a steampunk-inspired butterfly motif wedding invitation ensemble

I managed to make it through the entire month of November without a single blog post!  It was a busy month of inquiries, several of which turned into orders, which of course I'm extremely excited about and keeping my fingers crossed that the business keeps up.  But before I get into any "real wedding" updates, let me first catch up on a new design I added to the shop a few weeks ago.

After seeing this cake featured on the Sunday Sweets edition of Cake Wrecks, I was motivated to create a Steampunk-inspired wedding invitation.  The "inspired" part is important since I can't claim to know much about this genre before seeing this cake, but I fell in love with the palette and saw an opportunity in the combination of the clockwork imagery with the more feminine butterfly motif (a motif I've used before), the Victorian era fonts, and the use of copper shimmer paper and embossed hand-stamped details.

The result is a horizontal tea-length invitation in soft white and pool blue, layered over copper shimmer card stock, and tied together with a navy satin ribbon that matches the ink used for the text and one of the two stamps used on the left portion of the panel.

The response card is also hand-stamped and embossed, using the single butterfly stamp also used on the invite.  As always, samples of this design are available in my Etsy shop.  The palette was really the inspiration for this design but the colors are, of course, completely customizable, whether your wedding is Steampunk-inspired or not!

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