Peter’s top secret birthday invitations

July 15th, 2014 by

When planning Peter’s surprise party I knew I wanted to send out physical invitations.  It was important to me for the event to be a surprise and I couldn’t risk e-vites, emails, or texting ruining it.  TOP SECRET was letterpress in silver on a black cover.  Inside a thick 220lb fluorescent white card was blind printed with a deep impression. It was mailed in a bright yellow envelope.  It set the tone perfectly. The best part – the party was actually a surprise!! Happy 30th to my dear husband, Peter!

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rocky mountain invitations

July 9th, 2014 by

Eric and Amy were married mountain top in Keystone, Colorado in July. Their invitations were elegant and a bit rustic. The front of the main invitation was blind printed with a hand-drawn design to accent the silver and gold text.  We used the same hand-drawn design printed in gold on the back. Gold edge printing and a coral ribbon finished up the set.

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Photography | Julie Roberts

glamorous gold foil & letterpress

October 8th, 2013 by

Our first conversation with Adrienne was over a cocktail while imagery of a glamorous ceremony and sparkly reception, like something from the Great Gatsby, filled our heads. Her fondness of the Art Deco era style served as the spring board for our design. We worked with a local printer to print gold foil on 220lb cotton paper. We could not be more thrilled with the way the gold turned out!!! We print all of our letterpress work in house but it was fun to outsource this part of the job and watch the masters at Widby Printing print the gold foil. A roll of metallic foil runs through the press and leaves the design’s inverse behind. Well, it was just too beautiful to throw away so I kept it – as seen in the 3rd photo down. We gifted the metal plate used for the printing to Adrienne and Will as a memento. The simple geometric design in shimmering gold was just perfect. The RSVP card was letterpress with black on 110lb cotton paper with a black envelope. The set was wrapped with a black cover and tied together with thin gold string. The thin string created a structured design on the front. A gold envelope with printed addresses was the delightful vessel for the set. Adrienne is a beautiful person inside and out & we are thrilled for her and Will!

Photography by Julie Roberts

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classic calligraphy invitations

June 17th, 2013 by

Claire & Micheal have a fabulous sense of style. They worked with Jennifer Laraia to bring their vision to life, and what a magical day it was! The invitations feature Feast Calligraphy The palate was soft tones of peach and grey with a touch of gold. We used pearl white 220lb cotton stock for the invitation and edge painted in gold. The RSVP was one color with a grey printed envelope. This was a weekend of events so we needed a clever way to invite guests to both the cocktail party Friday evening and the breakfast on Sunday without adding several additional pieces. We printed a ‘Let’s Celebrate’ card with a small vellum envelope attached.  Inside the envelope was a small card/coaster printed on each side with the details of the events. Lace and a gold seal wrapped the set together. A collection of vintage stamps and calligraphied envelopes made this one exciting package to receive in the mail and we think it was a wonderful prelude to the wedding itself.  Doesn’t it all just look stunning!

Photography courtesy Watson Studios – see all the wedding photos here.

floral pattern invitations for M&M

January 14th, 2013 by

Happy New Year to you!!  We are having a hard time believing it is already 2013.  It was disappointing that we were unable to produce a calendar this year but our eyes are on 2014 to have a fresh one by then.  Here in Tennessee, we have had a bit of a warm streak.  I can hear the spring peepers (tiny frogs) starting to sing in the little pond near my home.  I am afraid they will be in for a rude awakening when winter decides to come back but today its warm and I am ready to think about spring.

Margaret and Matt wanted a traditional wedding set that was both modern and clean.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve a fresh look with traditional elements.   We paired an abstraction of their wedding flower, the hydrangea, on a grid of dots for a silhouetted outline.  The result was delicate with just the right balance of negative space.  The light blue balanced out the feminine floral design.  I love how the blue looks on the kraft vs the white.  It appears as though two shades of blue were used.

Their set included event cards for additional events happening that weekend.  It was all bound together with a kraft band printed M & M.  Labels were added for the RSVP and the exterior envelope.  This couple was on a tight budget and they were thrilled at what we were able to produce for them.  In order to save money we did not use our standard cotton paper and we left all the final assembly up to M & M.   It just goes to show that nice design and quality printing doesn’t have to break the bank but you do have to get creative.

Photos by Jessie at 5 Rings

German / English Christmas postcards

December 20th, 2012 by

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we have been busy getting ready for the holidays with custom letterpress cards for all!!  Maxi and Seth asked us to create a Christmas card to send to their family in Germany and in English to send to all their local pals.   The two versions were printed front and back on 220lb cotton stock with the Christmas message on the back and a simple red pinecone on the front.  To add a little festive flair the edges were painted gold.  Red & Gold are the perfect classic Christmas combo!  The end of every year leaves us reflecting on all the beautiful things we have had the opportunity to create and the great clients we have been able to work with.  From our family to yours, Emily & I wish you all the best this holiday season.  Thank you for supporting us in 2012, we can’t wait to see what is in store for the coming year.

Photos by Fourth Year Studio

Sydne + Tim’s rustic Wyoming wedding

October 22nd, 2012 by

Synde and Tim contacted us as med school students living in Minneapolis who were celebrating their recent Italian engagement!  Sydne grew up on a cattle farm in Wyoming and found herself looking back to her roots when wedding planning.

She describes the beauty of the Big Sky at the ranch.  “I love the idea of having wooden invitations to echo the gorgeous pine and oak forests around our ranch.  The ranch is in a very rural area that is full of rolling hills, grazing deer, and lots of sky.  There is nothing as beautiful as the night sky in Wyoming.  Tim and I love to lay out in the grass in the summer and ooh and aah at the seemingly endless display.”

The reception was held at Devil’s Tower, a huge natural landform several miles from her family’s ranch where the ceremony took place.  Since the area was rural it was very important to provide way-finding for the guests in the invitation.  We illustrated the map with icons for Devil’s Tower, the Clark Ranch, and the airport.  The wishbone graphic for the Clark Ranch is actually the family brand, how cool is that?!  Down the center of the map was the South Dakota – Wyoming state line.

We incorporated the brides hand-drawn sketch of the antlers throughout the set. She used antlers at the reception as decor.  The main invitation was printed on wood and the rsvp was a letterpress postcard.  A piece of black and white bakers twine tied the wrapped vellum map around the invitation to create a sophisticated, yet rustic wedding invitation for this creative, amazing couple!

Photos by Jessie at 5 Rings

She’s Here – birth announcement

October 11th, 2012 by

As the last few weeks of pregnancy inch toward the due date (or beyond in my case) family and friends are dying to know how you’re feeling and if today is the day. So when designing Anna’s birth announcement I knew exactly what it would say (YES!) She’s Here. Ha!  The card is letterpress printed in 2 colors with a vellum envelope holding Anna’s photo.  The color scheme is one of my most favorites and what we also used for her bedroom. Hope you love them like I do.

We had her newborn photo’s taken with Misty of Fresh Peas Portraits and we couldn’t be happier.  A ribbon and tag with Anna’s name is the top most layer to tie it all together.

We are also very happy to announce that we have this Photo Birth Announcement in our Etsy shop. You can customize this design to send family and friends, showing off your little one.


Edge Painting is amazing!

August 7th, 2012 by

And so is John Shim!  He is a fantastic local photographer and a good friend of Fourth Year Studio.  He photographed Emily’s wedding and her most adorable proposal.  Her husband proposed while mountain biking and asked John to hide out and capture Emily’s very surprised and extremely happy reaction.  It really doesn’t get any better than that.

John came to us in need of a memorable, simple business card that spoke true to his brand.  The cards are printed onto either side of Crane’s 220lb cotton stock. We felt we needed to spice things up a little bit and the double thick paper gave us the perfect medium to use for edge painting.

We matched the letterpress ink tone and used an airbrush to paint the edges.  It was thrilling to see how well it turned out and it was truly the perfect pop!

Thank you John for allowing us to experiment on you!

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Photos by John Shim

wooden outback wedding invitations

April 5th, 2012 by

How exciting…our first international client!!  Aimee and Timothy just got married in her backyard in Western Australia.  We incorporated a variety of techniques to achieve an invitation rich in texture.  The earthy hues were reflected in the outback wedding and reception with native vegetation.  The invitation is a sassafras veneer with a laser etched design.  We letter-pressed the rsvp card on 110lb cotton stock and address onto a kraft envelope.  It was all tucked inside a green recycled envelope with a kraft address label to tie it all together.  Although we were working long distance the process was as smooth as can be.  The most challenging aspect was scheduling a Skype video chat due to the 12 hour time difference!   Happy wedding Aimee & Timothy – thanks for trusting us Knoxville girls to get the job done well!

“We received our invitations!!  They are BEAUTIFUL!  I cannot tell you how much I love them!  I have showed a few people and they are so surprised when they find out that the invitation is made of wood!  Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort you put into these invitations.  I can’t wait to send them out!” -Aimee Vander Schaaf

*photos by 5 Rings Photo

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