Quick Pick: Cardtorial

It’s been a while since I checked in with the ladies of Cardtorial – they make the prettiest laser cut and engraved wooden gifts and keepsake stationery! Each item is crafted from certified sustainable wood and is built to last, so it can be treasured by the recipient for years to come. Maybe it’s the explosion of Spring flowers all around me, but I’m particularly loving some of their new floral-inspired pieces, including journals, coasters, keepsake boxes, and greeting cards. Here are a few favorites!

Cardtorial Wooden Gifts and Keepsake Stationery

From top right:

1. This Love Always card is just so beautiful – and perfect for sending love to friends and family on a variety of occasions!

2. Looking for an elegant, yet modern wedding guest book? I’m loving this option with a sweet and simple message.

3. + 4. These floral journals are just ridiculously gorgeous, and there are so many designs to choose from! The traditional rose branch illustration and the modern and tropical Plumeria are my two favorites. 

5. This wood clipboard and notepad is the perfect place for jotting down quick reminders. Hang it by your bedside for late night inspiration, or by the door for a quick memory jogger before you head out for the day.

6. Oh, HELLO there, floral laser engraved wood coasters

7. A laser cut wood art print with one of my favorite mottos in beautiful script lettering.

8. Even the most beautiful thank you card is better with flowers!

9. Is this not the prettiest keepsake box you’ve ever seen? I love this as a gift for brides and grooms or for new parents!

 

You can check out more from Cardtorial right here!

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

It feels like everyone is going to Hawaii right now! Just last week, a large chunk of my Instagram feed was filled with Hawaiian sunsets, acai smoothie bowls, and oversized sun hats. Until I can make it out to the beach, these vibrant tropical Hawaiian wedding invitations from Jill of Shindig Bespoke will have to feed my wanderlust! The texture created from layering moss, wood veneer, and gold foil printing is so fun! And the playful tropical motif is woven throughout the invitation suite all the way down to the festive mailer and curated vintage stamps. Aloha friends!

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

From Jill: This extra special invitation was designed for an intimate wedding on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. From tip to tail, the bride, whose is a florist, encouraged our team to push the creative “envelope” as much as possible and gave us almost no boundaries except for requesting that we make the suite colorful and unique.

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

We created a visual theme that spanned a broad arrangement of media, from paper and wood to moss. We also incorporated a variety of color and contrast; mixing patterns and pinks, texture and type. It was so fun to have extensive creative freedom with this design!

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

The main card’s back side is the focal point of the suite. A curly maple wood veneer card was laser cut with the couple’s names in a bold and modern type treatment and then inlaid with real moss. A hot pink screen printed heart finishes the pop art installation! On the front, a lightly textured magenta card was foil printed in gold with wedding information framed by vintage palm trees.

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

Two patterns were created to back the two foil printed reply cards. One, a subtle vintage toile, the other a bold tropical number inspired by Hawaiian printed shirts, the common thread being tropical imagery. With multiple events spanning a week, one reply card provided a chart where guests could select the activities in which they wanted to participate; from an afternoon sail to a hike along the Na Pali Coast. The main reply card, with playful language supporting the Hawaiian destination, provided guests a fun question and answer format.

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

The entire suite was tied with a light green paper yarn and popped in a mailing box cushioned with straw excelsior.

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

For the save the date, a custom wood mailer was backed with grass paper. Inside, a save the date card with poster style illustration was tied to a telegram style note from Jackie and Harry to their guests.

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

A vibrant collection of collateral pieces were created for the week and day of the wedding. From place cards and signage festooned with hand-painted lush tropical flora, to the dinner menu and itinerary which reused the toile pattern we created for the invitation suite! There truly was a plethora of stationery goodness!

Vibrant Tropical Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

Thanks Jill!

Design: Shindig Bespoke

Photo Styling and florals: Belovely

Printing: Thomas Printers  & Atmosphere Printing Company

Laser: Venture Laser

Planner: Moana Events

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Carina Romano & Love Me Do

Seasonal Stationery: Mother’s Day Cards for Grandmothers, Step-moms, and other Moms

Last week, we featured a roundup of our favorite Mother’s Day cards for moms. But what about all the other amazing mothers or mother figures in your life? I’m talking about grandmothers, step-moms, and women that have been like a mom to you. Today we’re rounding up a few Mother’s Day Cards for grandmothers, step-moms, and other moms. If they’re important to you, they deserve a sincere gesture of appreciation for all their support and encouragement over the years. There’s even a shout-out for dads that took on both roles!

Mother's Day Cards for Grandmothers, Step-Moms, and Other Moms

 From top right:

1. Maybe she isn’t your mom, but she provided a shoulder to cry on and taught you important life lessons. Send her this card from Ink Meets Paper!

2. Grandmas ARE the best! Send this charming floral illustration from Hartland Brooklyn to your own grandma – or, if you have your own kids, to your mom to show how much you value her love for your kids. (Side note: Be sure to check out our recent feature and behind the scenes with Emily here!)

3. If your sense of humor runs towards snarky, check out the Mother’s Day selection from Farewell Paperie. We love this card for your favorite pseudo-mom!

4. Grammy, Mémé, Nana, Gramma. Whatever you call her, treat your grandmother to some delicious sugar-filled snacks and this elegant pink card from Sugar Paper.

5. Maybe you were raised by a super hero single dad (like me!). Or maybe you have two dads (lucky you!). Send him (or them) this jungle-inspired design from acclaimed wordsmith Emily McDowell.

6. Also from Emily McDowell, this is the perfect card for expressing your thanks to a woman who might not be your biological mom but definitely helped you become who you are today.

7. Step-moms can get a bad rap. Show your amazing step-mom how much she means to you with this silver foil medal card from Egg Press.

8. Loving all the elements of this ode to step-moms from Hello!Lucky – from the gold foil to the whimsical hand lettering and floral illustrations.

9. The cutest illustrated dominoes from Mr. Boddington’s Studio in this Mother’s Day card for Grandma.

10. Grandma – the original mom! Love this sunny yellow gingham design from Wild Ink Press.

p.s. Mother’s Day cards for your mom here!

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

I just love the look of white ink against dark paper. It’s so striking! I just can’t pass up a black or navy blue envelope with a calligraphed address in white ink, like these gorgeous black and white invitations (or these brush lettered envelopes!) Last year, I shared some colorful envelope ideas using Sakura of America’s 3-D opaque Soufflé pens and glossy Glaze pens – it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects that we’ve ever done! Given my love for white ink on black envelopes, I wanted to see what would happen if I used the white Soufflé and Glaze pens on black paper, along with white Gelly Roll pens! I’ve been feeling super inspired by global textiles lately, particularly African mud cloth textiles – so today I’m sharing some fun envelopes and stationery ideas with global-inspired patterns – along with some tips for recreating these DIY mud cloth-inspired envelopes and stationery ideas at home!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

For this project, I used opaque white Soufflé pens, gloss white 3-D Glaze pens, and opaque white Gelly Roll pens on black envelopes and flat cards from Paper Source. The Soufflé pens also come in a range of pastel colors that I think would be really fun to play around with – can you imagine some of these patterns in pastel lavender ink on a dark navy envelope??? So good. You can see the other Soufflé colors in action in this post, but I’m loving classic black and white for these graphic global-inspired patterns.

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

You can definitely freehand some of these patterns, but I found it easiest to create guidelines using a ruler and a No. 2 pencil before creating the individual patterns with my Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens. Each pen has a slightly different texture, so you’ll want to practice on a test sheet of paper before picking the pen that works best for you. The steps vary slightly depending on whether you’re making envelopes, menus, or place cards, so I’ll write the steps out for each one below.

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

Supplies

White Soufflé pens, Glaze pens, and Gelly Roll pens

Ruler

No. 2 pencil

SumoGrip block eraser

Black envelopes and flat cards (I used A7 envelopes, A7 flat cards, and 4bar flat cards)

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the envelopes:

Step 1. First, you’ll need to decide where you want your text to go: centered, left justified, or right justified. Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw a rectangle approximately 4″ wide and 3″ tall on a black A7 envelope. (For oversize envelopes or longer addresses, adjust the rectangle dimensions as needed.) Within that rectangle, draw lines that are 3.5″ wide and 1/2″ inch apart, leaving some extra room at the top and bottom. That’s where you’ll write the address in your chosen lettering style – I think it’s fun to use a mix of script, serif, and sans-serif lettering!

Step 2. Around the address rectangle, draw both vertical and horizontal lines 1/4″ apart across the entire envelope. This will give you a grid guideline for your pattern. I chose a few mud cloth-inspired patterns and freehanded them within the pencil grid. You can find some mud cloth pattern inspiration here!

Step 3. Using your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens, draw your chosen pattern on the envelope and allow the ink to dry. If you’re satisfied with the pattern, you can also use the pens to write the address on the lines within the rectangle. Once the ink is completely dry, erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser.

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the menus and table numbers:

Step 1. Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw a rectangle approximately 3″ wide and 4″ tall in the middle of an A7 (5×7) flat card. The number of lines that you’ll need inside the rectangle will depend on the text you plan to use, but I spaced my lines at 1/4″ apart and left a line blank between menu items. Around the rectangle, draw both vertical and horizontal lines 1/4″ apart across the entire card. For table numbers and other signs, you can also leave the top third of the card blank and draw your pattern guidelines on the bottom 2/3 of the card.

Step 2. Using your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens, draw your chosen pattern on the card and add your text – you could even use the cards to make small signs for a party or wedding reception! Allow the ink to fully dry, then erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser. If you’re working with a calligrapher (which I highly recommend when lots of text is involved), draw your pattern and then hand the patterned card off to your calligrapher to add the text!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the place cards:

Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw horizontal and vertical lines 1/4″ apart across the lower half of a 4bar flat card. Then use your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens to draw your chosen pattern on the card, using the pencil lines as guidelines for your pattern. Allow the ink to fully dry, then erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser. Then write the name of each guest on the top half of the card – or hand the patterned cards off to your calligrapher for lettering!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

I had SO much fun making these mud cloth-inspired patterns – and I think you will, too! The pencil guidelines help make sure everything is straight and properly spaced, but I love that these patterns are meant to look hand drawn and imperfect. You can pick up your own set of white Soufflé pens here, white Glaze pens here, and white Gelly Roll pens here – and the full color packs herehere, and here – I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous patterns you make with them!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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