DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

As you might be able to guess, we send quite a lot of snail mail in our line of work. Whether it’s thank you notes, catalogs, color samples, or a letter to our loved ones, we try to make all of our outgoing mail a treat for the recipient to receive. Since we have holiday cards on the brain, we decided to come up with some fun and easy addressing options suited to the season. They incorporate fun lettering styles as well as stamping and we just love them all! Want more DIY addressing styles? Check out our first envelope addressing post here. Have fun with the designs and happy addressing! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Addressing Final DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Option One: Do Not Bend Pennant Stamp + White DIY Pointed Pen Calligraphy Addressing. White stamping and white calligraphy ink really pop off of this gorgeous fig colored envelope. While it takes time to perfect using a pointed calligraphy pen, feel free to experiment also with white or silver gel pens for a similar (and easier) effect.

Fig Addressing 1 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Stamp your Please Do Not Bend Pennant Stamp on the lefthand side of your envelope, just a hair above the center. With your pen, draw a line to the bottom with white ink.
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Next, address the envelope to your loved one using a pointed calligraphy pen and white ink. Start your addressing right below the pennant stamp, as shown above.

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Let the addressing dry completely (with white calligraphy ink this can take a few hours). Once it’s dry, add your postage and then stamp our Long Live Snail Mail Stamp to the left. Feel free to play with the lettering style of addressing on this design! A simple hand-written block print with white or silver gel ink also looks lovely (see below)!
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Option Two: Zig-Zag Stamp + Bold Brush Block Lettering. Adding a line of pattern along the bottom of the envelope instantly adds an air of “fun” to the design. When paired with an easy brushed address, the effect is bold and will stand out instantly among the bills and junk mail!

Mint Addressing DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Print your zig-zag stamp in black ink along the bottom edge of the mint colored envelope. You’ll want to make sure that each printing is close together but not overlapping.
Mint Addressing 2 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

With a black brush pen, write out your loved one’s name. We decided to make big block letters for their name (with the mint color showing in the center) and a simple italic print for the address. Once the address is done, add your postage and our Long Live Snail Mail Stamp to complete the look!
Mint Addressing 3 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Option Three: Deliver To Banner Stamp + Hand-lettered Script. Bailey actually designed this adorable “Please Deliver To” stamp to use on her save the date a while back and we think that it makes the perfect snail mail statement on this coral envelope when combined with red addressing. The fun part of this design is that you get the look of calligraphy but with simpler tools! A common felt tipped pen made this gorgeous script. Incredible, right?

Coral Addressing 1 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Start by stamping your Deliver To Banner Stamp on the left hand side of the envelope, a little above center. Angle it so that you can nestle the lettering in underneath it. To make the hand lettered script, use your prettiest cursive and write the name across your envelope. Then, draw a second line along each letter, creating the thick and thin look (as shown above). Refer to a favorite script font for letter shape and style, if needed.

Coral Addressing 2 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

Once you’ve done that for the entire name, color in the letters so that they are solid red. Finish out the addressing with a simple italic print for the address. We also added a fun flourish underneath the last address line to gussy the envelope up even more! Draw it in pencil first or practice on a scrap piece of paper if you need to before executing it on your envelope.

Coral Addressing 3 DIY Tutorial: Holiday Envelope Addressing Ideas

While we think all of these styles would be perfectly suited to holiday greetings, we also think that they could be adapted and used on save the dates and Invitations as well! Play around with the techniques and find out what you like best with the cards that you’re sending. We hope that you have just as much fun addressing your cards as you do selecting them!

Materials and Resources

Special Delivery Stamp Kit: Deliver To Banner, Long Live Snail Mail and Do Not Bend Pennant

Feathers & Arrows Stamp Kit: contains the zig-zag stamp

Calligraphy Starter Kit

White Calligraphy Ink

Calligraphy ResourcesSetting 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.

Current USPS Postage

Vintage Postage

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Printable Thanksgiving Table Décor

With shorter days and a chill in the air, we know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This holiday is a favorite of ours; a day filled with great food, friends and family. A day where we slow down to give thanks and reflect upon all of the great things that fill our lives. As lovers of décor, we always like to dress up the table with beautiful dishes, linens, and paper accents. This year, we decided to design a coordinating set of paper items that you can use on your table! The downloadable set includes place cards, a menu, and A2 Thankfulness cards. We are excited to share our designs with you, and hope that they make your festivities extra special! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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You can download the set of designs by following this link.  Once downloaded, print them out on your home printer, making sure that the settings are for the best color quality and on 100% scale. We printed them out on a lovely cream uncoated card stock.

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The place cards can be used either as a tented card by cutting out the card along the lines and folding the design in half (it helps to score the middle first) or as a flat card, as we’ve shown, by cutting the design in half.

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Fill out the menu with all of the dishes in your Thanksgiving feast in your prettiest handwriting. It helps to pencil the words in lightly first, before writing them in ink. That way, you will be sure that the lines are generally centered!

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These Thankfulness cards are the perfect way that you and your guests can take a moment to reflect on all of the things that bring joy into their lives. To make them, just cut the printed letter size page into four equal cards (4.25″ x 5.5″). We added a further finishing touch by notching in the corners with a specialty punch. These will also fit inside an A2 envelope so feel free to print some out to mail to friends and family that can’t celebrate with you in person!

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We hope that you have a beautiful holiday and above all are able to share a warm meal with those you hold dear. Enjoy!

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: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

For those of you who craft your own holiday cards, it’s already time to get started. It’s always good to give yourself plenty of time to create and address them and the slight lull between Halloween and the week of Thanksgiving is usually when we try to get started. That way, they’re ready to mail out come December. The design in this tutorial features white embossing combined with white hand embellished vine details to create a one of a kind holiday card. You could even add a photo to the back of the card or simply write a note if you have more to say. We hope that this project inspires you to dream up and make your own holiday card this year! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

PeaceCard Final DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

PeaceCard Final 2 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Materials

Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp

Mod Holly Return Address Stamp

Banner Rubber Stamp

Frost White Stamp Pad or Embossing Stamp Pad

Olive Stamp Pad

White Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

5.5″ Square Cards,  in Chartreuse

5.75″ Square Envelopes, in Pure White

Calligraphy Starter Kit

Dr. Martin’s White Ink

Vintage Holiday Postage

PeaceCard Step1 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step One: Stamp your holiday message (we used our Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp) in white ink in the center of a 5.5″ square card.

PeaceCard Step2 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Two: Immediately after step one, before the ink dries, pour white embossing powder over the stamped image. Heat set the powder using a heat embossing tool. For a step by step video on embossing, please watch the tutorial found here.

PeaceCard Step3 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Three: Next, let your imagination go wild! Embellish around the greeting with vines and berries using white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. While this ink is our favorite for its opacity, you could also use a white gel pen if you prefer.

PeaceCard Step4 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Four: Stamp your return address on the back flap of a 5.75″ square white envelope. We used our Mod Holly Return Address stamp with olive ink to coordinate.

PeaceCard Step5 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Five: As snail mail lovers, addressing the envelope is half the fun for us. When we found this cute banner stamp, we knew exactly how we wanted to use it! We stamped it on the lefthand side of the envelope front and let it dry. Then, we added the addressing in a darker green ink (this was custom mixed from gouache paint) to add dimension and pull the whole design together.

PeaceCard Final 3 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Add vintage postage and any additional photos or messages and send them off to your loved ones!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Tutorial: Calligraphy Gift Tags

As the season of gifting approaches, we always like to think of new and beautiful ways to present the gifts that were so thoughtfully selected. Gift tags, which are usually an afterthought, can be made really beautiful and special with just a little white ink and a pen. Using blank business sized cards in various colors, we hand made gift tags for our loved ones. They would even make a lovely gift in themselves. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DSC 5342 1 DIY Tutorial: Calligraphy Gift Tags

 

Materials

White ink

Calligraphy Starter Kit, or dip pen and nib

Blank business cards – we used Pool, Lake and Slate

Hole punch

Ribbon

 

 

 

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Step One: Gather your supplies. We used various 2″ x 3.5″ colored cards, our very favorite white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. It’s also handy to grab a cheap paint brush to mix the ink.

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Step Two: Bleed Proof White ink is fabulous because it can be used on dark colors and remains very opaque if mixed correctly.  When the ink is new, it is a thick, paste like consistency. You can make it into workable ink by adding distilled water into the jar and gently stirring it in (this is where your cheap paintbrush comes in handy) until it looks like heavy cream. Start slow, it’s easier to add more water than to remove water. You’re looking for the ink, when tested, to be very opaque but flow out of the pen smoothly.

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Step Three: Put your creative hat on! Decorate the tags to suit the gifts or recipients that they’re for. We did a variety of tag decorations, including leaves, hearts and modern lines. It can really be as simple or as ornate as you’d like! It’s also a really fun effect to decorate around where the hole will be punched, as shown in some of the designs above. Let all of your tags dry very thoroughly. White ink can even take overnight to dry in some climates so don’t rush on to the next step!

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Step Four: Once all of the tags are good and dry, punch holes in the top center of each one.

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Step Five: Select a ribbon to coordinate and you’re all done!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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

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

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.

Modern Floral Step2 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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

Modern Floral Step3 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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.

Modern Floral Step4 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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.

Modern Floral Step5 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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.

Modern Floral Step5 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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!

Modern Floral Step6 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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.

Modern Floral Step7 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

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

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