Posts filed under Holiday

Merry Christmas!

As I wrap up for the year, I just wanted to quickly share our Christmas cards. I just ordered my design from Minted and we went non-photo this year, with a few pictures of us and Marley on the back.  I love the simplicity of this design and especially the die-cut shape. It kind of makes it, don't you think?

I hope your time with friends and family is magical. I can't help but daydream about our next Christmas with our little babe, but for this year, I am enjoying ALL the baby kicks and the extra special treatment you get when you're preggo. 

Wishing you a joy filled Merry Christmas and New Year! See you in 2016!

Posted on December 24, 2015 and filed under Holiday.

Custom Design: Letterpress Holiday Cards

Puricelli Holiday Card 001.jpg

Unlike most stationery designers, I steer clear of selling holiday cards this time of year. I design a collection for Minted in the spring and summer, so I like focus on that and try to avoid the holiday chaos of last minute orders and rush printing. However, I have a handful of repeat clients that I make room for during this busy time. Jen is one of those clients, as she always is ready to go, and we are done well before Thanksgiving (dream client!) She found me last year and has a love of letterpress and clean design, so we have turned out to be a great match!

Jen always has clever ideas, from colors to phrases, with photos to match. You can tell she gets a lot of joy out of the process and I love that. She came to me with this sweet phrase and adorable photo of her kids and I got to work on a fun, festive design. At first, I designed everything in red, but she wanted to go non-traditional with a bright turquoise. I love her color choices. Her cards are certain to stand out in the mailbox with those green envelopes!  

Letterpress is such a beautiful printing method and I love the challenge of designing in one color… sometimes, that is all you need! I think the end result is pure magic (pun intended!)

Posted on December 23, 2015 and filed under Holiday, Letterpress.

White Foil Snowflake Holiday Cards

White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Before the holidays get too far from us (how is it already mid January?!), I wanted to share my business holiday cards that I sent out to friends, clients, and fellow wedding vendors.

White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

I like to use my own stationery as an opportunity to try some printing that I haven't done before, so I went with white foil on grey card stock. As I was stuffing them, I thought how pretty they would have been on navy stock and kind of wished I had tried that, but oh well - maybe next time!

White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

The white foil was even more beautiful than I excepted it to be. 'White ink' is a pretty elusive printing technique. If you see 'white' text on a flat printed card, it's really just the paper showing through with a colored background. Therefore, you can't print white on color envelopes easily. You can typically only print in white if you are doing offset, letterpress, foil and engraving, all of which range from fairly expensive to very expensive and offer varying looks. I personally think offset and letterpress don't give a saturated enough look for my taste and I am not a big fan of engraving, so when I got the foil, I was excited at how perfect it was. I think it would be beautiful on wedding invitations and am probably going to try to incorporate it into my wedding collection.

White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers
White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers
White Foil Holiday cards by Lauren Chism Fine Papers

I also sent out personal photo holiday cards that I ordered through Minted. You can check those out on Instagram here.

Posted on January 14, 2014 and filed under Holiday.

Minted Design Challenge: Holiday 2013

It's the biggest holiday challenge of the year over at Minted, and my absolute favorite category to design for! I have been designing holiday cards since, well, last Christmas, and always breath a sign of relief when I submit my final design...

Lauren Chism Holiday 4 by Lauren Chism, see more Minted holiday photo cards

Lauren Chism  Holiday 3 by Lauren Chism, see more Minted

Lauren Chism Holiday 2 by Lauren Chism, see more Minted photo holiday cards

Lauren Chism Holiday 1 by Lauren Chism, see more Minted holiday cards

The competition is intense - with a record 3, 348 entries! I will be attempting to vote for every. single. one. but just voting on some will help Minted know what they should sell this year so head on over to vote!

My 2012 Holiday Cards

Palm Papers holiday photo cards This year, I planned ahead and had ordered my business holiday cards by Thanksgiving. But my personal holiday cards where another story. I always find it hard to design for myself, but without any professional or particularly amazing photos of my husband and I (turns out we wear sunglasses in pretty much all of our vacation photos), I tried not to stress and just decided to go with something pretty clean with a really bright, eye catching backer.

Palm Papers holiday photo cards

This is just an instagram photo that someone took for us on or trip to San Francisco, but it's a favorite.

Palm Papers holiday photo cards

Palm Papers holiday photo cards

Posted on January 8, 2013 and filed under Holiday.