Post # 1
So, in this thread I showed off my second go at designing my invitation suite. @Ambellina13 pointed out that the brackets I used in the design kind of clashed with the whimsical feeling of the invites, and I couldn’t agree more. So I found a better font for the brackets (called Checkerhat). So what do you all think of them now? I really appreciate the suggestions I’ve gotten so far.
Here’s my original sketch of what I want the whole she-bang looks like:
The pocketfold will be purple and the invite/inserts will be pale gold. Here’s the latest main invite:
The & between our names will be printed in a gold-ish color just dark enough so that it shows up on the gold cardstock, and the frame (seen in the sketch) will be purple cardstock cut out (with my cricut) and glued down.
Now for the fun part…
Originally I was going to glue vellum circles down, but glue and vellum don’t get along. So I’m going to go a little crazy and use my cricut, a manual press embosser, and heat embossing.
- The red circles will actually be cut outs, and there will be a red piece of cardstock fixed to the back of each piece (which I was planning on doing anyway).
- The yellow circle will actually just be press embossed, so the gold cardstock will be pressed in those places.
- And the purple circles will be made with a custom stamp that I will use to heat emboss.
I realize this will probably be an absurd undertaking, but luckily I only need to make like 60 invitation suites, haha.
Well, here are the inserts with the new brackets:
So, what do you think? Do you like the new brackets better than the old ones? And, I know it’s kind of crazy…but do you think the design at the bottom of the inserts will look good?
Post # 3
I actually like the old brackets better. I feel like these are too stylized and you need something bolder and plainer so you’re not taking away from your ampersand as the center of visual interest.
Post # 4
@jo.lee: hmmmmmmmmmm, why do you have to make my life difficult? Hahaha, just kidding, but I do get what you’re saying. I guess I’ll have to see what everyone else thinks and then probably bounce the ideas off of my man-of-honor (fi wouldn’t even notice there’s a difference, lol)
Post # 5
hmm i think i would try to find a middle ground bracket. i like the old one because it was so bold and really drew your attention, but i feel like the shape of this bracket fits your invitation better. can you make this bracket bolder?
i like the circles, but i’m having a hard time visualizing how it will turn out due to all of the different types. can you make up just 1 sample?
Post # 6
@kitzy: I will be doing a trial run but before I can do that I have to 1) get my cricut fixed 2) get a custom stamp 3) make an embossing folder using my cricut. I’ll definitely post once I do a trial! I just really love invites with texture!
Post # 7
I like the new brackets.
I have to say, since you asked specifically, the big, bold circles at the bottom? They’re a little … gosh, I don’t even know the word. Distracting maybe?
I think because the rest of the design is so simple, clean, and then *BAM* big circles of red and gold and purple! It was actually hard for me to stop looking at them and look at the fonts/text. I don’t know what to do though to make it better … maybe wash them out? shrink them? Make them bleed off the page so they take up less space? (one of those, certainly not all) Or considering making some of your fonts have coordinated colors?
Post # 8
@kitzy: And what about this (it’s bolded):
And side-by-side (regular on the left, bold on the right) crappy screenshot:
Post # 10
@ddw: They aren’t going to be printed on them. Did you read the OP where I described what I’m doing? The way in which I’m executing it (embossing, etc) it shouldn’t be as in your face as just printed. And the paper will be gold and the pocketfold will be purple, so I just don’t think once they’re actually on the invite, not just a publisher file, it won’t be as big of a contrast, know what I mean?
I don’t mean to sound defensive, but just from reading your post I don’t think you read the details of the OP (like suggesting washing out the color, you can’t wash out press embossing).
Post # 11
@kitzy: You like the bold better? Yeah, seeing that I have the best wedding date ever (hahahaha) I like having it stand out!
What does everyone else think about the bold version of the new brackets?
Post # 12
I like the bolded brackets… But I don’t get how the circles fit with the actual invitations design… The actual invitation is so whimsical and romantic, then the circles on the rest of the inserts just don’t seem to fit, it’s more fun/eclectic/modern. Don’t get me wrong, I think you did an awesome job, I just don’t think it “flows” good as a whole set.
ETA: I think incorporating the circles on the actual invitation would be a good way to tie it all together.
Post # 13
I like the bolded better. It doesn’t feel like it’s competing as much for the CVI, since it becomes it. Perfect!
Post # 14
Are you still planning on printing these inside of a bigger bracket/frame?
**I tried to make this super tiny, it’s just a “see what I mean” visual I made, because I thought that was what your drawing was of. I don’t know why weddingbee won’t let me resize…
I think your suite looks really beautiful. The gold cardstock is going to be soooo pretty.
Plus the letterpressing, love it. You’re probably right about what an undertaking this it, but
it will be so worth it when they are all done!!
Post # 15
When should I expect mine??
Post # 16
@MandaMack: You’re right, I didn’t see your first post 🙂 Just glanced at the different brackets you mentioned.