My coworker and friend Dawn does these amazing parties and bridal showers and weddings. She makes things for them, and brainstorms awesome decor. She’s trying to do it more publicly, as a professional, and needed business cards, and so she asked me to help, which I gladly agreed to.
If you read her blog, you know she’s a lover of vintage things, especially fabrics and handmade home items. Lately she’s been really interested in vintage clothing labels, so she asked for a simple card that mimicked a clothing label, with her contact info and her name on the front. She had an idea for the back, which was to sew a scrap of fabric from her extensive collection to the card, and let the stitching show through to the front.
I came up with a script version of her name, chose a color palette, and printed up cards in five different colors. I must have looked at 200 vintage labels as I was doing this (but oh so much fun), and made much use of my Wacom tablet. Then Dawn took them home and assembled them, adding a little pinked edge. I think they came out great:
She has the best eye for color combinations and textures. I made sure to print a solid color on the back of the card, so that if the fabric curled a little, you’d still see something designed:
(I love the fabrics she chose.)
Some more photos (taken with her lovely camera):
Such a great project! (Thanks to Dawn for all the great photos!)
And then, as an extra little thank-you, this bag was on my desk this morning (photo not taken with Dawn’s spiffy camera):
When we’d gone to Sam Flax to choose paper, I had tried a tea sample and debated whether or not to buy it. Dawn’s quick response was, “NO,” and thinking that she was helping me with my self-control, I thanked her and didn’t think any more of it. But inside that little bag was this:
The tea and a fancy tea mug! That Dawn is sneaky. And awesome. And a great design client.
Those are terrific cards, and such a perfect idea!
I can only take credit for half of it, since Dawn and I were working so closely! But I am happy with how they turned out!
They look so great, Laura! You did something that reflects the attention to detail and creativity that is dawn!
Thanks! Here’s hoping they do the trick!
I love what you created, simply because you listened. The beauty of a great designer (and what I try to accomplish with all the events that I do) is to step outside yourself and be the person you’re creating for. You did just that. Thank you thank you thank you, from the bottom of my fabric-backed heart.
And a lovely heart it is.