DIY Tutorial: Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations

Today, we’re back with our first DIY of the new year! Hooray! This delicate floral and lace wedding invitation suite has been bouncing around in our brains for a while now – and the results exceeded even our expectations. Don’t you love it when that happens? We used a soft palette of misty blue, white, cream, and gold and incorporated some really fancy lace inner envelopes to bring it all together. With these fresh colors, it feels like spring is right around the corner! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Wildflowers Return Address Stamp

Lace Inner Envelopes

A7 Cards

A7 Envelopes, in Pure White

Chamomile Patterned Paper (for liner) and Liner Templates

4bar Card, (3.5″x5″ cut from our Chamomile Patterned Paper, Card Weight)

4bar Envelopes

Stamp Pad, black

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

Tailors Ribbon

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This stunning mix of lace paper inner envelopes from Modern Vintage Paperie really adds a touch of luxury to the suite and brings the whole look together!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1: First, stamp all of your invitation suite pieces. We used our Floral Calligraphy Invitation stamp, Floral Calligraphy Reply Card stamp and our Wildflowers Return Address stamp for these items. When stamping your cards, ink the stamp with the stamp facing you. Center the stamp over your card/envelope and press firmly and moderately (not too hard or the image will smudge) and gently lift the stamp off of the paper. Set aside to dry. Please watch this video for more information on inking and stamping an oversized stamp.

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 2: Gold makes everything better, right? We decided to emboss our return address in gold to coordinate with the suite design and our addressing. Simply stamp your desired return address stamp on the back flap (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured) dust the powder over it, tap off the excess and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Step 3: Once all of your pieces are printed and dry, assemble them inside your lace paper inner envelope. We used assorted varieties of envelopes because we couldn’t decide on one, but you could select your favorite as well!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 4: Address the envelopes to your guests and add postage (we love those little hummingbird stamps). We used our favorite gold calligraphy ink, but to achieve a similar effect you could also use a gold gel pen and your prettiest handwriting!

DIY Floral and Lace Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful PaperStep 5: Over time, we’ve learned that lining your envelopes after they’re addressed saves time and money! That way, if you mess up on an address, a liner isn’t wasted! Cut out your liner with a template or purchase pre-cut liners for your selected envelope if they’re available. To install the liner (we used our Chamomile Patterned Paper to make them), simply put a line of double sided tape or stick glue along the top edge (the triangle part) and slide it into the envelope. Once it’s positioned correctly, press to adhere the liner to the envelope.

DSC_5726All that’s left  now is to tie up your invitation suite, put them into the envelope and send them along via snail mail!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Raised Wood and Glass Desk Organizer

There really isn’t a better time to get yourself organized and back on track the January! No matter how much you may want to fight the goals and resolutions, there is just something about flipping open your new calendar that screams ‘fresh start’! I spent most of the end of 2014 giving our living space a good cleaning and this month I will be moving that energy to my office. Being a crafter, I have lots of little bits and bobbles that need their places, so collecting jars and boxes has become a new hobby of mine. I also like a little height variation with the containers on my desk, so I thought creating a simple, functional, and also visually pleasing set of containers would meet all of my criteria! – Lauren

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

You can use almost any jar, box, vase, or container you have lying around. Here’s how to give them a little more personality and dress up your desk.

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Supplies

– Square wood sticks, about 1/2″ thick (lengths will vary at your hardware store)

– Several glass cylinder vases in different sizes

– Wood stain

– Wood Glue

Tools (not shown):

– Brush or rag for stain

– Hand saw (or just take your measurements to the store!)

- Clamps

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Instructions

1. Start by measuring the width of the bottom of your cylinder, add about 1/8″ to each side, or a 1/4″ total. This is half of  the base that will hold your cylinder.

2. Create the 2nd piece that will cross and create an X to support the cylinder. Measure the width of your wood piece, subtract that from the total length of your base piece from step one, and cut. Then cut that piece in half. (So if your first piece is 3 1/2″ and the width of your wood is 1/2″, piece 2 and 3 shown above in the right image will each be 1 1/2″ long) These measurements should create a symmetrical X.

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3. Lay your wood base piece from step 1 under your cylinder. Set the uncut wood at a 90 degree angle and mark the height you would like your legs. Have at least an inch or two above the base to keep your cylinder secure, then the bottom measurement will be up to you on how high you’d like them to stand. Cut this piece 4 times to create the 4 legs.

4. These are your final cut pieces, 4 legs and 3 pieces to create an X base.

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

5. Center the 2 smaller pieces on the larger base piece to create the X, glue and clamp (follow directions for timing on your glue).

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

6. Once the base is dry, begin to attach the legs. I found it was easiest to set the base on an object and attach 2 legs at a time to ensure they were level and secure.

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

7. Repeat to complete your stands, then stain!

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful PaperDIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Raised Glass Desk Organizer by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love that I can grab whatever jar I need and take it with me to work on a project. When you are done, just pop it back on the stand and let it blend in as decor!

DIY Tutorial: Mini Cowhide Coasters

Coasters aren’t exactly the sexiest thing on the face of the earth, but I like to think there’s something a little provocative about today’s surprisingly easy tutorial. I’m using scrap leather (or vinyl) to create mini cowhide coasters – definitely worthy of your finest (and most sultry) cocktails. –Mandy Pellegrin

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Materials

Scrap white leather or vinyl
Mini Cowhide Templates
Black and brown permanent markers
Scissors

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Step One: Trace each of the cowhide templates onto the back of the leather using a fine tip pen or marker.

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Step Two: Carefully cut out each mini cowhide using a pair of sharp scissors.

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Step Three:  Add details and spots using black and brown permanent markers. Do a quick internet image search for “cowhide rugs” for inspiration. Begin by outlining your spots and blotches. Then fill them in with a small circular motion. Allow to dry, and apply a second coat if necessary.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Best of 2014: DIY Projects

We’ve had a lot of fun crafting it up this year – everything from DIY wedding invitations to décor for your next cocktail party. Here are 10 of my favorite DIY projects from 2014!

DIY Dip Dyed Heart Favor Bags by Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Dip Dye Heart Favor Bags

DIY Floral Coasters by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Floral Cocktail Party Coasters

Envelope Addressing Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Envelope Addressing Styles

Rubber Stamp Personal Stationery DIY Tutorial by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Unique Personal Stationery with Rubber Stamps

DIY Hand Lettered Neon Acrylic Cocktail Sign by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hand Lettered Neon Acrylic Cocktail Menu Signs

DIY Color Dipped Picnic Bottles by Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Color-Dipped Picnic Bottles

DIY Modern Floral Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

DIY Wire Leaf Table Décor by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Wire Leaf Table Décor

DIY Leather and Paint Marker Napkin Rings by Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Leather + Paint Marker Napkin Rings

DIY Duck Tape Calligraphy Cocktail Glasses by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Duck Tape Hand Lettered Cocktail Glasses

Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

I’ve already professed my love for the combination of navy/indigo and copper. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy and I played around with lots of color combinations for the DIY leather napkin ring tutorial with Sakura of America (psssst! Don’t forget to enter the Pen-touch marker giveaway right here!) last week – but the combination of the copper Pen-touch with navy leather was hands down my favorite. So today I thought I’d share some navy and copper (along with a few other metallics) dinner party inspiration and a few more DIY ideas perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve!

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I kept the table itself fairly simple, with one medium size floral centerpiece in a vintage copper compote, a couple of smaller arrangements in copper tumblers, taper candles in vintage brass candlesticks, and this gold foil and kraft paper table runner from Minted. Since we envisioned a fairly intimate table with 6-8 guests, we mixed up a large batch of a signature cocktail – a Persimmon Margarita (recipe coming up in just a bit!) – in our DIY color dipped swing bottles and put them on the table for people to enjoy as they please. For a larger gathering, you could have several drinks available – or mix up a bowl of punch!

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You can find the copper and navy leather napkin ring tutorial right here. Michele and I also created cocktail menus with copper ink on navy leather – Michele did a large version that could be displayed next to a bar for a larger party, while I tried my hand at a smaller menu that could be placed between guests at the table.

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For the flowers, I fell in love with pale lavender anemones at the flower market. I paired the anemones with white and blush ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. I love the texture of seeded eucalyptus – and you can get a huge bunch without breaking the bank!

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I wanted to see what other surfaces the Pen-touch paint markers could write on. I’m pretty sure I gave Michele her biggest challenge yet when I asked her to write on thin sheets of copper! We used these copper sheets with white Pen-touch markers to create two signs: one inviting guests to take a seat and another to display next to party favors.

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Lauren and I are totally on the same page this week – I used the Pen-touch markers to customize our drinking glasses! I used gold and copper Pen-touch markers in fine weight to write out “cheers!” on some tumblers. It took a couple of coats to get a nice solid line – so if you try this at home just be sure to let each coat dry fully before putting on the second coat. You could use your handwriting (or calligraphy) but Michele was kind enough to offer a template that you can trace onto your glasses! You can download the “cheers!” template here – it comes in a couple of sizes for use on different sized glasses. Just cut out the words, tape to the inside of your glass, and trace over it with your Pen-touch markers!

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Check back soon for the Persimmon Margarita recipe!

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Leather: Matine

Paint Markers: Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper