Friday, March 16, 2018

These Pretty Sea Creature Blank Cards Double as Nautical Decor

Orange Octopus Gift blank greeting card from Concertina Press

When I am creating my nautical wedding invitation sets using restored antique illustrations I often come across beautiful images that I think would look great framed. I turned the sea creatures you see here into pretty blank greeting cards that you can frame or send to a friend. They would make beautiful wall art! I suggest getting a set of three - put the frames stacked vertically or horizontally and make your own sea creature collection. These aquatic notecards would also make a great gift for a SCUBA diver or fisherman.

Trunkfish Gift Blank Greeting Card
Triggerfish Gift Blank Greeting Card
Blue Octopus Blank Greeting Card


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates with Map and Tiny Heart

Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates from Concertina Press
Oh the Vineyard! What a beautiful place to be married. I remember when I lived in Woods Hole, just across Vineyard Sound, we'd take the ferry deep in the winter when it got dark at 4 o'clock and visit Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs and enjoy oysters and stout. In the fall my friends and I would go over with our bikes and ride the coast, admiring the beautiful houses and stopping for coffees at Mocha Motts. I can smell that soft salty breeze right now! I live in Florida now to be closer to my folks, but I still love to go up North and visit.

I created these Martha's Vineyard save the dates from a beautiful 100-year-old touring map of the Island. The navy blue map has the names of all of the towns, and you can move the heart over the town where you're getting married at no extra charge. You can also upgrade to double-sided printing and feature a beautiful photo of you on the back, or add addressing in a matching font. (Photo credit: Stacey Hedman)

I would love to work with you to create gorgeous save the dates for your wedding on Martha's Vineyard - for more information and pricing on these save the dates you can visit:


You can also contact me! I'm happy to work with you to change the color to match your wedding, at no additional cost.
Save the Dates Martha's Vineyard Map with Optional Photo from Concertina Press
Marthas Vineyard Map Save the Dates from Concertina Press
Martha's Vineyard Wedding Save the Dates with Addressing from Concertina Press
You can read the latest reviews of Concertina Press from happy customers on the Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.
Martha's Vineyard Wedding Save the Dates from Concertina Press
Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates with Envelope Addressing from Concertina Press
Custom Vineyard Save the Dates for a Wedding on the Island
If you have any questions or if you're interested in your own Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates, don't hesitate to contact me!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

These 20th Anniversary Vow Renewal Invitations at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are Absolutely Beautiful

20th anniversary Vow Renewal Invitations - Monterey Bay Aquarium
How pretty are these Coral Reef vow renewal invitations? When this lovely couple emailed me about creating a special invitation for their 20th Anniversary vow renewal at the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was so excited! I absolutely love the ocean and the sea creatures that live within it and was more than happy to create a special ocean-themed invitation that combined several of my designs, including the Coral Reef invitation and also the Squid Invitation. I love that by having their event at the Aquarium, Ellen & Joe not only made their vow renewal extra memorable, but also educated their guests about the importance of our world's oceans as well!

I was delighted at the lovely review that Ellen left for me on
I was so thrilled to find Ruth's beautiful designs when we were looking for invitations for our 20th vow renewal ceremony, to be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My husband is an environmental scientist, so it was important to us to find invites on recycled and FSC certified paper. Ruth was more than willing to work with us to find paper stock that met our needs--and then we had to choose from all her designs, which was hard!  
Ruth worked with us to choose a few different designs to use on the invite, RSVP, and additional info cards, so we really got to use quite a few. Her communication and professionalism was outstanding, and the entire process was so easy. When the invites arrived, they exceeded my expectations. 
The packaging was gorgeous, the colors and quality are fabulous, and we were so excited to find the designs extending onto the back side of each piece. Ruth even printed the addresses for us in a lovely matching script. 
 I literally cannot wait to get these into our guests' hands. Thank you Ruth, you're the best!
E&J - July 13th 2016
20th anniversary Vow Renewal Invitations - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Vow Renewal Invitations - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ellen & Joe were also concerned about the environmental impact of their invitations, so we printed them on 100% recycled paper and paired them with sustainable forestry certified envelopes. I love how the red coral pairs with the aqua colored envelopes. The pink squid are a fun touch on the additional insert card, and the RSVP card features a seahorse entwined in green seaweed. These were perfect invitations to set the tone for a Vow Renewal at the Aquarium!

You can read my latest reviews from happy customers on the Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

If you have any questions or if you're interested in your own vow renewal invitations, don't hesitate to contact me!
Vow Renewal RSVP and Insert Card - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Concertina Press Wedding Packaging


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nantucket Save the Dates with Map and a Cute Tiny Heart

Nantucket Save the Dates with Photo from Concertina Press
These Nantucket Save the Dates are a pretty way to let your guests know about your wedding on the Island. They feature an antique map of Nantucket from the 1800's and you can put a heart over the town you're getting married in. There's room for an optional photo on the back - the perfect spot to show off engagement pics!

I've been making beautiful Cape & Islands save the dates, wedding invitations and related stationery like programs, menus and table cards since I started Concertina Press in 2011. At that time I lived in Falmouth, and worked at a beautiful stationery shop downtown. When the shop closed I decided to start up my own line of nautically themed stationery and have been doing what I love ever since! In 2013 I moved down to Florida to be closer to my folks but I still run my business online and would be delighted to work with you on your Nantucket invitations.

You can read my latest reviews from happy customers on the Wedding Lovely Blog, Wedding Wire, or The Knot.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me! I have these available on Etsy:

Nantucket Save the Dates with Map from Concertina Press
Nantucket Save the Dates with photo back from Concertina Press
Nantucket Save the Dates with envelope addressing from Concertina Press
Nantucket Map Save the Date from Concertina Press


Friday, March 2, 2018

Shark Wedding Invitations Made From 150 Year Old Science Illustrations

Shark Wedding Invitations with Coral Reef RSVP from Concertina Press
Can you believe this pretty Shark and Coral Reef wedding invitation came from that 150-year-old yellowed science illustration? People often ask about the illustrations on my nautical wedding invites. One of my favorite parts of my job is bringing old science illustrations like this blue-tipped shark back to life using the power of digital photo restoration. 

One of my first jobs out of college was working as a library assistant at the beautiful scientific library at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. When I was there I discovered all the amazing old illustrations hidden away on the shelves, and was inspired to bring them back to life as stationery! No books or illustrations were harmed in the making of these invitations - I work from scans of the originals.

This shark illustration is one of those, and the Shark Wedding Invitation set I made is available for your wedding from either of my online stores:

Shark Wedding Invitation with Coral Reef RSVP from Concertina Press

For the couple I worked with on the Shark invitation pictured above, I changed the font of the invitation and RSVP to be more readable, leaving the names in the original calligraphy font. When you work one-on-one with an invite designer (like Concertina Press!) it's easy to customize your wedding invitations to perfectly fit your needs.

The wedding took place at the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV - a beautiful intimate setting surrounded by the aquarium - how perfect!
Mandalay Bay Aquarium Wedding - Cashman PhotoWedding at Mandalay Bay photo: Cashman Photo
Shark Wedding Invitations with Coral Reef RSVP from Concertina Press

Coral Reef RSVP from Concertina Press - Las Vegas Aquarium Wedding
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay photo: Cashman Photo
Nautilus Thank You Notes from Concertina Press
Whether you're getting married at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef, or on the beach, Concertina Press is the perfect invitation designer to work with to find your perfect Aquarium Wedding Invitations or Beach Wedding Invitations

If you have any questions or you'd like more information about invitations, visit the Concertina Press website or contact me.


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

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