Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

Today I am thrilled to share a collection created for a special friend of mine in the industry, the ever-incredible Karen Tran of Karen Tran Florals in San Diego, CA.  Karen and I met via phone after she discovered my stationery design that was inspired by her iconic suspended floral creations.  She called me up and literally the rest was history.  Last year Karen headed to Maui to craft this incredible shoot at The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea with our painted designs featuring Envelopments stocks were woven throughout.

I have to admit that when given a limited palette of colors, I get pretty excited.  Bold, saturated hues are home to me but simple white or neutral shades are where my artistic eye likes to vacation.

Communicating drama and intensity is as possible with a palette of neutrals as it is with all colors of the rainbow,  but requires more patience and planning.

Color played an understated role in the stationery look here with white as the mainstay and touches of yellow and sage as an accent.  I tore sections of vintage hankies to create a textured detail on the invitation.

The dinner menus featured a clever use of Envelopments original Frames artwork printed on Raw Silk White wraps, then painted in a creamy ivory.

Subtle texture and interest was added with a layer of Swiss Raw Silk Ecru.  We are loving the Swiss dots at the Momental Studio, as they are the perfect touch of subtle whimsy and drama for a breadth of stationery styles. A favorite detail of mine is the contrast between the heavy wooden table as seen through the crocheted placemats.  Talk about drama!

A huge thank you to Karen for being such an inspiration and for forcing me out of my colorful comfort zone!! All photography is compliments of the talented Evonne Wong.   Be sure to stop by Evonne’s  site to see more on this shoot recently featured in a recent issue of Ceremony Magazine.

Check back later this week to see more from Karen Tran!

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