Playful and Merry Joie de Vivre foil stamped wedding invitations

Amber and J.P. customized our ever popular Joie de Vivre wedding invitation design by switching to a rectangular layout. Maybelle’s spirited hand calligraphy and Forest Green shine foil stamping add a playful and merry feel to their December wedding.

Joie de Vivre wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: pewter | foil stamping: forest shine | font: sans capitals | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | hand calligraphy accents: belle style | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: haverford pattern in vine | customization #19950 | Union Street Papery

Festive and Formal Purple Shine foil stamped wedding invitations

Our Celeste wedding invitation design gets a rollicking makeover for Sarah and Matthew’s summertime wedding.  Elegant hand calligraphy and metallic opal envelopes balance the bold Purple Shine foil for an invite that is both festive and formal.

Purple Shine foil stamped wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: garden | foil stamping: purple shine | font: streamline | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | foil edging: purple shine | hand calligraphy accents: spencerian style | envelope: metallic opal | envelope liner: classic color pattern in regalia | customization #16942

A peek inside Ellie Snow’s Studio

Right now, we’re featuring Ellie Snow as our Designer of the Month – that means April is all about Ellie (and all of her designs are on sale!)! We’ve been sharing some of Ellie’s design inspiration, a day in her life, and today, we’re giving you a peek inside her studio — both her former studio and her brand new, under-construction studio in the DIY District of Durham. We’ll let Ellie take it from here!

For the past couple years, the Hello Tenfold studio was in an old, rehabbed textile warehouse turned into artist studios (and before that, at my dining room table!). But this year, when a small space in a busier part of Durham, North Carolina became available, a photographer friend and I jumped on it. Just last month we moved in and are slowly getting settled. The location of the space is perfect — a short distance from my house, and across the street from a dangerously good coffee shop and many great restaurants. It’s a part of town lovingly called the “DIY district,” named for the many start-ups in the area.

Bella Figura + Hello Tenfold Designer Ellie Snow in her studio

Ellie Snow's old studio in Durham, North Carolina

Above: Ellie’s former studio 

Ellie Snow gives us a peek at her new studio - here's a "before" shot

Above is a photo of the new space, which used to be a garage, before it was fixed up for us earlier this year. Our landlords removed the garage doors and replaced them with storefront windows, painted, and cleaned up a bit, but we’ve also had to get creative with ways to hide (or learn to love!) the flaws in an older building. I hired a carpenter to make some inexpensive built-in display shelves in what used to be a doorway, and we’ll cover the rough concrete floors with a variety of rugs.

Ellie Snow gives us a peek inside her new studio - here's a look at some of the progress

Although it’s a small space, we felt strongly about having a couch to make things cozy and comfortable, and a meeting table, so we’ve also had to be careful with how much stuff we brought into the space — for me, that meant filling my basement at home with miscellaneous envelopes, paper, and old invitation samples! It felt great to pare down to the essentials, and sharing a space means I need to be a little neater (I can really make a mess, yikes). I’ve been stocking up on attractive looking storage baskets and boxes, and covered my glass front cabinets with patterned tissue paper and re-purposed table runners to hide the not always organized samples, ribbons, and envelopes inside. We have lots of touch-up painting to do. We’re shooting for early May to have a studio opening party, so there will be more peeks coming over the next month! You can see more images and current projects on my blog, Mint.

Many thanks to Ellie for letting us peek inside her new space! We’ll be back with an update when the studio is complete – stay tuned! And be sure to shop Ellie’s designs – you can save 10% on any order (or 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!). Start shopping now. 

Foil stamped Hollywood inspired wedding invitations

Using the glitz and glam of Hollywood as inspiration, Melea and Ramon customized our Glamorous Blooms wedding invitation design with Fuchsia Shine and Silver Shine foils. It’s strikingly dramatic and perfect for their tinseltown wedding.

Foil stamped Hollywood inspired wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: fuchsia shine + silver shine | fonts: moravia + statham | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | foil edging: fuchsia shine | customization #19133 | Urbanic Paper Boutique

 

Dazzling Wedding Invitations in Indigo Shine foil

Our Emile wedding invitation design is dazzling in Indigo Shine foil – perfect for Heidi and Brent’s wedding at New York’s Scandinavia House, where the beauty of Scandinavian design and craftsmanship is celebrated.

Dazzling Wedding Invitation in Indigo Shine foil | Bella Figura

foil stamping: indigo shine | font: emile | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | foil edging: silver shine | pocketfold: iris | customization #19812 | Creative Parties

Let Bella Figura Print Your Favor Cards (For Free!)

Since introducing our Free Favor Card promotion we’ve seen an inspiring amount of large-hearted giving. From cancer research to wildlife trusts, our clients are taking the opportunity to raise awareness for the organizations and causes that have touched their lives.  We’ll design and print favor cards for you to use in lieu of traditional favors at your special event – whether it be your wedding, your bridal shower, your Mitzvah celebration or your milestone birthday extravaganza.

It makes our hearts happy to see all of the worthy causes being supported by our amazing clients, and we couldn’t be more proud that we get to play a part in their generosity. Take a look at the ways our clients are using this promotion to spread the word about nonprofits in need:

Carry the design from your other stationery pieces over to your favor cards for a cohesive and stylish look.  They can be fun and festive or simple and sophisticated depending on the rest of the decor at your event.

 Bella Figura Favor Cards

If the no-frills look is more your style, skip the design and just go for a type-based favor card.

 Bella Figura Favor Cards

There is no rule that says your favor card can’t double as a seating card – so go ahead and leave room for your guest’s names.  You can even add a line directing them to their table.

 Bella Figura Favor Cards

Favor cards can honor individuals, too. Go ahead and include the name of the person that is the very reason you support your cause so passionately.

 Bella Figura Favor Cards

We are animal lovers around here, so we couldn’t resist giving some extra attention to these favor cards supporting our four-legged friends.

 Bella Figura Favor Cards

You can be a part of this charitable trend with a minimum printing order of $500 and a donation to a non-profit organization that you feel passionate about.  Read more about this and other promotions here.

Destination Wedding Inspiration for Analina from Ellie Snow

Ellie Snow imagined a formal destination wedding with simple yet exotic touches when she created her Analina invitation design for our 2014 collection. Playful yet worldly, the Analina design is bursting with romance, and calligraphy accents from Sarah Hanna up the elegance factor on this pretty invitation design. Check out Ellie’s Analina Pinterest board to see even more inspiration for this new design! And be sure to shop all of Ellie’s invitations – you can save up to 20% on all of her designs this month (learn more!)!

Take a look at Ellie Snow's inspiration for Analina, a destination wedding inspired letterpress wedding invitation from Bella Figura

From top: Analina | bride in Jenny PackhamVilla de Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy | streets of Portugal | bride & groom | wedding reception | floral centerpiece | Moroccan hotel

Modern Industrial inspired wedding invitations in Red Shine foil

Franziska and Samuel chose our industrial inspired Lumos wedding invitation design, complete with a custom folder, metallic envelope liner and bold Red Shine foil. They asked guests to “sparkle, shine and look divine” for their modern Zurich hochzeit (that’s German for wedding).

Modern Industrial inspired wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: red shine | fonts: sans capitals + impression + popular | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: metallic silver | customization #19400

Romantic Vintage Wedding Inspiration for Pemberley

Overflowing with glamour, the Pemberley invitation by Ellie Snow is ideal for a vintage wedding – especially if you’re inspired by old-world elegance and luscious, cascading flowers. When dreaming up this design, Ellie pictured a romantic, candle-lit wedding with dramatic touches. Love this look? See more of Ellie’s inspiration for Pemberley on Pinterest, and take advantage of this month’s special: all of Ellie’s invitations are on sale for up to 20% off from now through April 30!

Ellie Snow's vintage wedding inspiration for Pemberley, a new wedding invitation design for Bella Figura's 2014 collection (on sale now through April 30!)

Image credits, from top: Pemberley invitation | bouquet | bride | clutch | mimosas | floral-covered staircase | estate | dining area 

Letterpress Thank You Cards Featuring Hand Calligraphy

We can’t think of a more graceful way to say thank you than with a social note featuring hand calligraphy from one of our exceedingly talented calligraphy artists. For wedding correspondence and beyond, these personalized thank you cards can be a lovely gift to the bride and groom.

Letterpress Thank You Cards Featuring Hand Calligraphy from Bella Figura