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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Baseball themed placecards

Thanks to the ticket save the dates that are so popular, STDO ends up with a lot of sports related projects!  Here is a set of baseball themed place cards that I recently worked on:

In this case, the couple sent in a list with each table #, player table name, and then the guest's name.  They are folded, and about 4x2.5 inches.

You could get a similar set of 50 for around $65 plus $7 shipping to anywhere in the USA.  Place cards with blank spaces for you to hand write names will cost less.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Classic Invitation with Gilded Wording

Save the Date Originals is currently experimenting with a foiling trick (shiny wording and graphics)!  Currently only available on white card stock - gold, rose gold, silver, and more.

Check out this layered 5x7 wedding invitation:

This invitation has dark gold wording and a black second layer for a simple classy design.

What really elevates an invitation like this is that while it appears simple from a distance, as you get closer and look at it, more awesome details are revealed.

For example, the fact that the wording is a shiny gold:

There is more -  The black card stock isn't a matte black, it's actually a pearlescent black:

Example 2: Gold rose floral invitation:

Isn't it lovely?  5x7 inches, gold on white, pictured with red envelope.

This foiling process isn't engraving or thermography;  It's not quite as perfect.  But is finally a much more economical option for when you only need a small number of invitation sets.  RSVP + accessory cards could be plain printed or foiled to match.

If you are interested, send an email!

Below is an example of a foiled thank you card:

This particular thank you card design is actually now posted on the STDO etsy shop:

You too can get your *own* name in foil for an unforgettable thank you note.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Luggage Tag Wedding Invitation

STDO is finally getting back around to some invitation section updates!

The newest design is based on a recent customers destination wedding invitation;  Check it out:

This is a 4x9 inch card with cut corners and a hole punched, made to look like a luggage tag.  No ribbon is included with this one as priced out, but of course you could have the designer customize it for you.

The sandy background is printed on white card stock, and white envelopes are included.  Yes could upgrade to color envelopes!

Check out pricing for this invitation:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Garden Numbers

One of the projects STDO works on every year is not pretty!  No colors.  No decoration.

But it is useful.

There is a community garden project in Milwaukee that is pretty darn cool;  Every spring, people can sign up for a little garden plot.

Those plots need to be numbered.  Not something too permanent, but it has to be durable.  It needs to handle the weather outside for the spring and summer.

I make laminated cards for this.  But it's not quite as easy as it sounds- if you just laminate a page and cut out the numbers, water can get right in through the sides of the laminated card.  The trick is to have a laminate border around the card.

Then we use a good thick outdoor double sided tape.

If you live in downtown MKE, you might have seen these garden plots around local parks.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Castle save the date magnet

Since launching the heart shaped magnet section this past February, there have been a few new custom designs, but this one is probably my favorite.

The couple is getting married at a castle, and didn't have specific colors to include, so I thought that I would see how a castle silhouette + a dawn sky would look.

Turns out, it looks beautiful:

No doubt this would work well for many a wedding, just for a romantic theme, if not more specifically those Disney and castle weddings.

This magnet is about 4x3.5 inches.  Check out pricing for the heart shaped magnets here:

Mention this post in an email to during 2015 and she will mail you a free heart shaped sample magnet.  Random design though.  And only to USA + Canada addresses.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wedding Program for Baseball themed weddings

As usual, a lot of the people who ordered sports themed save the dates or invitations have me working on yet more awesome sports themed things for their weddings.  Today, I have a baseball themed wedding program to show you.

It is not complicated - it is a folded card printed inside and out.  What makes it cool is the red baseball stitches along the outside (wraps around front and back).

Even for simple programs, I like to go with 70lb card stock instead of a thinner paper.   50 of these folded programs would cost about $100.00 plus $9.00 shipping(USA) as of 2015.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Busy Winter!

After launching the circle shaped magnets, and then the heart shaped magnets, the next big project is something most of you probably won't even notice- making the website more mobile friendly!  Work is well under way on that front.

Just so as not to neglect the blog, here is a pretty picture for you:

It's a 5x7 inch wedding invitation based on one of the designs in the invitation section, but with an added gold layer.  Both the creamy color and gold color card stocks are metallic, though it's hard to see that in the photo.  The printed chandelier color is a light dusty pink.  With metallic card stock, you really have to go with dark colors for wording, but for some design elements, you can get lighter shades.

Instagram users can find more random photographs: