DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Butterfly Handkerchief Wedding Invitations

We absolutely love collecting and handkerchiefs are one of those things that are very hard to pass up when you find a beautiful one. Given the popularity of handkerchief wedding invitations and the growing number of them that are stashed around the studio, we decided it was time to design a gorgeous, butterfly inspired handkerchief suite. Adding in coordinating patterns, kraft paper and calligraphy really makes the design feel custom and personal. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Just a few assorted handkerchiefs from the collection. Since there is so much pattern elsewhere in this suite, we decided to use only solid ones in white and ecru with pretty lace borders.

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Step One: Iron all of your handkerchiefs smooth and lay a single handkerchief on a flat, sturdy surface. Ink your invitation stamp (we used our Sophisticate Invitation Stamp) throughly and center it over the middle of the handkerchief. Once it’s aligned, press it down firmly and apply even pressure across the entire stamp. Lift off and set aside to dry. You can also use crafters ink that can be heat set with an iron if you’d like the text to be waterproof! For a step-by-step video tutorial about the printing process go here.

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Step Two: We gussied up the accommodations card for this suite by using an A7 butterfly printed card. In the center, we stamped our Butterfly Monogram Stamp to add a personal touch. For the back of the card, we kept it simple, stamping it with the accommodations information (we used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Card Stamp).

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Step 3: Reply postcards are rapidly growing in popularity among couples these days for more casual affairs, so for this suite, we incorporated one in kraft! Place your postcard (4″x6″) on a flat, firm surface. Ink your stamp (we used our Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard Stamp) and center it over the card. To make the print, press down with even, moderate pressure. Remove and set card aside to dry.

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Step Four: To tie the suite together (and keep the handkerchief secure), we decided to make a monogram tag to coordinate with the design. First, you’ll need to cut your paper to rectangles sized 1.5″x3″ using a self healing mat, craft knife and ruler (we used our Chloe Yellow Floral Patterned Paper, in Cover Weight for the tag).

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Step Five: To give the tag some extra detail, we notched the corners off of the top. Lay the rectangular tag on a self healing mat at the 45 degree angle, place the ruler and make the cut. Flip the tag over an repeat on the other side.

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Step Six: To finish the tag we punched a hole in the top center and added an adorable kraft hole protector. Then we stamped our monogram (we used the Cross my Heart Monogram Stamp) on the lower right corner of the tag.

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Step Seven: Next, you’ll need to stamp your return address (we used our Calligraphy Ampersand Return Address Stamp) and address them to all of your guests. Make sure to stamp the return address on all of your envelopes first! And how could we not add Butterfly themed postage!

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Tying everything together looks trickier than it is! Simply iron down the top and bottom of the handkerchief and fold it over your accommodations and reply card, overlapping the fabric a bit in the back. You can secure it with washi tape if you want or you can just go for it and tie the twine and tag around the suite sans tape.

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 Materials

Sophisticate Invitation Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Stamp

Butterfly Monogram Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Postcard Stamp

Cross my Heart Monogram Stamp

Calligraphy Ampersand Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad in Black or Crafters in Black (if you choose to heat set)

Handkerchiefs with smooth open centers

Butterfly A7 Cards

Postcards in Paper Bag

A7 Envelope in Paper Bag

Chloe Yellow Floral Patterned Paper-in Cover Weight

Kraft Hole Protector

Self Healing Mat

Craft Knife

Metal Ruler

Twine similar to shown

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria

Rose + Mike’s Woodland Wedding Invitations

Created by designer Frances Close for a cabin wedding in Michigan, these invitations feature woodland elements inspired by the wedding’s natural setting. Frances also incorporated a vintage feel to the illustrations to evoke the idea of a field guide that guests might find at the cabin!

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From FrancesRose and Mike decided to get married at a family cabin in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan. The wedding took place outside, and the invitations picked up on the natural surroundings by incorporating wilderness elements. The vintage feel to the images was intentional, as they were meant to look like something you might find in an old book that would be sitting at the cabin. Along with the spot illustrations on the main invitations and a woodland scene in the background of the map, we also lined the envelopes with a vintage butterfly pattern.

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Thanks Frances!

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

Photo Credits: Frances Close

Krista + Josh’s Whimsical Woodland Wedding Invitations

High school sweethearts Krista and Josh love nature, so it made total sense for Krista to draw her inspiration from the great outdoors while designing the invitations for her wedding last summer. Krista incorporated a tree, clouds, and a whimsical script font into the design, which was enclosed in a woodgrain pocket folder. Ironically, Krista and Josh had to cancel their southern New Jersey reception at the last minute due to the derecho that pummeled the East Coast last summer – you’ll definitely want to click the link below for the incredible story!

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From KristaMy husband Josh and I love the great outdoors. We camp. We hike. We got engaged on a mountain. We basically grew up in the woods, in the same small square-mile town in New Jersey: Tree City USA aka Wenonah. So naturally, the first thing that came to mind was: a tree. Little did we know that our reception would be cancelled due to a power outage from downed trees of a high wind derecho storm the night before, but that’s a whole other story.

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I started with the tree and then incorporated the butterflies, hearts, clouds, and little frog prince… and a lot of color. Next came the very important part of finding a hand-script font to match, which in the end, really made our little fairytale-land come to life. Once the actual invitation design was complete, I was able to carry the look and feel to the rest of the suite: the directions, accommodations, reception and reply cards, and envelopes.

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I knew from the start that I would use a natural white linen card stock, since it’s my favorite paper and has that rustic vibe. But then, I had my O-M-G moment when I found the most perfect pocket fold card stock – textured woodgrain! The final touch was tying it off with a natural green raffia ribbon and a pink paper butterfly.

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Beautiful! Thanks Krista!

Invitation Design: Kake Stationery

Script Font: Bookeyed Suzanne

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

Photo Credits: Kake Stationery

{happy weekend!}

What a week! In fact, it has been quite a busy summer – and between moving to a new house, trying to get settled, chasing after an energetic baby, and running a business I’ve felt like I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath in months. So I’m starting a new tradition for Oh So Beautiful Paper and taking a break the final week of August to enjoy these last few days of summer. We’ll be back with new posts on Tuesday, September 3 after Labor Day weekend! But in the meantime…

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{happy weekend!}

As much as I grumble about housing prices and other various DC-related headaches, this week reminded me of how much I really do love my city. We took Sophie to the Natural History Museum for the first time, mostly on a whim and only about an hour before it closed, but the museum was practically empty and it was so perfect. We enjoyed the live butterfly pavilion, but she really loved the gemstone exhibit – and who can blame her? Sparkly things in bright colors? Perfect for babies! Our afternoon at the museum made me even more excited for spring and summer, when we can do more outdoor things with Sophie. But in the meantime…

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We’ve got a little pre-Valentine’s Day treat coming up for you this afternoon… I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so check back a bit later this afternoon! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo