Vibrant chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

November 7, 2013 § 1 Comment

I met with Laura and Garin in Seattle, and loved them from the get go.  This couple was super sweet, down to earth, outdoorsy, and fun!  I was so excited to start work on their invitations because they wanted to do something centered around an oak tree and wood grain, which I hadn’t done yet at the time.  Immediately I thought of the embossed woodgrain paper that I’d seen here and there on the wonderful intrawebs and knew it was perfectly outdoorsy and rustic, yet still clean and elegant enough to pull into their suite.

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

We began with a gorgeous hand drawn tree.  The leaves were  illustrated (I drew roughly 5 different leaf versions) and then painstakingly duplicated (thank god for copy and paste right?) one by one to fill the tree.  Different elements of the tree (the top, the left side, the right side, etc) were then used on the three pieces of the invitation suite.

The envelopes were a rich turquoise with gorgeous handwritten calligraphy by my now friend and trusted calligraphy “go-to”, Karen Chan Calligraphy (LOVE her work!).

The envelope liners were made from the gorgeous, embossed woodgrain paper I mentioned earlier, along with the “belly bands” which wrapped around the invitation pieces and held it all together.

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation       chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

The RSVP cards were postcards (the stamp, and couple’s name & address were on the other side for easy return mailing)

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

chartreuse and turquoise oak tree invitation

Registration (lining up the plate for one color with the plate for the next color to be printed) was super tight.  With all those leaves, the 2nd printing of light green had to be exactly lined up so they wouldn’t overlap the darker green or show white if misaligned!

We also created beautiful table numbers, escort cards, and menus for the wedding day.  We’ll follow up with a post for those.

xoxo,

Marissa

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