Monday, March 31, 2014

Pink Medusa Jellyfish Wedding Invitation Video Preview from Concertina Press

This is my first attempt at a little instagram video of my NEW pink medusa jellyfish wedding invitation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Using Washi Tape instead of Packing Tape

using washi tape instead of packing tape when shipping packages
 "Washi" is a Japanese word meaning "Paper" - so "washi tape" for those of you who don't know, is simply "paper tape" - this thin, decorative masking tape is popular on Pinterest, and I love it because it comes in so many colors and patterns. It used to be that you could only get it at an asian stationery store. Now that it's "caught on" I can get it at office depot -  there's even Martha Stewart washi tape on Amazon.

So! I must have about 30 rolls of the stuff - in an effort to use it up, I've been taping up my shipping boxes with it instead of using packing tape. Alone, it's not quite strong enough for a large or heavy box, but what I do is I trim the half-page shipping label (I get these inexpensive labels from Amazon) so that it's tall and narrow, and the edge wraps over the side of the box, making a stronger seal at the top and bottom. It's a tuck-top box, so it's already pretty sturdy anyway.

And there you have it: washi tape instead of packing tape - as a bonus, you didn't use any plastic while you were making the packaging, so it's all recycleable or biodegradable.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Anchor Engagement Party Invitations and Nautical Postage Stamps

Anchor Engagement Party Invitation by Concertina Press

The navy blue anchor and rope border on this charming nautical save the date was exactly what this couple was looking for - but in an invitation for their engagement party up at Seagull's Restaurant in Maine. I was happy to do the simple wording change at no additional charge. If any of my nautical save the date designs appeal to you as party invitations, contact me, and I'd be happy to work with you.

I also wanted to show off the newest addition to my vintage nautical stamp collection, the German Immigration Tricentenial 20 cent stamp - which features a beautiful sailing ship. Paired with it is last year's USPS lighthouse forever stamp - a lovely nautical pair. These two stamps, a forever stamp plus a 20 cent stamp is what you'd need to mail out a wedding invitation set that includes an rsvp card and envelope in addition to the invitation. You can get the lighthouse stamps on the USPS website, and the ship stamps on ebay (make sure to get unused postage).

Nautical wedding postage - lighthouse and ship

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Purple Seashell Wedding Invitations

Purple Seashell Wedding invitations - Concertina Press

The seashell invitations pictured above are my spiral shell wedding invitations paired with purple envelopes and purple text to match - a simple but stunning variation on the original design.

It's been nearly a year since I moved down to Florida from Cape Cod! The weather is pretty down here, the people are friendly (although, there are also some really..."colorful" types down here too) and the sunsets are unbeatably beautiful. Speaking of "colorful", many things are brighter down here - as one of my friends commented "the condos are the color of ice cream" - lots of coral, pink, purple, teal, orange and yellow brightening things up. 

I have to wonder if it's because the sunsets are that much more vibrant because of the humidity. Check out this purple wintertime sunset:

Purple and Orange Florida Sunset

I definitely find that it's influencing my work! I want to develop a mint green invite, maybe with an interesting jellyfish...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waves Lined Wedding Invitation Envelopes

Printed invitation liner in waves pattern - Concertina Press
The lined envelopes on my Waves beach wedding invitations are very eye catching, and are one of my favorite parts of the invitation. You might be curious where I got the liner from, and the answer is, I make them myself! 

The first step is printing out the design at a high resolution setting on my fancy Canon printer (above). The next step, not shown, is to cut all of the liners down to size. After that, I apply a double sided adhesive to the top of each liner, and insert them into the envelopes. 

Lining wedding invitation envelopes with waves pattern - Concertina Press
Fully Lined Beach Wedding Invitation Envelopes by Concertina Press
Unlike some liners, mine extend all the way down into the bottom of the envelope (as shown in the last picture) giving a really nice look and thickness to the invitation envelope. 

As you can imagine, it's very time consuming - an order of 100 invitations usually takes 3-4 hours to line, including the printing, cutting, taping and folding, but I think it's definitely worth it for the lovely look and feel of the finished invitation. You can see for yourself - if you're interested in waves wedding invitations for your beach wedding, you can purchase a sample on my website, or contact me for a quote .

Waves lined wedding invitation envelopes by Concertina Press

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Octopus Wedding Invitations in green and peach

Octopus Wedding Invitations with Blush Pink Envelopes from Concertina Press
Octopus Thank You Note and wedding invitation packaging from Concertina Press

These Octopus wedding invitations are one of my most popular nautical wedding invitation designs. For this wedding, the bride had a forest green and peach color scheme, so I made the text a darker green and we went with a lovely light peach shimmer envelope. They came out beautifully! Typically this invite comes with aqua envelopes. If you're interested in a quote for your own wedding, you can contact me!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sand Dollar Wedding Invitations

Sand Dollar Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press

Sand Dollar Thank You note packaging from Concertina Press
I made these lovely blue sand dollar wedding invitations for a wedding in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The old sand dollars were originally brown in the antique scientific illustration I used to created this invitations suite, but the blue is much better for a beach wedding! 

If you're interested in these Sand Dollar invitations for your own wedding, you can buy a sample on my website, or contact me directly for a quote.

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