Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations: For our baby Mia


With our due date quickly approaching, I wanted to take some time to showcase the letterpress baby shower invitations we did for our baby girl, Mia.  I never imagined that I would be printing baby shower invitations for my own baby and, let me tell you, printing with a belly was quite an interesting experience, to say the least.  Before getting into the printing, here’s a little back story of our pregnancy journey.

I found out I was pregnant in late June, right before a camping trip with a group of friends.  We were supposed to go white water rafting so I just wanted to make sure I was OK to do so before I did anything “crazy.”  The day before we left, I tested and sure enough, there it was. The slightest of the faintest positive there ever was.  I couldn’t believe my eyes so, naturally, I went out and bought more tests to confirm.  All 3 tests were positive so there was no denying it.  Fast forward to present day and here I am currently 35 weeks pregnant with approximately 5 weeks to go before we get to meet our little girl!

Now, onto the letterpress cards.  When I imagine girl things, I see pink, princess, crowns, etc.  I wanted to steer clear from that, yet still wanted a feminine touch to the invitations and the baby shower itself.  I opted for lavender and different variations of purple; still girly, but not “in your face” girly, if that makes sense!  I wanted to keep the cards simple, yet pretty.  Delicate, if you will.  I chose to do a 2-color invitation using Pantone 531 U for the lavender color and gray with a matching lavender envelope.  It was quite surreal to do the printing of these cards for myself, but I really enjoyed doing them because they were mine, for us, for our baby girl.

On top of the invitations, I also printed other cards for the shower.  I thought it would be fun for our friends to leave notes for her and I decided to print a “Wishes for Baby Mia” card that was inspired by Pinterest (of course).  I must say, reading the notes from our dear friends for our little girl made me laugh and cry.  Some were so creative and others were very touching.  I’m glad I’ll have these to show her later when she’s older.  She is already so loved!

Alright, now onto the photos!

Letterpress Cards:

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My sweet, dear friend, Elizabeth, came up with this poem for us for the Diaper Raffle.  Totally adorable.  Major props for her creativity!

Wishes for Mia

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Letterpress Printing:

The letterpress baby shower invitations and the Diaper Raffle card was printed on our 110# Fluorescent White cardstock.  All of the pieces were printed on the C&P.  I printed the Wishes for Baby Mia card on our 110# Pearl White cardstock, just to make a bit softer, a bit sweeter. 🙂

Here are some photos from our Baby Shower as well.  What a great day this was. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this day.  All the help and love from our family and friends meant the world to me and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing people.  Special thanks to Elizabeth, Zan, Julie, and Vasna for decorating and helping put together the most perfect baby shower.


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Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations


We had a headband making station that was a HUGE hit! Mia will have so many, all made by those who love her.

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letterpress baby shower invitations

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations



About Elma Kosaka

Elma Kosaka is the Owner and Creative Director of Simply Letterpressed. With a passion in the century old letterpress printing, has spent the last few years specializing in wedding invitation designs, business card designs, and creating beautiful letterpress wedding invitations and letterpress business card. Using the century old letterpress printing presses, Elma creates the most beautiful letterpress invitations. Elma is the proud recipient of Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards and The Knot Best of Weddings.

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