Category Archives: Design

Christmas Cheers!

White Spruce Holiday Card

Looking for beautiful letterpress holiday cards? Come and shop at our Etsy Store! We just uploaded our holiday designs, including our newest holiday card, White Spruce, shown above. White Spruce features a special “rainbow roll” garland. Rainbow roll is a printing technique where half of the press is inked in one color and half in another color. The two colors mix and blend in the middle. Much care must be taken to keep the vibrancy of the colors at either end of the card, for as the press runs, the colors continue to mix.

Back to the cards on the Etsy site, there are some great options there for Winter Solstice and Hanukah, as well as Christmas.

Please visit us at

New Pictures, New Work

Colorful Vegetable Themed Wedding Invitation
This colorful vegetable themed wedding invitation is one of our favorites, for its color and uniqueness, as well as the personal connection it has to the bride and groom. The bride’s owns an organic produce business and the groom is a sommelier. In addition to the vegetables, grapes are featured on the envelopes.

Contemporary Invitation with Folded GateAnother of our favorite recent sets, this gate fold invitation opens onto a peaceful grassy field. This couple loved to take pictures of magical and whimsical looking garden doorways and gateways when they encountered them on their travels.

Traditional Elegant Garden Wedding InvitationThis wedding took place in the garden at the family home. There was a theme of white flowers, and we selected botanicals that were in white, in the family’s gardens, and in season for the ceremony.

Florentine Traditional Wedding Invitation This elegant style of Florentine invitation is very versatile. It works well in many different color schemes, and for different seasons. That’s why it’s one of the designs we’re showcasing in our new Prix Fixe offerings, which will be released next week. (Stay tuned!) This was also featured on Style Me Pretty a visually sumptuous blog about beautiful weddings.

Urban Chic Contemporary Wedding InvitationThis invitation was designed to match the urban chic, fun, cool, retro-modern look of The Smogg Shoppe in Los Angeles, where the reception was held. The venue displayed a wonderful blend of decor, including seemingly otherworldly plantings of succulents; vintage rugs, chairs, and signs; and a converted industrial urban loft style structure and fixtures.
Olive Tree Contemporary Wedding InvitationOlive trees lined the drive to this wedding location in Napa Valley, California. We developed this stylized burled tree with with a contemporary boldness to match the couple’s aesthetic.
Maidenhair Fern Art Nouveau Wedding InvitationMaidenhair fern swirls around the text of this art nouveau influenced invitation, bringing a wonderful sense of flow to the image and text. The two elements work together with give and take, almost as if dancing.

Cherry Blossom traditional wedding invitationThese cherry blossom branches in raspberry and violet brought a stunning richness to this traditional style invitation.

Mom, We’re Gonna Be Movie Stars!!

Monte Carlo Invitations

San Francisco Bay Area locals, watch us this Sunday and next on Days with Zahrah on Kron 4! Days with Zahrah is a magazine style show that covers travel, local flavors, interviews, and inspirational stories. This season, Zahrah is showing a series on planning your wedding. She will be featuring our letterpress invitation design and printing on Sunday, October 3rd, and another blurb on Sunday, October 10th. If you’re local, watch us this Sunday!!

We created the stunning invitations you see featured here for the Zahrah show’s season launch party. The party carried a Monte Carlo theme, and we designed the invitations based on the architecture and grounds of the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. The sealing wax is terrific stuff we love to use, made by Atelier Gargoyle. The teal, two-tiered band reflect the colors of the fountain before the casino and the ocean just beyond it. The sculptural, pale yellow design motif reflects the beauty and intricacy of the architectural detail. This exquisite set was completed with envelopes addressed by Papineau Calligraphy.

1:00 pm. Sunday, October 3rd, 2010. Be there!

Monte Carlo Invitation

We’ve been busy!

Nora and Orlando
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about what’s going on in our studio.  This is because we’ve been really busy through the winter and into spring.  We’ve been excited about the many different projects we’ve had, from wedding invitation packages to dinner menus for events.  Please click the “keep reading” button below to see images of the different projects.  As always, we welcome your comments and feedback!

Continue reading

Printing in Tongues


Beautiful Bilingual Invitation in Chinese and English

We custom design and print multilingual invitations that will leave a lasting impression

Wir entwerfen und drucken zweisprachige Einladungen
We design and print bilingual invitations

We can make Chinese language invitations

Nous faisons invitations en beaucoup des langues.
We make invitations in many languages.

Chúng tôi thiết ké thiệp mời cao cấp.
We design ‘high end’ invitations.

نحن طباعة
We print.

We want to let you know that we design and print bilingual invitations and other letterpress projects. Continue reading

Holiday Greetings With Love From You!

Warm Holiday Wishes Card Poinsettia with Sleeping Cat

Warm Holiday Wishes Card with Poinsettia and Sleeping Cat. Painted Tongue is offering our Holiday note cards with a personalized custom greeting starting at $150.00 for 25 cards. Email Kim at!

My mother sends holiday cards every year to everyone in her Rolodex. She sits at her kitchen counter and dutifully writes each card to all the people we know. Mom never writes more than a few lines, but…

Continue reading

The Color of Love

Love Card

I have always been a cynic when it comes to love. Whipping up a batch of Valentines cards in October at Painted Tongue Studios did nothing to change that. . .

Continue reading