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Candy Themed Bat Mitzvah Invitations
Candy themed circle invitations for a sweet bat mitzvah celebration. Custom 3-ply circle Bat Mitzvah invitation with pink sandwiched b...
Candy themed circle invitations for a sweet bat mitzvah celebration.
Custom 3-ply circle Bat Mitzvah invitation with pink sandwiched between two layers of white gloss.
Candy swirl printed in pearl foil on white gloss 3-ply circle invitations.
Swarovski crystal rhinestone detail on circle bat mitzvah invitations.
Literally, the sweetest Bat Mit
we started this project, the client was looking for 'clean, modern, gloss white
. A s
quare, maybe a circle, an
for her dau
ghter, a few tastefully placed
crystal rhinestones.' When sh
e later mentioned that their party theme was candy, I kne
w what we had to do
-coated swirl on the backside of a round invita
The pearl foil on white was subtle enoug
h, keeping with the modern aesthetic, but it
gave the piece that
ing special we
for on each project
To give the card some weight, we
layer of pe
ppermint pink stock
layers of gloss white
It coordinated with the
pigment foil printing in magenta, and kept
simple from being boring.
The crystal rhinestones... sugar on top
Real Card Studio
ooked up this candy-themed Bat Mitzvah invitation for Red Write and Blue in Chappaqua, NY.
Hand Colored Illustrations on a Bat Mitzvah Invitation
Hand colored icons for each of the Bat Mitzvah celebration events Double pocket folder invitation for multiple insert cards Gorg...
Hand colored icons for each of the Bat Mitzvah celebration events
Double pocket folder invitation for multiple insert cards
Gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbon with hand colored illustration in lavender and pear green
In lieu of gifts card with a rainbow hand colored in pink, green and blue to introduce a charity close to the child's heart.
Floral illustration hand colored in pink, blue and lavender was used throughout the invitation, as shown on this reply card.
I love our Bat Mitzvah invitation projects. Such celebrations account for some of our most outlandish and crazy invitation projects, and also some of the sweetest. This post is one of the latter (although it felt more like the crazy-and-outlandish type when we were working in all the hand coloring amidst our start of the holiday card rush last season.) And what a treat it was to see it all put together.
For this young lady,
Real Card Studio
made a custom square pocket folder with two pockets, as each insert card was backed in a coordinating color, and there was just too much to squeeze it all into one pocket. When you have a lot of information to communicate to your guests, you want to spread it out so that it's not overwhelming. By separating each topic onto a different card, guests can find the information when they are ready for it, rather than sifting through too much text and missing important points.
For each of the topics, we created a custom illustrated icon-- a Star of David for the service, a heart for the dinner and dance party, a rainbow for her mitzvah project, a torah scroll for the shabbat luncheon, and a lovely flower was used for the front tag, reply card, return address, custom placecards and her personal stationery. Each was hand colored to coordinate with the color of the card backers in lime green, cobalt, fuchsia and lavendar purple.
Cards indicating what the mitvah-ee would like In Lieu of Gifts or a
card, is another nice inclusion with the invitation. It's a chance for guests to see where the child's heart lays in terms of where they want to give back to their community and their world.
It is not uncommon for mitzvah invitations to include a card to introduce the Torah portion their service will cover. I think it's nice for guests that may not be familiar with the section of scripture-- or the Bat Mitzvah ceremony itself, to get a preview of what the service will be about.
Hand coloring the invitations gives them a very personalized look. A treatment that is carefully considered and touched one-by-one conveys a message of caring that I think is very appropriate for a Bat Mitzvah celebration invitation.
Real Card Studio created this lovely hand colored Bat Mitzvah invitation for a client of
Reva Nathan and Associates
in Chicago, IL. Photographed by
Remebering My Dad (A Memorial Service Program)
Illustrated portrait for the cover of a memorial service program. Brace yourself, today's post is a personal one. 2012 did not...
Illustrated portrait for the cover of a memorial service program.
Brace yourself, today's post is a personal one.
2012 did not start out very nicely for me. The second week in January, my dad's girlfriend called to let me know that
'your dad doesn't want anyone to know, he doesn't want to make a big deal out of it, but he checked himself into the hospital about a week ago. They've found a mass on his pancreas and they are testing for cancer.'
Up to this point, my father, 72 years old, had been quite healthy. He lived a somewhat unconventional yet simple life. My parents divorced when I was five years old, and although I always knew he loved me and my siblings, we were never as close as any of us would have liked. When I was maybe ten, he had moved east of the mountains to the country, about a 4-8 hour drive from Seattle (depending on which location and season we were traveling), and I only saw him about once a year.
By the time I graduated high school, I had toughened up enough that my feelings toward him were rather indifferent-- I didn't really confess to caring if we saw much of him or not. A friend, by way of her story, warned me to change my attitude before it was too late, in a
heartfelt blog post about her father
. I heard the warning, but like everyone does, I felt like I had time. Then last summer, when my father visited and met my second son, Noah, for the first time and barely interacted with him, I was angry. I ignored his later pleas to get the kids on skype so he could talk to them, mad that he didn't talk to them when he had them in front of him. Maybe it was a protective instinct of some sort, but I was pushing him away as much as I could, punishing him I guess.
When I got the call that he was in the hospital, I was concerned, of course. And I was nervous about how I was going to care for him during and after cancer treatment-- I have my hands pretty full with two young children and a business to run. Caring from him on the other side of the state was not going to be an option, he'd have to move in with me, I thought. I was told that we were going to get the test results on the following Monday and then they'd layout the treatment plan. So I waited, assuming that once he began treatment, I'd need to devote time away from home, I was saving up my time away for when he would need me most. The test results did not come back on Monday like they said. On Tuesday, things became suddenly worse.
As a big snowstorm was moving in to Seattle, everyone was trying to get out of town. My sister and I got on a plane to Spokane just before Sea-Tac airport was shutdown. A very kind cousin, that I barely knew, took us in.
We arrived late in the evening, after patient visiting hours were past. Our first visit with him was Wednesday morning, but he was already in a coma. We hung around the hospital most of the day, watching him sleep, not certain if we were waiting for him to wake up or not. I mean, we were waiting for that, but not really sure that it was a possibility. His condition left him a little jaundiced, which made him look surprisingly healthy, kind of like a nice sun tan. And then, for the first time, the doctors mentioned his
. This was not a shocking diagnosis, considering he had been a high-functioning alcoholic for most of his life. The part of this new information that was more distressing was that it made any sort of operation on the tumor, impossible. The treatment plan I had been waiting for was never going to happen. I didn't know this before, but your liver is responsible for blood clotting. If your blood cannot clot, you wouldn't survive any sort of surgery. And what made me angry, at the doctors and at myself, is that I wasted those few days at home, waiting for the diagnosis, his last few days that he was awake and talking.
As I was parking at the hospital the next morning, the doctor called and said he needed to speak with me as soon as we got there. He told me my dad's kidney's failed in the night, and there was really nothing productive they could do for him anymore. He was heavily dependent on life support. They could treat the kidney failure, but they couldn't treat the cancer (pending diagnosis) because of his liver, and he was not a candidate for a liver transplant, due to his age, drinking history... and of course the cancer, since they give organs to candidates most likely to live the longest. We were asked to make a decision about how long to keep him on life support.
In movies, they don't ask people to turn off life support after only a few days. I thought that was only something you have to decide after they've been in a coma for years. I had never known anyone to check themselves into a hospital and die before they had completed a diagnosis. Or even die, for that matter. And nothing could ever have prepared me to have to gather consent from my siblings to follow through with what we all knew for certain what he would want. Surviving only on life support was not at all something he would have wanted. Being sick was not his thing-- he was never sick. He thought he was going to live to be very old. Afterall, his mother had lived to just a few months shy of her 100th birthday. And he was healthy as a horse.
Memorial booklet with biography and photos from different eras of life.
gacy Tree, designed by
Real Card Studio
Six months later, my four siblings and I were finally in the same room at the same time for the first time ever. Being rather easy to please, that alone would have sufficed for a fitting tribute to my dad. We had a very small service, officiated by my father-in-law, with a very casual luncheon at my house. It was "come as you are", as dressing up and being fancy was not really my dad. (Neither was a church service, but being the planner of the event, I added a little bit of what I wanted, too.)
My determination that funeral or memorial programs should be a keepsake for the family was born in me when I was designing
my grandfather's funeral program
a few years ago. Rather than a canned order of service and "mug shot", as my friend Kim put it so perfectly, the piece needed to be more meaningful. In his last career (he reinvented himself several times), my dad owned and operated a logging mill, so a wood veneer booklet seemed very appropriate.
I had a nice photo of him for the program cover– he was a rather handsome, outdoorsy man– but it didn't feel right. In the years that I've been making cards and invitations for a living, every time he received one of my 'fancy' letterpressed cards, he complained that he liked better the ones I used to draw by hand myself. I remembered this, and so I decided an illustration of him was the way to go. I don't know that I could sell my own illustration services, but I think it worked for this personal project.
A mainstay of the memorial service programs I have worked on has become the family legacy tree. (I still need to post about the one I did for my dad's mother last summer-- the family tree is rather impressive in size). Since his family had recently received the big family tree, I did a more informal and hand-drawn looking version, with just my dad's offspring.
Memorial programs should do better than just give people something to follow along. It should at least be something enjoyable to read, and especially worth keeping.
Rest in peace, daddy.
Veneer stock donated by
Northern Sheer Veneer.
. Illustration by
Real Card Studio
Black, White, Red and Silver Name Jumble Bar Mitzvah Invitation
Real Card Studio's oft-imitated "name jumble" for stationery and invitations Crisp white invitation with black letter...
Real Card Studio's oft-imitated "name jumble" for stationery and invitations
Crisp white invitation with black letterpress printing pops on silver, red and black layers.
Custom envelope liners on the reply, stationery and invitation envelopes.
Handsome bar mitzvah invitation suite, including a 12x12" letterpress printed sign
Black and white deserves it's reputation for being the ultimate combination representing class adn style. A hint of red and silver, all the better. This client took our Salt & Pepper design, and really kicked it up a couple of notches. Adding two layers of colored paper behind the tag mounted to the cover of this pocket folder invitation, the very thin peeks of red and silver add interest and heft. (And who doesn't love the feel of a thick, heavy invitation?
The slivers of color are repeated in the pocket-- my favorite way to add a pop of color to a pocket full of cards is to add a contrasting reply envelope peeking out from behind the response card. Custom liners digitally printed in black, red and white add polish to the envelopes.
The type treatment on this name, which I've been calling a "name jumble", is by far the most popular design element Real Card Studio has ever introduced. We've done it countless ways since we launched the Salt & Pepper Bar Mitvzah invitation in 2006. It's so popular, I frequently see it imitated. (Just this week one popped up in a photo about great gobos on
.) A love of puzzles keeps this layout a fun challenge with every new name jumble we custom design.
A fantastic finish for this bar mitzvah invitation project, the client loved their name jumble so much, they had us letterpress print a giant version of the tag to keep and frame.
Real Card Studio worked with
in Larkspur, CA to create this gorgeous, contemporary and masculine pocket folder invitation.
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