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Subtle and sweet nautical letterpress wedding invitations

Lauren and Thomas used our Ashbourne design as the inspiration for their nautical letterpress wedding invitations created thanks to the help of Fat Cat Paperie. They kept the Sand letterpress border and combined this with Navy letterpress as a seafaring nod to their reception venue of Peconic Bay Yacht Club. Other subtle yet purposeful touches include the compass, starfish and anchor motifs found on the weekend festivities card also printed in Navy letterpress. The reply card was kept simple and clean as another piece within the suite. They added an envelope liner pattern as a sweet way of incorporating a map of the area with heart motifs highlighting places of importance to the bride and groom. It’s easy to say that Ashbourne was the perfect invitation inspiration for Lauren and Thomas’s nautical affair.

nautical letterpress wedding invitations

nautical letterpress wedding invitations

nautical letterpress wedding invitations

Letterpress color: Navy + Sand | Fonts: Nave Inline & Harriet | Design: Ashbourne | Paper: 2 ply Smooth Cotton, 1 ply Smooth Cotton | Size: S-8 | Liner: Submitted pattern in Jute + Cardinal | Customization: 39496 | Fat Cat Paperie

Gold foil stamped wedding invitations with seaside style

Take elegance, add a touch of nautical flair, and you’ll find Katherine and Matthew’s suite as the beautiful end result. You can never go wrong with classic gold foil stamped wedding invitations, but this couple decided to add their own twist by including a belly-band featuring an exquisite painting of Nantucket Island. The suite included other nods towards Nantucket like the motif of the island on the weekend celebration card and the nautical monogram on the invitation and thank you card. These kinds of accents made the suite harmonious in an incredibly tasteful way thanks to the help of Parchment Fine Papers. The watercolor envelope liner printed in Sea Mist was yet another subtle yet complimentary means of tying everything together.

Gold foil stamped wedding invitations with seaside style from Smock

Gold foil stamped wedding invitations with seaside style from Smock

Gold foil stamped wedding invitations with seaside style from Smock

foil stamping color: gold shine | digital ink color: CMYK | fonts: Cameron, Worthington | paper: 1 ply white bamboo, 2 ply white bamboo | size: S8 | envelope liner: Watercolor 6 in Sea Mist | customization: 38415 | Parchment Fine Papers

Nautical rehearsal luncheon invitations

We worked with Adrienne at Ipanema Press to create these chic nautical invitations for Lauren and Gerard’s rehearsal luncheon at The Arlington. Our Prescott design was personalized with the addition of a knotted rope motif and custom striped envelope liners to keep with the the venue’s seaside style. An email was provided right on the invitation to collect RSVPs – an eco way to cut down on paper and postage! 

Nautical rehearsal dinner invitations from Smock Nautical rehearsal dinner invitations from Smock

digital ink: slate | fonts + design: nave + bell mt, Prescott design | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-5 | envelope liner: custom supplied artwork | customization #33179 | Ipanema Press

Nautical letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations

We worked with Nina at Cambridge Street Papers to customize our nautical Fremont design for Libby’s letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations. Printed in coral ink on our white bamboo paper, the suite featured an invitation to the service and reply cards, as well as a tri-fold party card for the celebration.

These nautical letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations feature Smock's Fremont design

letterpress ink: coral | fonts: percy + sargent | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply white | sizes: S-8 + S-6TF + S-5 | customization #: 22074 | Cambridge Street Papers

Nautical Themed Reception Menus

A lovely double sided menu that features the couples names in navy ink on one side, and then the actual menu details in slate ink on the reverse.  The whole shebang was offset printed on a text-weight version of our bamboo paper and submitted by our friends at Seaside Papery.

inks: slate + navy | paper: text-weight ivory | menu size: b-10 | printing method: offset | customization #: 15853 |

Choose menus to match your wedding style

An Eye-Catching Nautical Inspired Letterpress Suite

Samantha at Gus & Ruby Letterpress in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has worked with some of the most creative brides this past year, and this modern letterpress suite with its personalized touches is proof of that.  We’re smitten with the custom rope monogram on the invitation. Our navy ink paired perfectly with the custom green ink used on this set, and the edge painting, letterpress belly band and envelope liner totally completed the look.

inks: navy + pms 361| fonts: frida + worthington | paper: 2-ply white | printing: letterpress | letterpress belly band | edge paint: 361 | liner: the champlain pattern in pms 361| invite size: S7

This is a custom Smock letterpress wedding invitation printed in custom inks.

Guest Post: DIY Hand-Lettered Invitations on Smock Lettersheets from Rock Paper Scissors!

Today’s guest post comes from Lisa at Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features some amazing birthday party invitations that were made with our nautical lettersheets!

At Rock Paper Scissors, we get REALLY excited about celebrations. We love everything about them: from the paper, to the place settings, to the details (and even the gift wrapping!). We also have a huge obsession with all things nautical. So this month, when Rock Paper Scissors teammate and craft aficionado, Coco, turned 21 and set sail to create the PERFECT nautical 21st birthday party—we went overboard with excitement! She chose the Oxford, Ridley and Anchor patterned Smock lettersheets with beautiful blue and nautical prints on the back and rope and anchor watermark details on the front that went perfectly with the nautical theme of her 21st birthday dinner!
Nautical party invitations with hand lettering

Here’s how she did it: 

  1. Using a fine tip blue marker, she wrote out the details of the event in fun styles on plain computer paper.
  2. She then scanned her design and used Photoshop to scale it to the proper size.
  3. After adjusting her computer’s printer settings to accommodate the size of the stationery, she simply fed the stationery sheets into her printer to create perfectly printed, customized invitations.
  4. To complete the look, she dolled up the envelopes with rubber stamps in nautical designs and bedecked them with the addresses of her hopeful attendees.
  5. Dropped them in the {SNAIL} mail and waited for her guest’s reactions!

The party itself was decked out in Smock goodies—from the birthday present from her parents (using Smock’s double-sided Oxford gift wrap) and the cupcake liners (also using the gift wrap), Courtney’s party sent us sailing! We love this custom, hand-lettered invite and party details and can’t wait  for the next opportunity to celebrate EVERYTHING with creative paper goods! DIY nautical party invites, nautical cupcakes and nautical gift wrap!

Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing this fabulous DIY project and nautical party with us! Have a creative DIY project of your own that features Smock products? Send it to us today!

Scallop Shell Letterpress Invitations for a Seaside Wedding

The lovely ladies at Gus & Ruby Letterpress in Portsmouth, New Hampshire submitted these eye-catching custom wedding invitations for printing.  The oversized scallop shell gives this suite character and makes such an invitation fitting for the wedding celebration at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.  Talk about matching your invitations to your venue – we think these are a perfect fit! The sea inspired color palette of ocean and navy inks looks striking and sophisticated.  We feel this pulls the whole look together.

inks: ocean + navy | fonts: smock harrison and gill sans | paper 2-ply white | edge paint in lime | invite size: S8SQ | printing: letterpress

nautical blue letterpress wedding invitations

Custom Starfish Letterpress Bar Mitzvah Invitations

We’ve been seeing a flood of nautical inspired letterpress invitations coming through our shop lately – and they are bringing smiles along the way.  These custom letterpress starfish Bar Mitzvah invitations were submitted to us by our friend, Rita at Creative Parties in Bethesda, Maryland.  Printed in a sea-inspired color palette – these modern invitations still look classic.  The back of the invitations are offset in our gala pattern in ocean ink -which we believe can only add to the anticipation of this momentous occasion.  We adore seeing fun embellishments like these coordinating so well with the rest of the set.  Each piece in this suite incorporates a sea element – and we just adore it!

inks: midnight + ocean |fonts: mack| paper 2-ply white| invite size: S8SQ | printing: letterpress |back pattern: the gala pattern in ocean

nautical blue letterpress wedding invitations

Wash away in a sea of love with these Custom Letterpress Save the Dates

It’s easy to get swept away in these beautiful and delicate letterpress save the dates.  These beauties were submitted to us by our great friend, Nancy at Epitome Papers in Edina, Minnesota.  We think you’ll agree that these save the dates are current and look absolutely fabulous printed in three ink colors.  The oversized textured starfish is the perfect motif for a seaside wedding in Key Largo, Florida.  These save the dates are whimsical in their own right – while still being playful and chic.  The seahorse pattern envelope liner really makes a bold statement of what guests can expect as far as wedding atmosphere.  We can just close our eyes and feel the warmth of the golden sunshine and the white sandy beaches!

inks: spring + slate + inkless blind deboss | font: smock harrison | paper: 2-ply white bamboo | printing: letterpress | edge painting in spring | back patterning: gala in spring |liner: the seahorse pattern in slate | invite size: S8SQ

nautical letterpress save the dates


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