gradations and multiple ink colors.

For Robyn and Luke's Timberline Lodge wedding, we used just two inks (a very light gray and a dark blueish-gray) to create a photo-realistic image of Oregon's Mount Hood.

To accompany the invitation, we printed an info card with a tear-off reply postcard (this one with a halftone bird because, hey, put a bird on it), a small rehearsal dinner invite, and a custom woodgrain-lined envelope.

Foil, Door Tags, and Alligators

It's great when we get to work with a wedding client from the very beginning – starting with the save the dates, moving on to the invitations, and then following through to the wedding day pieces. We did this for Elisa and Alexander, shifting the design vision slightly throughout the process while still maintaining a cohesive aesthetic.

For the save the date, we printed tinted white and Espresso inks on an oversized 600g Pearl White card, tucking the text in the corner and emphasizing the dandelion motif.

Photo by Sarah Arneson

Moving to the invitation set, we got a bit more elaborate and less minimalistic. The alligator-print-lined envelopes housed a gatefold card, guarded by a pair of blind-pressed gators. Inside was a 3-ink + gold foil invitation on thick Fluorescent White paper, a 2-ink + foil pre-party card, and a 2-ink reply card with a lined reply envelope.

We unfortunately don't have photos of the (awesome) programs, menus, and place cards, but we did snag a shot of these custom die-cut hanging door tags that the bride and groom gave to their guests staying at the venue.

Anniversary Foil

For us, 2015 has been the year of foil. Check out these awesome foil stamped employee recognition cards we printed for Canada's Ian Martin Group.

All six sets were printed with gold foil on 600g Ecru Lettra paper, then finished with gold edge paint.

Mid-Century Modern Floral

This lively set was based on a 60's style botanical motif printed in two shades of green. Designed by the bride (between her cake-baking sessions), the set was printed with two custom inks on 600g fluorescent white stock.


First, a square save the date card — emphasis on the date. The playful greens grow inwards from all sides. The "save the date" is in a handwritten-style script, and the date is in large bold text.

Next, the invitation itself. The flowers and vines border the top and bottom, giving an appearance of open white space on the sides. On closer inspection, an edge of stippled dots accents the two sides, and the spaces between the flowers, creating a casual but grounded border to the artwork frame.

Finally, an information card, to answer crucial questions about accommodations, dress code, and gift registries. This piece uses only a couple of the floral elements, at top and bottom. Together, these three pieces are great example of how use of color and motif can tie together distinct pieces — each has a different layout, and all are reinforced by the common design elements.

The floral elements of the set's design bring to mind Scandinavian mid-century modern influences. And the lemongrass and avocado colors are similarly evocative of the mid 20th century. All the designs were provided to us by the client, and there are so many parts to love. So here's a collection of detail shots.

One last note, as a brief digression from the design … remember when putting your invitation together that you can say whatever you want to say. This goes especially for information cards. In addition to basic events/travel/lodging details, it's a great place to convey anything you need to the guests. If there are some conditions (a ceremony on a grass lawn, possibility of unpredictable weather, etc.) feel free to say it! Be conversational, be you. We love the way this couple addressed their invitees, and the dress code below is just one example. The warm and chatty tone made it very personal, and goes perfectly with the whimsical graphic style of the artwork.

Photos by Sarah Arneson