winter wedding invites inspired by The Mitten

Sometime last winter (2011) I became enamored with one of the books my son checked out from the library - The Mitten and specifically the illustrations by Yaroslava.  As a fan of bold colors, I was drawn to the palette and loved the idea of using the book as inspiration for a winter wedding invitation, complete with mitten and scarf motif.  I put this design in my shop last fall but completely forgot to blog about it until recently.  So without further delay (and in time for winter 2012-13 weddings, I might add!), a new(ish) design:

I used a palette of white, pool blue, persimmon, poppy, and chocolate brown.

Unlike most of my designs that layer white or ivory paper over a colored card stock backing, I thought this design would work well if the white layered between the pool and chocolate layers showed through the snowflake cut-outs.

The scarf element is suggested by the persimmon belly band and poppy-colored baker's twine around the middle of the invite.

Actual illustrations are used on the response card - snowflakes and a pair of mittens.

The scarf motif is carried through on the outer envelope, where the return address is printed.

I customized this design soon after introducing it into my shop and the couple I worked with told me they planned to give pairs of mittens as favors and have copies of the book incorporated into their table centerpieces. What a great idea!  I don't think The Mitten was the focal point of their winter wedding necessarily but I love that they really ran with the theme of the invites once they decided on my design!

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