Magazine article Sunset

Art of the Party

Magazine article Sunset

Art of the Party

Article excerpt

You can print your own cards, and more

GETTHE LOOK of exquisite hand-printed invitations and placecards - without a spendy custom design. The cofounder of the San Francisco studio Yellow Owl Workshop, printmaker Christine Schmidt, shows a simple way to create your own - and wrapping paper too - using the graphics pictured here, which she designed especially for Sunset readers (they're on our website). Hungry for more? Check out Christine's new book, Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects (Potter Craft; $20), out next month.

Materials

8- by 70-in. transparency sheets (for invitations only)

Color laser printout of t of these design templates (download info is at far right)

Painter's tape

Fine-tip permanent marker

Scissors

Paper (use watercolor paper for invitations and placecards)

Chartpak Ad Marker Colorless Blender (a "clear" marker to transfer a design)

Bone folder or spoon for burnishing (rubbing)

Directions

1. For invitations, place ? transparency sheet over a printout of design (from webpage at far right); tape both down and write your text on transparency with a fine-tip marker. Untape, flip the transparency over (text will be reversed), and re-tape it to printout. …

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