A couple years ago, Kelle McCarter—talented illustrator and founder of the lovely Paperswell magazine—sent me a thank you note for profiling her in our Post Script series. It was written on her couples’ stationery (pictured below), which, instead of the traditional printed names or monogram, featured a fantastic illustration of Mr. and Mrs.—drawn, of course, by Kelle. I immediately pinned it to my bulletin board and vowed (no pun intended) to re-create the look for the next couple I knew to become engaged.
Fast forward to a few months ago, when family friends Juanita and Joe, who live in Miami, finally decided they would be making it official. Personalized stationery should reflect an individual’s or couple’s unique style, and I knew that Kelle’s illustration would fit theirs perfectly.
With the drawing Kelle created from a picture of Juanita and Joe I sent her, I placed the custom order for pearl white correspondence cards, thermograph printed in black ink and paired with a black envelope lining to match. The result was absolutely perfect (of course their little pup had to be included!):
We asked Kelle to share a some thoughts on her personal style and how it can be translated into beautiful stationery.
“My style is designed to be illustrative with a raconteur flair to tell the unique story of my clients with art,” she said. “Each design is hand drawn with elements important to the bride and groom. And when custom hand lettering/calligraphy is incorporated into the design, it becomes even more unique and special.”
Below are a couple examples of Kelle’s work. For more, please visit her Pinterest page.
“Here is an example of a bride, who wanted to incorporate elements of her Texas roots and her groom, who wanted to include elements of his Oxford lineage.”
There are two ways to order custom stationery:
1) Contact our Customer Service team at 1 (800) 268-2281 or email@example.com. You can read our guidelines for supplied artwork here.
2) Visit your closest Crane retailer, which you can find using our Find a Retailer tool.
Or you can choose a design from the couples’ stationery section on our website.