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Checkerboard Ltd. Teams Up with Famous Calligrapher, Maria Thomas to Design Custom Wedding Invitations Called Folios

West Boylston, MA (PRWEB) July 31, 2007 -- Checkerboard Ltd., a leading producer of fine wedding invitations, has teamed up with internationally acclaimed stationery designer and lettering artist, Maria Thomas, to create a new line of elegant, premium wedding invitations, called the Folios of M. Thomas. Thomas is best known for her exclusive hand-produced invitations that have a loyal following among royalty, world leaders, prominent personalities and celebrities. With the Checkerboard alliance, Thomas' designs will be more readily available through premier stationery retailers to the discerning customer who seeks the very best.

For each Folios wedding invitation order, Maria Thomas, herself, will hand-letter the names of the bride and groom, making the couple's stationery a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Folios is now available in select stationery stores across the U.S. and images are available at

"We could not be more honored to have an artist like Maria Thomas collaborating with Checkerboard," said Micah Chase, CEO of Checkerboard Ltd. "Invitations play an essential role in any celebration, formally setting the tone of the event. The very best invitations create anticipation and excitement from the moment they are opened. At Checkerboard, we pride ourselves on creating this excitement. Maria's artwork has the same effect, making it a perfect union for both of us."

In addition to weddings, the Folios invitations can also be used for other formal occasions, such as retirement parties, anniversaries, etc. Maria Thomas uses antique 19th century pens and hand-made walnut inks to create her Spencerianesque calligraphy, but with a playful 21st century style all her own. Thomas is known for her distinctive calligraphic art, in which thick pen strokes play off thin lines and delicate shading.

"For more than a decade, my own stationery line has been, and continues to be, a success," said Maria Thomas. "I was looking for a way to share my art with a broader audience, without loosing the intimate feel of our small business. By partnering with Checkerboard, a company that shares my values on quality and customer service, I can expand my offerings and feel confident that my customers will receive the finest products."

Folios will be printed on a specially made paper which is designed and manufactured for Checkerboard. Made from two thick sheets laminated together, this paper provides a consistent creamy-luster Sheffield finish on both sides that's unmatched as a surface for fine invitations. With Folios, Checkerboard has also taken die-cutting to a new level of sophistication. Each of the Folios invitations and envelopes are intricately die-cut to create soft edges and unique designs that compliment Thomas' artwork. Folios invitations range in price from $7.75 to $10.50 per invitation (based on a quantity of one hundred.)

"Maria Thomas is one of a kind. In a world where 'trendy' wedding ideas come and go at the speed of light, Maria is a true artist whose designs are both timeless and modern," said Marcy Bloom, wedding author and winner of the "Best Wedding Planner" award by New York Magazine.

"For years, I've been fortunate to be able to create art and design stationery for many wonderful people and their families, some of them quite famous," said Maria Thomas. "When I started to create Folios, the designs poured out so fast and easily. And, working with all the amazing artists at Checkerboard have made this project exciting and inspiring as I reached beyond my usual styles."

About Checkerboard:

Checkerboard Ltd., headquartered in West Boylston, Mass., is a specialty printer offering fine social stationery, invitations, announcements and cards. Founded in 1990, its award-winning product lines are sold to the public through a global network of more than 2,000 select dealers. Today, Checkerboard, as privately-held, family-owned enterprise, provides custom printed products that embody its commitment to elegant design, modern and traditional tastes, and excellence in quality of materials, craftsmanship and production. The Chase family has been involved in the fine printing of social stationery for over 50 years. For more information about Checkerboard, visit

About Maria Thomas:

Maria Thomas has won numerous industry awards and accolades while setting a new standard of creative style in the stationery industry. Maria Thomas has also designed customized wedding invitations and stationery for a variety of celebrities, including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the Trump family, and many others.


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