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

Shh…it’s a Sneak Peek! Bella Figura Letterpress Wedding Invitations for 2012

We can’t wait to show you our new offerings for next year — we’re introducing over 80 new trend-setting designs that are must-haves for the 2012 wedding season. Our new collection won’t be available until later this month, but we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek to let you know what’s in store for the new year. Think foil stamping (gold! silver! colored metallics!). 7 incredibly talented new designers and calligraphers. Colored envelopes. Letterpress on pocketfolds. Foil edging. New custom calligraphy styles (7 of them!). New inks. New fonts. 2 and 3 color liners. Take a look — it’s true love.

Bella Figura will offer foil edging as a new embellishment option in 2012

Gold and silver foil edging will be available as part of Bella Figura's new collection

A close-up look at some of the new designs being offered in Bella Figura's 2012 collection

Bella Figura will begin offering 2 and 3 color envelope liners in 2012, as well as personalized liners.

Fugue, a new design by Kamal for Bella Figura, is foil stamped in silver and gold

Bella Figura has added neon inks to their ink library for 2012

New offerings from Bella Figura in 2012 will include metallic envelope liners and colored & metallic envelopes

More foil edging from Bella Figura -- colored metallics will be a new option in 2012

by Erica Henriksen on December 2nd, 2011. Category: About Us,News + Updates | (2) comments

Behind the scenes at Bella Figura: A letterpress print shop

Ever wonder what goes on here in our letterpress shop?? We’ll show you! This video will (quickly) take you through a day of letterpress printing at here at Bella Figura. This behind the scenes video gives an inside look at every aspect of our beloved print shop: from graphic design, to photopolymer platemaking, to inking up the presses and printing, to assembling the printed pieces and neatly packaging the final products (like your beautiful invitations) in preparation for shipment.

 

by Erica Henriksen on November 29th, 2011. Category: About Us | No comments

Bella Figura Calligrapher Spotlight: Debi Zeinert of The Blooming Quill

Bella Figura calligrapher Debi Zeinert shared this close up look at her amazing work, a video that features her various calligraphy styles. Her elegant calligraphy can be found in her wedding invitation designs, and her calligraphy accents can also be found in other popular Bella designs (such as Loretta Formal and Calligraphy Monogram). In addition to beautiful, hand-calligraphed letterpress stationery and invitations through Bella Figura, Debi is also available for calligraphy addressing through her business, The Blooming Quill. Your envelopes, escort cards, and other wedding day stationery pieces can all be hand-done to match your letterpress printed suite! Check out this video to see Debi in action, and for more details on working with her, visit her website.

by Erica Henriksen on November 23rd, 2011. Category: About Us,Our Designers,Wedding Tips and Advice | No comments

Vote on the next Bella Figura Letterpress Design of the Month!

We’re pretty excited about Election Day 2011 around here (it’s today! Tuesday, November 8), so we’ve decided to hold a vote of our own! From now through November 30, four of our letterpress invitation designs will be in the running to become the next Bella Figura Design of the Month. The winning design will go on sale for 20% off during the month of December, so be sure to vote! (And tell your friends to vote, too!) The 20% off applies to save the dates, thank you cards, coasters, place cards, menus, programs, invitations, and any other piece that uses the winning design.

Voting is easy: simply visit this page to view the nominated designs, then ‘like’ your favorite (you must be logged in to Facebook to do this). Already dreaming up ways to customize your favorite design? Check out these gorgeous customizations our in-house graphic design team dreamed up to get some extra inspiration.

Alice by Tara Hogan



Carte de Visite by Ben Whitla


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by Erica Henriksen on November 8th, 2011. Category: About Us,Design Customizations,News + Updates,Promotions + Giveaways | No comments

Bella Figura loves Grindstone Farm!

We know, we know, this is supposed to be a blog about letterpress, but we thought you’d like these beautiful photos from one of our favorite places, Grindstone Farm. Not only does Grindstone provide delicious, nutritious, organic fruits and veggies to the Bella Figura staff through our CSA partnership, they are also a prime example of why farms make great wedding locations!

Of course, planning a wedding on a working farm can be tricky. You need to plan ahead so you are not stuck without power or lights (or bathrooms!), you’ll need to make sure grandma and grandpa do not have to walk a mile in dress shoes, and if you want the ultimate local experience of using food and flowers grown onsite, you’ll need to get the details to the farmer a year in advance.

When the details come together, it’ll be worth the trouble. Your guests will be able to share in an incredible one-of-a-kind experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Interested in finding a farm like this near you for your wedding or big event? Or do you want to use locally grown produce or flowers for your special event?  Check out localharvest.org to find CSAs, U Pick Farms, Farmers Markets, Grocery Co-ops in your area!

Want to see more photos from our trip to Grindstone Farm & our CSA pick-up spot here at Bella Figura? Check out this slideshow!

by Jenna Tulman on October 28th, 2011. Category: About Us,Green Wedding Ideas,News + Updates | No comments

Bella Figura — In the Press

We just love when magazines and blogs decide to showcase the beautiful letterpress printing we get to do every day, so today we’re sharing some of the amazing features Bella Figura has been spotted in over the past few months. One of the most recent spotlights was found in the fall 2011 issue of Inside Weddings, where Kamal‘s majestic Bejeweled design sparkled.

A few months back, Brides magazine highlighted our Nouvina design by Heidi, which features modern, whimsical flowers and fun, bold colors.

Stationery Trends also decided to feature one of our invitations this fall — the ever popular Irving invitation (designed by Ben Whitla).

We were also thrilled to see one of our calligraphers, Patricia Mumau of Primele, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings a few months back!

We’d also like to thank Oh So Beautiful Paper, Once Wed, Modernly Wed, Chic Vintage Brides, Wed Haute, If I Must Say So, and I Love You Too for highlighting our work — thank you, thank you!

by Erica Henriksen on October 6th, 2011. Category: About Us,News + Updates,Our Designers,Press | No comments

Behind the Scenes – The Bella Figura Letterpress Wedding Album

You may have heard that starting this month you can now find Bella Figura at your favorite local stationery store! It is with love and and great excitement that we sent the first batch of Bella Figura letterpress wedding albums out into the world late last week. We are proud to have teamed up with some of the world’s best stationery retailers and thought we’d share a little glimpse at what went into making this album possible…

So now you find Bella Figura in California, New York, Texas, New Hampshire, Nashville and beyond! Of course, we always love working with you directly so be in touch to chat with one of our stationery experts. To see the album live and in person, find a Bella Figura retailer near you and pay them a visit!

by Cynthia Converse on March 7th, 2011. Category: About Us | No comments

Around the Studio – Letterpress Motivation

Title: Motivation a la Amos
Photographer: Chris, letterpress client coordinator champ
Medium: iPhone
@ Bella Figura since: 2010

by Cynthia Converse on February 28th, 2011. Category: About Us | No comments

Around the Studio – Designer Cool Tape Dispenser (2/21/11)

Title: Design Assistant
Photographer: Jess, letterpress designer
Medium: Hipstimatic for iPhone
@ Bella Figura since: 2009

by Cynthia Converse on February 21st, 2011. Category: About Us | No comments