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!
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.
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.