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  • Elegant Santa Barbara Wedding Invitation with Custom Monogram

    OLD WORLD ELEGANCE Katie and John exchanged vows under a lush floral arch in a seaside ceremony between the Montecito Hills and the Gaviota coast. The wedding ceremony and reception took place outdoors under a brilliant Santa Barbara sun overlooking the Pacific Ocean at The Bacara Resort & S... View Post
  • Ranunculus & Rose Watercolor Suite | Vendor Library Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said the earth laughs in flowers. Each spring our spirits are renewed by nature's palette through the blessings of young cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, daffodil and primrose. When it comes to spring wedding and event stationery there are endless ways to incorporate the se... View Post
  • Blush and Rose Wedding Invitation with Elegant Monogram

    Love, weddings, snowflakes and fingerprints - each one is unique and tells its story through shape, song, color and grace. What began with our client's love of blush and roses ended beautifully with a suite that sets the perfect mood for a wedding in one of  Santa Barbara's oldest churches. Sinc... View Post
  • An Abundance of Roses

    Santa Barbara County, California is filled with flowers and Montecito is a floral paradise. The ceremony and reception site of this gorgeous wedding was abundant with roses and the couple wanted to elaborate on and incorporate the luscious floral surroundings in their save the dates, invitation s... View Post
  • Love & Letters: Santa Barbara Magazine Feature

    We were so honored to be featured in Santa Barbara Magazine's Love & Letters alongside so many wonderful Santa Barbara area wedding artists and designers. The save the date and wedding invitation pictured has a cherry blossom motif printed on a thin, fine wood that has been carefully die cut.... View Post
  • Romantic Vintage Wine Country Wedding

    The dreamy landscape of the vineyards of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo have long been a destination for weddings and loved creating the stationery and dinner menus for this gorgeous, romantic vintage winery wedding. Photography: Mike Larson |  Styling: LaFleur W... View Post
  • Summer Wedding | A Dreamy Woodland Wedding Suite

    We love finding inspiration in the woods among the wildflowers. We designed and produced these vintage rose floral illustrations for this spring wedding invitation. Delicate and airy illustrated watercolor map and poem adds a woodland vibe to this wedding lush with florals. We wanted to capture a... View Post
  • Custom Wedding Suite Collaboration | A Watercolor Masterpiece

    What started out as a beautiful bride walking into my shop and asking if we could use her friend’s illustrations for my invitations, turned into an invitation suite masterpiece.  The artist, Rebecca Chester and the bride, Danielle, carefully considered each element and I was lucky enoug... View Post

Welcome to The Giving Ink's Blog

The Giving Ink is a store and brand by Michelle Castle, with a vision to guide customers toward a richer, more fulfilled lifestyle through goods that encourage both the growing and sustaining connections we make with each other. The shop reflects her desire to connect the hearts of people through handwriting, illustrations, and a renewed interest in incorporating a more analog lifestyle through slower, more thoughtful forms of communication such as letter writing and journaling.