Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

When Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR asked if I could create her bridal shower invitations, I jumped at the chance.  Why with a good friend as a flower and event designer and great style herself I knew this would be a fun project.  Carissa from JL Designs and  Courtney from Joyful Events sent along the design inspiration, some font preferences and the rest as they say, was history.

If you want to see all the lovely details from the shower, and I am sure you do you, check out what Jen, Carissa, Courtney and Leila herself had to say.  Details not to be missed are the custom scent bar and Pinkberry spread – unbelievable.

Jessica Claire was the day’s photographer and I was honored to have my pieces captured by such an artist alongside some other paper details by Olive Hue Paper.  Love the “L is for…” concept.  Fun!

I chose the sketchy peony after hearing about all the peony blooms incorporated into the event.  The fluid nature of this artwork is balanced well by the bold and clean nature of the font Carissa and Courtney chose.  A lowercase handwriting style font added to the mix was a needed touch of flourish.

Each peony was hand painted using a large brush and water thinned shimmery apricot ink.  The painting technique was fast but instinctive by layering the color in various thicknesses.  The color collected in shimmery pools throughout the design and gave each invitation a subtle personality all its own.

A striped watercolor effect was used to create the outer border of each invitation finished by a solid pale peach shimmer stock.

Still drying!

A big thank you to Carissa and Courtney for bringing me in on the fun!

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