the tucked belly band

I created a little twist on the typical belly band for a couple of recent orders and really liked the way it came out! Both of these clients ended up with completely custom designs. First up was an invitation order from a client I've worked with twice before, first on an order of custom stationery and subsequently on her wedding save-the-dates. So of course I was thrilled when she got in touch earlier this year to get the process started on invitations for her Labor Day weekend wedding. Here's what we came up with, a rustic but elegant ensemble that highlighted the natural beauty of the event's Pacific Northwest location.

Their names were printed again in Hebrew, which I think added a really lovely visual element even if you can't read Hebrew!

We carried over the gold and moss green used in the save-the-date, but instead of black, paired these colors with a rich chocolate brown for the majority of the text and the card stock backing on the invite.

Finally, instead of using a belly band all the way around, the brown shimmer paper printed with a gold woodgrain pattern was tucked between the two layers of the invite in front, creating a very subtle detail in front and a practical solution for containing the rest of the ensemble in back.

I created a similar band for a fall bride in this ensemble, which incorporated a palette of gray, brown, and "lake" blue, with a touch of green.

The client had found this font and wanted to incorporate a scroll theme along with the love birds motif, so I found these "sketchy" scrolls that coordinated perfectly.

The touch of green came primarily from the decorative paper we used for the tucked belly band (the silver of which in turn inspired the "cement" gray paper used in the ensemble!).

This design also gave me another opportunity to work with Etsy seller sugarskull7, who makes amazing hand-carved rubber stamps. 

My client wanted a stamp that coordinated with the flat-printed love bird motif we used on the invite, for use elsewhere in her wedding stationery, on programs and thank you notes she planned to make herself.  

Isn't the stamp itself just gorgeous?!  In addition to creating custom stamps, sugarskull7 has a huge inventory of unique stamps, ready to go, along with stamping supplies.  So talented. And great customer service. After a not so great experience with an address stamp maker for the same client, we were both relieved sugarskull7 could help us on the bird stamp!

Congrats to my late summer and early fall brides, Rachel and Alex!

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