Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wedding Stationery Guide: Envelopes, Part I

This installment of the Wedding Stationery Guide is all about envelopes, specifically the sizes and colors offered at Banter & Charm.

Blank envelopes are included with all wedding invitation orders: a single outer mailing envelope (A7 size) and a smaller envelope for the response card (4bar size). Inner/outer envelope sets are also available (more on that later).

By default, flat print orders come with brilliant white or soft white euro flap envelopes. Letterpress or foil stamp orders come with fluorescent white or pearl white 100% cotton pointed flap envelopes.

We also offer a wide variety of colored envelopes (there is no extra charge to use a colored envelope!). Colored envelopes are a great way to add a pop of color to your invitation suite or save the date.

Colored envelopes have a euro flap and are available in A7 and 4bar sizes.

Another bonus of using colored envelopes: white ink printing! White ink on dark colored envelopes is a special service we offer. It looks absolutely stunning, and will be sure to wow your guests.

white ink on black envelopes

If you don't want plain white envelopes, but aren't sure on a color, our shimmer envelopes are an elegant way to add a some sparkle to your invitation suite. Shimmer envelopes are available in three colors (silver, yellow gold, and antique).  They have a euro flap and are available in A7 and 4bar sizes.

We'll be back soon with a look at how you can dress up your envelope with envelope liners and address printing.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wedding Stationery Guide: Recap

Last summer I started a "Wedding Stationery Guide" series on the blog to showcase the customization options available for Banter & Charm's wedding collection. Over the next few months I'll be continuing the series: talking about envelopes and fun add ons like envelope liners, edge painting, and custom maps.

Since it's been a while, I thought it would be great to recap the Wedding Stationery Guide so far.

Printing Methods  An overview of the three printing methods offered at Banter & Charm: Flat Printing, Letterpress, and Foil Stamping.

Papers All about the colors, weights, and texture of paper.

Inks colors can be complicated! This part of the guide took three posts to cover.
Ink Colors: Part I Ink and color basics.
Ink Colors: Part II Tips for choosing your colors.
Ink Colors: Part III "Non colors" : white and blind impression.

The "Fonts" portion of the guide was split into three posts as well.
Fonts: Part I Types of fonts.
Fonts: Part II How changing a font can change the look of your invitation.
Fonts: Part III Tips for choosing fonts for your invitation.

Sizing and Shapes Standard sizing for invitations and inserts, and the die cut shapes available.

That's all for now, but check back soon for more information and tips on customizing your wedding invitations!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year Photo Cards | 2016-2017 Holiday Collection

Missed out on sending Christmas cards this year? Well, it's not too late to send a New Year's card instead!

What a Year features a full bleed photo and the phrase "what a wonderful year" in gold foil. Available exclusively at Minted.

wonderful year photo card

 State of the Year is a New Year's card that could be a moving announcement, or just a way to send cheer from California. Available exclusively at Minted.
new year photo card from California

Champagne Type is a fun three photo New Year's card featuring a champagne bottle filled with a hand lettered greeting. Available exclusively at Minted.
hand lettering champagne bottle

New Adventures is a gold foil New Year's card that doubles as a birth announcement! Available exclusively at Minted.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year in Review Family Newsletters | 2016 Holiday Collection

The holidays are the perfect time to update your friends and family with highlights from the past year. Any of these "year in review" style holiday photo cards would be a great paired with a Christmas newsletter or some of your favorite memories from the year.

Merry Moments features a fun typographic layout highlighting your family's top 10 "merry moments" of 2016. Available exclusively at Minted.

year in review christmas cards

Year of Memories is a newsletter style holiday card with four photos along with space to caption them. Available exclusively at Minted.
new year in review card

Wonderful Year showcases four photos of your family along with room for a brief update on each family member's year. Available at Zazzle.
family newsletter with photos

Year of Adventures is a photo gallery card with room for ten square photos. The year is highlighted in the center with the greeting "new year, new adventures". Available exclusively at Minted.
square photo holiday cards

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Party Invitations | 2016 Holiday Collection

If you're planning a party this holiday season, chances are you'll be sending out invitations! Check out this assortment of party invitations, perfect for your Christmas party, holiday soiree, or New Year's Eve bash.

Pine Celebration is a foil pressed holiday party invitation, featuring pine boughs dusted with snow in real gold foil. Available exclusively at Minted

gold foil christmas party invite

Painterly Plaid features a modern take on the classic buffalo pattern, paired with brush script lettering for a fun trendy look. Available exclusively at Minted
red and black plaid invitations

Ring In is a modern New Year's Eve party invitation in black and gold. Available at Zazzle
new year gold foil party invitations

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Religious Christmas Photo Cards | 2016 Holiday Collection

This year, Minted has launched a collection of holiday photo cards that have a religious message. I'm honored to have several of my own designs in the assortment!

The God of Hope features three photos and the greeting "may the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace" in hand lettering inspired fonts. This design also showcases Minted's new glitter foil for an extra sparkly touch.
gold glitter christmas card

Merry Crossmas is a simple full bleed photo card, with a cross replacing the "t" in Christmas to emphasize the real reason for the season.
religious christmas photo card

O Holy Night features the wording to that familiar Christmas carol in hand lettering arranged to form a Christmas tree.
o holy night christmas card

Rejoice in Jesus is another simple full bleed photo card, but it gets a unique look from the "Jesus fish" (or Ichthys) replacing the O in Rejoice.
full bleed photo card

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moving Announcement Christmas Cards | 2016 Holiday Collection

If you moved to a new home this year, your 2016 holiday card would be a great way to share your new address with your family and friends.

From Our New Home features an outline of the United States filled with hand lettered holiday greetings. Customize it to showcase your new home state and add your new address and holiday wishes at the bottom. Available exclusively at

state moving announcement holidays

State of the Year has the same hand lettering style, but this time an outline of the state of California is featured, along with new year's greetings. Available exclusively at
hand lettering california moving announcement

Home for Christmas features the state of Texas with your city marked by a heart. Available at
Other states also available: California, New York, Georgia
texas map moving announcement holiday card

Our New Holiday Home features room for three photos, along with your new address, making it a great Christmas moving announcement. Available exclusively at

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