Friday, December 7, 2018

Shrimp Christmas Cards for When You Shrimply Want to Say Happy Holidays

Shrimp Christmas Cards from Concertina Press Made in Florida
These shrimp Christmas cards are perfect for a beach Christmas in Florida. I designed them with an antique science illustration of a shrimp. Anyone who has ever prepared fresh shrimp or seen them in an aquarium knows what long antennae they have. When I was brainstorming ideas for a new Florida-themed shrimp Christmas card my friend Ellen was the one who came up with the idea of decking the halls...er...antennae with colorful Christmas lights! "Maybe that's too hard", she commented. Well, I'm always up for a challenge! I digitally restored a beautiful antique shrimp illustration collected in 1908 by a scientific expedition and added in the colorful lights one by one.

Each folded 4.25"x5.5" card in this set of 8 says "I shrimply wanted to say Happy Holidays!" inside and is sure to put a smile on the face of whoever you send it to! They are printed in the USA and come with red envelopes (also made in the USA!)

You can find these on my website and also in my etsy shop:



Shrimp Holiday Cards from Concertina Press made in Florida


Friday, November 23, 2018

Merry Fishmas - Funny Nautical Christmas Cards Made in Florida

Funny Beach Christmas Cards made in the USA
Fish Christmas Cards for a Beach Christmas made in the USA
The Christmas cards are piling up here in my sunny studio, I'm gearing up to sell at the Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2018 in Sarasota this year for the first time and I'm sure my funny nautical cards are going to be a hit! Who doesn't love a good pun? You can find these "Merry Fishmas" cards in my online shop here: Funny Fish Christmas Cards Set of 8 or on etsy here: Nautical Christmas Cards Merry Fishmas Set of 8

I work with a printer here in Florida to do all of the printing for me using eco friendly soy-based ink, and the envelopes are made in New York. I'm proud to offer Christmas cards that are made in the USA! The fish design wraps around to the back of the card - the original illustration came from a scientific journal from the late 1800's that I digitally restored and added a Santa Hat to:
Funny Fish Christmas Cards Made in the USA
Fish Christmas Cards for a Beach Christmas made in the USA

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Updated Compass Nautical Wedding Invitations Now With Free Website Card

Nautical Wedding Invitation Set from Concertina Press with Compass in Navy Blue
I'm delighted to introduce my freshly-updated Nautical Compass Wedding Invitation that now includes a free website card! This navy blue and white design is fresh and classic, perfect for a yacht club wedding or wedding with a nautical theme.

When I first started creating nautical wedding invitations in 2011 when I lived in Cape Cod, wedding websites were not very common. Now most of my couples have websites they'd like to include, but not on the more formal wedding invitation. That's why I've created this beautiful small insert card that says "For more additional information, please visit our wedding website". You can have it say other things, for instance if you're having your guests RSVP online it can say something like "Please RSVP by January 1st on our website:". The size is 2.5"x3.5", half the size of the RSVP card, so if you need to include more information, I also offer an add-on insert card that's larger. 

Concertina Press is a small independently owned stationery company located in Cocoa Beach, Florida (formerly in Falmouth, Massachusetts) that specializes in nautical wedding invitations, beach wedding invitations and aquarium wedding invitations.

I take great pride in helping my clients have an effortless wedding invitation ordering experience. When you work with Concertina Press you're really working with one person, (that would be me, Ruth) and so I have the flexibility to customize designs to fit your needs that other big companies don't. Also you can feel confident ordering online knowing that you have a second pair of eyes on your invites, from design to shipping. Lastly, who doesn't love to support small businesses these days? I do all of my printing and envelope sourcing right here in the US. If you're interested in these wedding invites for your nautical wedding I invite you to check out these links:

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:

(great if you have an etsy account)
(you don't need to sign up for an account for this one)

Read about the experiences of real couples who have worked with me in the past: Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

If you have any questions, please contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hi there!)

Nautical Compass Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Wedding Invitations with Compass from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Wedding Invitations with Compass from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Compass Wedding RSVP and website card from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Wedding Aboard a Windjammer Invitation Ideas
Nautical Wedding Invitations with website card and RSVP card

Friday, October 5, 2018

These Cape Cod save the dates are the real deal

Cape Cod Save the Date personalized with a heart from Concertina Press
When I designed these Cape Cod Map save the dates, I was thinking about the type of save the date that I would have sent to my wedding guests when I was married in Falmouth on 7-7-7 (I can hardly believe it's been so long, it feels like yesterday!). I loved the look of this gorgeous antique map, and using the computer I digitally restored it, and combined it with a timeless script font for the names and "Save the Date" and all-caps font for the crucial information like date, location and website.  

Full disclosure: when my husband and I were married I was not a stationery designer at all, I was a librarian! We lived close to the Marine Biological Laboratory where he worked as a computer programmer, and I worked at the MBLWHOI science library. While I was there I worked on a big project to archive all of the old collections that were no longer copyrighted, scan them, and make them available to the public. That's where I found most of the beautiful illustrations you see on my invitations. 

Fast forward a few years and I had a dream job at a cute stationery store in the Queen's Buyway next to Coffee O putting my art degree to work designing wedding invites and stationery for Cape Cod clients. When that shop closed, I finally had my chance to start Concertina Press, and a chance to use the gorgeous illustrations I'd had on my mind for years, and I've been at it ever since. I love what I do!

A few years ago I moved down to Florida to be closer to my folks, but my Cape Cod save the dates, Cape Cod wedding invitations, and wedding day stationery are still very popular, and I love making them because each order reminds me of my own wedding on the Cape.

Cape Cod Wedding Invitations with Map and website card from Concertina Press


You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:


I also encourage you to read the great reviews from previous couples I've worked with on Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

It's my pleasure to help you figure out the ins and outs of wedding stationery - and I have lots of experience, I'm proud to say I've been running Concertina Press since 2011, so if you have any questions at all contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hello!)
Cape Cod Photo Save the Date from Concertina Press
Simple Elegant Cape Cod monogram invitations from Concertina Press
Cape Cod Photo and Map Save the Date from Concertina Press Easy Order Online
(that's me and my husband in all the sample photos!)



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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Red Coral Reef Wedding Invitations for a Key West Destination Wedding

Key West destination Wedding Invitations
Key West is one of my favorite spots in Florida to visit, and it's a gorgeous place to have a destination wedding, as well! Some of the benefits include not needing a passport, you can use dollars, major airlines fly there, and you can enjoy the fun adventures like going to the beach, parasailing, bar hopping and boating that you can in the Carribean! The very best part for me is that you can snorkel or scuba dive in stunning turquoise waters. The color of the water is absolutely unbelievable, like you'd think that I photoshopped this picture:

Key West Water
But no! that's the real color - AND the water was nice and warm! Perfect for snorkeling. My husband and I made a big trip for our 7th anniversary (we were married on 7-7-7 so that was a lucky one!) and we had a great time snorkeling for the very first time - pro tip, don't forget to breathe! Haha! The fish are so beautiful you'll almost forget.

That gorgeous water and the beautiful coral I saw once I jumped in is what inspired these invites:
Southernmost Beach Resort Destination Wedding in Key West Florida Invitations
Clownfish website card and Scallop Shell RSVP card from Concertina Press
"I absolutely love the invitations Ruth designed for me! She worked with me to combine a couple different designs and was so responsive and helpful and easy to work with (and sweet and patient even when I was a bit flakey!). I was not expecting to find such high quality invitations in my price range, but Ruth's invitations were higher quality than I expected and came in under budget!! I am so so so blown away by how beautiful they are-- I can't stop looking at them! Ruth is extremely professional and a true artist. I'm so glad I worked with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for unique invites!"- Julia M.
Red Coral Beach Wedding Invitations for Key West Wedding
Ready to order some octopus wedding invitations for your wedding? If you're looking for unique sea life wedding invitations, please visit my site - I have lots of gorgeous out-of-the-ordinary nautical wedding invitation sets and I'm always happy to work with you to create the perfect stationery for your beach wedding, aquarium wedding or nautical wedding.

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:


I also encourage you to read the great reviews from previous couples I've worked with on Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

If you have any questions about ordering wedding invitations, don't hesitate to contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hi there!)

snorkeling in key west

Key West sunset sail
PRO TIP make sure you don't go snorkeling if the water conditions are really choppy or you'll have a bad time! It might be best to book your trip the same day - there are lots of companies that go out for snorkel tours.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

10 Aquarium Wedding Invitation Sets Beautifully Illustrated For Your Wedding Under the Sea

If you're looking for a one of a kind wedding or wedding reception venue, look no further than the Aquarium! Many large coastal cities have aquariums (for example Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Florida Aquarium, Scripps Aquarium, and North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll), and many of them have event spaces that can be rented out so that you and your guests can celebrate under the sea. The advantages to such a cool venue are many - your guests will be entertained by the fish and sea life swimming around them, you get some awesome photos to take home, and every time you go visit for a nostalgic walk down memory lane you'll also get to go to...an aquarium! Not to mention that your venue fees will help support important scientific research and conservation, and this is all often for a similar price to a non-aquarium wedding venue.

 Here are ten beautifully illustrated nautical wedding invitation sets that I think you'll find set the perfect tone for your wedding or event at the aquarium:Octopus Wedding Invitation Set - wedding ceremony and reception in an aquarium

Sea Turtle Wedding Invitations with Coral RSVP cards - having reception at an aquarium

Red Coral Reef Wedding Invitation set  with Scallop Shell RSVP and Clownfish Website Cards

Shark Wedding Invitation Set with Red Coral RSVP cards - getting married at an aquarium

Blue Octopus Wedding Invitation Set - wedding at the aquarium

Jellyfish Wedding Invitation Set with RSVPs - wedding at the aquarium

Seahorse Wedding Invitation Set with Starfish RSVP cards - Aquarium Wedding Ideas

Coral Reef Wedding Invitation Set  with seahorse RSVP and Squid information cards

Pink Jellyfish Wedding Invitation Set with Sea Urchin RSVP card - Aquarium Wedding Inspiration


Curious about how I got my start while working in one of the premier scientific research libraries for Marine Biology? read all about Concertina Press here.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Octopus Wedding Invitations with stunning double sided printing perfect for your Nautical Wedding

Aquarium Wedding Invitation Set featuring Octopus Coral Seahorses and Fish
These navy blue Octopus wedding invitations have been one of my most popular designs over the years, and for good reason. The eye-catching antique science illustration of  a big blue octopus on the invite makes every card totally unusual and beautiful. I create my invitations by digitally restoring scientific illustrations hidden away in old out-of-copyright publications. My first job out of college was working at a prestigious world-renowned marine science library (the MBL/WHOI library in Woods Hole, Massachusetts - famous home to the Alvin Submarine that discovered the Titanic). 

One of my jobs was cataloging old publications to be scanned into a national archive. I fell in love with the amazing "cabinet of curiosities" style illustrations of sea life like Ernst Haeckel's Jellyfish and Alberts Seba's Cuttlefish. I thought, what better way to give these old images new life than in the form of beautiful wedding invitations and stationery that would be treasured keepsakes for years to come? And that's how Concertina Press was started! Don't get me wrong...I also loved working in a library, but it turns out I like working more closely with people than my job deep in the stacks allowed!

So allow me to re-introduce my Navy Octopus Invitation Set that comes with everything you see below, including invites, rsvp cards, website cards, envelopes - and now with the following improvements (at no additional cost, I might add) a lovely new handwritten style font, and, DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING! That's right, even more gorgeous illustrations, including coral, seahorses, a pair of puffer fish and a jellyfish. The website card is also a new addition! You can include other information on that card if you don't have a website, or upgrade to a larger additional insert card. You can find more details on my website, but first, check out the gorgeous photos!:

Stunning Octopus Wedding Invitations double sided luxury printing at an affordable price
unique under the sea RSVP cards for your aquarium wedding from Concertina Press
Jellyfish wedding website insert cards from Concertina Press
"Recently received my wedding invitations and they came out fabulous! We ordered the navy octopus - I love how unique they are and can't wait to send them out. Working with Ruth was a breeze, she answered all our questions quickly and the invitations didn't take long at all. I would definitely recommend Concertina Press to anyone looking for awesome nautical inspired stationery." - Erica D.
Nautical Cabinet of Curiosities Octopus Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
Octopus Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
Ready to order some octopus wedding invitations for your wedding? If you're looking for unique sea life wedding invitations, please visit my site - I have lots of gorgeous out-of-the-ordinary nautical wedding invitation sets and I'm always happy to work with you to create the perfect stationery for your beach wedding, aquarium wedding or nautical wedding.


You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:


I also encourage you to read the great reviews from previous couples I've worked with on Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

It's my pleasure to help you figure out the ins and outs of wedding stationery - and I have lots of experience, I'm proud to say I've been running Concertina Press since 2011, so if you have any questions at all contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hello!)
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