Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Making Skibo Castle Pop!

When you want to make a statement, go for the Pop-Up card!   KatBlu has been busy as bees creating some of the most unique ones out there.  Take a look at this gorgeous Save The Date, for a couple getting married at the Skibo Castle in Scotland (Sigh!!).  Sheryl Sashin of Arabesque of Naples commissioned us to create this for her client. The challenge to make beauty out of downloaded images required expert Photoshop skills. The pop-up structure was carefully developed to ensure that the oversized card (9.25" x 12" when opened) made from Twinrocker (http://www.twinrocker.com/)hand made paper would sit with regal presence.   We also created the fountain artwork (inspired by some of our Art Deco projects - wait til we upload those pics!!) and to make it even more special, we added some glitter to the "water."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Simple, yet oh so pretty

I am always intrigued by the creative insight of our customers.  When we first spoke with the stationer who brought this into our studio, he described what his client was looking for.  Part of her vision was a wax seal.  As an easier option, we recommended a simple laser cut element that would function in a similar manner.  Tied with a pretty bow, these laser cut wedding bells are just so adorable!  The bride was also desiring an accessory card with gold foil stamp on a dark paper, but it was a bit out of the budget.  Instead, we recommended printing the Aubergine color on our Old Gold cardstock and the result was ... Amazing!
Wine Country Elegance

This is perhaps one of my favorite designs of this season!  It is for a wonderful couple getting married in Napa (yum!).  They were seeking old world elegance with only a touch of "wine theme."  We used vintage woodcut patterns, carefully redrawing for letterpress.  The suite also featured foil stamp and an intricate belly band inspired by another piece of woodcut artwork.  With letterpress, laser cut, foil stamp on our letterpress paper, metallic cardstocks and vellum papers ... it was a true work of art.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Super gorgeous Spanish theme invite

Katherine contacted us because of our LA Style gatefold (above).  She envisioned it as the perfect look for her wedding happening in Mexico.  Her fiancĂ©'s family called Mexico home, so we created two different style invitations; one set for her American guests and another for family and friends in Mexico, each following the etiquette and traditions comfortable to their homeland.  The Mexico guests received tickets, whereas the American guests received RSVP's.  Its the little but important touches that make the invitations truly unique and custom.  This set used Truffle metallic for the gatefolds, Ivory uncoated and Old Gold metallic combined to make for a rustic-but-elegant invitation suite.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tropical paradise, Bali style

As a destination wedding location, could you pick a more exotic, romantic place than Bali?  Even better, what if it was your family's homeland?  Judy contacted us with the vision of a Bali-inspired invitation that reflected the beauty and passion of Bali.  She asked for a Barong, a lion-like mythical creature often used in celebrations, to decorate the front.  We created an elaborate belly band, perfect in our Azalea metallic cardstock.  The custom pocket was created in our lush Truffle metallic, and the inserts were printed on Pearl White metallic.  As a KatBlu specialty, we printed the envelopes front and back to create a cohesive suite.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Double Happiness and dual language, elegantly designed 

Fei came to us, desiring a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese paper cut.  I was absolutely ecstatic, as I am such a fan of this amazing art form.  The cover of this piece was a delight to create! She also needed her invitation in Chinese as well as American English which we printed back to back.  So, using the Chinese "Double Happiness" symmetry as a design feature, we laser cut it on the corner of the invite... viewed from either side it beautifully symbolized the union of two languages, two worlds brought together by love and elegance.

Her suite featured custom laser cut and digital printing our colors of Ruby, Old Gold, Gold Dust, and a touch of Violette.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fanciful fantastic invites, fast!

Jack contacted us to create custom invitations that were to be used as a memorabilia for their guests.  The bride and groom reside in Australia, their family live in China and they were getting married in Bali.  We developed this suite, coordinating with Jack over the phone (because of the 14 hour time difference, he would stay up very late to wait until we were in the studio ... I am continually amazed by our awesomely dedicated clients) over the course of 5 days... we needed to ship partial to China and the remainder to Bali - in one week!  By working with our wonderful client, his family in China, the resort in Bali and FedEx, everything was delivered on time.  Whew!  We were honored to make it happen.