Monday, February 14, 2011
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I was going to design the baby announcements for our daughter. I had the design completed months in advance, with the coordinating pink and brown colors chosen to match our nursery theme. The only thing left to do with the design was to await the birth to have all the information to include on the cards.
On October 21, at 5:49 pm, our daughter Charlotte Kristine Craig was born at 5lbs. 13oz. and 19.25 inches long. After some necessary days of recuperation, I completed the design.
My husband and the very proud father decided he also wanted to participate by silkscreening the cards. He took the designs to Northwest Graphic Supply Company, a great screen printing supply company in South Minneapolis. They did a beautiful job of creating highly detailed screens for printing.
After some ups and downs, experimentation with some really detailed illustrations and typography and getting just the right ink consistency, the printing commenced. Jason did a beautiful job, even with no drying racks. The sheets had to be dried on the basement floor.
He then spent the next several days trimming each card by hand. This was often done with a small baby crying for attention on the work table. We then spent an evening doing all of the assembly for approximately 60 announcements.
In the end, we could not be more proud of the result. The announcements and the beautiful baby girl!