Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wooden Cards and Invitations - b-spired

Friends and collaborators Betsey Reiche and Charlotte Miller of b-spired in San Francisco introduced their laser cut greeting cards and invitations to me via Twitter. First up, Yoga Cat - ha!

laser cut card - yoga cat

Admittedly I don't feature cards too often, but these are so quirky and unique, I couldn't resist. Betsey does the artwork and thinks up the clever/apropos wording, while Charlotte is the marketing and social media expert.

laser cut cards

A layer of rustic, laser cut wood is placed overtop vivid cardstock for bright pops of color.

laser cut card - foxy

A sturdy backing makes it easy to display each card. I would want to do that as these are definitely keepers!

laser cut card backing

b-spired also does party invitations that are made similarly, and custom wall designs too - frameable wedding gifts, for example. 

laser cut party invitation

 laser cut wedding gift

I asked Betsey about the design process. We draw first to get the image inspiration, and then turn to illustrator to do the graphic design work. Each image is worked and reworked through many prototypes until we get exactly what we are looking for.

laser cut card - golden gate bridge

b-spired is on Etsy. And how nice... Betsey and Charlotte are offering a 40% discount on all cards in the shop today and tomorrow (August 27 and 28) to All Things Paper readers. Use coupon code: allthingspaper at checkout.

You'll also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

laser cut card - lemon

Nope, this is not a sponsored post... I just happen to really like these b-spired cards and wanted to share.

And speaking of sharing... if you've had the chance to see a copy of All Things Paper via your favorite bookstore or library and have made any of the projects, I would love to see what you've done.

all things paper book

Or perhaps you have a project in progress? That's fine too! Email me your pics (ann.b.martin@gmail.com) or post 'em on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog, or however you roll and send me the link - I'll be happy to share.

If your library doesn't have the book yet, ask them to order a copy - they're often happy to do that!

Book photo credit: Patricia Zapata


10 comments:

  1. This is truly unusual and beautiful work.

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  2. Very unique cards Ann. I love the bicycles best.

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  3. I'm in love with these cards! The most simple are my favorite - love them like crazy! Good luck with the book - I need one!

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes and I'm glad you like the cards!

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  4. Lovely ideas - aren't people clever?

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  5. Hmm, thought I'd left a comment. Anyway, it was just to say that I like the cards - and your book looks great too!

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  6. Two comments for the price of one...!

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    1. Lovely, thanks Isabelle. I enjoy comments in whatever form/quantity they arrive. :)

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  7. these cards are so unique. Love them!

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