Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creating an Emoji-Themed Invitation and Mitzvah Party

Ancient Egyptians used a system of symbols called hieroglyphs to communicate with one another. Hmmm, sound familiar? It doesn't take the Rosetta Stone to see that emojis are the preferred form of communication for the 21st Century, and Luscious Verde's work on a recent emoji-themed Bat Mitzvah speaks for itself! Let's take a look at how this party invitation set the tone for #emojimitzvah. 

When we were first approached to help conceptualize an emoji-themed Bat Mitzvah, we knew that big, bold and fun was the way to go. An invitation is a guest's first glimpse into an event's tone, and for a shindig as wild as #emojimitzvah, we needed something surprising and irreverent for this separate kid's party invitation. Take, for example, the reply card pictured in the above image. Instead of using the ubiquitous thumbs up and thumbs down or smiley and frowny emojis, we gave guests something to text about by incorporating the hilarious and unexpected poop icon. The party invitation greets guests with a big and bright heart eyes emoji, leaving no question that Laney would love for you to attend. 

In carrying an invitation's theme throughout an entire event, try surprising guests with the unexpected. In addition to traditional accessory items such as table numbers and gift tags, there are countless ways to incorporate your theme, making the event as fun to attend as it is to plan! For #emojimitzvah the theme introduced in the party invitation set was carried out through the red carpet backdrop, the lighting, and even the Bat Mitzvah's party dress!  Oh, and don't forget Laney's poop tie (above left image). From what we've heard, guests were :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Creating Handmade Invitations With Mirrored Paper

The mirricle (sorry, I had to write that at least once!) that is mirri paper has lent itself to some of LVC's most fashionable invitations since being introduced last year. "Mirri" paper is our term for mirrored paper. This impactful material adds unexpected dimension and dazzling, light-catching reflectiveness to invitations, making it a go-to material for the chicest of clients. In this Newsletter we take a look how to get the most out of mirri.

1) All About That Base (Layer)
One of the most jaw-dropping ways to incorporate mirri paper into your invitation is to use it as a base layer with a die cut image plyed or layered on top. Notice in the image above how the bright, shimmering quality of the Stardust mirri paper contrasts dramatically with the black pattern, achieving visual complexity usually reserved for an art gallery! Although mirri paper cannot be laser cut, there are endless ways to incorporate it with other cut layers. 
2) Make That Liner Finer
I know I always say that everything is my favorite, but mirri liner really IS my favorite offering at Luscious Verde! For the recipient of the invitation, opening an envelope with mirri liner feels like cracking open a geode. It's a sumptuous surprise, truly transforming an envelope into a thing of luxury. Because mirri liner is card stock weight, it adds substantial thickness to the envelope.

3) Layer Up
Using mirri paper as a layer adds a pop of visual interest to the border of an invitation. When used with silver accents or text (like in the image above), it can effectively tie the look of an invitation together. 
4) Back It Up
A plyed mirri backing allows for this specialty paper to shine in all of its glory. The large reflective surface highlights the materiality of mirri, giving a smooth sleek look that pairs perfectly with a wide range of designs. Try coordinating a plyed mirri backing with a mirri layer on the reverse side (see image above). This is the ultimate one-two punch, and is sure to be a knockout with party guests. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Retailer Spotlight: The Papery of Philadelphia

Retailer Spotlight: The Papery of Philadelphia
Luscious Verde is proud to work with some of the country's most talented stationers. This Retailer Spotlight  series highlights what is unique about the fabulous people we create with. 
The Papery of Philadelphia was founded in 2003 and is owned by Carolyn Brandhorst and her parents. With a background in Print Advertising and Fashion Retail, Carolyn sees stationery as a way to combine both her love of design and her passion for working with the public. Carolyn brings these unique professional experiences to the world of stationery, creating truly one-of-a-kind pieces.  
Located in Philadelphia, a city known for its perfect mix of big city buzz and small town charm, The Papery is both a cornerstone of its neighborhood as well as a destination for clients from the Main Line, Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, and beyond. 
Looking towards 2015, Carolyn and her staff are seeing a large influx of requests for boxed invitations. The demand for these pieces, she says, is only growing in her area. (Call Luscious Verde to create your next boxed invitation!) 
The Papery is dedicated to creating long-term relationships with each and every customer, sometimes working with a client first as a bride planning her wedding, and then years later as a mother planning a Mitzvah! "We become friends with our customers and hope to continue helping them create memorable invites for all the special moments in their lives," says Carolyn.
Please visit the Papery of Philadelphia's website for more information or to make an appointment.