Wednesday, July 09, 2008

a wedding invitation


Our good friends Ivy + Ryan are going to be married this Sunday. I don't have a whole lot of my own income these days, so as a gift I offered to help them with their wedding invitation. 

Ivy and Ryan are such a very sweet couple who have a love of modern classic styling and furnishings, so I hoped to make an invitation for them that reflected these things. We also wanted the invitation to be simple and classic, and easy to produce on their own.


I designed the invitation completely in Adobe Illustrator (the typefaces are Didot and Century Gothic). Ivy and Ryan printed them out on ribbed card stock on their large epson printer. We then cut them using new sharp exacto blades, a straight edge and large cutting mat, scored them using a fiskars rotary cutter with a scoring blade, and rounded all the corners using my industrial strength corner rounder.

I also made up a matching ivy*ryan wedding logo and ordered online an embosser from custom stamp and engraving, who are totally amazing and I recommed highly! I emailed them a file, called them about it, and the very next afternoon had a perfect custom embosser in my mailbox. Love them. 


So ivy*ryan was embossed on the outside flap of the invitation envelopes. Everything ended up looking simple and nice, and the embosser is something that Ivy and Ryan can use beyond these invitations throughout their lives together.

31 comments:

Shanna said...

wow! the invites are fantastic! what's funny is that i just designed my mother's wedding invitations! i haven't seen the final product so i'm hoping they turned out ok.

SophiaSunshine said...

Wow, those are beautiful! I wish I had those skills and I'm sure your friends appreciate your contribution a ton as well. The seal is an especially nice touch!

MelancholySmile said...

When you say you cut, scored and corner rounded them, what did you use? They look much too professional for the use of scissors or an exact-o knife. They're beautiful!

loren weltsch said...

i love the invitation you designed for your friends and this is a gift they will remember forever! the rounded corners are a nice addition.
i really enjoy reading your blog...thanks!

sharilyn said...

Thanks Everyone for reading and for your sweet words - they mean so much to me!

Melancholysmile: We cut them using new sharp exacto blade, straight edge and cutting mat, scored them using a fiskars rotary cutter with a scoring blade, and rounded all the corners using my industrial strength corner rounder. After all these years I am really really good at cutting things :D but I've also found that buying dozens of extra blades and using a fresh one often helps to cut well. and after dozens of these invites, they had the hang of it, too! I've added links on the post!

catriona said...

Beautiful work!

Deborah W said...

Lovely!! You're very talented; I love the clean, classic, and simple design. Timeless. And the embosser is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Wow I love it. Thanks for the tip, I need to order an embosser myself!

Anonymous said...

I love embossers. I have one for my mailing address and it just makes sending letters look so much nicer.

Wendy said...

These are SO beautiful! I love it. It's so simple yet unique.. and I love the colors too. And thanks for the detail about how you made them - that's so nice of you!

debbie said...

how lovely are these! i am inspired :)

Clear Pink said...

The invites are beautiful.

melissa said...

I am in love with these invites---too beautiful! I have one question-how are they "stuck" together? Did I miss that part in the explanation? I love that it is all one unit-so unique! Great work!

Jessica/Yesi said...

cute cute idea! and thanks for including the links to the supplies you used, i'm definitely going to bookmark them for further use <3

sharilyn said...

Melissa - the invites are on one piece of paper, and scored so that they fold up into three sections. We thought it would be nice to have an invite with all the information together rather than the multiple pages of traditional wedding invites. Hope that makes sense!

Grace said...

They are gorgeous. I wish you had been my friend 9 years ago when we did ours!!!

Lovely Paper said...

that is probably the most thoughtful gift ever. i love the idea and the invitations!

melissa said...

thanks so much sharilyn for the response---it totally makes sense and is just FANTASTIC!!! great work again! :)

Ivy & Ryan said...

Shari!! We love you! Thank you for designing our beautiful invitations. It meant so much to us and we couldn't have done it without you. We think you are so talented and your work is truly inspiring. It was the best just chillin' out at your place with Charles, Addie, Jack + Elliot! You are an amazing friend + and an even more amazing mother. We're happy we were able to share our special day with you guys. Addie looked like she had a lot of fun and we felt like royalty as your beautiful daughter shared her grapes with us :) We'll definitely see you guys after the honeymoon. Until then...lots of love ivy*ryan

vlijtig said...

Lovely invitations! Now I'm sure I'm going to try mastering Illustrator during my holidays. I just discovered your blog. Will be visiting more often to see what you are doing.

Alissa Nicolau said...

Still loving your blog and the glimps you offer into your life and work. Addie is adorable. Your relationship admissions very touching. I'm yet wishing you were my neighbor instead of someone a blogging world away. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

marbargarbo said...

Really nice! I love the way the map bleeds off the cards. Gives it a modern touch. :)
- M. Morgan

tifanie said...

wow, those came out beautiful! thank you for sharing such detailed info about the process. i love all your resource links as well. thank you for that. :)

hello said...

Hi! These came out awesome!! Can I ask what size paper you used? 11x17?

sharilyn said...

ivy & ryan - um! shouldn't you guys be, say, off on your honeymoon or something!!!

alissa nicolau: i know huh! i often wish that bloggers were my next door neighbours instead of so far away. I've met so many 'kindred spirits'!

tifanie: thanks! im so glad you noticed my resource links i just put up! I will be adding more as i remember them...

hello: they were printed on 11x17 pages, and this fit 2 invites plus a single fold thank you card along the bottom of the sheet. I'm pulling from memory here - but i believe the invites are approximately 5.25 x 12" or so.

milk tooth's rain said...

I love your style! You're so fresh!

Melissa said...

You are such a beautiful person! I am always so inspired by the mother you are and your amazing designs! Thanks for sharing the details.

Hailey said...

What a beautiful invitation! I love how you incorporated the map into the invite instead of having if on a separate sheet! Lovely! Beautiful invitations! If you ever get a chance come check out my blog, I just started bloggin so I could use any tips or advice that you can offer.

Thanks!

Brittany said...

I LOVE the embosser you used!! (With the name and flower). Can you tell me how wide it is in inches? Please email me at LorriHeiling@gmail.com

THANK YOU, you have inspired me!

sharilyn said...

Hi Everyone, thankyou for all of your comments, and for visiting my blog!

Brittany: I no longer have the embosser with me anymore as it is with tthe married couple now, however I believe that the embossed image was approximately .5" x 1.75" in size. If you are looking to get an embosser made, its a good idea to contact whomever will be making it for you, and see what sizes they are able to do and what their recommendations are. Thanks for writing!

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