we (dee + pat) loved the idea of sharing a bump shot (by alison conklin) on our holiday card this year since there were only a few months left before we got to meet our best gift ever. i kept the design and type simple so the main focus would be on our little-family-to-be.
after miss mila arrived we had another shoot (of course!) with alison. it was so difficult to choose the perfect image for her birth announcement! once the decision had been made, i worked with danica, from the butler’s pantry, to create hand-written artwork for her name. each card was mailed out in a kraft envelope and finished with a mailing label.
we’re excited to finally share alison conklin’s family holiday card! she wanted to go in a non-traditional route with colors and style. of course she had an awesome photo to use of her boys tossing paper snow confetti! alison gave us words of gratitude that we used as a wall paper framing the offset photo. the letterpress inks we chose were influenced by the boys’ outfits. we used a knit chevron pattern as an envelope liner and letterpressed her return address in a translucent white onto the navy envelope flap. the envelope was finished off with a fun wrap around address label.
we love working with illustrators to create a one of a kind piece! we are featuring these two holiday cards together because they both involved custom illustrations. the front of the folded holiday card for connelly-newman realty was illustrated by meg hunt. we were lucky to work with her on bridget + tom’s invite last year and thought she’d be perfect for this commission. the client requested a cozy stone house typical of the main line area in pennsylvania set in a snowy scene. the interior of the card held a poem called winter time written by robert louis stevenson.
liz, a former bride of ours, has an incredible sense of humor and came up with the idea of a naughty santa card for her and her husband to send to their friends. our college friend and incredibly talented illustrator, peter wonsowski took on the job of depicting the jolly man caught in the act!
as we are deep into the holiday card season, we thought we would share this festive greeting we created for the law firm reilly, janiczek, mcdevitt, p.c. they requested a card that had a non-corporate/non-denominational look and feel. we chose a color palette of slate blue, burgundy and gray which was paired with a cheerful vibrant message set in playful fonts. each card was mailed in a matching gray envelope.
cozy mitten holiday cards for the reilly family 2013 holiday card! we met with the family while discussing jill + brendan’s save the dates. they were looking for an out of the box and quirky idea, so we suggested a set of mittens…kind of perfect for the weather we have been having! their holiday greeting was set in a fitting cross-stitched font and the mittens were tied together with a piece of festive yarn.
happy december! getting into the holiday spirit with custom illustrated + letterpress holiday cards.
listening to our fave mariah carey pandora holiday station + designing holiday cards!
three of our holiday cards, designed for petite lemon for shutterfly, are now available for purchase! we created a wide variety of different styles for the ladies of petite lemon and in the end shutterfly selected our brilliant lights holiday card, light heart christmas card, and snowflake sophisticate christmas card.
can you believe it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards?!
neon letterpress holiday cards for the very talented photographer (and one of our favorite people) alison conklin and her family. alison came to us with a wish for a non-traditional holiday card that showcased her children and what she was thankful for this year. we loved this sentimental idea for this special time of year. we designed an over-sized square card with fluorescent lime and hot pink bold text on the front and a place for a cute photograph of her boys on the back. we used a variety of brightly colored striped washi tape to adhere the photos. the edges of the thick cranes lettra stock were painted fluorescent lime for that extra special detail. the cards were placed into a white envelope that was lined with a hot orange liner (our photos do not even do the color justice!!) which listed her thankful thoughts in some fun alternate fonts. the package was finished with a very cheery patterned address label.