27 May

For those of you considering DIY invites (and other paper projects) for you wedding, we have a resource that may come in handy. Some of you probably already use stock photo/illustration sites for your projects but for those of you who don’t, you totally should! Sites like iStock and Veer have tons of cute flourishes, borders, textures, and fonts that you can purchase relatively inexpensively. Veer is more expensive, but they have awesome fonts and nice photography. iStock requires a little more patience to wade through the crap in search of the gems, but the price is always right.

Here’s just a small sample of pretty details we found in a quick search on iStock:

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You have to get creative with your search terms, and don’t forget to only search “illustration,” when you’re looking for design elements like these. We used terms like “ornamental border,” “flourish,” and “vintage label.”

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Happy hunting.

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Comments

  1. pret-tay! thanks for the tip!

  2. i have a few of them in my collection already :) loveee istock!

  3. I recently blogged about Briar Press. They have some interesting free stuff.

  4. another great source for these types of flourishes and ornamental elements is to check out dover books. each book is a collection of themed ornaments or images such as “decorative ornaments” or “art nouveau” etc that you can scan from the book. some books also come with a cd that has images already in a digital form. you can find them for about $15-$30 at barnes & noble in the art section.

  5. I totally love you! I work with stock photography sites frequently through my work, but I’ve never searched for vectors. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the tips, I’ve been using istockphoto for some time and always fine the neatest things, thanks again!

  7. that a great resource! fantastic thanks
    silvia

  8. Wow. I already heart veer but had no idea you could find such great stuff on istock. It is usually so crappy I could of written it off.

  9. LOVE this post! So helpful. :) Thanks!

  10. Oh I love these! Did you know that MS Word—or for invites I prefer Publisher since I don’t have Illustrator or Photoshop—has some lovely flourish type images. I just used one for my Grandpa’s 80th Surprise Birthday invites. You can even change the color of the flourish if you wish—-insert the image, right click on the image, select Format Picture, under the ‘picture’ tab select the button called ‘recolor’ and you can pick anything you want! If you mess up you can restore the original picture. Fab!

  11. Thanks for including the search terms you used. That was my first question when I started reading the post. Great information!

    Sharon

  12. Ooooo great tips! I’ll have to do a little searching of my own…

  13. those are lovely! there is another great source that has free downloads as well as ones you can buy, check out Briar Press!
    http://www.briarpress.org/cuts

  14. If you search google images for “free eps” that works really well too…plus you can instantly see if you like the illustrations without opening one web page at a time!

  15. May I also suggest dover pictorial archives. They have great books that you can scan, but they also have some that include a CD-ROM with all of the images as clip art. cheap and chic!

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