In the Needful Things section of our Summer/Fall 2013 issue, we spotlight Southwestern-themed invitations, save-the-dates, RSVP cards, and more. Inspired by Utah’s desert landscape, the colorful, pattern-happy paper goods feature cacti, arrow, Ikat, and Aztec prints in neutral and neon hues. We worked with local stationers to source and custom design the pieces, including Ann Elizabeth, October Ink, Peter Loves Jane, Pink Piggy Design, Polka Dots & Daisies, and The Write Image. Read more about each of the designs below!
Clockwise from top:
1) Faded Vintage Desert RSVP Card
This RSVP card adds a twist to an Ikat invitation suite; the faded vintage desert image compliments an Ikat pattern and modernizes the suite style. –Jayne Swallow, October Ink
2) Pink & Gold Ikat Save-the-Date
A pink and gold color scheme can become really feminine, really fast. To keep some balance, we chose an Ikat-inspired design to give the invitation a modern feel. We paired the modern look with ultra-thick, natural white paper with a high cotton content to accentuate the letterpress technique. –Ann Jager, Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design & Printing Studio
3) Neon & Neutral Tribal Invitation
With simple pops of neon, this design stands out. The bold addition of a bright color amid neutral tones adds an interesting element to this paper suite. Because the pattern is quite basic and simple, highlighting one shape works well for adding a bold color statement. –Mollie Openshaw, Polka Dots & Daisies
4) Ikaty Letterpress Invitation & Reply Card
This Bella Figura letterpress invitation suite features antique gold and papaya ink on ivory cotton paper. The edges are painted in metallic gold, and the coordinating envelope liner features a geometric pattern. –Lauren Brady, The Write Image
5) Neon Ikat Invitation & Save-the-Date
I love shades of neon coral and neon yellow paired with tan, so I incorporated the colors in this invitation suite using complementary Ikat patterns. –Megan Bailey, Pink Piggy Design
Thank you to all the local stationers who collaborated with us on this feature!