While I was pregnant, we went to Pittsburgh for a wedding. I really loved Pittsburgh and appreciated the opportunity to explore the city. One day while walking around, we came across this awesome old fish market, Wholey's. There were tons of old hand lettered and hand painted signs. I just fell in love with the lettering styles used throughout the market. That was the inspiration behind the lettering on the announcement. I had the style of lettering I wanted to use but I didn't yet have the photo. Yes newborn (which is 0-6 weeks to me) photos are darling but they never show much of a personality. I didn't have a set idea of what I wanted the photo to look like for her announcement, just that I'd know it when I saw it. On April 4th, when she was about a month and a half, I got the perfect photo!
For the lettering, I used a brush tip marker, scanned the file into photoshop, cleaned it up, and outlined the text with live trace, then did a little more cleanup once the letters were actual shapes I could play around with. I had the lettering, I had the photo- now I needed to find a printer.
I wanted to work with a local printer and have them do it all- print the photo and the holographic foil over it. After a lot of research and a lot of back and forth, I finally found them. I used Gold Image Printing, right here in Los Angeles. It wasn't exactly a painless process (lots of back and forth and confusion over files/emailing with a lot of different people) but once we finally got on the same page I am so happy with how they turned out. It's a bit difficult to take a photo of the holographic foil, but it looks so awesome in action, check out this video on my instagram.
Now, for some details about the paper.
The Carpenters have been one of my favorite bands for as long as I could remember. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that my local library growing up had an elaborate shrine to them. I fought hard for one of the Carpenter's songs to be our first dance at our wedding but it didn't happen. (If you're interested, this:
I hand lettered the quote:
"on the day that you were born
the angels got together
and decided to create a
dream come true"
and made it into a rubber stamp for the back of the envelope. Now I really will never get that song out of my head.A few years ago, I got stickers made out of Otto's head and loved them. I went a little nuts making sticker faces out of Ellis' face but cmon, how could I not? I used mystickerface.com They are so easy and really awesome. Plus there are tons of uses for stickers of your baby. (They are having a big sale until November 29th- if you want any get on it!)
I sealed each envelope with a holographic round sticker and put a sticker face on top of it.
I got a TON of these awesome planet postage stamps from my local post office but didn't they didn't have enough. I have quite a huge stamp collection so I picked some other favorites.
For the addressing of the envelopes I used the wink of stella brush pens in glitter white. I am obsessed with these! Ever since Rhea (Devoted Diarist) told me about them I have been hooked- I even got them for the shop! After I addressed them and put on the postage stamp I just felt something was missing. This added hours and hours but I had to decorate each one with a ton of rubber stamps. I just wanted the recipient of this announcement to get very excited when they saw this amongst their stack of bills and junk mail. I had to go all in!
For the envelopes I used a7 night envelopes from paper source, and this white ink pad.
I hope you guys enjoyed these, they were such a labor of love to get in the mail! My largest and most fun mailing to date- I sent more announcements then I had sent wedding invitations! If I forgot to include anything (and I most likely did) just let me know in the comments.
Recap of resources:
- I did all the lettering of the announcements, designing and making the rubber stamp, addressing + decorating of the envelopes. I'd be happy to work with you on lettering for a custom project- It's what I do 😊
- holographic foil printing from gold image printing
- stickers from mystickerface
- planet postage from usps
- envelopes from paper source
- holographic round stickers from etsy shop the dot spot lane
- brush pen used to address envelopes
- white stamp pad