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  • Hand Illustrated Watercolor Maps for Weddings & Special Events

    ELEVATE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS  Elevate your event or product with a custom hand illustrated watercolor map. Thoughtfully hand illustrated maps make elegant keepsakes for remembering special events and occasions. Bring your event vision to life through a custom design that highlights all your favorit... View Post
  • 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
  • Santa Ynez Wedding | Custom Stationery Illustration Collaboration

    When the beautiful and talented actress, Caitlin Thompson, and producer, comedy writer, Dan Fogelman, first came to me for their wedding invitations it started with browsing wedding albums and pointing out details and suites they liked. At some point Dan said to Cait, “you can do illustrations li... View Post
  • In the Details | Letterpress & Clever Words

    How can a couple’s unique personalities and style be incorporated into their wedding stationery? Our clients are often looking for ways to add different, sometimes opposing elements and characteristics to their paper while maintaining a seamless design that remains within the bounds of distinct... View Post
  • Nautical Santa Barbara Wedding Invitation Suite

    These invitations began with a love for all things ocean, sailing and the beauty of the Santa Barbara coast. The couple wanted to incorporate a nautical motif and soft coastal colors but wanted something different from the invitations they had seen. We drew on elements from maritime history and ... View Post
  • Sun Valley Summer Wedding | Western "Kick Up Your Heels" | Part 2

    Last week I wrote about the beginning of an amazing wedding weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho for DJ and Alan. The design for the printed materials started with the mother of the bride's vision of a quilt with each square representing something personal to the couple. The image squares were throughout... 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.