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

December Design of the Month – Ikaty (20% off Custom Letterpress Orders!)

Today we’re excited to share the inspiration behind Ikaty, Bella Figura’s December design of the month {the entire suite is on sale for 20% off through 12/31!}. We chatted with Kamal, the talented designer who created this fashion forward, fabric-inspired invitation, and she filled us in on the background of the gorgeous design that we just can’t get enough of.

Ikaty, designed by Kamal for Bella Figura, is on sale for 20% off through 12/31/11

The Inspiration Behind Ikaty

“Ikaty” is a modern tribute of my love and fascination for the IKAT pattern, the trend, and how it mirrors a promise of commitment. To see its progression in the past couple of years is compelling to me. It’s been a part of my home since childhood – on pillows, rugs and clothing growing up, but not on paper. “Ikat” is an Indonesian language word, which depending on context, can be the nouns: cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric as well as the verbs “to tie” or “to bind”(ref: Wikpedia). Sounds a little like marriage…

 

…and I am. I also have 3 wonderful children and try to balance it out as a working mom. This process of dyes and interwoven, complex patterns reflects my work, my marriage, my kids and what’s to come. Each distinct weave can take you into a different path in your life, growing and multiplying until you have created a pattern, a routine, or hopefully a touch of surprise in your life.

Bella Figura Designer Kamal with her family

Creative from the start: I’ve always been creative and needed an outlet. My mother is a choreographer, and I’ve danced my entire life, performing throughout the US. I went off to Pratt and decided I wanted to do something that still communicated with an audience. Something which told a story, whether it was through photography, graphic arts or advertising. After taking a risk at the NY Stationery show in 2009 with 42 letterpressed cards and 16 coaster sets, opportunities came through my door. Ever since then, the experience has been truly organic. It feels as though there is something unexpected and new everyday.

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by Erica Henriksen on December 13th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Our Designers,Promotions + Giveaways | 1 comment

Ikaty by Kamal is the December Design of the Month!

We asked, and you voted: our latest Design of the Month is Ikaty by Kamal! As our Design of the Month, all custom letterpress orders placed between now and December 31 will receive 20% off.  This 20% off applies to Ikaty save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, menus, coasters, place cards, programs, and any other piece that uses the Ikaty design. To get you inspired, our design team put together these stunning customizations — take a look!

The Ikaty design by Kamal for Bella Figura is on sale for 20% off during the month of december

The Ikaty design by Kamal for Bella Figura is on sale for 20% off during the month of december

The Ikaty design from Bella Figura is on sale for 20% off in the month of December

The Ikaty design by Kamal for Bella Figura is on sale for 20% off during the month of december

(Please note, the Design of the Month promotion may not be used on purchases of other designs or in combination with any other promotion.)

by Erica Henriksen on December 2nd, 2011. Category: News + Updates,Promotions + Giveaways,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