Unique Modern Light Letterpress Birthday Invitations

These simple, yet wonderfully unique letterpress birthday invitations sent to us by our friends over at By Invitation Only in Arizona are a real treat!  The set features our Modern Light design (by Ian Koenig) and includes a beautiful invitation to the party as well as a reply card.  Each piece is printed in our espresso ink and has a charming monogram (which show off the initials for the person of honor as well as his birth date) in the top left corner.  Getting these in the mail would be almost as sweet as a slice of the Birthday cake!

ink: espresso | font: requiem | paper: 2-ply ivory | invite size: sq-7 | edge painting: espresso

minimalistic letterpress birthday invitation

by Sean Mahady on December 29th, 2011. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Edge Painting vs. Foil Edging – How to Choose?

Edge painting and foil edging are centuries old, but here at Bella Figura we are keeping this timeless practice alive! We offer both edge painting and foil edging as embellishment options for our letterpress invitations. Want to customize your invitations by adding an edging but not sure which option to choose? We know that the process of choosing embellishments may seem a little overwhelming (especially since we’ve added a lot to our list of options for 2012), so today we’re here to tell you about the differences between edge painting and foil edging, and we’ll help you determine which embellishment will work best for you.

Bella Figura has added foil edging as a new embellishment option for 2012 -- this post will help you figure out how to choose

First here are a few thing to ask yourself:

1. Do you want a sleek, metallic shine or a reflective edge?
2. Are you using foil stamping in your suite?
3. Do you want to use an accent color outside of our letterpress inks?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then foil edging may be the perfect choice!

Foil edging is a fabulous new embellishment option available at Bella Figura, and adds a metallic sheen to the edge of any letterpress invitation

We are completely in love with foil edging, and thrilled that we can offer this option! Shiny metallics will be really popular for weddings in 2012, so if you are looking for a trendy new way to enhance your invitations this may be the perfect fit for you. We have 12 dazzling new foil colors that are all stunning (ranging from more traditional silver, gold & copper colors to more modern teal, fuchsia & indigo). Foil edging leaves a shiny edge that we think is breathtaking. If you can’t fit foil stamped invitations into your budget but still want a special hint of shine, you can add foil edging!


1. Do you want a bright pop of color (think neons), or are you ordering a custom ink* color and want a cohesive suite? *Custom inks are an additional charge.
2. Do you want a matte finish?
3. Are you trying to keep costs down?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then edge painting may be the perfect choice!

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by Christie Jones on December 28th, 2011. Category: Wedding Tips and Advice,Wedding Trends | 1 comment

Top 2012 Wedding Trends: Neon Letterpress

The neon trend will continue to thrive in full force in 2012, so we’ve added some amazing new neon ink colors to our collection! Make a bold statement by printing your letterpress invitations in a vibrant neon color, or consider edge painting on your stationery in a bright color to add an extra wow-factor. Read on to see our favorite new neon inks & designs, and check out our tips for how you can pull in pops of neon throughout your wedding day!

Hot off the press & letterpress printed in hot pink ink (clockwise from top left): New Horizon, a modern new design from Tara Hogan; hot pink edge painting on the trendy New Washi invitation design by Kamal; grand old English styled hand calligraphed lettering is printed in hot pink in the Royal Calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert; the New Washi invitation design from Kamal, letterpress printed in hot pink ink and foil stamped in gold shine.

Hot pink neon ink is a new letterpress ink offering from Bella Figura for 2012

Lime-aid (an electric, lime-colored letterpress ink) adds a gorgeous hint of green to the Tapestry invitation by Tara Hogan (and looks stunning when printed alongside taupe ink); lime-aid ink looks extra-modern when paired with black ink and modern fonts in the Architect design by Erin Jang.

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by Erica Henriksen on December 26th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Tips and Advice,Wedding Trends | (2) comments

A Vintage Christmas Letterpress Wedding Invitation

May your days be merry and bright! Step back in time to the Christmases of yesteryear to find inspiration for your winter wedding. Muted reds, greens and taupes create such a warm and inviting palette. Use these colors on vintage letterpress invitation designs, such as Harlow, by Jessica Tierney, to bring the magic of the holiday season to life!

harlow customization = inks: papaya + olive | fonts: billhead + archive  | paper: ivory | invite size: f-8 | liner: european formal in hazel |  original design by Jessica Tierney | customized by in-house designer Lindsy Aragona

christmas inspired letterpress wedding invitation ideas(photo credits: Better Homes and Gardens)

by Lindsy Aragona on December 26th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Colors,Wedding Tips and Advice | No comments

The 2012 Letterpress Invitation Collection from Bella Figura

Bella Figura’s letterpress invitation designs for 2012 have arrived!  We’ve added 6 brand new designers and 83 new letterpress wedding invitation designs – which means you’ve now got over 300+ incredible designs to choose from! We’ve added new embellishment options, too — think metallics (foil stamping and foil edging now available in 12 dazzling colors – choose traditional metallics like gold, silver or copper, or go for something a little more daring, like fuchsia, indigo, forest or teal!). Metallics and shine will be a huge wedding trend for 2012, so mix foil stamping with letterpress for a hint of glamour, create a show-stopping look with a powerful pair of foil stamped colors (think two tone gold or gold with silver), or add foil edging for a splash of sophisticated flair.

Shiny metallics are one of the beautiful new options from Bella Figura's 2012 collection

Pretty metallics will shine in 2012 -- foil stamping is now available from Bella Figura

Counter clock-wise from upper left: Aria by Maybelle; Canto by Kelle Anne McCarter; Fugue by Kamal; Traditional Script by Beth Barr; Moroccan Romantic by Lindsy Aragona; Unique Minimes by Gina Dean and Lauren Richel Kelly. 

An assortment of foil stamped and foil edged pieces from Bella Figura

New designs and metallics aren’t the only thing we’ve got that’s new for 2012! We’ve got new calligraphy styles, new options for pocketfolds, envelopes + envelope liners, and more. There’s a wide variety of artwork, cartouches, and monograms in our motif library.  Let Chris – one of our knowledgeable invitation experts – walk you through all of the amazing new offerings (just check out the video below!)

by Erica Henriksen on December 22nd, 2011. Category: About Us,News + Updates | 1 comment

Mimosa letterpress wedding invitations en français

Letterpressed in a sophisticated duet of Wine and Espresso inks, this version of Amy Graham Stigler‘s Mimosa design has an exquisitely lush and warm feel – perfect for a tropical wedding in the French West Indies.

inks: espresso + wine | paper: 1-ply white | invitation size: a7 | client coordinator: chris gannon

bilingual letterpress wedding invitations

by Chris Gannon on December 21st, 2011. Category: Design Customizations,Wedding Tips and Advice | No comments

Feel the Joy of the Holiday Season with these Alpine Letterpress Wedding Invitations

It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with these winter inspired Alpine (by Beth Ann Seal) letterpress wedding invitations. Who could help but fall in love with a wedding invitation that begins…”In the spirit of peace and joy this holiday season”?  This suite radiates warm sunshine, because we can’t help but shake the good vibes when looking at each piece. We feel a warm embrace on the coldest of winters nights when we talk about this stunning set! We always love a pop of color and the cardinal ink is absolute perfection paired with pale gray. We can almost see the snowflakes falling!  We promise that this romantic set will charm you.

inks: cardinal + pale gray | fonts: parisian + garamond | paper: 1-ply white | invite size: f-8 |

winter lettepress wedding invitations


by Jessica Hanaman on December 20th, 2011. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Holiday-inspired Florian Script customization

This holiday-inspired customization of our Florian Script letterpress wedding invitation is perfect for a formal, contemporary wedding.  The pale, warm ink colors are balanced by festive cardinal edge paint, which sets the mood for an elegant evening event and has us dreaming of snow!

florian script customization = inks: shell + french vanilla | fonts: sakura + utrecht | paper: ivory | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant chainlink pattern in espresso ink |  original design by Jessica Tierney | customized by in-house designer Sarah Walroth

embellishment suggestions: edge painting: cardinal

holiday inspired classic letterpress wedding invitations

(Photo Credits: Kio Kreations)

by Sarah Walroth on December 19th, 2011. Category: Wedding Colors,Wedding Tips and Advice | No comments

Inspired by Ikaty: an Ikat round-up

Our letterpress design of the month for December is the trendy Ikaty design by Kamal, and it’s got us going crazy for everything ikat right now. We found these fun pieces online and just had to share — we guarantee you’ll be inspired!

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration from the web!

1. A sweet raspberry Daphne ikat clutch | 2. The perfect ikat bridesmaid’s dress | 3. Pretty blue ikat dishes | 4. Totally turquoise ikat pillow | 5. Gorgeous red ikat cloth napkins | 6. A vibrant, multi-colored ikat scarf | 7. The prettiest ikat iPhone case | 8. A sophisticated ikat dinner plate | 9. A tropical Ikat cake


In our search for ikat inspiration, we also came across these incredible weddings on Style Me Pretty — our first fabulous find features the most amazing table runners, made with fabric ordered from Usbekistan!  The second wedding had rich blue ikat pieces scattered throughout the reception — a gorgeous board for escort cards, comfy pillows for lounging and sophisticated table runners all added the perfect touch of pattern and color (and we love the way the blue fabric looks next to those vibrant orange flowers!).

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration!

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration from Style Me Pretty!

Don’t forget – the Ikaty suite is on sale for 20% off through 12/31 (including invitations, thank you notes, programs, save the dates, menus, place cards, and more!)!

by Erica Henriksen on December 15th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Promotions + Giveaways,Wedding Trends | 1 comment

Bella Figura Letterpress Invitations Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Earlier this year, we worked with Alice and Beth from Alice G. Patterson Photography on an amazing project we’re really excited to share. Featured recently on Green Wedding Shoes, this collaboration features some of our most popular letterpress invitation designs alongside some incredible miniatures. Alice and Beth set up these picturesque scenes and we were completely blown away with the end result — take a look!

An ikat fabric-based invitation designed by Kamal for Bella Figura

The Amor calligraphy design for Bella Figura

String Calligraphy, a whimsical hand calligraphed wedding invitation designed by Patricia Mumau for Bella Figura

A circus inspired invitation from Bella Figura

A modern calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert for Bella Figura

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by Erica Henriksen on December 14th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Press | No comments