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Celestial Wedding Suite

Mystic Multiples is proud to have not only printed, but also designed this contemporary, celestial wedding invitation suite. Very few occasions are better suited for creating a unique and personal piece of ephemera than a wedding. With that idea in mind, we set out to build a suite that feels elegant, but simultaneously warm and approachable: just like the bride and groom.

This suite includes; a wedding invitation art print, an invitation card with printed envelope, and an RSVP card with printed envelope. What’s a “wedding invitation art print?” you ask…

We had initially planned to go with a folded card for the wedding invitation: art on the front and text on the inside. After some consideration, we decided it would be fun to give family and friends a little something extra that they could potentially separate from the suite and display as a (very) limited edition art print.

We are so pleased with the results!

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Texas Wedding Invitations

This is a legacy post from our work as Vrooooom Press. We are now Mystic Multiples, and reside in Houston, Texas.

Like most developing studios, Vrooooom Press has done its fair shake of pro bono work. I think it’s a great way to hone your skills while working one on one with a client, which is something you don’t get from working ad nauseum on your own projects. So when my sister decided to tie the knot with her boyfriend Mark, we were definitely game to create a unique invitation for the event.

Kelly is a die hard Texan at heart, if not by birth, so in working together on the concept for her invitations we decided to tip our hat to the work of Hatch Show Print in Nashville. Although Hatch is known as a Tennessee institution, there’s definitely a western characteristic to their work that makes one think of Texas. Perhaps its the wonderful Hamilton wood type, or maybe it’s the country roots. Speaking of type, there’s a certain charm to the usage of several display fonts in a single document that makes a lot of older show bills really stand out. But you have to be really careful when selecting these fonts in order to keep the design balanced, which is why we tried to limit our selection to fonts inspired by the original Hamilton line of type.

Printed on French Paper’s Muscletone line, which is a 140# cover stock, the final product was a big hit with extended family and friends. We even had a few press sheets left over from the original run which were printed with a split fountain of red and black ink. These were ultimately gifted to the wedding party members as an art object and memento of the occasion.

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Botanical Wedding Invitations

This is a legacy post from our work as Vrooooom Press. We now publish under the name Mystic Multiples, in Houston, Texas.

My good friend Jane finally decided to tie the knot and came to us to create a small set of wedding invitations, so we couldn’t say no!

Inspired by a German illustration of the common peach, this matching set of cards was hand-printed at Vrooooom Press. We used a halftone pattern on the main invitation to reproduce the original illustration, which was then printed with a copper metallic ink. Next, we added a screen of black ink to print the text, which is set in Savoy LET for a slightly informal feel that isn’t too casual. The corresponding response cards were completed in a similar fashion. In total, we printed around 300 invitation sets by hand for this job.

This project was the first time that we ever experimented with screen printing a font smaller than 12pt. Water-based ink can make this maneuver difficult, as the tendency of the ink is to want to dry into the screen along fine lines. Normally, we would print most work with a 230 mesh screen, but for this project, we had to go to a finer weave with a 305 mesh screen. This resulted in a thinner deposit of ink, but gave the stencil better support for the smaller sized text.