Tis’ The Season: John Early Society Christmas Party Invitation

It’s getting to be the happiest time of year! I’m just starting to get into the holiday spirit now that it’s December. This project included a save the date card and invitation suite for the John Early Society, a donation organization for Loyola University Maryland. We began the project in August, with a goal of mailing the invitation in October.

My client asked to have a “traditional Christmas” feel, with a festive wreath or ornament. I sketched 3 different types of wreaths: an ornament wreath, a citrus fruit and leaf wreath, and a pine and holly wreath. My client selected the pine and holly wreath, and requested that the ribbon include Loyola’s logo. I painted the wreath in watercolor, and digitally added the logo, so that the integrity of the typography would remain intact. The client loved the wreath, and we agreed to have a close up of the ribbon on the save the date, and wait to reveal the full wreath on the invitation. The save the date turned out beautifully.

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For the invitation, we still had extra green square envelopes in stock to use, so the invitation itself needed to be square. However, I did not realize that the RSVP card and envelope needed to remain a rectangle, so that our audience would not be expected to know and add the additional $0.21 in postage. Thankfully, the RSVP card fit well inside the square invite, so there was not an issue with fit; but sadly the whole suite could not be square. To add an extra layer of prestige, we decided to print the invitations on metallic Stardream Crystal paper. The result was stunning and eye-catching. The suite includes a square folded invitation, an RSVP card and envelope, and a square enclosure envelope. The save the date was printed digitally on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite Smooth, and the envelope was Mohawk BriteHue green.

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These types of projects are my favorites because of all of the wonderful details and possibilities. And, I was lucky enough to illustrate a portion of the invitation. In fact, my illustration caught the attention of another coworker of mine, who asked for me to design and execute chalkboard lettering for an upcoming event. I’ll be sure to include that project for next time!

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-A.K.