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

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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.

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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″).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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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″

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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.

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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

How to Create Unique Personal Stationery with Rubber Stamps

Wedding season is officially here and events of all kinds are in full swing. And with that… of course comes thank you notes! We’ve been designing lots of personal stationery as thank you notes for our clients recently so we put together some DIY versions to show how fun it can be to craft your own personal stationery. We used the same monogram rubber stamp for all three designs and the results couldn’t be more different! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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It’s always good to have some monogrammed stationery on hand for when a last minute occasion arrises. Make a bunch at one time and store them in a pretty box with pens and postage. Monogrammed stationery also makes for a really great handmade gift!

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 Option One: Blue and white is such a classic color combination. We put a painterly spin on it with this gorgeous watercolor card. Adding white embossing on top of the paint really elevates the design and makes the monogram pop off of the card, literally!

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Step One: On the front of the card, in the center, paint a loose oval with indigo colored watercolor paint. Add multiple layers so that parts of the circle are darker than others. After the circle is complete, splash a little extra paint around the circle for a splattered effect. To do this we simply flicked the tip of the brush with our fingertip over the card. Set aside to dry completely.

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Step Two: Stamp your monogram in the center of the watercolor oval using a white ink pad. Quickly sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image. Shift it around until the monogram is completely covered with powder. Tip the excess off onto a scrap piece of paper.

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Step Three: Using a embossing heat tool, melt the powder. You can watch our video tutorial of the process here.

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Option Two: Wreaths have been a popular design element in stationery for a while now. We just can’t get enough of them – especially when they’re hand painted in shades of green!

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Step One: After stamping your monogram in the center of the front of your card, paint a little vine circle around it, leaving the bottom open (as shown above). Don’t try to make the oval perfect, a meandering vine will be more natural once the leaves are painted around it!

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Step Two: Add your leaves to the oval. The technique is simple: just load your brush with watercolor paint, lay it down flat, and then pick it up, dragging up to the point as you lift it off. This will give you the shape of the leaf with very little effort! Practice first before starting on the final cards until you get it down. Varying the size and color of the leaves will help give a more natural look to the card. Paint the leaves starting at the bottom and finishing at the top. Where they meet, leave a little space and paint a small dot in the top center to finish it off.

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Step Three: We also added little leaf adornments to each corner, using the same technique to finish off the card design.

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Option Three: This stunning, black and white design is both modern and whimsical at the same time. Plus, you don’t even have to pull out the paint for this one!

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Step One: Stamp your monogram in the front center of the card in black ink. Set it aside to dry.

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Step Two: Find a circle on your template that is ⅛” to ¼” larger than the design, and trace it using a black felt tipped pen.

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Step Three: With a brush pen, add little black polka dots around the circle – but make sure not to put any inside. We didn’t make the size or pattern of the dots even for this design, so it has a lovely organic irregularity… plus it’s easier to do!

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Step Four: Add little bitty dots around your polka dots to fill in the white spaces of your design by touching only the very tip of the pen to the paper.

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Materials

Antique Monogram Stamp

A2 Folded Card, preferably made of Watercolor Paper (90lb hot press). We cut an art sheet down into rectangles (5.5″ x 8.5″) and scored them down the middle to make our own cards.

Envelope liner templates

Double Sided Tape or Stick Glue (to adhere liners into envelopes)

Option One:

Watercolor Paint

Paint Brushes

Frost White Stamp Pad

White Embossing Powder

Envelope Liner Watercolor Stripe Ocean Text Patterned Paper

A2 Envelope in night

Option Two:

Watercolor Paint

Paint Brushes

Stamp Pad in Olive

Envelope Liner Natalia Floral Text Patterned Paper

A2 Envelope in Sage

Option Three:

Circle Stencil Template

Black Brush Pen

Black Felt Tip Pen

Stamp Pad in Black

Envelope Liner Brushed Floral No.1  Text Patterned paper

A2 Envelope in Black

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Envelope Addressing Styles

We’re often (very often) asked about addressing options for wedding invitations. Many of our clients are DIY couples and it’s simply not in their budget to hire a professional or to pay for digital addressing. Believe us: even if you or a loved one are planning address them yourself, they can still be creative and cohesive with your invitation! It’s simply a matter of the right tools, methods, and a some practice! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Option One: DIY Pointed Pen Calligraphy. For someone that has a little experience already with a dip pen and ink or for someone with plenty of time to practice before the invitations need mailing, calligraphy addressing can actually be a great DIY option. One hundred years ago, everyone who wanted to write had to use a dip pen and ink. We’re certainly used to modern pens these days, but it’s inspiring to think that it can be done with practice! It takes years and years of practice to truly master the art – so don’t hold yourself to expectations of perfection for the project. Try playing with your unique hand writing and see what is most natural for you with the tools.

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It’s really helpful to give yourself guidelines when writing with pen and ink (your focus will be more on the writing than keeping the lines straight). For a playful look, we drew them at a slant, leaving a ruler’s width between them. Three lines will suffice for most U.S. addresses but occasionally you’ll need four. Just count up how many 3 and 4 liners you need on your list and tackle all of the “ruling up” first.

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Address each envelope on your guest list. Set aside to dry. This can take minutes to a day depending on the ink and weather, so don’t be too anxious. The last thing you want is to smear you hard work! We used our favorite white ink on these gorgeous black envelopes. It’s the loveliest and most opaque that we’ve found but it must be diluted quite a bit to use with a pointed pen and nib. Add (distilled) water with an eyedropper to the bottle. Stir the ink with the water until it reaches the consistency of heavy cream.

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Once they’re all addressed, we added a fun little dashed line to further decorate and modernize the envelope. Use a T-square ruler and dash along the straight line with the white ink loaded into the dip pen. Let them all dry once more.

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Erase the lines gently once everything is good and dry.

You can find more information about DIY calligraphy on our blog. You can also search for local calligraphy classes to get you started. The key to calligraphy is practice, practice, and more practice!

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Option Two: Brush Pen Lettering. Brush pens can be a great option for addressing without the mess of an actual brush and ink. A lot of them are actually felt tipped (like the ones in this tutorial) which makes controlling them much easier. This silver and gray design is lovely, soft and tonal. Play with the brush lettering a bit and find a style that’s comfortable for you. You can print or use cursive with them, so the options are endless!

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Draw “ribbons” in the upper left and lower right corners. Then write the title(s) (i.e. Mr., Miss, Ms., or Mr. and Mrs.) in the upper left banner. Move to the lower right and write the zip code, spacing out each number with a small dot.

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In the middle of the envelope, you’ll write the guest(s) name and address. We used a simple handwriting cursive. Because the brush pen gives the lines weight variation, it looks fancier than a ball point pen, which we love. One key to writing with a brush pen is to write on its point, as shown in the photo above. This will help keep the writing thin and legible. Center the address as much as you can, but the banners in the corners will help keep the design looking balanced even if it’s not perfect.

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Option Three: Mixed Pen Lettering. This design uses two different kinds of pens to achieve a very custom look. We again used a brush pen, this time in black, as well as a thin felt tipped pen for variation in line quality and so that we could make some text much smaller.

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Write your guests name fairly large across the envelope. Vary the size of lettering depending on the length of their name (you’ll get the hang of this with practice).

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Then, draw straight line down, using a T-square ruler a little right of center. You will use this line to left justify the address.

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With the vertical lines as your guide, print the street, city and state portion of the address using the felt tipped marker. Add the appropriate title(s) to the left hand side of the guests name.

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With the brush pen, add the guest’s zip code in large numbers below the address. Erase your vertical line and the envelope is done!

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Addressing options really are limitless. Play around with ideas until you find something that works for you and coordinates well with your invitation suite. It can help to experiment with addressing your own save the dates (usually they’re less formal) to determine if you want to tackle the process of addressing your wedding invitations.

Materials & Resources

Calligraphy Starter Kit

White Calligraphy Ink

Calligraphy Resources: Setting up your Tools,  Lower Case Alphabet by Bailey Rivera, Calligraphy Supplies

Brush and Felt Tipped Pens

For envelopes, we discuss many different envelope resources and options in a previous post, found here.

T-square Ruler

White Mechanical Pencil or Graphite Pencil

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper