DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Black and white is always classic. It seems like no matter what design you choose you can’t go wrong with this simple, sophisticated palette. We typically gravitate towards bright pops of color, soft pastels, or neutrals – but for this tutorial we wanted to explore the modern, less traditional, side of good old black and white.  We added hand painted floral elements to bring in our signature style and make each invitation unique. With the days getting shorter and autumn knocking on the door, this wedding invitation suite feels just right to us. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Reply Card Stamp
Art Deco Return Address Stamp
Watercolor Paper – we used 22″ x 30″ Smooth Hot Press Arches Watercolor Paper
Pencil and ruler
Sumi Ink
Paint Brushes
Stamp Pads in Black and Frost White
Craft knife and cutting mat
6×9 String Tie Envelopes
4bar Envelopes

Modern Floral Step1 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step One: Since we will be hand painting with a bleed (a design that continues off the side or page) for this invitation tutorial, we will start by drawing our frames on hot press watercolor paper. For this design, we marked up two 5 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles spaced about an inch apart from one another. We used artist paper, which instead of coming in a pad, comes in large sheets, usually around 22″ x 30.” To make them workable, we tear that size down into four sections, resulting in sheets that are 11″ x 15.” You can also purchase watercolor paper in pads or blocks. Use what you like best!

Modern Floral Step2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Two: Next, stamp your invitation (we used our Modern Type Invitation) in the center of each penciled rectangle. Press firmly but moderately when printing on a flat surface, using your hands to make sure that the entire stamp has been printed. Let dry.

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This sheet is stamped and awaiting floral painted details. Before you start painting, make sure that the stamped ink is totally dry.

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Step Three: It’s always a good idea to warm up and practice before painting, especially on something as important as your wedding invitations! Get a scrap piece of watercolor paper (preferably the exact same paper as your invitations) and get creative! Grab some flowers and foliage from your yard and start working out a design that you like. We used Sumi Ink instead of paint for this design, but any type of gouache (opaque watercolor) or watercolors will work too! Experimentation is the key to getting a result that you’re happy with.

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Step Four: Get to work painting your invitations once you feel warmed up and know what you want to paint. We started by painting clusters of flowers and foliage along the top of each invitation, as shown above. You could also do something as simple as a single flower at the top or as ornate as a wreath around the entire invitation. The nice part is that it’s totally up to you! It can also help to pencil in a rough design prior to painting on your invitation if you’re not 100% confident going freeform on the design.

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Step Five: We decided to add a very small floral accent right below the location on our design, so after the top was dry, we added one to each invitation. Let your finished design dry completely.

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Once all of your paintings are complete, all that’s left to do on the invitation is cut it out! Use a craft knife and metal ruler (or very precise paper cutter) to cut along your pencil lines…et voila! An invitation with a full bleed!

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Step Six: Stamp your reply card (we used our Modern Type Reply) on a 4bar size card made of the same watercolor paper used on the invitation or a card of a similar color (soft white). We used the same black stamp pad as on the invitation design.

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Step Seven: Stamp your return address in black (we used our Art Deco Return Address) on the back of a 6″ x 9″ envelope and reply address in white on the front of a black 4bar envelope. We’re in love with these gorgeous string tie envelopes and love how the milkweed color softens the look of what is otherwise a 100% black and white design.

Now all that’s left is to address them to your loved ones, add postage, and send them on their way! We guarantee that your guests will be floored by the beauty of your hand crafted work of art!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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

DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

We have a confession: we’re crazy about details… and we can’t get enough pattern in our lives. A few weeks ago, we were on the hunt for the perfect favor bags and just couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for. A light bulb went off and Emma dreamed up these custom DIY wedding and party favor bags that can be made from any patterned sheet of paper! And thus a new obsession was born. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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These favor bags are best made in an assembly line fashion, completing each step for all of your bags at once. Doing it this way will save you tons of time!

Materials

Coco and Paloma Green Floral Patterned Paper in text weight

Scoreboard

T-square Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Double Sided Tape (a tape gun is faster but optional)

GoodieBag Step1 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 1: Using a scoreboard, score your sheet of paper on the back (we used 8.5 x 11″ patterned paper) half an inch above the bottom (the 11″ side) and half an inch from right hand side. Lastly, score down the new center, at the 5.25″ mark. You can adapt this technique to any size paper by using this formula, simply adjust the center score accordingly.

GoodieBag Step2 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 2: With a t-square ruler, draw a light pencil line across the lefthand side and righthand half inch portion of the paper that you just scored, about an inch down from the top.

GoodieBag Step3 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 3: Next, you will center a plate on the right-hand side, in between your straight pencil lines. This is how to create the top arch on your bag. Trace the top of the plate light with a pencil. You should now have a cutting guide that runs all the way across your paper.

GoodieBag Step4 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 4: With scissors, carefully cut along the line that you just made. You will also need to cut half an inch at the center score line along the bottom to where the score marks meet.

GoodieBag Step5 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 5: Next, fold down the righthand half inch score mark. Apply double sided tape along the length of the right side as well as across the bottom right side (from cut to edge). Carefully fold the left side to meet the right and adhere them together.

GoodieBag Step6 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 6: Flip your bag over and finish it off by folding up the bottom half inch and tape it to the back using double sided tape.

GoodieBag Final 2 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Et voila! Favor bags sure to impress at any wedding or party. Now… what to put in them?

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Modern Color Splash Save the Dates

We’ve been up to our ears with floral patterns and soft pastels all summer. Don’t get us wrong, we love it – but we were craving something fresh! We dreamt up this new stamp collection and DIY project with a modern edge and bold, classic type, and we’re in love. The palette of black, white, and kraft was craving a pop of color so we added in a fun swash of turquoise as icing on the cake. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
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Step One: Stamp your save the date (we used our Modern Type Save the Date stamp) on an A6 kraft card. You’ll want to use a permanent ink, such as Color Box archival, so that it doesn’t bleed when the second color is added. Press firmly but moderately when printing on a flat surface, using your hands to make sure that the entire stamp has been printed. Let dry.

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Step Two: To add our pop of turquoise color, we “splashed” a small cat eye stamp pad down the design, ending slightly below the wording. If you don’t get the coverage you’re looking for, you can touch it up as after your first pass. The benefit to using a small stamp pad vs. paint is that the water content in paint tends to warp the paper as it dries.

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Step Three: Stamp your return address (we used our Modern Type Return Address stamp) with turquoise ink on a cream A6 envelope. We stamped the return address on the back in the lower left hand corner.

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Step Four: For a bold graphic element, we added an envelope liner made with our Brushed Geo, No.2 Patterned paper cut to a 5.75″ x 6.25″ rectangle. Install the liner by taping it in right below the gum line using double sided tape.

Materials

Modern Type Save the Date Stamp

Modern Type Return Address Stamp

Brushed Geo, No.2 patterned paper, in text weight

A6 Notecards in Paper Bag (or other kraft paper A6 flat cards)

A6 Envelopes in Natural

Stamp Pads (full size) in archival black and pigment turquoise

Stamp Pad (small cat eye) in Aqua

Scissors

Double Sided Tape

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: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Summer brings wedding galore, and for us…that means party decor! We’ve been helping clients create gorgeous day of stationery and in the process have come up with some fun and festive table numbers that you can do yourself! We know that by the time couples usually think about reception stationery, they’re usually over their budget and are short on time. Luckily, these table numbers are not costly or time consuming. You could easily knock them out in an afternoon. There are endless options once you have the basics of creating them…so the only limit to the project is your imagination! We’ll show you three different styles to kick start your creativity. To complete your tablescape, we’ll also show you place cards to complement to each design. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

TableNumbersDIY Final1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Up until adding the actual numbers to the cards, the process is exactly the same. We will be making 5.5″ square tented cards (showing the pattern on both sides) and the size works perfectly with a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock.

TableNumberDIY Step1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Step One: Select your paper and cut the cards to size. Cut a rectangle measuring 5.5″ x 11″. If you’re using a standard sheet of paper like we did, that is only one cut (since the length is already 11″).

TableNumberDIY Step2 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Step Two: To make the tented card and have a clean fold, you’ll want to score the paper at the 5.5″ mark on a score board. Repeat steps one and two until you have enough cards to accommodate all of your tables (usually between 8-25 for a standard wedding).

Option One: Painted Script Floral

For the first version that we put together, we used our “Paloma” Blue Floral Card Stock and painted the table numbers (spelled out) in navy blue acrylic paint. The effect is playful and traditional at the same time.

TableNumberDIY Paloma Step1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

With a small pointed paint brush, write out the table number in cursive across the middle of the card. Go back over the letters, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). If you need help finding out where the weights should go or what shape to paint the letters, refer to a favorite script font or perhaps your invitation suite! That way, everything will coordinate.

TableNumberDIY Paloma Final 1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

TableNumberDIY Paloma Placecard DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Option Two: Modern Neon Geometric

In this interpretation, we’ve put a modern spin on the technique. We used our “Geo” patterned card stock and wrote the number in a simplistic style to create the look. Pops of neon pink painted on help add some punch to the cards.

TableNumberDIY Geo Step1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

First you’ll write the table number in the center using a permanent black marker. Fill in and bulk up the number as needed (shown above).

TableNumberDIY Geo Step2 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Next you’ll add the final touch of neon using hot pink gouache. We painted into different shapes already printed on the paper making sure they all balanced with one another.

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TableNumberDIY Geo Placecard DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Option Three: Autumn Garden Floral

For our final interpretation, we used our “Diana” floral card stock to create the perfect garden inspired table decor. The gorgeous rich shades of the pattern mean that this style would just as easily work for fall and winter weddings.

TableNumberDIY Diana 1 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

With a small pointed paint brush, paint the word “TABLE” about 1 inch from the fold with white acrylic paint. Below that, in cursive, paint the word “Number,” trying to center it as much as possible. Finally, you’ll add the numeral centered below. Go back over the number, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). It would be extremely helpful to have these cards planned out on a separate sheet of paper before painting on the lettering. That way, you can know exactly how to center the text, and how large you should make it.

TableNumberDIY Diana Final DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

TableNumberDIY Diana Placecard 2 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

TableNumberDIY Diana Final 2 DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Materials

Patterned Paper

Self Healing Mat

Craft Knife

Metal Ruler

Scoreboard

Acrylic paints

Permanent Marker

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: Autumn Floral Wedding Invitations

Summer may just have arrived, but in the world of wedding invitations, we’re already looking forward toward the autumn and winter seasons. We love this fresh take on an autumn color palette – mixing a dark watercolor pattern with lovely shades of peach, coral, and blush – for a beautiful suite of autumn floral wedding invitations and save the dates. It has romance written all over it! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Autumn Floral DIY Step1 DIY Tutorial: Autumn Floral Wedding Invitations

Step One: For this design, we’re making a save the date and wedding invitation suite together. None of the paper came cut to size, so we had to cut the paper and cards ourselves. You can manually cut them with a self healing mat, kraft knife, and metal ruler or you can take everything to be cut at a local printer (the best idea for precision).

You’ll need these final paper sizes:

Save the Date – Java, 3.75″ x 5″

Save the Date Backer – “Zoe” Floral Patterned Cover, 4.25″ x 5.5″

Invitation – Milkweed, 5″ x 7″

Invitation Folder – “Zoe” Floral Patterned Text Weight, 10″ x 7″

Reply Card – Milkweed, 3.5″  x 4.875″

Reception Card – Old Lace, 3.5″ x 4.875″

Autumn Floral DIY Step2 DIY Tutorial: Autumn Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Two: Create your save the date. We embossed our Floral Calligraphy Save the Date design onto a Java card with black embossing powder for a great opaque look (see steps below). We also embossed our return address stamp on the back flap of our envelope. You will mount the Java card onto the patterned backer, using double sided tape or stick glue, making certain that the margins are equal on all sides.

Autumn Floral DIY Step2 2 DIY Tutorial: Autumn Floral Wedding Invitations

Stamp the save the date onto your card using black ink.

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Immediately cover the printed image with black embossing powder (best to do this step over scrap paper). Shift it around to cover the entire image and tap off  the excess.

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Heat set the design with an embossing heat tool.  For more information about this process, please watch our video tutorial found here.

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Step Three: Stamp all of your invitation suite cards. We used designs from our Floral Calligraphy Collection for this suite, including the Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp, Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp and Floral Calligraphy Reception Stamp. We used black ink with the designs to tie everything together with the floral watercolor paper!

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Step Four: We love coming up with new ways to incorporate pattern and color into our designs. This patterned invitation “folder” is one fun way! Fold your 10″ x 7″ patterned text weight paper in half. Apply double sided tape or stick glue to the back of your invitation card. Stick it into the right hand side of the “folder” and press to adhere. The invitation card and right hand side of the folder should be the same size, 5″ x 7.”

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Step Five: Next, we’ll make our reply envelopes. Our return address stamp design didn’t include a name – but that’s okay! We’ll simply add one! With a black brush pen, we wrote the last name across the envelope, a little higher than center. Then we stamped our return address design in black right below it. Mission accomplished!

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Step Six: A monogram tag is a really great way to tie the suite together. And you can also use it at your reception and on personal stationery after the wedding! We cut out 2″ circle tags using a circle making tool (or using a circle punch). Then, we stamped our Floral Calligraphy Monogram Initial Stamp in black in the center. Finally, we punched a small hole in the top center so that we have something to thread our ribbon through!

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Step Seven: A big consideration for any invitation suite is how your are going to address them. We decided that a modern brush style in black would be fun with this design. After stamping our return address on the back flap, we addressed them using this calligraphy addressing tutorial.

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The Final Touches: To finish off the suite, we tucked all of the cards inside our “folder” and then tied it all up with some gorgeous blush colored tailors ribbon. Guests will feel like they’re opening a gift when they receive it in the post and get a small glimpse of the fun to come!

Materials

Stamps

Floral Calligraphy Save the Date Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Return Address Stamp, No.2

Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reception Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Initial Monogram Stamp

Paper

“Zoe” Floral Patterned Paper-in Cover weight and Text weight

Java Cover Stock

Milkweed Cover Stock

Old Lace Cover Stock

Papaya A2 Envelopes

Java A7 Envelopes

Old Lace 4bar Envelopes

Other Items

Self Healing Mat, Kraft Knife and Metal Ruler

Double sided tape or stick glue

Circle Cutter or Circle Punch

Stamp Pad in Black

Embossing Powder and Heat Tool

Brush Pen

Hole Punch

Tailors Ribbon in Grecian Pink

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 for Oh So Beautiful Paper