Extracurricular Design Adventures
I recently had the opportunity to design two party invitations. It was a lot of fun to experiment with different fonts and colors. Both invitations use western-themed fonts: Calamity Jane and Playbill.
My favorite part of this birthday invitation has got to be the roses. In fact, they took the most amount of time. I found them on a piece of vintage wallpaper found by The Graphics Fairy at www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com, and extracted the rose grouping and the individual rose from the pattern.
Looking back, there is a lot I would do differently. Some of the Calamity Jane font on the birthday invitation needs to be bolded to stand out more, and I wonder if a shadow behind the Playbill font would help, too. I was also surprised to see the difference in print quality between our Lanier machine in the office and the professional printer. At various stages of production, I printed drafts on our Lanier machine, and the smooth cardstock I had on hand gave them a great rustic feel. But was I willing to trim all of these by hand after printing? Not quite. The product from the pro’s had slightly different colors, and the finish was just a little different than what I hoped for.
At any rate, the hostess was happy and I learned a little more about Adobe CS4!