Kate Arends Wedding Roundup

We’ve had the pleasure of printing several wedding suites designed by local Minneapolis creative Kate Arends. A full-time designer over at Cue, Kate also freelances and does a beautiful job curating her blog Wit + Delight.

Sized to fit in preexisting #10 envelope, the first suite is printed with three inks on Neenah Classic Crest Natural white 165C with a flash of metallic gold edge coloring. No checkboxes in sight, the RSVP is cleverly designed as one card perforated down the middle–allowing the guest to respond with a hearty “YES” response card or use the alternate “Regretfully Decline” postcard.


We love the bold graphic nature, humorous wording and great use of an inline font on this second suite. Printed on French Poptone Sweet Tooth 140C, the invitation card scores twice to z-fold into the envelope. Though the cards use only black ink, the fluorescent green envelope, Mohawk’s BridteHue in UltraLime, adds a punch of color.

Update // See Jon and Alecia’s entire wedding over on 100 Layer Cake.


Lastly, there’s a wedding suite and save the date Kate designed for an Australian bride out of Adelaide. Filled with elegant typographic lockups and textured backgrounds, this was printed with gold ink on French Poptone Whipped Cream 140C .

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  • The detail on the key is great!

  • These are lovely! Technical question: are you doing anything special with the gold so that it doesnt just come out brown? I just did a card design that called for metallic ink to be letterpressed on lettra, and there is zero shimmer in the final product. I’m told the problem was the paper, but is there anything else you recommend to fix this issue? Thanks!

  • We sometimes double hit gold ink or run it as two passes – one for small detail and another for bigger graphic elements. Even then, you are correct, there is very little shimmer in any metallic ink printed on uncoated papers. Even less so on a toothy stock like Lettra. Our parting words to designers are – Look at your Pantone UNCOATED swatches! Beware the difference between Uncoated and Coated colors. We often get files or instructions asking us to match COATED colors. That’s not going to happen. When you put ink on Uncoated paper, an uncoated color match is what to expect. If a client must have shiny and shimmery then we talk about foiling.

  • Laura ,first of all your observation about the paper is outclass and it really happens some times.try something else:)