Those who know me best know how much I love making invitations. They also know that I love painting. As in, every piece of clothing I own has paint on it somewhere. There are canvases leaning up against every surface of my home, both complete and half finished. And between the Divine Miss A and I, we have made piles of loose leaf paintings on various types of paper throughout the house. Consequently, we have an art problem.
And then I had a brainwave… Why not combine my two great loves? Why not turn some of my artwork into invitations? Isn’t that the whole point of professional grade scanners anyway?
Why choose when you can have both!
A few weeks ago I had a great time with a glass of wine, some yupo paper (which is thin paper made of plastic) and alcohol ink. I set it all aside to dry and a few days later created this.
I’m pretty excited about how this turned out! The flow of the alcohol ink really comes across well in the print. Every little splash and texture is captured beautifully and every detail pops. Here is a close up.
If you like this collection, it has just been added to our shop! Contact us for your quote and if you leave us your mailing address we would love to pop a free sample in the mail for you.
That’s not all though. I’ve been so busy! Check it out.
While the butterflies on their own are pretty simple and traditional, the colors our bride Jamala chose are modern and bright. She opted for our Signature pocket, and used the side panels to write meaningful quotes in a font she used all through her wedding (this font is called PassionsConflict, which I teased her about during our interactions. It’s a great font actually. It’s scripty and kinda messy, but not really – it’s pretty cool.)
This color scheme is what I like to call “juicy” – it makes me think of all the tropical fruit on display whenever I go on vacation somewhere warm, and it always tastes SO MUCH BETTER than anything similar I eat when I get back home. These colors aren’t a photoshop job, they really do pop like this. Jamala did a great job merging a traditional motif with a modern color scheme to create a mix of old and new.
Here is what her invitation looks like when it is closed. Jamala’s friend had designed a monogram which she sent to me. I included it on the outside of her invitation.
Rock On Old School
Our bride Richelle also loved our Butterfly invitation, but wanted to make it a little bit edgier. She decided to go with a black and hot pink color scheme.
How rad is this? This color scheme always looks amazing. My brother also had a fuchsia and black palette and chose our Swirls invitation – it looked incredible and bold. Richelle also chose the Signature pocket, but instead of quotes on the side panels she opted for a continuation of the butterfly motif.
I’m not sure how noticeable it is in these photos, but even the rhinestone between the names is a different color. Did you see it before I pointed it out? Jamala’s is a clear “diamond” looking one and Richelle’s is a hot pink one to match the cardstock. Cool, huh?
Can you be quiet?
Jenni came to us with a simple request… to design something less bright. Less bold. Less in your face. Overall, something quieter…. with butterflies. And we did just that! Jenni’s color scheme was light and dark sage green, perfect for her summer wedding.
It has a very different feel to it, doesn’t it? It’s the same design, but by using a different set of colors and fonts it seems softer and more whimsical.
With our Signature pocketfold design, you can inject even more of your own personality by adding photos of yourself or of your venue onto the side panels. We have had clients do this in the past when they are trying to sell a destination wedding to their guests by putting pictures of resorts, specialty food or even in one case the Tuscan landscape on there.
One regret I have is of not taking more photographs of my past work. You know what they say about hindsight… My brides have been so creative in the past and I wish I had thought to take pictures of it all! Of course, I didn’t think back then I would be blogging about it… but it still would be lovely to have photos of all the cool stuff my girls have come up with.
What awesome things will you come up with? Get in touch with me about designing your wedding invitations.
Hola, muchachos! I was on the radio! I was interviewed by R.J. Johnson for his radio show Austin Bridal Secrets. We talked about my invitations, how I started Chantal Claire and we even got into the nitty gritty of my cardstock of choice, Bazzill, and why I love it so much.
Signature or Contemporary?
During our conversation, we briefly touched on the two pocket choices I offer. Our most popular choice is the contemporary pocket, which opens from bottom to top. The contemporary pocket is in the middle price range.
If the contemporary pocket isn’t quite doing it for you, or you require more options for personalization, then the signature pocket is just right for you. The side panels provide the perfect opportunity for you to include photos of yourselves, quotes, or photos/information about your location if you are having a destination wedding.
America’s Got Invitations
In this interview, we of course delved pretty deep into my invitations and how my little company came to be. But we also ended up talking about my original beginnings… as a sound engineer and singer/fiddler. Ah, the good old days, when I’d be up all night performing in dirty bars, watching drunk people get drunker with every passing hour. Listen to hear all the goodies.
My invitations are handmade. Yup, I make all the invitations you guys order BY HAND. No automation or robotic involvement anywhere! Well, I have the inserts printed by a professional printer, but I make all the pockets and add the rhinestones and whatnot by hand.
Recently I ordered some samples from some other invitation companies, just to see what my competition was doing. And they were very nice – I have no complaints. The samples were fine. Just – fine. Nice.
However, it was very obvious that these were factory made. The pockets from the different companies were identical, but assembled in different types of paper. I found that a bit of a bummer – two different companies, yet the pockets were the same. They had obviously been purchased from a wholesaler somewhere.
The ink was printed right onto the cardstock rather than onto blank inserts. I’m sure this was a cost saving measure… but you definitely get what you pay for, because it didn’t feel very luxe or personal to me. Basically, all of the samples seemed very “cookie cutter”, as though a line of nano robots were spitting them out assembly line style. Wow, that’s quite the image, eh?
Now, I don’t want to slam these invitations – I realize people have different budgets, and for some this may fit within their budget or preferences and that’s fine. But for those who are like me and just cannot do things like everybody else, I offer my handmade invitations as an alternative. Because each one goes through my hands, I make sure every single invitation is up to my high standards before shipping it out. I painstakingly create a tiny reflection of you and your partner to present to your guests while allowing you to be a part of the creative process. While the inserts are at the printer, I begin to cut the cardstock that will become the handmade pockets and outer wrap. When everything is back from print I assemble it all myself. I am a perfectionist and have set a very high standard for myself. I am very proud of the work that I do and the high quality I provide.
My try to exclusively use Bazzil cardstock when creating my handmade invitations. If Bazzil isn’t available in a particular color that has been requested (which doesn’t happen often) I will go with another brand that is of the same quality, but it is my favorite cardstock to use because of the thickness, texture and variety.
There is also a huge variety of colors and even certain gold foil patterns that I’m somewhat in love with. I’m a bit of a paper snob, so this is a topic I should probably write a separate post about.
When planning your next event, I hope you will consider using my invitations. I really do believe that a beautiful handcrafted invite sets the tone for your wedding. Contact me for a free sample!
Hearts. It’s a pretty standard wedding motif, and for good reason. Hearts are a perfect symbol of love, and what’s a wedding without love? Being a wedding vendor, I knew I’d have to create an invitation with a hearts motif.
But being me, I knew I couldn’t do something standard. I tried, I really did, but I just can’t do things and have them turn out like other people’s. I guess that’s why my business is successful, though. This is the hearts design I came up with.
Pretty swanky, huh? I really like the signature style because there’s an extra opportunity to personalize things with the side panels. Blue and green are usually my go to colors when designing because those were my wedding colors. I also really like using pink tones and shades of orange in initial designs.
Previous Client Work
I really wasn’t sure how this would look in other colors, but thankfully my clients are always really creative in their ideas, and we have worked together to create some really beautiful invitations featuring this design. Like this one, doesn’t the pink just pop? It makes me think of the type of gum with the liquid goo inside – it’s such a juicy color. I love the stripe of green and the hearts seem to pop right off of it.
Playing the Blues
There is some pretty cool stuff clients have done in shades of blue. I always go for a turquoise shade, which is my signature color and the color I painted my office walls. But seeing these again, I realize that I’m really limiting myself. These are pretty rad – there is such gorgeous depth in these blues, and I love both the purple and tangerine they have chosen as accents. Man my clients are awesome.
I absolutely adore this last hearts collection. A brown and blue color scheme always looks classy and hip at the same time. Being a versatile scheme, it can be fresh and funky, it can lean towards the more rustic side if the blue is on the pale side, or it can be very classic if the motif is something traditional. I think Shawna nailed it with this one.
The back and forth
Generally, I’m not a huge fan of hearts. However I’m really digging this hearts invitation and especially what my past clients have done with it. I’m really excited to see what my new clients can do to really make it their own. I think it’s so cool that I can come up with something when I’m designing, and then my clients can personalize it in ways I hadn’t considered (and I’m a pretty creative person). I think the back and forth between us is really interesting and I really get to know my clients’ and their tastes. We tend to email/text and sometimes my clients have used my inbox as a therapy session, too, which I don’t mind at all! A lot of the time we are facebook friends at the end of the process (hey I’m still old school) and in some cases I’ve had a chance to watch my clients go on to start families of their own.
And to think… it all started with some hearts and a lot of love.
The cool thing about the Signature pocket invitation is that you have the space on each side to jazz it up and really make it your own. You can do this by personalizing the side panels with photos or unique quotes or phrases.
In the past, our clients have used the side panels to showcase photos of their resorts as a way of convincing guests to come to their destination wedding on the beach, and I have to take a moment here to say that I got a little jealous that I wasn’t invited because DANG those places looked awesome. One client was getting married in Italy and included photos of a Tuscan winery near her wedding venue on the left side panel and her ceremony location on the right.
We have also had guests include adorable pictures of themselves on the panels, which is a great way to create one of a kind invitations using our designs. We of course do this for you at no charge, along with changing the colors and fonts of our designs.
Steal these phrases:
But what if you’re not into pictures, but still love the Signature pocket invitation? Quotes or phrases are most commonly used on the side panels. Some clients have used lines from their favorite songs, and we have even included something from a Dr. Seuss book for one of our quirkier couples! The side panels make our invitations really versatile.
Can’t think of anything awesome to write? Look here for some inspiration:
Hearts will be practical only when they are made unbreakable. – Wizard of Oz
Our love will move us forward.
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss
Forever begins today.
When your heart speaks, listen.
If I know what love is, it is because of you.
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.