We absolutely love collecting and handkerchiefs are one of those things that are very hard to pass up when you find a beautiful one. Given the popularity of handkerchief wedding invitations and the growing number of them that are stashed around the studio, we decided it was time to design a gorgeous, butterfly inspired handkerchief suite. Adding in coordinating patterns, kraft paper and calligraphy really makes the design feel custom and personal. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Just a few assorted handkerchiefs from the collection. Since there is so much pattern elsewhere in this suite, we decided to use only solid ones in white and ecru with pretty lace borders.
Step One: Iron all of your handkerchiefs smooth and lay a single handkerchief on a flat, sturdy surface. Ink your invitation stamp (we used our Sophisticate Invitation Stamp) throughly and center it over the middle of the handkerchief. Once it’s aligned, press it down firmly and apply even pressure across the entire stamp. Lift off and set aside to dry. You can also use crafters ink that can be heat set with an iron if you’d like the text to be waterproof! For a step-by-step video tutorial about the printing process go here.
Step Two: We gussied up the accommodations card for this suite by using an A7 butterfly printed card. In the center, we stamped our Butterfly Monogram Stamp to add a personal touch. For the back of the card, we kept it simple, stamping it with the accommodations information (we used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Card Stamp).
Step 3: Reply postcards are rapidly growing in popularity among couples these days for more casual affairs, so for this suite, we incorporated one in kraft! Place your postcard (4″x6″) on a flat, firm surface. Ink your stamp (we used our Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard Stamp) and center it over the card. To make the print, press down with even, moderate pressure. Remove and set card aside to dry.
Step Four: To tie the suite together (and keep the handkerchief secure), we decided to make a monogram tag to coordinate with the design. First, you’ll need to cut your paper to rectangles sized 1.5″x3″ using a self healing mat, craft knife and ruler (we used our Chloe Yellow Floral Patterned Paper, in Cover Weight for the tag).
Step Five: To give the tag some extra detail, we notched the corners off of the top. Lay the rectangular tag on a self healing mat at the 45 degree angle, place the ruler and make the cut. Flip the tag over an repeat on the other side.
Step Six: To finish the tag we punched a hole in the top center and added an adorable kraft hole protector. Then we stamped our monogram (we used the Cross my Heart Monogram Stamp) on the lower right corner of the tag.
Step Seven: Next, you’ll need to stamp your return address (we used our Calligraphy Ampersand Return Address Stamp) and address them to all of your guests. Make sure to stamp the return address on all of your envelopes first! And how could we not add Butterfly themed postage!
Tying everything together looks trickier than it is! Simply iron down the top and bottom of the handkerchief and fold it over your accommodations and reply card, overlapping the fabric a bit in the back. You can secure it with washi tape if you want or you can just go for it and tie the twine and tag around the suite sans tape.
Handkerchiefs with smooth open centers
Butterfly A7 Cards
Postcards in Paper Bag
A7 Envelope in Paper Bag
Self Healing Mat
Twine similar to shown
Photo Credits: Antiquaria
Emma has been designing custom stationery for her nephews for years. She recently asked her sister if she used the stationery and her sister’s response was, “Yes! I love it but I only use it for very special occasions because it’s so precious and I don’t want to run out of it.” Since Emma’s nephews are constantly on the go, we came up with a simple DIY solution for adorable kids stationery to help her sister (and other moms) craft exactly what they need on the go! These customizable rubber stamps make kids stationery a breeze… and not so precious as they can be stamped on pretty much anything! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: A stylish gift tag is a detail that gussies up any gift. For this one, we embossed our Animal Train Gift Tag stamp onto adorable peacock colored tags. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video. You could also simply ink and print your gift tag stamp in white or other color ink if your really short on time!
Step Two: Write thank you notes or enclose a birthday wish in style! To make your own notecard set, start my stamping your monogram (we used our Animal Train Monogram stamp) on the front of a plain A2 card.
Step Three: If you have a little spare time…jazz up the back (and envelope in step four) with our Animal Pattern Stamps. Lay the A2 card monogram down on a scrap piece of paper. Randomly stamp the different animals in one color and accent with one design in a complementary second color (if you place this toward the center but not directly in it, you should get a balanced look).
Step Four: We also dressed up our envelope with our Animal Pattern stamps, this time stamping them in a line!
Stamp Pads in Picante and Surf
A2 Card in Eco White
A2 Envelope in Peacock
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It can be a challenge to fit all of the necessary information into your save the date or wedding invitations. Hotels, directions, maps and websites can weigh down your envelope and easily distract guests from the main message. Today’s tutorial is the perfect solution to the headache… and couldn’t be simpler! Using one letter size piece of paper, we’ve created a tri-fold save the date that’s fun, modern and informational. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: Cut your 8.5″ x 11″ piece of kraft card stock into cards sized at 5″ x 10.5″
Step Two: Once cut, you will want to make score marks every 3.5 inches using a bone folder and scoreboard tool. Do not fold the card yet!
Step Three: While the card is scored but still flat, stamp your monogram (we used our Modern Arrow Monogram Stamp, No.2), centering on the first third (the one on the left). Repeat with your save the date stamp (we used our Modern Banner Save the Date Stamp) in the center and your accommodations stamp (we used our Modern Banner Accommodations Stamp, No.2) in on the right-hand side. To make a stamped print, ink your stamp thoroughly and center it over your card. Once it is positioned correctly, press down to make a print. Use both hands to ensure even pressure. Lift off and let the print dry. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.
Step Four: Now you can fold your card! Carefully bend along score marks and use a bone folder to make certain the folds are crisp.
Step Five: Adding a printed liner is a great way to add color and pattern to your Save the Date design. To make the liner, trace the template onto your printed paper (we used our “Geo” Patterned Paper in text weight) and cut it out with scissors. To install, simply use stick glue or double sided tape to adhere them into your envelope.
Step Six: Next, you will stamp your return address on the back flap of your 4bar envelope using the same technique for printing as in step three. We used our Scripted Return Address Stamp for this design.
Step Seven: Now all that’s left is to tie the trifold design with twine, address the envelopes, add postage and send them on their way!
Stamp Pad in Black
Card stock 8.5″ x 11″ sheets in paper bag
Self Healing Mat and Craft Knife
4Bar Envelopes in Peacock
Pencil and Paper
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Paper fans are not only festive but also fun and easy to make! Earlier this year, we started seeing this paper folding technique used in many different ways. From pretty photography backdrops to hanging mobiles to ornaments…the uses for these little fans are endless. The best part? You can make them any size you want to fit your specific needs. We’ve made them small in order to use them as place cards, adding a little pizazz to our tabletop decor. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
The paper pattern and colors you use can yield so many different looks, making it easy to customize them to the theme of your event! Plus, the texture of the fan really makes a statement as guests approach the table!
Step One: To make the small fans, you will need to cut a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ text paper into two equal parts (we used our Lucy Floral Patterned Paper). The final size of each sheet will be 8.5″ x 5.5.” You will need three 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets per fan.
Step Two: Lay the paper on a scoreboard oriented in a landscape fashion. Make score marks every half inch. We love our scoreboard, but if you don’t have one handy that’s fine too! Simply fold the paper every half inch until you get the result in step three.
Step Three: Once the paper is scored, fold along the lines, altering directions each time, to get the accordion effect shown.
Step Four: Fold the paper in half length-wise and tape the center seam together using a tape gun or double sided tape. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for the other two pieces.
Step Five: Once you have your three fan components, you will tape all of them together to form the final round fan.
Step Six: To make the place cards, we calligraphed our guests’ names in gold ink on 2.5″ round labels. If you’d prefer, you can use a font to typeset the names and print them on the round labels using the template download found here.
Step Seven: The final detail is to stick the round label onto the center of the little fan that you made. Repeat for each guest and see your table come to life!
Lucy Patterned Paper in text weight
Self healing mat, ruler, and craft knife
Scoreboard – optional but great to have
Tape Gun or Double Sided Tape
2.5″ Round Labels in Superfine Soft White
Pen and Ink or Home Printer
Photo Credits: Antiquaria
Ever since we designed our Savannah invitation suite for this inspiration shoot in collaboration with Camille Styles, it’s been one of our most popular invitations to date. This adaptation of the Savannah design is for the DIY couple that wants a custom suite on a budget. This design is soft and elegant with gorgeous floral accents: our version of a traditional invitation! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
For the foundation of the suite, we used our Letterpress Printed “Savannah” Invitation design. Adding in one piece of letterpress stationery really helps elevate the entire suite. While the single piece is still a bit of a splurge, your savings comes from all of the special DIY details that help complete the look and make it special and unique.
Step One: Since the invitation piece is ready to go…the first step is to cut your cards for the reply postcard and monogram tag that you will be using. With a self sealing mat, ruler and craft knife (X-acto), cut cards to 4 x 6″ (postcard) and 2 x 3.5″ (tag). You should get 2 postcards and 10 tags out of 1 sheet of patterned 8.5 x 11″ paper (we used our Magnolia Branch Patterned Card Stock).
Step Two: We added a cute little corner detail to the monogram tag! To do this, simply line up the corner of the card on your mat in the 45 degree triangle and make the cut with your knife against the ruler. Flip and repeat the cut on the other side. It may take a little time to get all the corners trimmed but it’s definitely worth the effort!
Step Three: Lay your 4 x 6″ patterned postcard down on a firm surface (pattern facing down). Ink your stamp (we used our Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard stamp) thoroughly and center it over your card. Once it is positioned correctly, press down to make a print. Use both hands to ensure even pressure. Lift off and let the print dry. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.
Step Four: How cute are these little tags! Not only are they adorable with this suite but the extras would be great to use as gift tags as well! To make them, punch a 1/8″ hole in the top center of the 2.5 x 3″ card. Then you will print your monogram stamp (we used our Antique Monogram stamp) using the same print technique as in Step 3. Lastly, add those adorable kraft hole reinforcements to your hole punch and the tags are done!
Step Five: One great way to save money with your wedding stationery is to stamp your return address! For this design, we embossed our Wildflowers Return Address Stamp with white so that it would be super opaque and “pop” on the kraft envelope. Place your A7 envelope on a stable and firm surface with the flap facing you. Ink your return address and center the stamp over the flap. When ready, press the stamp down with moderate pressure to make the print. Lift the stamp off and quickly move on to adding your embossing powder.
Once you’ve made your print, immediately cover it with embossing powder by sprinkling it across the envelope. Shift the powder around until you have covered the entire image. Now, you will pour the excess powder off of the envelope onto a scrap piece of paper so that you can reuse it for future prints. Heat set the print, using an Embossing Heat Tool. You will be able to see the powder melt into an opaque and solid color when it’s done. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.
Note: One key thing about embossing is that it is wise to try to closely match your ink color with your powder color. By doing this, you will get much more crisp and opaque results. For example, we used a white pad with white embossing powder on this envelope.
Step Six: While not crucial, adding an envelope liner can really pull your invitation suite together. We kept this liner traditional by using solid tan text weight paper and simply stamping the same monogram on it that we used on our tag. Trace the envelope liner template on your paper, cut it out, stamp it (we used our Antique Monogram stamp) and use double sided tape or stick glue to affix it to your envelope. It’s that simple!
Step Seven: Now all that’s left is the finishing touches! We tied the suite together with tailors ribbon, addressed the envelope with opaque white ink and affixed our postage (we love these new vintage inspired seed packet stamps). Now they’re ready to send on their way!
Savannah Letterpress Invitation on Pearl White with Kraft Envelopes, colors: Warm Grey & Nude
Magnolia Branch Patterned Paper in Cover weight
Text Weight Liner Paper
1/8″ Hole Punch
Self healing mat, Ruler, Craft Knife, Pencil & Scissors
Photo Credits: Antiquaria