DIY Tutorial: Modern Washi Tape Save the Dates

Who doesn’t love washi tape? Ever since this awesome product arrived state side, we’ve been on board. We typically use it to seal envelopes, paper or belly bands but lately, we’ve had a desire to make it the real star. In this DIY, we use different tapes to add a bit of graphic drama to our stamped save the date cards. The effect you get is so much fun, especially considering it’s humble beginnings as tape! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Each save the date is its own, unique piece of art. The best part is that you can make it as simple or tricked out as you like!

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Step One: Before you decorate, you’ll need to stamp your save the date (we used our Art Deco Save the Date stamp) on the bottom of a blank, cream A7 card. Choose an ink color that will coordinate nicely with the tape that you’ve selected. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.

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Step Two: Let your creative flag fly! Adorn the top of the card with washi tape in any pattern you like. We used a simple design with straight line and pop of diagonal tape for this example.

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Step Three: Next, you’ll need to square up the tape so that you have a clean, professional look. Using a straight edge metal ruler and a craft knife, carefully cut the tape, making sure not to press so hard that it cuts the paper as well.

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Step Four: Peel off the tape and press down the cut edge. Repeat the process on the top.

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There are an infinite amount of possibilities for the tape designs. Get creative and experiment with tape colors and patterns. We love the way that they all look together, so don’t feel limited to one design!

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Step Five: Next, you’ll need to stamp your return address (we used our Art Deco Return Address stamp) on the back flap of your envelopes. Now all that’s left is to address them, add postage and send them on their merry way!

Materials:

Art Deco Save the Date Stamp

Art Deco Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad in Cocoa

Washi Tape

A7 Cream Cards

A7 Envelopes

Metal Ruler and Craft Knife

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real save the dates gallery for more save the date ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Tropical Invitation Suite + Fabric Envelope

This week we’re fighting off winter blues with a fun and colorful tropical inspired invitation suite! The best part of this design? The awesome fabric inner envelope. As soon as we stumbled on this adorable tutorial on over on Martha Stewart, we were hooked and knew that we need to incorporate the technique into a DIY invitation suite! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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 DIY Tutorial: Tropical Invitation Suite + Fabric Envelope

Step One: Over a piece of wax paper, thinly coat a piece of fabric measuring 13.5″ x 14″ with fabric decoupage on front and back. Once both sides are covered, hang the fabric from a pant hanger until dry (see below).

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Step 2 DIY Tutorial: Tropical Invitation Suite + Fabric Envelope

Step Two: Once the fabric is dry, trace an A7 envelope template on the “wrong” side of the fabric with a marker. Using a pair of very sharp fabric scissors, carefully cut out the envelope along the line.

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Step 3 DIY Tutorial: Tropical Invitation Suite + Fabric Envelope

Step Three: Now you’ll assemble the envelope. Place a sheet of wax paper approximately 7″ wide in the middle and fold the side flaps over it. Apply decoupage to the lower portion of the side flaps as shown above. Fold up the bottom flap to adhere it to the sides. Paint a thin coat of decoupage along the seams to seal the envelope closed (shown below).

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Step Four: Next, you’ll emboss the invitation piece. Place your fig A7 card on a stable and firm surface. Ink your invitation stamp (we used our Vintage Calligraphy Invitation stamp) and center it over the card. 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 card. Shift the powder around until you have covered the entire image. Now, you will pour the excess powder off of the card 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 invitation.

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Step Five: Next, you’ll stamp your reply postcard on a 4″ x 6″ cream card. We used our Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard stamp with eggplant ink.

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Step Six: There’s no reason to waste the scraps from cutting out the envelopes! We cut them into little 2.5″ squares to use with our monogram tags! The paper tag (in front) is a 2″ square. Once you have both squares cut, layer them on top of one another and punch a hole in the top center of the diamond. Insert a 1/8″ grommet into the hole so that the two pieces hold together.

Stamp your monogram stamp (we used our Antique Monogram stamp) on the tag with the same eggplant stamp pad as we used on the reply postcard.

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Step Seven: Now all that’s left it to put it all together! We stamped the return address and addressed the outer envelope with turquoise ink for a tonal look. We also wrapped all of the pieces together with teal bakers twine to tie it all together!

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Materials

Vintage Calligraphy Invitation Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard Stamp

Antique Monogram Stamp

Fabric cut into 13.5″ x 14″ pieces

Rotary cutter, scissors, and self healing mat

Wax Paper

Decoupage, Paint Brushes, and Pant Hanger

Envelope Templates

A7 Cards in fig

A7.5 Envelopes in Pool

Cream Cardstock-cut into 4″ x 6″ and 2″ x 2″ pieces

Stamp pads in white, eggplant and turquoise

Embossing Powder, Embossing Heat Tool

1/8″ grommets

Crop-o-dile Tool for hole punching and grommet installation

Bakers Twine in Teal

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Patterned Notebooks

A handmade gift (or wedding favor) is always such a special way to show someone how much you care. With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been brainstorming what handmade gifts to make this year for family and friends (an Antiquaria tradition!). This year, one gift that will be under the tree of all of our loved ones are a set of these patterned journals. They’re small enough to be carried around in a handbag which is ideal so that they’ll always be there to capture a great idea or quick thought. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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We will be bundling them into sets of three but any quantity would be lovely! Six would be so luxurious for a friend who loves to write or sketch! While the process of making these journals has quite a few steps, they are fast and easy…we promise. You can easily knock out making them for all of your loved ones in a day if you work in an assembly line process!

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Step 1: First, you will need to cut your cover sheets (we used our “Annabelle Violet” Floral Patterned Paper) and your text interior sheets (we used 4 sheets) to size. For ease, we just cut the 8.5″x11″ into 2 pieces (final measurement 8.5″x5.5″) using a metal ruler, craft knife and self healing mat. This way, there is not any paper waste! This also makes a wonderfully small pocket notebook size.

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Step 2: Next, you’ll fold both the cover and interior pages in half. In order to make a clean fold on our cover paper we scored it down the center (at the 4.25″ mark). The interior sheets (8 in total) we just folded in half and used a bone folder to make the fold crisp.

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Step 3: We will be stitching these notebooks together, so we’ve got make holes to thread our needle through. Position your ruler over the center fold in the text paper stack. Make marks at 1 inch, 2.75 inches and 4.5inches. We’ve used a dark pen here so that you can see the dots…but feel free to use a pencil or whatever you have on hand.

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Step 4: After you’ve marked your holes, you will need to punch through them with an awl. Stack your cover and interior pages together before making clean puncher marks though ALL of the sheets. This doesn’t take much force. If it helps, you can use binder clips to hold the pages and cover together and keep it straight.

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Step 5: Now you’re ready to sew! This step contains many sub-steps that go quickly once you get the hang of it. Thread your needle with bookbinding thread. We used approx. 18 inches for each book because it’s better to cut off extra than to come up short! If you’re having a hard time threading your needle, you can run a little beeswax on the tip to make it stiff and easier to thread through.

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Step 5a: Thread your needle through the center hole on the outside of your journal as shown above. Pull through, leaving a tail that is approximately 6 inches long.

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Step 5b: Now sew through the top hole in the inside of the journal as shown above. Make sure you still have your 6″ tail on the outside and you don’t pull it through!

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Step 5c: Next, you’ll bring your needle down and sew through the bottom hole on the outside of your journal.

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Step 5d: Now, you’ll sew through the center hole once more, ending up on the outside cover.

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Step 5e: Once you’ve pulled your thread through the center a second time, you can take your needle off of the thread. Make sure that there is one thread end on either side of the spine thread (the one that’s down the center).

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Step 5f: Pull your thread taught (not too hard or you’ll rip the paper) making sure that there is no slack on the outside or inside of the journal. Loop one thread under the other into a knot to tie off the binding.

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Step 6: Now we decorate! Instead of having loose string on the binding or tying it into a bow, we decided to secure it with sealing wax! Pull your two binding threads across the center front of the journal. Drip hot wax (we use a wax formulated for a glue gun-for ease) in the center over the threads (see above). Using your wax seal of choice, press it into the hot wax until it cools and releases (see below). Trim off and make the thread ends even, if desired.

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Step 7: We’re not going to lie… this may be the trickiest step out of the whole process! Once the journal is finished and  folded, you’ll need to make the edges of the book even so that they’re crisp and clean, like the journals that you buy in a store. The trick to this is using a REALLY sharp, new blade on your craft knife. If you’re making a lot of these journals, you may need to change your blade more than once!

Line up your ruler with the edge of your front cover. Make sure that all of your pages and the back cover are flat and pressed down (we kinda lean on the whole journal and ruler at the same time so that it doesn’t shift). Now, start trimming off the excess. It will take a few passes but will eventually be a clean, straight edge!

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Et voila! Now your journal is finished and ready to give! We guarantee that your loved ones will cherish these little pretties for years to come. They may even ask for them year after year.

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Materials

“Annabelle”  Patterned Paper, in Cover

“Annabelle Violet”  Patterned Paper, in Cover

“Watercolor Stripe” Coral Patterned Paper, in Cover

Text Paper for interior pages

Metal Ruler, Self Healing Mat and Craft Knife

Bone Folder

Scoreboard

Awl

Bookbinding Thread

Needle

Wax Seal

Sealing Wax and Glue Gun

Scissors

Beeswax (optional)

Photos: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Gift Wrapped Wine Box Favors

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve definitely got gift wrapping on the brain! This tutorial is great because not only would this make a great hostess gift but it would also be a fabulous favor idea for a party or wedding. The steps are super simple, so it’s easy to make one box – or one hundred! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Step One: Start by creating the little hang tag for the outside of the box. To do this, cut your card stock (we used our Old West Patterned Paper) into rectangles measuring 2.5″ x 5″ with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

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Step Two: Next, you’ll score the card so that it will fold nicely. On a scoreboard, run your tool at the 2.5 inch mark to make the score. Don’t fold the card yet!

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Step Three: Now you’ll get to stamping! Stamp your monogram (we used our Seal Monogram) on the tag in the lower lefthand corner. You’ll also want to stamp your muslin bag with your monogram, or if the goodies are homemade, a kitchen seal stamp works perfectly! With the stamps that are mostly black, like ones shown, you’ll want to take extra care that they are inked really well (see picture below). If they aren’t, your image will be too light to be legible. We’d suggest starting the project with a brand new stamp pad. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.

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Step Four: Once your ink is dry, it’s time to fold your little card! Use a bone folder to get a crisp, clean fold. Then, punch a hole in the top left corner for the string to go through.

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Step Five: Homemade treats make the holidays truly special. We decided to make a batch of these yummy spiced nuts (we used pecans) from a Martha Stewart recipe. Once the nuts are cooled, scoop them into clear food safe bags and insert them into your stamped muslin treat bag! Draw the string and tie the bag closed.

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Step Six: Now it all comes together! Gather all of your wrapping materials together and get started. For the large box “belly band” we used a sheet of wrapping paper cut into thirds. To pad the wine bottle in its box, we used kraft crinkle packed snuggly around the bottle. Lay your treat bag on top of the wine bottle and fill up around everything with more crinkle. Now slide the box closed!

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Step Seven: Once everything is secure in the closed box, wrap your decorative paper around the box and secure on the back with double sided tape. Tie around the middle with hemp twine, threading your stamped monogram tag before tying a bow. The gift is now ready and your friend and loved ones will be as thrilled with the gorgeous presentation as the yummy gifts themselves!

Materials

Old West Patterned Paper in Turquoise Card Stock

Seal Monogram Stamp

Kitchen Seal Stamp, No.2

Muslin Bags

Stamp Pad (we recommend a brand new one, this one can be heat set and made permanent on fabric)

Self Healing Mat, Craft knife and Metal Ruler

Score Board

Hole Punch

Wooden Wine Box

Food Safe Plastic Bags

Decorative Gift Wrap (you can have this pre-cut for you before having it shipped)

Hemp Twine

Kraft Crinkle

Phototgraphy: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Clay Save the Dates

Texture is subtle but boy does it make a huge impact! When we found some paper clay at the art store a while back, we knew it would make a great DIY but we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. After obsessing over textured clay pottery now for ages, we decided that a “pottery” save the date was in order. The natural off-white color of the paper clay comes alive when paired with a mix of floral patterns and a unique lilac, eggplant, and ochre color palette! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Step One: Gather your paper clay supplies: bag of clay, wooden cutting board (you don’t want any texture in your rolling surface – unless it’s the look you’re going for), clear plastic wrap, and a rolling pen. Break your paper clay into approximately 2 oz pieces. There will be scraps that you can re-roll together.

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Step Two: Squish the paper clay into a small rectangle with your fingers (this doesn’t need to be precise). Place it in the middle of your plastic wrap and fold the other end of the wrap over the top. Now, you’ll start rolling! It’s basically like rolling out a pie crust or cookies – just keep the thickness even and it will be good. We suggest a thickness of around ⅛” or maybe a little less. Remember: it does need to fit in an envelope!

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Step Three: Once it’s rolled out thin and even (and approximately the size of your stamp mount, you’re ready to print the design. With an un-inked stamp (we used our Vintage Label Save the Date stamp) center it over the clay and carefully set it down. With your fingertips, press each section of the design evenly to make the print. This printing method feels different than printing paper so it may take some extra time to get the hang of it! Not to worry though, you can just re-roll the clay so there is no waste in the practice process!

Once you get a good print, trim the clay around the design with a kitchen knife (we used the mount size as a guide). Carefully flip the clay over in your palm and transfer it to a plastic lined tray or baking sheet. Let dry 1 – 3 days or until firm.

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Step Four: Now that your clay save the dates are complete, you can move on the the rest of the pieces that you’ll need for the design. Cut patterned card stock (we used our Annabelle Violet Paper) into A2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″) with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat. You will get four cards out of one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.

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Step Five: Stamp your accommodations and website information on the back of your patterned card. We used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations and Calligraphy Accent Website stamps for this design. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.

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Step Six: A coordinating liner really dresses up an envelope, don’t you think? For this design, we used our daisy paper. The process is simple! Trace the template with a pencil and cut out the pattern. Use double sided tape or stick glue to adhere the liner into the envelope just below the gumming.

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Step Seven: Now we’ll switch our focus to the outside of the envelope! We stamped our Scripted Return Address  stamp in eggplant on the back flap. To coordinate, we addressed the front in an eggplant colored ink as well and used (our favorite) seed packet postage to finish it all off!

Materials

Vintage Label Save the Date Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Website Card Stamp

Scripted Return Address Stamp

Annabelle Violet Patterned Paper

Daisy Patterned Paper

Paper Clay

Cutting board, plastic wrap, rolling pen and knife

Trays or baking sheets for air drying

Self healing mat, kraft knife and metal ruler

Envelope liner templates

Pencil and Scissors

Stamp Pads in Ochre and Eggplant

A2 Envelopes in Luxe Blush

Calligraphy Ink for addressing in Red Violet

Grecian Pink Tailors Ribbon to tie the suite together

USPS Postage

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real save the dates gallery for more save the date ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper