[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

papel picado themed wedding

papel picado themed wedding
A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

destination save the date card
A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

custom wedding invitation diy assembly
Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

[Shop] My Stationery to Fashion Collection Debuts!


I’ve been busy working on growing my design business through a partnership with VIDA, a new kind of fashion company that connects graphic designers (like me) with producers to bring our work to life. Through VIDA I’ve designed tops, wraps, totes, and more with my favorite motifs. I’m excited that VIDA is providing another way for people to enjoy the graphics I’ve created over the years for my stationery clients!

San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric
Example: San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric


Plus, VIDA has another wonderful mission besides supporting designers, artists, and photographers around the world. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

My collection is small at this point but will continue to grow as I design and add new items. I’m really proud to share the first designs with you! VISIT MY COLLECTION here!
*Use code VIDAWELCOME to get 10% off your first purchase.

• My art will be promoted by VIDA + YOU and all of my customers will receive a $25 VIDA Gift Card!

I hope you’ll enjoy viewing my collection, and maybe even find something you’d like to wear or carry! If so, please share a photo with me 😉 #papercakedesigns


[DIY print & assemble] wedding invitations

wedding DIY invitations
wedding DIY invitations
kristina: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; envelopments pocket folder}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Directions & RSVP postcard

Lately I’ve been designing more custom invitations for DIY clients, who want me to provide either the hi-res PDFs (ready to print themselves) or the printed enclosure cards only (cut & ready to assemble). I absolutely love when I receive the completed wedding invitation suite from each diy client, so I can actually see the final result! 😉 “thanks!”

**photos of each creative invitations are shown below, along with a note on which DIY option each client chose & any paper details**

wedding invitations custom digital PDF
debra: {digital DIY PDFs; printed at a local printer & online @ vistaprint.com}
> custom designed single-flat card plus map & RSVP enclosures
Freida DIY assembly wedding invitation
freida: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; cards & pockets pocket folder & graphic mat layer}
4 cards> custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
jaclyn DIY invitation design
jaclyn: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; paper & more pocket folder
plus cards & pockets graphic mat layer}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
> all-in-one guest/return address label wraps 
kimberly DIY wedding invitation
kimberly: {digital DIY PDFs; cards & pockets folder + printing}
> custom designed monogram including cover design, bilingual invite booklet
(back adhered to folder); plus Map & RSVP enclosures

If you would like to print &/or assemble your own Wedding Invitations / Reception Stationery but need help with the graphic design & layout, I can assist you!  Check out my etsy listings [below] for more info on which option is best for you depending on what you’re envisioning!

> DIY Printable PDFs Custom Design for Wedding Invitations or Reception Stationery 

> DIY Printable PDF Custom Design for Reception Stationery {listing for only 1 design}

[wedding labels] all-in-one guest & return address labels

If you’re debating between traditional calligraphy or modern labels for your invitations, below are a few sample photos showing how I can design & print your custom guest/return label wraps to match your invite design and fit your envelopes.

guest address label wraps

monogram tag & guest address label

The guest address is printed on one side of the label while your return address is printed on the other side, so it can wrap to the back of your envelope.

guest & return address labels

grace guest address labels

*please check out my etsy listing for more info!

wedding invite pocket on back

[digital designs] snap up my designs at snapfish

Snapfish recently opened up their doors for designers to create & sell their digital artwork, and I’m excited to share that I now have a store on their US & UK website!  snapfish lets you download & store all your photos. When you’re ready to print photo cards or stationery you can easily customize any design by adding your photo(s) & text.

Below are just a few of my favorite samples showcasing what I’ve designed so far for these categories: holiday cards, baby announcements, thank you notecards, plus wedding save the dates & announcements.

holiday photo cards

bundle of joy

I plan on building up my store continuously for all holiday’s & occasions! Email me if you have an idea for your next photo card or event & I can personalize a new design just for you! 😉

wedding photostrip sweethearts

A Rockin Bat Mitzvah Party Invitation

I had to share this Bat Mitzvah Invitation that I designed for {& with} Jessica…she drew the fun illustrations of herself & friends to include in her rockin party album package!

The records are printed front & back on round labels and slides inside a jacket sleeve with customized vellum cover. We also added a few enclosure cards that complement the fun & colorful design, including a map/accommodations card.

I’m so glad Ilona from Fantasy Events found me & introduced me to Jessica & her mom…I love the final package design & can’t wait to start on the “backstage” party stationery! {their custom save-the-date concert ticket is also shown below}.

bat mitzvah album invitation

Bat Mitzvah concert save the date ticket

> this concert ticket can be  personalized for any event or wedding {a wedding save the date is shown below}

Wedding save the date concert ticket

show-and-tell; illustration artist

Kristine Lombardi recently sent me an email showcasing her art work, I love her style so of course I had to share!
Krisinte Lombardi art

“Fine Purveyor of Illustration, Hand Lettering, and Design
EditorialFood & WineMapsHand LetteringKids Page

{check out her super creative website when you have a chance}

new lotus & paisley designs

a few of my new illustrations are being used in lachmi & anil’s wedding celebration for this weekend. I designed their custom table name tents along with buffet tents to match; lotus for vegetarian dishes & paisley for meat dishes! we also incorporated the lotus watermark onto their round sticker labels for the favor boxes!


table & buffet tents
table & buffet tents