Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flowers and Flourishes: Continuity In Design

I really like designing stationery and paper goods that carry a theme across many different pieces.
 In this case, a client that liked the flowers and flourishes pattern, wanted this image on her wedding program and reception table numbers, escort cards, and menu.   She wanted all of her items to have a vintage appearance combining a femine and some masculine feel to the materials.  Her preference was mocha brown and peach color choices with ivory.
I started with the wedding program, using ivory cardstock base, I built panels of ivory edged in sepia ink to give the program an aged appearance.  The 3/8" peach satin ribbon was knotted and secured across the cover.  The flowers and flourishes pattern was stamped in sepia ink particially at the top and bottom. This was a large program and measured 11" x 4 1/4" folded.
The inside panels are also rubbed in vintage sepia ink and hand-stamped with a portion of the flowers and flourishes pattern to continue the theme inside.  Care had to be taken with the layout and design of the inside panels, so that the stamped pattern would line up appropriately.
At the reception table, these lovely two-sided tent style table numbers adorned the table scape.  The ivory cardstock base hosted a full pattern of the flowers and flourishes stamp trimmed with a ragged edge and heavily rubbed with sepia ink.  The peach satin ribbon ran across the lower third of the panel and was topped by a raised panel of brown linen cardstock and ivory cardstock top sheet.  The number panel is raised with dimensionals. 
Each guest received their escort card upon entering the reception area.  The cards had a coordinating brown linen cardstock base, hand-stamped flowers and flourish pattern edged with vintage sepia ink and an ivory top sheet with their name and table number assignment. 

The menu design completed the package of wedding materials that the guest would see at the reception.  A base of brown linen cardstock had a matching flower and flourish full panel (like the table number) with the ragged edge rubbed with vintage sepia ink and had a peach ribbon mounted across the panel.  The menu was printed onto ivory cardstock and rubbed with sepia ink as well.
This set of hand-made wedding materials came out exceptional and the client loved the finished product.    I have to admit though, it was labor intensive, and I was happy to get this project completed.  Believe it or not, I still like the flowers and flourishes pattern, even after as many times as I had to stamp it for this complete project.

All my best,



  1. Hello, Valerie!
    It's wonderful to see a new post from you! :o)
    You did an incredible job on that beautiful bunch of cards! I can see that it was a huge job! The bride must have been thrilled with what you produced! Vintage elegance at it's best! Thank you for sharing them!
    Hope all is well with you!
    Nancy :o)

    1. Hey Nancy, thanks for the note. Yeah, it has been far too long since I last posted. Appreciate you stopping by. Valerie

  2. Hi Valerie, Wow, I was wondering if you were still alive. Glad you are and I can see you have been busy. These are fabulous and very professional. I love the color scheme and the flourish stamps. I can only imagine the amount of work put into these. Lovely ensemble.

    1. Kate, thank you so much for your kind words. Good to be back too. Valerie