Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nautical Wedding Invitations featuring the Compass Rose

Compass Nautical Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
These nautical wedding invitations are perfect for your beach wedding, or even for your wedding on a sailboat! The first, pictured above, was inspired by an old woodcut print from the 1800's featuring the type of compass that would be used on a ship.

The thing that makes the nautical compass rose a little different is all the initials you see, like "S" "SW" and "SWbS". They let the navigator know the direction of the wind and the direction of travel. "S" means "South", "SW" means "Southwest" and "SWbS" means "Southwest by South".

Each invitation set comes with a wedding invitation, RSVP card, envelopes for both, and also an optional insert card that you can use for directions or weekend events.

I also have matching wedding stationery available. There's a picture below of my compass wedding program - here are links to everything you see in this post - you can also contact me if you have any questions or if you'd like a quote!

Pre-Made Samples are available in my etsy shop or on my website:

Compass Wedding Programs on Concertina Press site

Compass Wedding Programs from Concertina Press

Christi left me a lovely review on her beautiful sailboat invitations - we customized them with a waves liner in navy and blue to match her invitation for her Key West wedding aboard the Schooner America 2.0!:

"Wow, we just received our wedding invites. This shop is amazing. I love how easy she was to communicate with. Thank you so much Ruth, for making my wedding invitations magical! - Christi G."

Yacht Wedding Invitations for a wedding on Key West from Concertina Press
Schooner Wedding Key West

Concertina Press Review


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Whale You Be My Valentine - a Cute Valentine's Day Card for Whale Lovers

 This cute Whale Valentine is perfect for anyone who loves a good pun, or anyone who loves whales! Or anyone who loves YOU!

I designed it from a 200 year old scientific illustration which you can see below - the original had a few big differences that made it not-so-cute for a Valentine. Namely...whale...ummmm private parts...and also where's the whale's eye?! I restored the image in photoshop and made a few edits. Then I added checkboxes to the inside that say "Yes" "No" and "Moby" (get "maybe"...but "moby" like the famous whale?)

You can buy this whale Valentine online here:

Funny Whale Valentine made from an antique science illustration by Concertina Press

Thursday, January 18, 2018

This Cape Cod Guestbook Makes a Great Wedding Gift

Cape Cod Guestbook - Cape Cod Guest Book from Concertina Press

I love this Cape Cod guestbook because it has a map of Cape Cod that shows the founding dates of all of the towns! I designed it using an antique pen and ink illustration that I digitally restored and gave new life to as this classic guest book. If you love this design I also have Cape Cod Save the Dates and Cape Cod Thank You Notes that use the same map.

This guestbook makes a great personalized wedding gift for someone getting married on Cape Cod. The couple's names are printed on the front cover, along with the date of the wedding and the town where they were married and a little heart placed over the town. You can even include an optional photo of the beautiful couple on the back, at no additional charge!

The guestbook is 8.5x11" with 80 blank unlined pages, a white satin bookmark, and lies open flat for easy writing. It is professional printed and made to order right here in the USA.

You can order this guest book on my website or etsy shop:
Cape Cod Guest Book on Etsy
Cape Cod Guest Book on Concertina Press website

You can also contact me if you have any questions!

What kind of pens should you use in your wedding guestbook? 

You should absolutely use archival, acid free pens like these Micron Pens with your guestbooks - the good news is, they're not expensive! The problem with using a regular ballpoint pen or permanent marker is that over time the ink can become unstable and yellow the paper around it, bleed, or fade (I'm sure you've seen this in old documents). You can even use mechanical pencils if you want people to be able to erase - the graphite in pencil lead is very stable (it's a mineral, like a rock!) - however, the drawback to pencil is that it can smear which isn't great when people are dressed up at your wedding!

lay flat Cape Cod guestbook from Concertina Press
Cape Cod Map Guestbook from Concertina Press
This Cape Cod Guestbook makes a great wedding gift - from Concertina Press
Personalize this Cape Cod Guestbook for your wedding on the Cape - Guest Book made in the USA from Concertina Press
Concertina Press Hardcover Guest Book Review

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Friday, January 12, 2018

These Jellyfish Invitations Are Perfect For Your Aquarium Wedding Reception or Ceremony

Jellyfish Wedding Invitations and Thank You Notes for an Aquarium WeddingOne of the most beautiful and memorable wedding venues out there is at the Aquarium! These Jellyfish wedding invitations I designed really set the tone for your aquarium wedding or reception.  Imagine you and your special someone framed by the huge tank, having your wedding under the sea! Not only is the setting naturally beautiful, your guests will also have a fabulous time looking around at the exhibits.

Below is a beautiful custom wedding program I designed for a couple getting married at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California that included a map of the floor layout so that guests could easily see which exhibits were open to them during the reception. (if you're interested in having me make this program for you, don't hesitate to contact me via my Concertina Press website):

Monterey Bay Aquarium Wedding Program with Jellyfish and Map from Concertina Press

Nearly every aquarium has a beautiful jellyfish room - here's a photo I took at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa showing the beautiful backlit jellyfish exhibit:
On my Aquarium Wedding Pinterest board I've found many gorgeous examples of couple getting married at the aquarium - I love this shot of the bride and groom sitting in a round window in front of one of the tanks at the North Carolina Aquarium in Kure Beach, NC - this is the same aquarium where the couple in the Jellyfish wedding invitations pictured up top were married. I am absolutely in love with this round window - you can put your head inside and feel like you're totally underwater! :
Wedding at North Carolina Aquarium
Aquarium Wedding in California - Birch Aquarium at ScrippsTop: North Carolina Aquarium Wedding| Photo Credit: Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC)
Bottom: Scripps Birch Aquarium in San Diego | Photo Credit: True Photography)

I'm always happy to work with couples who are getting married at the aquarium - some of my favorite wedding invitations are those I've created using 200 year old scientific illustrations. If you're planning an aquarium wedding I think you'll enjoy these posts, and you can also contact me directly with any questions you might have or visit my Concertina Press Etsy Shop or Concertina Press Website for samples:


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Iguana be your Valentine - Funny Valentine's Day Card

Iguana Valentine for Lizard Lovers by Concertina Press

When I first spotted this cool iguana drawing from the late 1800's I knew I just had to make it into a card! It took me a few days to come up with "Iguana Be Your Valentine" but I knew it was the perfect fit - the only catch was that the original Iguana illustration was far more...grumpy looking? Don't believe me? Check it out:
Iguana Be Your Valentine card from Concertina Press
Luckily with a little photoshop magic I was able to turn his frown upside down, quite literally using the "liquify" tool and now he's just too charming! I also enhanced the colors of the original science plate which had faded over time. I just love giving new life to old illustrations - you can see more of my cool before and after work with old science illustrations here: how Concertina Press cards are made.

You can purchase this funny Valentine's day card in my etsy shop along with several other funny Valentine's Day CardsIguana Be Your Valentine Card

Thanks for looking! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Funny Nautical Christmas Cards - set of 8 - they will put a smile on your face!

Funny Nautical Christmas Card set from Concertina Press
By popular demand I've created a variety pack of my funny nautical Christmas and Holiday cards (you can also buy them in individual sets if you fall in love with one design - check them out here: Nautical Christmas Cards)  - I always like to put a smile on people's faces with my cards, and these beachy Christmas cards are no exception.

I designed them from old scientific illustrations - one of my first jobs out of college was working at a marine science library and we were undertaking a huge scanning project to put old journals online. I saw some of the beautiful illustrations inside the journals and thought they deserved a new life as stationery! I use digital collage to make them and have them printed professionally right here in Florida.

Each card has a different nautical critter on the front, and a fun message on the inside -

Each nautical Christmas card set includes the following 8 cards: 

- 2 Seahorse Christmas Cards & Envelopes
- 2 Fish Christmas Cards & Envelopes
- 2 Lobster Holiday Cards & Envelopes
- 2 Narwhal Holiday Cards & Envelopes

You can purchase them in my Etsy shop or on my website - I've sold thousands of these fun nautical Christmas cards and I love hearing how much folks enjoy sending & receiving them!

Buy them here:

Fish Christmas Card Set from Concertina Press
Seahorse Christmas Card Set from Concertina Press
Narwhal Christmas Card set from Concertina Press
Lobster Christmas Cards from Concertina Press

If you have any questions about my nautical Christmas Cards, don't hesitate to contact me!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Marine Life Wedding Invitations Featuring Octopus, Cuttlefish and Squid

Beautiful Marine Life Wedding Invitations Featuring Octopus from Concertina Press
If you love the ocean as much as I do, you probably love all the interesting creatures that live below the waves. Yes there are the beautiful Sea Turtles and Seahorses but I'm talking about the more unusual ones - you know, the Octopus, Cuttlefish and Squid! The Cephalopods! 

These clever creatures can live at great depths or even walk on land, in the case of terrestrial octopus. Many of them have camouflage skin and the many colors and patterns they come in make them a beautiful addition to your under the sea wedding invitations!

You can find all of these for sale on my nautical wedding invitation site, Concertina Press - feel free to contact me with any questions, or check out the pricing and samples available below:

Octopus Wedding Invitations -

(shown above with blush pink envelopes)

Cuttlefish Wedding Invitations -

(shown below with kraft 100% recycled green envelopes)

Squid Wedding Invitations -

(shown last with pale aqua envelopes)

Beautiful Marine Life Wedding Invitations Featuring Green Cuttlefish from Concertina Press
Beautiful Marine Life Wedding Invitations Featuring Pink Squid from Concertina Press

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