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Northfield, Minnesota · 372 Sales


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Northfield, Minnesota 372 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   On break 'til August. Seeya then!


Last updated on Jun 7, 2017

On break 'til August. Seeya then!

Barbara Stanaitis

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Barbara Stanaitis


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5 out of 5 stars

gcgcollins on May 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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Nice fairytale invitation sample. Thank you,


slbscd on Mar 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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I wanted one of a kind invitations & that is exactly what I got! Barbara did an AMAZING job & I would highly recommend her to anyone! She worked quickly to meeting deadlines & her work is just beautiful! 😍


slbscd on Feb 10, 2017

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About BellaBaroque & Designer Barbara Stanaitis

Experience design and letterpress by Barbara Stanaitis of BellaBaroque; exquisite designs inspired by romance and beautiful places. Collections include a variety of richly styled wedding stationery printed on luxurious cotton paper. BellaBaroque creates beautiful and classic letterpress prints, full-color digital press prints, as well as wedding favors and custom monograms that bring elegance and even a touch of whimsy to your event.

Using century-old techniques, BellaBaroque delivers crisp, beautiful works of art that convey thoughtfulness and romance. A superior level of craftsmanship and service is integral to the design process we practice at BellaBaroque Design studio.

Here at BellaBaroque, we understand brides! When you put what seems like endless hours into planning your perfect event, you deserve for it to be beautiful, fun, meaningful and memorable! We get that. We want to create beautiful letterpress invitations for you with out causing any stress (because we really do understand this process).
We want your invitations to be amazing! We take on the responsibility of making the best first impression to your guests. And we definitely want to show off our skills as invitation designers and printers!

We care about our craft and want to make your shopping experience fun and worry-free; please feel free to contact us!

"We" are myself (Barbara) and my cousin and good friend Erika (she says "hello.")

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When you decide BellaBaroque is THE ONE, you will have already selected the design you like best from our online boutique. I will take that design style and alter it to fit your imagination. For a simple example, if you like a design with flowers, but really need a rose instead of a daisy, I am happy to change it. I want for your invitations to reflect who you are and what your event will be like! I love to personalize, I love to make any design better. Just ask!

We both look forward to hearing about your wedding event plans! We really do! We want to know colors, themes, travel plans,..gosh -send us a photo of your dress! We get really excited for dresses!

Look through our pictures! And you can even like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram too!

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I started my letterpress business in 2010 with 16 years of design skill and vendors already in place. I learned to use a letterpress and soon began to experiment and got creative with it! I turned my own basement into a print shop. I have an antique (1962) 705 pound SP15 Vandercook manual press. I love everything about my old press; inking it up, watching it roll across the plates, adjusting all the little parts to make it print just right. The engineering on these old presses is totally fascinating!

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With a childhood filled with art classes, endless art supplies (thanks Mom!) and full support from my parents to become an artist, I took my creative time very seriously and indulged. I spent most of my time alone in my own private world and spent summers at the cabin, where I was allowed to run free to collect snakes, frogs and fireflies, and wander about being completely fascinated by the little bits of nature all around me. I was a deep daydreamer.

Years later, after earning a reputation for creativity and artistic skill, and receiving awards throughout school, I was accepted to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where I studied photography, oil painting, and design, and fell in love with typography.

After I graduated in 1995 with a BFA in Graphic Design, I spent a few years traveling through and residing in beautiful places like Jackson Valley, Wyoming, and Tucson, Arizona. When I returned home to Minnesota, I found corporate life (and its design) to be so dull! I longed to create dramatic, romantic things.

After becoming engaged in 2002, I was so excited to create something beautiful for my own wedding invitations. I had many vendor connections (now my friends) who were willing to help me out with good deals and clever print methods to make my dream invitations a reality. The process was so inspiring and fun! I began designing more wedding suites for friends as wedding gifts. It was a very natural and easy choice for me to move into the wedding invitation business.

In 2010, I stumbled across a beautiful letterpressed card in a gift shop. I immediately Googled everything about letterpress! I signed up for classes at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis and aggressively learned how everything was done. I was able to find and purchase a Vandercook SP15 (also known as the "Cadillac of Presses!") shortly thereafter. My life was happily changed forever! A friend told me about Etsy. Perfect! I signed up and here I am. I now feel very passionate about the creative projects I get to work on daily!

Today, I look forward to designing and printing each card. I love watching my designs come to life from the computer screen, to the plate, to the paper in gorgeous color! Each card is a little work of art. They are like jewels to me. I'm so happily obsessed with this craft! (Have you run your fingertips across a 100% cotton letterpressed card yet?!)

I have since worked with couples all over the world -and in many languages! I feel so lucky! I love what I do and I hope to do this work until I retire,.. if ever!

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THANK YOU for reading to the end!! Now, you better get back to figuring out who will be pouring the coffee as the cake is served, and if they will be wearing a corsage, and what time should that happen, and…..


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  • Barbara Stanaitis

    Owner, Designer, Printer

    I am curious about all things. I am a DIY gal. I have an urge to learn, understand and problem solve. I ADORE design and art history. When I discovered letterpress, it was love at first sight! All I want to do is create beauty & romance -on paper!

  • Erika


    Erika, my cousin, graciously helps me out whenever I need it! She pays great attention to detail and does perfect work. She assists on large or expedited projects. I am grateful for her patient and creative ways. She is quite an asset for me.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 24, 2016
You will receive a notification acknowledging your request for products or service within three or four days. If not, please check our home page for the “Open/Closed” notification. Shop activity is greatly reduced for the months of May and December due to a number of personal events.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
BellaBaroque accepts payment via Paypal and now Direct Pay (credit card).
Please note that work will begin after payment is received. Paypal transfers quickly, Mastercard and Visa, etc, are slower.
1. Work will require a 50% deposit of total job estimate prior to beginning project. The remainder will be due before we proceed to press.
2. An image (screen shot) of your layout to be printed will be presented to you (via Etsy Conversations chat box) for approval. Please provide any feedback on the design through the Etsy chat box. Revisions are included with the price.
3. After all revisions are made, BellaBaroque will make a final layout image for you to ensure that everything is as you wish. Please take time to proofread it carefully. By specifying your approval in a convo note, you approve all text, spelling, grammar, punctuation, layout, photos, illustrations, and colors, for press. After image is approved, BellaBaroque cannot be responsible for any errors. BellaBaroque will not incur the cost of reprinting and shipping orders due to any errors, and a refund cannot be issued. Once you have approved the proof, the liability for any error lies with you. We will print your order based upon the layout shown on the final proof. If you don't see it in the proof, it won't be printed.
4. Upon receipt of the final approval, BellaBaroque will proceed to press. Depending on studio workflow, it may take as much as 6-8 weeks to print and ship your order. Please order in advance. Thank you!
BellaBaroque ships packages via USPS, UPS, Global Express, DHL or Fed Ex. Our goal is to ship your project in the most efficient and safest manner available. All orders are packed with care and cardboard when they leave our studio to ensure that normal postal service jostlings don’t damage your purchase. We care about your purchase and will do our best to get your package to you safely. However, once it leaves our studio we have no control over how the postal service treats the package. If your item is lost or excessively damaged in transit BellaBaroque cannot be responsible. BellaBaroque insures all packages for the replacement value of the contents and will work with you to replace any printed items in a timely manner.
A note to non-U.S. residents: Please be aware that you are responsible for determining and paying the Customs/Duty tax for packages delivered to you. This tax varies from country to country. It is possible that your package can enter your country as a "gift." Please find out your country's specific information and give us direction for shipping your package.

Please provide a phone number for us to write on your package. This will provide safer transit, especially outside of the U.S.

Packages leaving our studio will be delivered in 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on where in the world you are. You can request faster shipping and we will determine that additional charge and notify you right away.

Tracking numbers are provided either in the shipping notification or the convo chat box.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the personalized nature of invitations, once a proof has been approved and submitted and a deposit received, a refund cannot be given. If an order is cancelled before a sign-off, a design fee will be deducted from the total and the remaining amount refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to work with you to create additional designs that coordinate with an existing design suite. The design process begins after a deposit of 50% of the estimate has been received. The remaining balance of your invoice will be due before we proceed to press.
Thank you!


WE LOVE THIS WORK! However, we are a one-woman (sometimes 2, sometimes 3-woman) studio! We do our best to juggle the projects that come through our door. Please be aware that our shop provides design and print services for many customers at a time! We do our best to keep everyone's project at the top of the list. It always helps for you to send us a little note about your project from time to time! We know that our delivery time is longer than many. Book in advance!

Etsy Chat Box Conversations with BellaBaroque are saved for record. Please add all comments and questions to a single conversation thread. Starting a new conversation for each letter may very possibly result in missed information and order mistakes. Please keep all communication in the Etsy Chat Box. Phone calls are faster, yes, but the chat box has a record of what's been said and what is needed. And we often refer back to the conversation to double-check information. Its SO helpful!

Conversations that become inactive for 30 days are considered expired (we think you placed an order elsewhere) and will be deleted.

Its best NOT to use the BellaBaroque regular email address "" for regular text communication. The email box is mainly for sending files. Please keep all communication within the Etsy conversations chat box as well as keep all conversation to one thread.

And lastly, please be patient with us. We're managing many projects at the same time -and we want nothing more than to give you what you want so your wedding is wonderful!

Barbara and Erika