Welcome to all things Fashion illustration at Cardwell & ink. A custom fashion illustration is a beautiful and personal way sharing a special memory or concept with the people in your world. It is elegant, contemporary and makes any event have an instant elegance and any brand a celebrity feel.

We pride ourselves in creating one of a kind art pieces that will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. Our illustrations have a myriad of uses from stand alone artworks or editorial illustrations . Whether that be standard illustrated invitations where we customize the text to suit your event or fully custom invitations where we work with you on everything from concept and colour palette to creating a unique illustration for your stationery. We also create custom illustrated signs for birthdays , weddings and events as well as custom portraits.

Custom projects are our happy place so feel free to send us a message and start a conversation. We’d love to see if we can help bring your vision to life. If you are looking for inspiration, feel free to scroll down through samples of our stationery, signs and portraits. All images are hand illustrated and completed stationery and portraits are emailed as high resolution images to you for printing worldwide. Have a great day and thanks for checking us out.

Have you ever seen an invitation and thought  “That’s a great design. I wish I could change the text and  use it for my event.” Well, with our standard invitation suites, that is exactly what you can do.  You select one of our standard illustrated  invitations and we can customise all the details to suit your celebration. Samples of illustrated invitation suites are shown below.Only text can be customised in the standard suites.

You can click on the images to find out the details and pricing for each standard invitation.Images are linked directly to the  Cardwell and Ink Etsy store.

If you would prefer for the invitation to be fully customized including a portrait of the individual or couple that the event is for, we do that too. Scroll down for a sneak peek at our process for fully customized invitations.

Custom invitations suites are a unique way to personalize your wedding invitations and save the dates. Guests receive these customised portraits of the bride and groom that acts not only as a reminder but also as a keepsake that can be framed by family and friends. All invitations are created based on photos of the individuals and are sized to your specifications and sent as high resolution images for you to print anywhere in the world or to email to your guests. All aspects can be customised from outfits and background colors to text to make it a  one-of-a-kind piece.

Contact us via email at cardwellandink@gmail.com or start a conversation at our Etsy page of the same name. We would love to create a custom piece for you.


Stage 1: The process begins with a conversation. We have an obligation free consultation with you whether in person or online or via email. We understand that life is busy and we aim to make the process as collaborative and stress free as possible. This  initial stage allows us to find out a bit more about you and your unique story that you want incorporated into your stationery. Basically your vision for the end product and the aspects that are important to you moving forward.  We talk through a design brief that enables us to streamline this vision and then give you an estimate of the design costs.

Stage 2: We send an invoice  for the design costs with an offer of service outlining all the deliverables for the project as well as the stages where we will require images and  your feedback and consultation for the color palettes, layouts and illustration from draft to completion. We are passionate about being accessible and inclusive throughout the process and aim to exceed your expectations for the final piece of stationery.

Stage 3:  The illustration process takes 3 weeks. In the first week, we take photographs supplied by the client to create a draft illustration and  create a detailed mood board of your colors, fonts, and  layout of your invitations to send to you for feedback. Once feedback is finalized the completed invitations are created as high definition files sized to your specifications and emailed to you anywhere in the world for printing at your local professional printer. These can also be sent directly to your guests via email. Scroll down for a video of our custom illustration process as well as examples of stationery created for previous clients.

Scroll down for samples of custom pieces we have created for our clients:

You only get to wear that wedding dress once so a bridal illustration is a lovely way to remember the day and that gorgeous dress you spent so much time choosing. Bridal illustrations are also wonderful anniversary present for spouses or friends.

Custom signs are so popular today at a range of events from bridal showers and weddings to milestone birthday parties and graduations. A custom illustrated sign is a great way to make your event unique. Guests can walk into an event with a custom illustrated seating chart of the people being celebrated.

One of our favorite illustrated signs was for a wedding where the bride and groom separately sent images of their wedding dress and suit upon purchase (with details of hairstyles and accessories for the wedding) and we created the seating chart so that when the guests arrived at the reception from the ceremony, they had an illustrated image of the couple in their clothing they had seen them in moments before at the ceremony.

Other great ways that signs can be used are as a guestbook where an illustrated portrait with the date of the wedding is created and the guests can write messages of congratulations in the border. After the wedding, the bride and groom have an illustrated guest book with their portrait that they can keep as a keepsake.

A  portrait is a great way to remember an important stage in the life of your family.  It can also be a great way to decorate your home or have a unique image of your child for their room or nursery that they identify with.

Portrait illustrations also have so many uses in today’s world of  social media.  Having an modern fashion illustration  illustrated can easily personalise blog headers and websites by having a unique avatar that can be used on a variety of platforms. It can also be used for business cards  and pamphlets to give your clients a unique way to remember you that stands out from the crowd.