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: Mini Disco Ball Place Cards

Every now and then, I think people love to see a quirky, maybe even out of place detail, used in an interesting way. These are the conversation starters and the little things that make your event memorable. So when the disco ball started making its way into tropical destinations, I just couldn’t get enough of the boho beach vibes mixed with something usually saved for the club or ballroom. I decided to stick with mini versions and turn them into a super fun place card and favor all in one. These could also easily be made in a larger version as a vase or pot if you are looking for a little more bling to add to your table! – Lauren

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Supplies

Mini disco ball ornaments with styrofoam center (I found mine here… yes they are already selling ornaments! – you can also find them in various sizes on Amazon)

Small succulents or air plants

X-acto knife

Awl (or something just as pointy and made out of metal)

Your choice of name cards

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Step 1: Remove the ornament top, this will be the bottom

Step 2: Flip over and begin to remove the top mirror pieces with your knife, stopping once you have a circle that is about 1″ in diameter

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Step 3: Use the knife to cut into the styrofoam around the circle, pop that out and dig into the foam with the awl to create a bowl for your plant.

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Step 4: Plant your succulent or place your air plants inside and you’re done!

disco ball succulent place card 8 DIY Tutorial: Mini Disco Ball Place Cards The bigger the plant, the more unstable the ball is going to be. So make sure to pick lightweight plants that aren’t too tall. Finish your table design by adding some candles to the table. The disco balls will catch the light and add a fun light show on the table. Plus with all this glitz at each place setting, you won’t want much competing with them! Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor 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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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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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: Fabric Bar Tool Roll Up Pouch

I find inspiration for DIY projects all over, and this time it came in the form of the cutest little tea towel that I ever laid my eyes on. My little orange and strawberry-adorned find serves as the perfect starting point for keeping bar tools nice and organized: a fabric bar tool roll-up pouch! Make one for yourself, or grab a few of your favorite new or vintage tea towels and make a bunch to give as hostess gifts! –Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Supplies and Tools

Tea towel
Marking pencil
Approximately 2′ of ribbon
Thread
Sewing machine

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Step One: With the towel oriented vertically, fold the bottom 7″ and the top 5″ towards the center of the back, and press.

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Step Two: On the bottom flap, measure and mark out 6 to 7 evenly-spaced vertical lines.

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Step Three: Stitch along the edges and marked lines on the bottom flaps to create pockets for the tools.

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Step Four: Stitch 1/2″ from the fold of the top flap in order to help keep the tools from falling out of the top of the roll-up.

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Step Five: Fold a piece of ribbon approximately 24″ long in half. Stitch the folded edge to the middle of one of the edges of the roll-up.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Color Dipped Picnic Bottles

DIY Color Dipped Bottles OSBP DIY Tutorial: Color Dipped Picnic Bottles

These DIY color dipped bottles from last week’s cocktail party picnic are such a fun way to add a dose of color to any party – and the DIY tutorial couldn’t be easier! I chose a few bright summery colors for our little picnic, but you could easily choose just two colors to distinguish cocktails from non-alcoholic drinks or fit in with your own party. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

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Supplies and Tools

Glass swing bottles – Ikea has large 34 oz ones, or you can find a smaller 17 oz size here

Craft paint – I chose paints from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection since I liked the colors best (I used metallic rose copper, wild salmon, pool, and pollen) and it works on glass, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand

Paintbrushes

Painter’s tape

Rubbing alcohol (not pictured)

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Start by prepping your bottles by quickly wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. Then wrap the painter’s tape around the bottle at a slight angle to get a nice dipped look. Don’t worry if the tape bunches up as you wrap it, but make sure you press down and smooth out the bottom edge to ensure a nice clean line. Squeeze a small amount of paint (you really only need a quarter-size dollop) onto a paint palette or other surface.

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Apply your first coat of paint. You’ll get the best results by applying several light coats – and I found that each color needed around 3 coats to get to my desired level of opaqueness. You could also do this with spray paint (I’d wrap a plastic bag over the unpainted top of the bottle, under the painter’s tape), but I chose to use craft paint so I’d have more control and ability to avoid drips. Turn bottle over and allow to dry for 1-2 hours, then repeat for coats 2-3.

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After the desired number of coats, remove the painter’s tape – and voila! If necessary, use the blade of an exacto knife to gently scrape away any errant paint along the dipped line.

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Fill with your favorite cocktail or beverage – and enjoy!

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A quick note: I recommend making these bottles about a week ahead to allow time for the paint to cure, otherwise condensation from ice or cold liquids could cause air bubbles to appear beneath the paint or for some of the paint to peel away from the glass. So just plan a head if you think this is something you’d like to use for your own party!

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper