DIY Tutorial: Copper and Gold Gilded Wedding Invitations

Gold has been a very popular accent in wedding stationery for some time now (and we couldn’t be happier about it!). In today’s DIY tutorial, we created a high end wedding invitation suite that incorporates mixed metallics and a gilding technique that you can absolutely do yourself! When you use multiple metallic shades, you are able to get a wonderful textural dimension that using only one tone just cannot give. We hope these copper and gold gilded wedding invitations inspire you to incorporate some shine into your own invitations! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp

Modern Type Reply Card Stamp

Art Deco Return Address Stamp

Seal Initial Monogram Stamp

A9 Cards (we used Papaya)

6×9 String tie envelopes (we used Milkweed)

4bar Cards (we used Old Lace)

4bar envelopes (we used Paper Bag)

Small Paper Tags (we found ours locally – but these kraft paper tags are similar)

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder in Gold

Glue Stick or PVA glue

Copper Sheets

Soft brush for gilding

Finetec metallic watercolor set

Fine pointed brush

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: First, you’ll want to rubber stamp and emboss all of your cards. We used our Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Modern Type Reply Card Stamp for this design. On the cute little tag, we embossed our Seal Monogram Stamp. All of the pieces were embossed with our favorite gold embossing powder which gives lovely, fine results. Simply stamp your designs on each card (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured), dust the powder over it, tap off the excess, and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Step Two: Now for the fun part…gilding! We used copper (yes COPPER!) sheets to gild the top of our invitation design to lend an organic, worn, metallic look. With a glue stick smear the adhesive at the top of the invitation and quickly, very quickly put the copper sheet face down on top of the adhesive. Rub the paper backing on the copper sheet with your fingers to make sure that it sticks. Peel off the backing and rub the foil gently with your fingers to smooth any edges.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Lightly brush off excess with your soft brush. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with more adhesive if needed.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Emboss your return address using the same technique as used in step one. We used our Art Deco Return Address Stamp for this design on both our reply envelope and outer envelope.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful PaperStep Five: Address your invitations! We used a beautiful finetec metallic paint palette with a pointed brush for this design. Experiment with styles until something feels natural to you! There’s a bit of a learning curve when lettering with a brush, just be patient with yourself and remember to have a light touch.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Now all that’s left is to put the suite together! We tied ours together with golden thread (wrapped around 4-5 times) and tied it with our tag. Add your postage and send your metallic creations to your lovely guests!

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates

We’ve definitely been in the Valentine’s Day spirit over the past few weeks! We’ve been busy sending out cards and decorating our studios with hearts and shades of pink and red. We just love the way that all of the shades of red, magenta, and purple played together and thought that they would make a stunning save the date design. Our tutorial today incorporates tonal papers, a touch of gold and a love theme for a beautiful but not over the top cutesy design – perfect for any time of year! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Floral Calligraphy Save the Date Stamp

Floral Banner Website Card Stamp

A2 Cards in Eggplant

A2 Envelopes in Pomegranate

8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock (for web cards) in Old Lace

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder in Gold

Stamp Pad in Magenta

Tailors Ribbon in Peach

Pencil & Eraser

Scissors

Hole Punch

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: To start, you will emboss the save the date card (we used our Floral Calligraphy Save the Date stamp) in gold.  Simply stamp your save the date design in the center of your A2 card (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured), dust the powder over it, tap off the excess, and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: These days, wedding websites are almost a requirement to manage wedding logistics and pass along event information. More often than not, our clients ask to include their web address on their save the dates or invitations. For this save the date, we decided that instead of having a standard rectangular tag, we’d mix it up and cut out cute heart shaped tags! It really is super simple! Just stamp your web card stamp (we used our Floral Banner Web-card stamp) on a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock, spacing each printing out so that there is room around each design (we got 6 out of one sheet). With a pencil, freehand heart shapes around the design and cut out the cards. Erase any stray pencils lines that remain after cutting. Questions about using stamps? Please watch this video for more information.

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful PaperStep Three: Punch a hole in the right-hand corner of each heart tag.

DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Now that all of your individual pieces are complete, you’re ready for the final touches. Tie your heart tag onto the save the date with peach tailors ribbon or another tonal shade. Address your your save the dates in a matching gold ink (either calligraphy ink or gold gel pen) and apply postage to them. We LOVE the new forever heart postage from USPS and think it ties in beautifully with the tonal heart design!
DIY Tutorial: Red and Gold Heart Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations

Today, we’re back with our first DIY of the new year! Hooray! This delicate floral and lace wedding invitation suite has been bouncing around in our brains for a while now – and the results exceeded even our expectations. Don’t you love it when that happens? We used a soft palette of misty blue, white, cream, and gold and incorporated some really fancy lace inner envelopes to bring it all together. With these fresh colors, it feels like spring is right around the corner! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Wildflowers Return Address Stamp

Lace Inner Envelopes

A7 Cards

A7 Envelopes, in Pure White

Chamomile Patterned Paper (for liner) and Liner Templates

4bar Card, (3.5″x5″ cut from our Chamomile Patterned Paper, Card Weight)

4bar Envelopes

Stamp Pad, black

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

Tailors Ribbon

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This stunning mix of lace paper inner envelopes from Modern Vintage Paperie really adds a touch of luxury to the suite and brings the whole look together!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1: First, stamp all of your invitation suite pieces. We used our Floral Calligraphy Invitation stamp, Floral Calligraphy Reply Card stamp and our Wildflowers Return Address stamp for these items. When stamping your cards, ink the stamp with the stamp facing you. Center the stamp over your card/envelope and press firmly and moderately (not too hard or the image will smudge) and gently lift the stamp off of the paper. Set aside to dry. Please watch this video for more information on inking and stamping an oversized stamp.

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 2: Gold makes everything better, right? We decided to emboss our return address in gold to coordinate with the suite design and our addressing. Simply stamp your desired return address stamp on the back flap (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured) dust the powder over it, tap off the excess and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Step 3: Once all of your pieces are printed and dry, assemble them inside your lace paper inner envelope. We used assorted varieties of envelopes because we couldn’t decide on one, but you could select your favorite as well!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 4: Address the envelopes to your guests and add postage (we love those little hummingbird stamps). We used our favorite gold calligraphy ink, but to achieve a similar effect you could also use a gold gel pen and your prettiest handwriting!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful PaperStep 5: Over time, we’ve learned that lining your envelopes after they’re addressed saves time and money! That way, if you mess up on an address, a liner isn’t wasted! Cut out your liner with a template or purchase pre-cut liners for your selected envelope if they’re available. To install the liner (we used our Chamomile Patterned Paper to make them), simply put a line of double sided tape or stick glue along the top edge (the triangle part) and slide it into the envelope. Once it’s positioned correctly, press to adhere the liner to the envelope.

DSC_5726All that’s left  now is to tie up your invitation suite, put them into the envelope and send them along via snail mail!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags

Can you believe Christmas is almost here? At the Antiquaria design studio, we’ve been busily crafting gifts for our loved ones and wrapping them with care. Emma made these adorable hand drawn gift tags for us to use this year and we thought it would be the perfect download to share with all of you! We wish you a holiday season full of love and cheer (and beautifully wrapped packages). Cheers! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

 

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Download the printable PDF here and print it out on card stock (we chose fun colors like coral and kraft). Simply cut the cards out along the dotted lines, add a hole with a hole-punch, and voila – your gifts are all dolled up!

Please note that the designs in this tutorial are © Antiquaria and intended for personal, non-commercial use only.

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set

Every year, we try to make at least some of the gifts that we give to friends and family for the holidays. This year, we decided that giving them an all-in-one stationery kit would be perfect! Not only will they love having everything they might need at hand, it also encourages them to send more snail mail throughout the year! For this gift, we converted a little portable sketch box into a fabulous carry all for paper loveliness. We hope our friends and family like them (shh-don’t tell)-and we hope you do too! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Small Sketch Box, similar to this. We bought ours locally at Aaron Brothers. They told us that it is a regular in-store item.

Patterned Text Weight Paper in Lucy Floral

Cardstock, in Milkweed and Fuchsia

Monarch Envelopes, in kraft

Camellia Monogram Stamp Kit

Stamp Pads, Magenta and Peony

Divine Twine, in Silver

Self Healing Mat, Metal ruler and Craft Knife

Spray Adhesive

1/8 inch hole punch

Rubber Bands

Optional: Foil notebook, New and Vintage postage, Pens, Washi Tape, Gold Paper Clips

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Cut your papers. For this set, you will need 2 pieces of Lucy floral text paper (cut to 6.5″x10″), 6 pieces of Milkweed card stock (cut to 3.75″ x 7.25″ – should yield 12 cards) and 1 piece of fuchsia card stock (cut to 1.5″ x 3.5″). The smaller tags are the remnants from the Milkweed cards.

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Next, you’ll want to stamp your monarch cards for the set. We included 12 cards and envelopes in our kit. Stamp the Camellia pattern stamp first in Peony ink, as shown, and then add the small leaves around it in Magenta ink. We love that every card is a little different! Set cards aside to dry.

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Punch holes in your gift tags (fuchsia and milkweed) centering the hole on the small side of the card.

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: To add interest to the kit and to cover up the thumbhole in the “portable palette” part of the kit, you want to cover it with patterned paper. We purposefully cut our paper wider than the palette (6.5″ x 10″), applied spray adhesive to the back of the entire piece, laid the palette down to adhere, and then trimmed off the excess so that it’s fit was exact. Repeat this process for the second side.

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: We wanted to add some additional items to our kit that didn’t fit in the pre-sized containers below the palette. In order to fit them in, we decided to add rubber bands around the board. Not only are they handy, but we love that we were able to recycle the ones that we’ve been collecting from our grocery store takeout containers. We thought 3 was perfect for what we needed but feel free to use as few or many as you’d like!

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: Now all that’s left is to fill the box! We had a ton of fun gathering coordinating items to include. We decided a notebook was good for jotting down thank you notes that need to be written, addresses, or simply quick thoughts.

We also included enough postage for 12 letters. We mixed vintage postage with new postage in a pretty garden theme.

What good is a gift tag without a way to tie it on? That’s why we included a length of silver metallic twine so that the recipient always had some good string at hand when wrapping gifts. Also included are some of our favorite felt tip pens as well as paper clips and of course, washi tape!

For an extra luxe gift, you could also consider including a return address stamp and stamp pad in the kit as well.

These boxes are easy to make and putting them together couldn’t be more fun! We love that every little bit can be customized to each person’s color preferences and stationery needs. We wish you happy DIY-ing this holiday season and hopefully we’ve inspired you to make some gifts this year too!

DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Tutorial: Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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