A personal touch to a wedding present… the fingerprint guestbook!

Don’t you love making something special for people that are dear to you?

On my trip through California I was pointed out the American trend of the fingerprint guestbook. Returning home to the most awesome wedding* ever I decided to make one for my very special friends.
Thankfully, they loved the idea just the same: guests leaving their fingerprints forming a very personal map to a beautiful memory.

The friends I made this for are almost as much into their garden as they are into each other (oh my… their garden should have it’s own blog, but that’s a whole different story). Their wedding card showed a peaceful path surrounded by trees and huge beams of sunlight welcoming the viewer. I used this as inspiration for the jar of fireflies below.

I think this would make for a nice addition to my Etsy shop, maybe featuring some more wedding products. What do you think?


fingerprint guestbook ellen vesters

 * a wedding. in your own huuuge backyard. handmade decorations. firepits. a limoncello bar. a huge spanish ham. live music by friends. the cutest dog. ever. enough said!!!

Retro weddingcard frontpage at Etsy International!

Wow…! So happy that jewelry artist Barbera Ploeg was so kind to inform me I was featured on the Etsy International FB Page today…


Once with my Golden-Oldie retro weddingcard ( and once with the special postcard stand featuring 15 Dutch Etsy Illustrators at the Amsterdam Museum, also featuring an old favourite: the bearded man! (


retro weddingcard by ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer


not so perfect people beard man by ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer