Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations

We’re starting to get some wonderful fall foliage here in DC – so I can only imagine what the mountains must look like this time of year! Bonnie and Currier from Tenn Hens Design sent over these beautiful rustic watercolor invitations designed for a wedding in Colorado this past summer, complete with a gorgeous watercolor illustrations, antler motif, and woodgrain paper. The perfect fit for a wedding weekend in the mountains!

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Bonnie and Currier: Earlier this year, we got the opportunity to work on a custom wedding invitation and it was a true labor of love. The wedding called guests to the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and promised a weekend of outdoor events that were not to be missed. The bride wanted the suite to reflect her Native American heritage and the beauty of the natural setting so we created a watercolor “crest” touching on those elements.

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The save the dates were letterpress printed on woodgrain paper as a nod to the beautiful aspen trees that would surround the ceremony site.

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For the invitation suite we made woodgrain booklets that were carefully wrapped with handmade feather tassels and set inside a kraft box with lace. Very elegant, but with a relaxed and authentic feel of the West. The folders and invitations were letterpress printed and the watercolor pieces were digitally printed to show off all the color.

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Since this was a destination wedding there was also a party card and an information card for the guests. We created watercolor illustrations to add colorful details and make each piece stand out.

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rustic Watercolor Colorado Wedding Invitations by Tenn Hens Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Bonnie and Currier!

Design & Illustration: Tenn Hens Design

Calligraphy: Val Cole calligraphy

Photo Credits: Tenn Hens Design

Megan + Michael’s Modern Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from Becca at Suite Paperie also feature a green and brown color palette – this time inspired by the bride and groom’s love of the outdoors! The invitation design features nature-inspired elements like vine and tree illustrations along with a woodgrain rehearsal dinner invitation!

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From BeccaTo embody their love for the outdoors, Megan and Michael decided to go with a nature inspired wedding suite. The invitation and brunch insert are digitally printed on a natural white felt, while the rehearsal dinner invitation is printed on a woodgrain cardstock. All three pieces are adorned with leaf illustrations and a mix of sans serif and whimsical script. The suite is brought together with a kraft bellyband with a modern tribal print that matches the envelope liner.

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Thanks Becca!

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

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray

I tagged along with Nole for this year’s National Stationery Show, and there was no denying that the fruit-of-the-moment for graphic designers, illustrators, and stationers is pineapple. However, we ventured to guess that the next big fruit is watermelon, so when I got back home I couldn’t resist whipping up a watermelon-themed DIY perfect for summer entertaining. Today, we’re transforming an unfinished wooden circle available at most home improvement stores into an adorable serving tray worthy of any backyard party!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful PaperDIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
unfinished pine circle
craft paints in green, pinkish-red, and black
shellac
paint brushes
2 handles
electric drill

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Paint the entire top of the wooden circle with the pinkish-red paint. It may require two to three coats to fully cover the woodgrain.

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Paint about 3/4″ of green all the way around the top in green. Also paint the edge and bottom in green.

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Use a pointed-tip brush to paint black seeds throughout.

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Once the paint has fully dried, make sure the tray is free of any dust, and apply a coat of shellac to the entire tray. This will protect the painted surface and give it a nice shine.

DIY Tutorial: Watermelon Serving Tray via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Put on the finishing touches by using an electric drill and screwdriver to install a couple of handles opposite one another.

Enjoy all summer!

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Sarah + Brian’s Western Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I’m on my way up to NYC for the Winter NYNOW market (you can follow the show along with me via Instagram!), but I’m excited to start the week with a pair of really gorgeous wedding invitations! First up, a fun invitation suite from AllieRuth Design that mixes a western vibe with romantic details like calligraphy and floral patterns. Such a wonderful combination!

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From AllieWe had SO much creating this suite. Sarah and Brian really allowed me to run with their ideas and put something together that stands out among the AllieRuth portfolio. We worked with Mama’s Sauce, our favorite rock star printers, to take on the unique task of letterpress printing a blind impression woodgrain texture and then screen printing in metallic ink.

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The reception took place on a beautiful ranch, inside of a horse barn. The couple wanted to incorporate that western vibe in a subtle way, so we mixed a funky retro font with my calligraphy, and brought in soft details with the lace band, watercolors, and floral envelope liner.

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Thanks Allie!

Design: AllieRuth Design

Letterpress and Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce

AllieRuth Design is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Allie’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: AllieRuth Design

Pretty Paper in the Office: Notebooks

A great gift no matter the time of year has to be the versatile notebook. Personally, I’ve turned notebooks into sketchbooks, planners, and journals when the mood strikes. They’re perfect for those of us who like to go with the flow, and don’t require a different item for each aspect of our workday. The best part is the variety of styles that are available; you’re bound to find one that suits the way you work! – Julie

Pretty Paper in the Office - Notebook Round Up
No. 1 Woodgrain eco notebook by Poketo; No. 2 Metallic soft cover notebook by Poppin; No. 3 Color Pop mini notebooks by Poketo; No. 4 Ogami stone notebook from Jenni Bick (The paper is made of stone!); No. 5 Postalco notebooks from Canoe; No. 6 Perforated notebooks from Present&Correct

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