for the longest time i couldn't even think about my invitations. i had to take a big fat break from thinking, looking or talking about them. these guys were way more time consuming then we could have ever thought possible. we went through 2 printers, numerous designs, multiple formats and at one point, we even tried hand painting them (!). i always knew i wanted my mom, an artist, to design them and after falling in love with these guys, an idea was born. lots of sketches, emails back and forth, and failed printing jobs. i practically lived at paper source and exchanged things about 100 times. they just weren't right. i had a vision and the vision wasn't coming to life.
i kept coming back to wanting them printed on handkerchiefs. i just didn't know how to make it happen. i love, love, love things that look girly, vintage and are somewhat frivolous. i wanted them to look like vintage love letters packaged up from anthro. and i had to have a finishing touch in the form of a gold bird charm (ordered from ebay, that took nearly 5 years to arrive and almost didn't make it onto the invite because it was so late). so, with the help of lots of internet research, piles of freezer paper and a hell of a lot of patience on a.h.'s part i got my wish. handkerchiefs, vintage stamps, lots of twine, and tiny gold birds. they were a good solid month in the making, and we almost killed each other over them. just as we were ready to send out an evite, we nailed it. so, now that i've had a good month long break from working on them, i'm ready to share (keep in mind, these are not miss yates super-fabulous images)!
the ironing of the freezer paper to the fabric took forever...
each print took about 3 minutes. aka forever. you had to watch it the entire time to make sure it didn't get stuck.
we were totally inspired by papel picados and my love of hang tags. i found the stamps on ebay and even though the ones on the return envelope weren't vintage i loved the festive look...
we created envelope liners using a pattern from paper source.
the super simple maps were totally inspired by my adoration of these lovelies.