DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations

We’ve always had a love affair with different varieties of cactus and Southwestern scenery as a whole. Just take Emma’s wedding invitation as an example! This colorful design is a fresh take on the theme. Splurging on one stunning letterpress piece for the invitation and adding in your own DIY pieces is a great way to have a luxe invitation for less. Plus, now that we finally launched our brand new wrapping sheets, we finally have paper large enough to be used to make your own gorgeous pattern envelopes to coordinate! Hooray!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Old West Letterpress Invitation

Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Horseshoe Return Address Stamp, No.2

Out West Wrapping Sheet, 20″x 29″ 

Envelope Template

A7.5 Envelope, in Pool

4bar Envelope, in Pool

4bar Card, in Paper Bag

Stamp Pads, in Turquoise and Brown

Fine Leather Cord

Pencil, Scissors and double stick tape

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: An inner envelope can be an awesome way to incorporate a lot of pattern and personality into your invitations. For this design, we made our own using our Out West wrapping paper. You’ll get three (3) A7 envelopes per 20″ x 29″ sheet. Simply trace the template (if pattern is directional, make sure the template is oriented correctly) using a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Once it has been cut out, fold in each side.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Using the photo above, apply double stick tape or stick glue to the sides of the lower envelope flap. Fold it up and press to adhere.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For this design, we decided to use one of our premium letterpress pieces for the invitation to keep it luxe. You could also stamp this piece if you preferred, using our Old West Invitation Stamp and a white A7 card.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Stamp your remaining pieces. We used our Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card to make the overall feel a little more formal. For the return and reply addresses, we used our Vintage Horseshoe Return Address, No.2. Please watch this video for more information on inking and stamping an oversized stamp.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Believe it or not, all that’s left are the finishing touches! We tied the suite together with a lovely, thin (1 mm) leather cord in a natural color. We also addressed the envelopes to our guests using a calligraphy pen and a whimsical style! We know your guests will be thrilled to receive this gorgeous piece of mail in their mailbox!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Photos by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art

We’re in the middle of prepping for the National Stationery Show in May, which for us means finalizing our latest product designs and finishing the catalogs. In the process, we have been designing new art prints for our line and shop – so we definitely have wall art on the brain! Our tutorial today is a break down of how to make your very own, one-of-a-kind hand lettered wall art for your house or to give as a gift. Just find your favorite quote and get pencil to paper! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

High quality archival paper, such as Arches Watercolor Paper Hot Press

Pencil

Kneaded Eraser

Brush Pen

Fine Felt Tipped Pen

Gouache (optional)

Copy Paper (to draft layout)

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Using sheets of copy paper, sketch out your quote in a variety of different layouts/styles. Look at some of your favorite fonts for letter-shape inspiration if you feel stuck about how to make the letters go together. Once you’ve settled on a layout that you like, re-draw it on your nice archival paper. So that it pressure isn’t too high, make sure that you have a couple of sheets of the nice paper-in case you need to make a couple of drafts of the piece.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Before putting any ink down onto your piece, you want to lift up the pencil lines so that they can act as a light guide for you but will not require heavy force once the ink is in place. A kneaded eraser does this job easily by rolling over the pencil and picking up the excess lead, as shown above.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Take a deep breath and do your lettering with ink using your very light pencil lines as a guide. You can use a brush pen as we did here, a brush and ink, a felt tipped pen or a calligraphy pen. Each of these will yield a different looking result so it’s worth figuring out what you like best (a great thing to do while your drafting your design on copy paper). We like the boldness that a brush pen gives, especially when it meant to be viewed from a distance, which it will be when hanging on the wall!

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: To give some polish to the lettering, we like to go in with a fine tipped felt pen and do “touch-ups” to the outline. We typically smooth out any ending flourishes, tops of letters (like the “t”) and light areas that the brush didn’t get. The step is optional. You may achieve exactly the look you’re going for in step three! Once you’re happy with the lettering, gently erase the remaining light pencil lines.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: We added a pop of color with a hot pink heart painted with gouache (opaque water color). This step is also optional and will depend on your design!

We hope that you have fun creating your own pieces and that you let your imagination run wild! If you’re new to lettering, it’s probably best to start with one word or a short phrase so that you can practice the process without the layout being too difficult. Have fun and Happy Lettering!

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper and intended for personal, non-commercial use only.

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Embossed Save the Dates

In our last DIY post, we shared a gorgeous free pattern download for envelopes liners and place cards. We thought it would be fun this week to actually use the pattern as a launching point and design an awesome save the date that utilizes it in the design. The mixed shades of blue feels fresh and spring-y and we used our favorite embossing technique to incorporate lots of gold into the design (our favorite if you haven’t noticed). The result is a stunning and custom looking suite which can all be easily accomplished on your own with a few key materials! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Laurel Wreath Save the Date Stamp

Laurel Wreath Return Address Stamp

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder in Gold

A2 Cards (we used Lake)

A2 Envelopes (we used Bluebell)

Gold Dot Washi Tape

Gold Glitter Heart Stickers

Liner (free download, printed on white text weight paper)

Envelope Liner Templates

Pencil and Scissors

Stick Glue or Double Sided Tape

Gold Calligraphy Ink

Vintage Postage

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: We embossed our Laurel Wreath Save the Date stamp and our Laurel Wreath Return Address Stamp for this save the date design. All of the pieces were embossed with our favorite gold embossing powder which gives lovely, fine results. Simply stamp your design on your card (Lake A2) and envelope (Bluebell A2) (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 Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: To add personality to the design, we added an envelope liner made from our latest free pattern download. It really helps dress up the whole suite! Print the pattern out on your home printer using a high quality text weight paper, then trace the A2 envelope liner template onto the paper and cut it out with scissors. To install, simply use stick glue or double sided tape to adhere them into your envelope.

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: All that’s left now is the finishing touches! We addressed them using our favorite gold calligraphy ink and a dip pen – but your could also use a gold gel pen and your prettiest cursive to achieve a similar look. We added gold polka dot washi tape, a glitter heart sticker and vintage postage to tie everything together and make the envelope just as gorgeous as the save the date.

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We know your guests will love getting these beauties in the mail!

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Watercolor Paper for Envelope Liners and Place Cards

This week we’re sharing this patterned paper download with you. What we love about this simple watercolor pattern is how versatile it is. The uses for it are virtually endless. We are sure you’ll find many to use this lovely artwork and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We’ve chosen to utilize this watercolor two ways: as a background for handwritten place cards and as an envelope liner. When we work with wedding clients we always try to help establish a theme that is carried throughout their wedding stationery. We love all the potential uses for this pattern!

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

To make your own place cards, print the pattern on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut it into 3.5″ x 4″ pieces and then score them in half. We used a calligraphy pen and gold ink to customize the cards.

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We continued the watercolor theme with these personal notes. Print the pattern on text weight paper and use an envelope liner template to cut them out. Adding an envelope liner is always a nice touch when sending a thoughtful personal note (or thank you note).

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Neon Floral Save the Dates

After the dreary days of winter, we are in serious need of bright colors and cheerful designs. This save the date was inspired by an eye grabbing neon floral paper that we recently found. We used a standard highlighter to create the awesome pop of color on the save the date card. Who knew that it would make such a fun addition to the design? Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Camellia Floral Save the Date Stamp

Laurel Wreath Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder

A6 Notecard (we used Pure White)

A6 Envelope (we used Fuchsia)

Highlighters

Decorative Paper

Envelope Liner Templates

Double Sided Tape

Calligraphy Pen

Finetec metallic watercolor set

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: First, you will want to stamp your save the date (we used our Camellia Save the Date design) on an A6 card. When stamping your card, ink the stamp with the stamp facing you. Center the stamp over your card 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 Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: To add a fun pop of color, we used a highlighter to color in the leaves and the center of the stamped flowers. This simple touch really makes the design come alive!

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Wanting to bring in some of the awesome neon pink from the patterned paper, we decided to use fuchsia envelopes and a tonal, neon grapefruit embossing powder to pull everything together. To emboss, 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 Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Since this suite was directly based off of this amazing paper, it was an easy decision to incorporate it into the design as an envelope liner. We traced the liner template and cut out each liner by hand. Then, we used double sided tape (alternatively, you could use stick glue) to install the liners into the envelopes (adhere around the top triangle).

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: It’s time to address your save the dates! We used a beautiful finetec metallic paint palette (the silver one) with a calligraphy pen for this design. Experiment with styles until something feels natural to you! You could also use a silver gel pen and your fanciest handwriting to achieve a similar look.

DIY Neon Floral Save the Date Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper