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Botancial Beauty – Kurai Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Our grass and pewter inks transform the cherry blossom on our Kurai design into something truly beautiful.  This lovely suite was submitted to us by our good friends at Village Invites in New York City.  We absolutely adore the earthy tones used in this set and the offset folio printed on both the interior and exterior.

inks: grass + pewter | fonts: etienne + worthington | paper: 1-ply white | printing: letterpress | folio exterior: custom sinclair pattern in pewter | folio interior: jusan pattern in dove | invite size: 5.125 x 7.75

Delicate Kurai Letterpress Wedding Invitations

These beautiful Kurai invites were brought to us by the creative minds at Judy Paulen Designs. We absolutely love how the soft, delicate colors are used throughout the letterpress wedding invitation suite.

inks: sage + coconut | fonts: cecelia + inigo | paper: 2-ply ivory | printing: letterpress + offset | envelope liner: sherbrooke in sage -offset | invite size: S8SQ | customization #: 15201 |

Kurai letterpress wedding invitations are delicate in sage and coconut inks

Three Color Letterpress – Beautiful Nature Inspired Suite

Rugg Road Paper Company in Boston, Massachusetts submitted this three color letterpress Kurai invitation suite to us in dove, silver and moss inks for a rich, yet delicate look. The subtly printed letterpress pocketfolds used on this invitation set were wrapped in three color letterpress belly bands that incorporated the flowers from the invitation and used the wedding date as a focal point. The end result looks polished and perfect for a summer wedding.

inks: dove + silver + moss | fonts: graham block + cameron script | paper: 1-ply white | printing: letterpress | folio exterior: blank | folio interior: letterpressed champlain pattern in dove | liner: the champlain pattern in dove | letterpress belly band | invite size: 6.5 x 6.5

botanical letterpress wedding invitations

New Take on Our Kurai Design

We received this Kurai letterpress wedding invitation from our friends at Magnificent Milestones. The wood-grain pattern on the invitation is a great addition to this already wonderful design.

inks: taupe + inkless blind deboss + shell | fonts: etienne + worthington | paper: 2-ply white | printing: letterpress | invite size: S8

organic letterpress wedding inspiration

Happy + Fun Letterpress Baby Announcements

It turns out, we’re suckers for a fabulous letterpress baby announcement around here and lately we’ve been printing a lot of really cool designs to help little ones make a grand entrance. They can be formal or quirky, designed to accommodate a photo (just adhere with double-stick tape) and look particularly awesome when paired with fun customizations like patterned backings, envelope liners and edge painting. Here are a few recent favorites…

Brought to us by Inscriptions on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas, this custom baby announcement features our Ellie motif printed on our seamist bamboo paper in pewter and silver inks. The envelope is lined in our Seneca pattern in pewter.

The Write Image in Salt Lake City sent us this pretty customization of our Kurai design, printed in taupe and shell inks for a soft and feminine letterpress baby announcement.

This baby announcement is a custom design that also serves as a cool letterpress holiday card, printed in pewter and spring green inks. This fun design came to us from Byrd + Bleeker in Fort Worth, Texas.

From Stationer of New Orleans, this girly baby announcement showcases our Juine design in pearl ink.

Smock Design Contest – Kurai Letterpress Wedding Invitations

At long last it’s time to share the winner of our latest Smock Design Contest! This stunning customization of our Kurai letterpress wedding invitation suite came to us from Salutations in Charlotte, North Carolina. The design is printed in sea mist and taupe inks, enclosed in a custom folio featuring our sinclair pattern in taupe on the interior with our signature champlain pattern in sea mist on the exterior. Our special guest judge, Kristen Magee of Paper Crave, shares, “This invitation is ultra elegant, and I love that it’s feminine without being too feminine. The soft florals and script font are delicate, romantic and balance wonderfully with the more straightforward sans serif font and pattern on the pocket fold. The understated color choices are also nicely balanced, making this a design that would appeal to both women and men.”

We can’t thank our friends at Saluations enough for working with us on this incredible design and a huge thank you to Kristen for taking on the difficult task of judging the contest. Stay tuned for our next batch of design contest winners in early 2011!

Kurai Letterpress Dinner Menu

When we print letterpress dinner menus, we can’t help but marvel over the great food we know guests are going to deilght in enjoying – cinnamon and port wine poached anjou pear? Sounds declicious! Brought to us by Aileen’s Invitations in Miami, this letterpress menu is our Kurai design printed in rich raspberry ink. The vertical orientation, in combination with the border around the edges, makes this customization quite different from the original design. This customization is the definition of sophisticated elegance.

Kurai Letterpress Menu by Smock

Kurai Letterpress Menu by Smock

A big thank you to our lovely friends at Aileen’s Invitations for allowing us the pleasure of printing these great letterpress menus!

Smock Design Contest Winner – Kurai Letterpress Invitations from Wordshop

As promised, we are so excited to share with you all of the beautiful customizations we crowned as our favorites in our recent Smock Design Contest. This incredible customization of our Kurai letterpress wedding invitation is so beautiful and unique, it’s probably pretty easy to see why we love it oh so much. Printed in rich eggplant and raspberry inks, it’s delightfully pretty and wonderfully charming.

Kurai Customization by Smock - Runner Up in Our 2009 Design Contest

Kurai Customization by Smock - Runner Up in Our 2009 Design Contest

Brought to us by Wordshop in Denver, Colorado, this customization makes the most of a unique layout where the branch design is shifted up and the text is rearranged to create a striking visual effect. It’s decidedly modern, but when paired with the richness of the tradition of letterpress, this is a look we can see becoming a new classic.

Kurai Reply Card Customization by Smock - Runner Up in Our 2009 Design Contest

Kurai Customization by Smock - Runner Up in Our 2009 Design Contest

Featuring corner rounding on all of the pieces, a beautiful letterpress reply card, and a unique petite-sized letterpress website card, this suite is completely personalized with rich details and saturated colors. Thank you so much to the folks at Wordshop for bringing us this beautiful customization!

Custom Smock Letterpress Invitations for All Occasions

At Smock we are no strangers to printing incredible customizations of our letterpress wedding invitations brought to us by the great stores we work with, but recently we’ve also been lucky enough to print some fabulous customized invitations for a wide range of other occasions. We love the idea of adpating a wedding invitation design for other events because really, letterpress is gorgeous for any celebration, isn’t it?

Cherry Blossom Bat Mitzvah letterpress invitation - Smock

This version of our Kurai design, brought to us by RSVP Today in New York City, is updated in papaya and silver inks and includes Hebrew text for a result that is youthful and elegant. We love how a simple pop of bright color, along with our Beaumont serif font, changes the look of the design so dramatically and makes it so perfect for inviting loved ones to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah.

Blue and green letterpress baby announcement - Smock

We love this take on the original Helani letterpress design customized as a perfectly adorable baby announcement, a variation on the Helani reception card for a client of Kustom Kreations in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Printed in clover and lake inks, with the addition of the very sweet Etienne script font, it’s bright and fresh and the perfect way to celebrate the birth of a beloved little one.

Custom Pink and orange letterpress invitation - corporate - Smock
Printed for Luxe Expressions in Atlanta, this invitation is for a bridal showcase hosted by The Atlantan Brides, and boasts bright raspberry and pewter inks with tangerine edge painting in a custom design based on Helani. The cheerful envelope liner is our Oesa pattern in fun tangerine ink and together it makes for a truly festive invitation. We love this use of a bold and bright letterpress design for a coporate event.

Elephant baby shower invitation - letterpress by Smock
Sweetly printed on our Ellie note card from Smock’s social line, this baby shower invitation is truly adorable. We can think of no better way to invite guests to celebrate the upcoming birth of a new loved one.

Farewell party invitation - letterpress - Smock
This version of Nevis was printed in lake and midnight inks for a farewell brunch and features edge painting in gold, which we absolutely love. Printed at our Save the Date size, the invitation is perfect for inviting loved ones to celebrate good food and good cheer and was brought to us by Arabesque of Naples in Naples, Florida.

Smock letterpress invitations in Modern Bride and Town & Country

Our Rhon letterpress wedding invitations have a beautiful full-page spread in the February/March 2009 issue of Modern Bride!
Smock's Rhon letterpress wedding invitation in Modern Bride!

In a story about wedding favors inspired by nature, the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Town & Country features our Kurai cherry blossom letterpress donation tags — an elegant and eco idea for a wedding favor. You make a donation to a cause you care about, then put this sweet little card at each guest’s place setting explaining a donation has been made in their honor to this charity. See a larger pic of the donation card here.
Smock's Kurai letterpress favor tag in Town & Country Weddings!

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