This holiday customization of our Stipple design is sure to put a sparkle in all your loved ones eye’s when they open it up! A bright use of silver foil and bold blues are bound get everyone excited for the New Year. Stipple – and Kamal’s entire collection of inspired designs – is on sale through the end of October, so be sure to order your customized holiday cards early and send them out to all your favorites!
stipple customization | foil color: silver shine | font: sans capitals | paper: white | invite size: SQ-7 | liner: elegant ombre pattern in aquamarine | hand calligraphy accents: lincoln style | original design by Kamal | customization by in-house designer Jessica Tierney
Today’s guest post comes from Bella Figura designer Kamal – our featured designer during the month of October. Kamal recently spent a month in India, where she rang in the New Year, enjoyed festive wedding celebrations for her niece, and took in many of the beautiful sites and sounds. Today we’re sharing the first part of her journey – we’ll be sharing more later this month!
India, my beloved country, is known to the world as a land full of culture, tradition, vibrant breathtaking colors, awe inspiring textiles, a mecca of spices, warm hearted hospitality, overwhelming maternal patriotism, and a pool of forward thinking youth determined to make their mark in the world. To me, however, India simply is and forever will be the land of my father. After all, I grew up on endless nights of story telling from him, everything from his favorite sweets to his spiciest food experiments; his childhood friends to his mothers lullabies; his immense struggles to his groundbreaking achievements. It’s the motherland that nurtured his youth, prospered his adult years, influenced his thinking and has forever imprinted its love in his heart and mind. And Mine.
Traveling to India has been a part of my life since I was young, visiting my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Each year was the usual ritual: 2 weeks in Mumbai followed by a week in Gujarat, hence my 2nd dialect, Gujarati. The state of Gujarat is my father’s “home” where many of our family members still live and where my father’s most vivid memories still carry on. Needless to say, I was heavily influenced by the colors and joy of India from a tender age. So when after 13 years, I had the opportunity to travel to India, I was truly overjoyed. The most exciting part was the fact that I was traveling with my parents and my brother – just the four of us, together – like I was 16 again.
Being that my father was raised in the state of Gujarat, located in the Western part of India, its no surprise that his absolute favorite holiday was a festival called Uttarayan, The International Kite Festival – the pride of the “Jewel of the West”. The festival marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calendar. It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that the harvest season is approaching. Vast cities in Gujarat delve into organizing kite competitions, where kite flying starts as early as 5am and goes on until late night with as many as 8-10 million people indulging in the festival.
The awe-inspiring brilliant colors, grainy textures and leisurely way of life were noteworthy on this special day. It was like “roof-top-party-hopping”. Music was blaring in the air. People were climbing up and down each other’s roofs, drinking King Fishers, leaping and flying their kites, heads up everywhere. The entire state succumbed to a serene yet enticing buzz. It was like nothing that I have ever seen before!
We saw kite markets set up alongside food stalls, children prancing around with their vibrant kites. The Uttarayan kites are made of lightweight paper (AKA tissue paper) and bamboo, and are mostly rhombus shaped with a central spine and a single bow. Many of them are the same size and solid colors but then again, you do see a variety of massive ones, foiled ones, and of course color-blocked ones.
The kites we flew were called ‘Patangs’, fighter kites. The object was simple: try to slash each other’s string in the sky so that your kite is the only one up! May the best kite win! The strings were dyed a gorgeous pink, but were quite deceiving. They were covered with mixtures of glue and ground glass, so when dried, rolled up, and attached to the end of the kite could easily cut your fingers. Sharp and deep, like a paper cut. As we took turns, we realized the difficulty of this sport, concluding that my dad truly was a master, his passion was like riding a bike – he picked up right where he left off.
As the night came to an end, I did a 360 on a neighbor’s rooftop and saw the moon on one end being the perfect segway to the sun setting on another. I took it all in then. The sky transformed from blues and greens to a radiant pink with a breathtaking circle of orange. Just then, as the flecks of strings start disappearing, illuminated kites filled with lights and candles known as tukals or tukkals were launched creating a spectacle in the inky sky mixed with fireworks. The breath-taking sunset was only to be surpassed by the beauty of the thousands of flickering lights emerging into the sky. Moments like these are why I am who I am, as a woman, a mother, a daughter and as a designer.
I can still hear the music in the wind and clamor around me, people still dancing around with excitement. Etched in me is the memory of my dad and the thrill of his childhood, the smile on his face the twinkle in his eye. And Mine.
The ever-glamorous Peacock Full invitation design by Kamal makes for an amazing peacock birthday invitation! Let the invitation set the tone for a golden celebration complete with champagne, luxe decor and lots of sparkle. We love the idea of making the guest of honor’s name stand out with hand calligraphy accents in gold foil. Love this look? Save on this design (and every design in Kamal’s collection!) throughout the month of October.
peacock full customization | letterpress ink: black | foil stamping: gold matte | fonts: moravia + statham | calligraphy accents: victoria calligraphy accents by Sarah Hanna | paper: white | invite size: F-8 | liner: vintage river pattern in black + antique gold | original design by Kamal | customization by in-house designer Racheal Bumbolo
Courtney and Evan fell for our Fugue foil stamped wedding invitations and didn’t stray far from the original. They opted to keep the lavish, double foil look but personalized it by switching to our ultra modern #10 size card and adding hand calligraphy from Sarah Hanna. The end result is bold and edgy and a perfect compliment to their Washington, DC museum wedding.
Fugue, along with all of designer Kamal’s designs, are on sale through the month of October!
foil stamping: gold matte + silver shine | font: sans capitals | paper: bella cotton ivory 1-ply + 2-ply | hand calligraphy accents: callaway style | Dandelion Patch | customization #18862
Mercedes and Paul chose our popular Joie de Vivre invitation to set the tone for their Brooklyn wedding at Smack Mellon Studio. Their invitations featured gold matte foil and Prussian blue ink on our ivory paper. The bride wore a sparkling gold gown from BHLDN that was reminiscent of the invitations, and dogwood branches with hanging votive candles helped transform the raw space for a look that was both modern and romantic. To see more photos from this real wedding, visit Style Me Pretty!
Photography: Hugh Forte Photography | Floral Design: Bespoke Only | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Smack Mellon Studio | Catering: Blue Smoke | Hair: Jessie Riley | DJ: Play Something Good | Event Planning & Design: Bespoke Only | Groom’s Attire: Hackett London | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Makeup: Nam Vo | Rentals: Bridge Furniture & Props
This whimsical customization of Glamorous Blooms is as eye catching as the original. The use of sophisticated copper foil and calligraphy accents by Debi Zeinert make it a stunning statement piece that your guests will be sure to treasure! Love this design? All of designer Kamal’s inspired designs are on sale through the end of October!
glamorous blooms customization | foil stamping: copper shine | font: moravia | paper: white | invite size: F-8 | liner: diego pattern in umber and fawn | hand calligraphy accents: revolution | original design by Kamal |customization by in-house designer Jessica Tierney
During the month of October we’re featuring Kamal as our Designer of the Month! Kamal’s collection of glamorous designs will be on sale for 10% off from now through October 31 – and you can save an additional 10% if you order 6 printed pieces or more! Kamal’s designs are daring yet fun, and like the rest of our 300+ designs, they’re all completely customizable – you can change the inks, fonts, and more to make them your own. Order any of Kamal’s designs for your wedding invitations, save the dates, party invitations, or even holiday cards! We’ll be sharing more inspiration featuring Kamal’s designs throughout the month, but here’s a peek at some of her collection – take a look.
Stipple features letterpress printing in sea-side ink and gold shine foil stamping.
Glamorous Blooms features gold matte and gold shine foil on our ivory paper.
Floret features letterpress printing in aquamarine and marigold inks.
Bejeweled shows off antique gold and fuchsia letterpress inks on our ivory paper.
Peacock Full features aubergine and Prussian blue inks on our ivory paper.
The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Kamal and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on October 31, 2014 in order to receive this offer.
Our annual letterpress sample sale is on! From now through September 30, all of our letterpress wedding invitation samples are on sale for just $1 each – and we’ll plant a tree with American Forests for every sample purchased!
Ordering is easy: simply click on your favorite designs, then click the “order an invitation sample” button on the right side of the page. After you’ve selected all of the samples you’d like to purchase, click on the shopping cart in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and “proceed to checkout”. If you’d like to see even more trees planted during our sale, select the “plant a tree” option during checkout and we’ll match your tree donation!
**The fine print: supplies may be limited. Samples are sent via USPS unless upgraded shipping is selected. Samples purchased during sale period are not eligible for sample refund when stationery order is placed (but your donation is going to a really great cause!). Please allow 2 business days for turn-around. Sale ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.