DIY Tutorial: Acrylic Spirit Bottle Tags

I’m pretty proud to say that over the years my husband and I have cultivated quite the well-stocked home bar, and if you’re a fan of the OSBP Friday Happy Hour, chances are you have too. But if you’re mixing up a particularly sweet or fruity Spring cocktail, I say there’s no shame in using the cheap stuff every now and then, but maybe you don’t want to advertise it for all your guests. Or perhaps you just want a simple, uniform display for your tabletop bar or bar cart. Either way, I’m making up a set of the cutest little acrylic tasseled tags bright and perfect for keeping your spirits straight if you want to transfer them to simple clear swing-top bottles. Cheers!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
acrylic tags*
thick gold scrapbook letters
embroidery floss
scissors

*I found my clear, acrylic tags in the scrapbooking aisle at my local big box craft store.

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Step One: Begin by affixing a scrapbook letter to each of the acrylic tags. I used a G for gin, R for rum, and V for vodka. I found that my scrapbook letters were sufficiently sticky on their own, but feel free to use craft glue for a little extra adhesion.

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Step Two: Cut two pieces about 10-12″ long from each skein of embroidery floss.

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Step Three: Loop each skein of floss back on itself as shown to form a small circle.

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Step Four: Take one of the cut pieces of floss, and knot it tightly around the circle.

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Step Five: Gather the floss just below the tied piece, and tightly wrap the other piece around several times and knot.

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Step Six: To finish off the tassel, cut open the bottom loops, and trim the ends to a uniform length.

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Step Seven: Knot the end of each string, and tie onto a bottle.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Sometimes it’s good to get back to DIY basics. Patterned invitation backers can break the budget for many couples because there is so much time and labor involved. We always like to encourage people to take matters into their own hands – and today we’ll show you exactly how to do that! Over the years, we’ve experimented with backers of all sorts as well as different methods to DIY-ing them. This simple tutorial yields beautiful results if you’re precise and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, so to speak! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Patterned Backer Step1 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step One: First you’ll want to decide what paper or material you’d like to use on the back of your invitations. We selected this Botanical Fern Paper in text weight to coordinate with the fern invitation design. Vertical directional patterns like this one mean that you’ll only get one backer out of each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of text paper. If you’d like to get two backers per sheet, select a non-directional or horizontal pattern. Measure your invitation precisely (very, very precisely), and cut your text paper to that size. Our invitation was 5″ x 7″ so that is the size we cut our paper.

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Step Two: Gather all of your materials together. This will be your invitation, pre-cut paper backers, and spray glue. When using spray glue, it is important that you do your project in a ventilated location, preferably outside. Make sure that you have a clean, sturdy table so that you can move immediately to the next step. Hold the patterned paper, back side facing you, and spray with a light coat of spray adhesive (see photo below). When the entire surface is covered, move immediately to Step Three.

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Step Three: On your clean and firm surface, place one invitation face down. Very carefully align the top corners of the backer to the top corners of the invitation. Slowly adhere the paper down the back until you’ve reached the bottom corners. Set aside. The key here is to really get the backer on carefully and straight. It’s just a matter of being precise and having the paper cut correctly to start.

Repeat Step Two and Three until all of your invitations are complete. Then move on to Step Four.

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Step Four: Check your invitations and see if there are any paper edges peeking over the edge of the invitation. If there is, carefully trim them off with a ruler and craft knife, being certain not to cut into the invitation itself. Once you’ve checked them all, let them cure. Overnight is best and you can also weigh them down under a heavy book if you’d like. The key is to make certain that they’re really well adhered.

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Bookbinding linen, which has a study paper back adhered, is another really beautiful and classic option for backing your invitation (see the blush linen backer in the photo above). There are numerous colors to choose from and it’s just as easy to use as paper! No fraying involved!

Materials

Invitations

Patterned Paper or Book Binding Linen

Spray Adhesive

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 wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Floral Cocktail Party Coasters

Spring is here, and after a far too long winter, I say bring on the flowers! This floral coaster project screams warm weather and delicious cocktails. While I used a little leftover wallpaper from a home decor project, grab any beautiful floral paper you can get your hands on (I used some Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper that I had left over from my office). Tackle this project, and then throw yourself a Spring cocktail party! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
floral wrapping paper or wallpaper
scissors
cork tile
decoupage glue
paint brushes
craft knife
craft glue

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Step One: Begin by cutting out several flowers from your floral paper.

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Step Two: Affix the paper flowers onto the cork tile using decoupage glue.

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Step Three: Use a craft knife to cut away excess cork.

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Step Four: Apply at least two more layers of  decoupage glue to seal the paper flowers. Allow to dry between each coat.

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Step Five: Carefully paint the edges of the coasters in bright colors.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! When we stumbled across this gorgeous double sided watercolor paper by Rifle Paper Co., we just knew that it would be making a starring appearance in a future DIY tutorial. To kick off the season, we’ve designed a gorgeous, pastel invitation suite that would be perfect for any spring or summer event. The decorative watercolor paper trifold is just icing on the cake! We absolutely love it  this season as an alternative to the envelope liner! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Step One: Gather and cut the decorative paper that is destined to be your trifold wrap around your invitation. To fit an A7 (5″ x 7″) card cut the paper into rectangles measuring 7″ tall by 11″ long. This will allow for an inch of overlap around your invitation card. The decorative paper that you choose doesn’t have to be double sided like ours is but we would recommend selecting a paper with a pretty back, either clean white or a color or pattern. Remember that the back will be seen when your guests view the invitation!

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Step Two: For ease of folding and to make sure the line was straight, we scored one side of our decorative paper at the 2.5″ mark. Fold along the line and set the paper aside.

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Step Three: Next we stamped our invitation piece on an A7 card. For this design we used our Mod Invitation Stamp and an antique pewter stamp pad. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.

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Step Four: Next, we folded the other side of our decorative paper trifold around the A7 card, making sure it was a snug fit. We used a bone folder to make a crisp, folded edge.

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Step Five: Insert the A7 invitation card into the trifold decorative paper with double sided tape or stick glue. Put the tape on all four corners of the back of your card. Carefully place it over the center of the trifold and press it down to adhere it to the decorative paper.

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Step Six: For the reply card, we wanted to add some pattern and color to tie together the coral and turquoise sides of our decorative paper. For the reply card itself, we cut 4bar cards (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″) out of our Paloma Patterned Coral Cover Paper and stamped our Mod  Reply Card Stamp on the blank, non-patterned side. We used a turquoise colored 4bar envelope stamped with our Mod Banner Return Address Stamp to coordinate. You will get four 4bar cards out of one sheet of card stock.

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Step Seven: The last step puts all of the gorgeous finishing touches on the suite. We used the Paloma Coral Paper again, except in text weight, to make the belly bands wrapped around the suite. We cut them into strips of 2″ x 11″ – meaning you will get four belly bands per sheet of paper. After taping the belly band, we tied a piece of ribbon around the band to soften the look and add a bit of texture to the design.

We stamped the same return address (Mod Banner Return Address Stamp) on the back flap of a blush envelope before addressing them and sending them on their merry way! We promise that each guest will be truly delighted to receive such a present in their mailbox!

Materials

Mod  Invitation Stamp

Mod  Reply Card Stamp

Mod Banner Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad in Antique Pewter

Decorative Paper (we used these ombré gift wrap sheets from Rifle Paper Co.) cut to 7″ x 11″

A7 Cards in Superfine White

A7 Envelopes in Luxe Blush

Paloma Coral Patterned Paper in Cover and Text weight

4bar Envelopes in Pool

Double sided tape or stick glue

Scoring Board

Ribbon

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

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Hand tinting was historically used to color black and white photographs before color photography was invented. It was also used on prints made by etching as a means to color them. For this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use this technique to bring a unique, vintage look to your letterpress save the dates or wedding invitations. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also super easy (as in two steps)! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Hand tinted Save the Date Step1 DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Step One: We chose two colors for this design: green and pink. When deciding what to do with your letterpress design, consider historical references for colors (searching hand tinted etching or photographs yields nice results).

First, we mixed our green color. We wanted it to be a little yellow tinged so we added some yellow to the green in our palette (see the upper left mixing area). The color needs to be very diluted to have it tint and not paint too heavily cover your letterpress print. Make sure to test your colors on an extra piece to make sure you have the technique down before starting the project.

Another key factor is how dry the brush is when it’s tinting the paper. You do not want it to be wet. Brushing it first against a paper towel helps keep the tint from being to watery. Again, it helps to work through this in testing.

Paint your first color in the desired area (in our case, green on the leaves) and set it aside to dry. Repeat on all cards.

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Step Two: Next, you’ll be adding in your second color to the flowers on the design. Mix up your desired color and test it on your spare piece until the color and dilution is right. Brush on the color (in our case, pink) in the desired areas. Set aside to dry and repeat on the rest of your cards.

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Letterpress printing works exceptionally well with hand tinting because it created an indented texture when the print is made. This helps keep your tint in place and prevents coloring outside the lines or blotchiness. If you do end up with too much water on the print, it’s easy to quickly dab it with a clean paper towel and absorb any excess. No harm done!

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We found that the tinting technique worked most beautifully and effectively on our botanical collection of letterpress cards. The softness and vintage appeal lends to the charm of the designs. Of course, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

Materials

Savannah Letterpress Save the Date Card. We recommend ordering extra pieces (10% overage) for testing.

Watercolors

Paint brush. We recommend a very nice, small brush so that you have control and precision.

Water cup

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