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Shop into Spring… Note Card Gift Sets for sale!

Welcome, Spring Equinox! While much of the north may still be swallowed up in the throes of winter (where’s that groundhog now?!), we are certainly marching into spring here in the south. In honor of this wonderfully welcome season, Design in August is offering these bright & cheery note card gift box sets. A set of 8 flat note cards with an inkwell design and coordinating coral envelopes sit inside a chartreuse green linen box. These would make for a lovely springtime gift – Mother’s Day, Graduation Day, hostess gift, or just because! So hop on over to our new Etsy Shop and Shop into Spring! And hurry… this is a limited time offer and only a small quantity available.

Stationery | Business-to-Business Note Cards

After completing the design for his holiday cards, my client at My Private Brand asked me to move on to designing note cards. Our goal was to make these as simple, branded cards to be used for hand-written thank you notes and other correspondence. Simple, yet with a statement. I proposed an embossed design with his company’s monogrammed logo – a very classic look for personal stationery, yet a natural fit for this business-to-business application. A flood of gorgeous blue on the front with a raised logo, paired with his trademark brackets pattern on the back of the card to keep in theme with his first mailing of 2013. And a simple switch of ink color for the custom rubber stamp we made for his first mailing finishes off the look.

Stationery | Holiday Card

Of course, the holidays and the new year are well behind us, but it would be remiss of me not to share this project. A former colleague contacted me looking for an upscale holiday greeting – more specifically a new year greeting – to send to his clients after Christmas. Now, his client list includes top executives among some Fortune 50 companies, so we really wanted these greetings to be unique and slick. And to stand apart from the usual onslaught of holiday greetings that many professionals receive.

I jumped at the opportunity to combine other materials with traditional paper for this project. I proposed backing the card with a piece of frosted vinyl. The card would seemingly floated on the vinyl, which created this translucent frame around the message. Something modern, something frosty and wintery, yet also an element that would give the card a presence. My client’s branding includes brackets, so I complimented the back with a pattern of brackets. A custom return address rubber stamp combined with gorgeous hand-written calligraphy on rich navy envelopes (wish I’d had a photo to show you!) really completed this mailing. The best part was hearing that we achieved the wow! factor we were shooting for!

Stationery | Damask Invitation Suite

“Is damask out of style?” she asked me at our first meeting.

Sometimes, yes.

“I just don’t want it to look ‘oldish’ you know?” she said. “I’m already what I’d call a ‘mature bride’…”

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Careful not to go down the road often traveled (who hasn’t done damask?), I set out to bring a fresh perspective to stationery designed with a damask motif.  I played with scale and using different sections of the damask.  I paired it with other patterns.  I reversed out the inks for an all-black out-of-town reception card.  I proposed non-traditional accents, such as a black rsvp envelope.  (Black for a wedding?!  Absolutely.  Why not?)

The result was this bold, graphic and fresh take on a traditional (and dare I say, potentially boring) damask invitation suite that even the youngest of young brides (and the maturest of mature brides) would be delighted to call their own.

My favorite card just might be the all-black Memphis reception card.  Perfect for a formal house party!

The main invitation card alone is oh.so.romantic.

And more than 600 envelopes later… They were all lined!  Including the outer, the rsvp and the thank you note envelopes. Whew!

Stationery | Social Graces

You’ve heard it said that the art of writing a letter or note is soon to be a lost art – or is it already?  To that I say, “H-E-double hockey sticks, NO!”  I may have just lost whatever street cred I possess.  And successfully dated myself as a child of the 80s.  Well, all of that aside, it seems to me that the ability to write a hand-written note, and possessing the tools for such an endeavor, is perhaps an essential life skill that should not be lost to the coming generations.  Stay classy, San Diego.

Flat A6 note cards with printed envelopes to complete the set.

Navy + yellow on crisp white cotton paper.  Summery!

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