- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So my invites have basically been the bain of my existence. I said I would do my own design because – well, because it seemed like a no brainer. I have a degree in graphic design AND I have been designing wedding invitation suites for friends and family for over five years. Of course I should do my own.
Unfortunatly, that was a lot easier said then done. Since I knew that all my friends and family knew that I was ‘a designer’ – it put on the pressure worse then I could have imagined. Nothing I made was ‘right’. Nothing ‘fit’. Nothing ‘worked’. It was a horrible experience.
Until this week. See – my mail date for these is next Monday. And while I happen to be within the correct timeline and etiquette for sending – I still feel like I am the last August bee to send mine. Though I should have had them printed sooner then this week – my send date is still on target (and I know my local Uni will be able to print these in a couple of days). But since I hated *everything* my fingers created for this suite I gave up until my procrastination drive kicked in. *Cue dramatic music*
Anyways, I spent 9 hours in a coffee shop yesterday and I finally solved (almost) all of my design problems. I could probably spend another month tweeking them but timelines are a creepin’. So without further ado
My Invite. I did an obvious Rifle paper (idea) rip off. But I assure you everything has been designed to the point that I could legally sell these if I wanted to.
My Info Card (Front). The info card is two sided with my map on the other side. Will be printed on a 4X6 card.
My Map. This gorgeous beauty is to scale. Yep. I am officially crazy. This guy could be overlayed onto a google map and be spot on. But I love the handpainted look of some other maps I made so I FINALLY opened photoshop for the first time in three years to make use of their fancy new CS5 brush technology.
And the farm in the picture does like the actual family farm. It is recognizable to anyone who has ever seen it before. Well…except the cows are behind the fence usually but…details. 🙂
And this. This thing here. This is my RSVP front. It’s printed on the front of a postcard sized card. and almost every details is made to look handpainted. This is what took so long yesterday. I was painting these on. my. Mac.
Most of the time artists either paint on physical media or do graphic design on the computer. I mashed them up. I was obsessed with ‘speedpainting’ in Art school and I wanted my suite to have this quality. I knew it possible – I just had to do it.
I painstakingly penned this in Illustrator and then moved it Photoshop where I began applying brushes. I kind of want to do this to the rest of suite but I don’t have time now. (And this is where procrastinating is a bad thing).Here is a closer look:
And this is the RSVP Back – all your basics and I added everything my fellow bees told me to in another post.
What do you guys think?