DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

For those of you who craft your own holiday cards, it’s already time to get started. It’s always good to give yourself plenty of time to create and address them and the slight lull between Halloween and the week of Thanksgiving is usually when we try to get started. That way, they’re ready to mail out come December. The design in this tutorial features white embossing combined with white hand embellished vine details to create a one of a kind holiday card. You could even add a photo to the back of the card or simply write a note if you have more to say. We hope that this project inspires you to dream up and make your own holiday card this year! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

PeaceCard Final DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

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Materials

Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp

Mod Holly Return Address Stamp

Banner Rubber Stamp

Frost White Stamp Pad or Embossing Stamp Pad

Olive Stamp Pad

White Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

5.5″ Square Cards,  in Chartreuse

5.75″ Square Envelopes, in Pure White

Calligraphy Starter Kit

Dr. Martin’s White Ink

Vintage Holiday Postage

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Step One: Stamp your holiday message (we used our Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp) in white ink in the center of a 5.5″ square card.

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Step Two: Immediately after step one, before the ink dries, pour white embossing powder over the stamped image. Heat set the powder using a heat embossing tool. For a step by step video on embossing, please watch the tutorial found here.

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Step Three: Next, let your imagination go wild! Embellish around the greeting with vines and berries using white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. While this ink is our favorite for its opacity, you could also use a white gel pen if you prefer.

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Step Four: Stamp your return address on the back flap of a 5.75″ square white envelope. We used our Mod Holly Return Address stamp with olive ink to coordinate.

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Step Five: As snail mail lovers, addressing the envelope is half the fun for us. When we found this cute banner stamp, we knew exactly how we wanted to use it! We stamped it on the lefthand side of the envelope front and let it dry. Then, we added the addressing in a darker green ink (this was custom mixed from gouache paint) to add dimension and pull the whole design together.

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Add vintage postage and any additional photos or messages and send them off to your loved ones!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Tutorial: Halloween Coffin Food Markers

I’ve never been huge on Halloween décor. Growing up, we lived too far out to get trick-or-treaters, and then I spent eight years in DC-area apartment and condo buildings. Last year, though, I experienced my first East Nashville Halloween, and let me tell you, folks here go ALL OUT. So, this year, I’m feeling more in the Halloween spirit, and today I’m sharing one of the more subtle ways that I’m bringing that spirit (no pun intended) to my tabletop. I use a few 99-cent unfinished wooden coffins that I spotted at the craft store to create dinner party food markers (or just as easily place cards), but I can only imagine all the other cute and creepy things that you could do with these! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
unfinished wooden coffins
black paint
paint brush
mini black ravens (found among the seasonal floral items at the craft store)
red card stock
scissors
pen
hot glue gun
hot glue

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Step One: Paint the coffins black.

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Step Two: Cut out little banner shapes from the red card stock.

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Step Three: Label the banners appropriately.

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Step Four: Affix each banner to the tip of a raven’s beak with a bead of hot glue.

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Step Five: Affix each raven to the top of a coffin using a bead of hot glue. (My ravens had little wires on the bottom for incorporating into a floral arrangement, so I just clipped those off with a pair of scissors.)

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Calligraphy Gift Tags

As the season of gifting approaches, we always like to think of new and beautiful ways to present the gifts that were so thoughtfully selected. Gift tags, which are usually an afterthought, can be made really beautiful and special with just a little white ink and a pen. Using blank business sized cards in various colors, we hand made gift tags for our loved ones. They would even make a lovely gift in themselves. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

White ink

Calligraphy Starter Kit, or dip pen and nib

Blank business cards – we used Pool, Lake and Slate

Hole punch

Ribbon

 

 

 

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Step One: Gather your supplies. We used various 2″ x 3.5″ colored cards, our very favorite white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. It’s also handy to grab a cheap paint brush to mix the ink.

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Step Two: Bleed Proof White ink is fabulous because it can be used on dark colors and remains very opaque if mixed correctly.  When the ink is new, it is a thick, paste like consistency. You can make it into workable ink by adding distilled water into the jar and gently stirring it in (this is where your cheap paintbrush comes in handy) until it looks like heavy cream. Start slow, it’s easier to add more water than to remove water. You’re looking for the ink, when tested, to be very opaque but flow out of the pen smoothly.

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Step Three: Put your creative hat on! Decorate the tags to suit the gifts or recipients that they’re for. We did a variety of tag decorations, including leaves, hearts and modern lines. It can really be as simple or as ornate as you’d like! It’s also a really fun effect to decorate around where the hole will be punched, as shown in some of the designs above. Let all of your tags dry very thoroughly. White ink can even take overnight to dry in some climates so don’t rush on to the next step!

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Step Four: Once all of the tags are good and dry, punch holes in the top center of each one.

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Step Five: Select a ribbon to coordinate and you’re all done!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hand Embroidered Fabric Invitation Pocket with Craftsy!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online craft class platform. They gave me the opportunity to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and this time we wanted to expand our horizons a bit by combining embroidery with paper by taking Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery class with Jessica Marquez. For this post, I roped in my talented DIY contributor Mandy Pellegrin – she used her new skills to create a beautiful embroidered fabric invitation pocket! And of course we’re offering a serious discount for you to take the class too!

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Here’s Mandy:

One of the first craft skills that I ever learned was embroidery from my grandmother. For this and many other reasons, it’s always been one of my favorite mediums for getting creative. I was excited to dust off my embroidery skills and pick up some great new tips with the help of Craftsy’s Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery class with Jessica Marquez. I’m even more excited to share with you what I created with my newly refreshed skills – a completely custom, hand-embroidered invitation pocket:

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My favorite part of Craftsy classes is how accessible they are – no matter where you are. I propped myself up in bed with my iPad and the Craftsy app to work my way through the class. If you don’t have an entire afternoon to spend boning up on embroidery, no worries! Once you’ve signed up for a class, it’s yours forever.  The Hand Embroidery class is organized into eight lessons covering everything from the very basics of quickly threading a needle to embroidering on specific types of fabrics, and each lesson is subdivided into discrete sections making later reference an absolute breeze, which is pretty clutch for revisiting some of the more complicated stitches. I also really appreciated all the inspiration that Jessica shared at the end of each lesson. It really got my gears turning for fresh and modern ways to put the stitches to use.

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I’m pretty pleased with how I decided to put my new knowledge to use – creating custom invitation pockets. This is a paper blog, after all! I knew the star on the invitation and RSVP card were just screaming to be embroidered. I used a fairly simple set of stitches, but Jessica’s class covers over 30 different stitches and includes downloadable patterns for a handful of projects.

Click here to take the Hand Embroidery with Jessica Marquez yourself complete with a special discount just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Read on for some tips on how to put the lessons learned in the class to use to create your own invitation pockets.

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Materials
cotton fabric
marking pencil
embroidery floss
embroidery needle
embroidery hoop
thread
sewing machine

For each invitation pocket, cut the fabric so that the width is 1/2″ larger than the width of the invitation and 1″ larger than the length. Be inspired by the details of your invitation to create and transfer your own embroidery design using the helpful tips from the Craftsy class. Once you’ve completed the design using a combination of stitches learned from the class, double fold the ends that will comprise the mouth of the pocket, press, and top stitch in place. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides facing, and stitch 1/4″ from each side. Turn right-side-out, press, and stuff with your invitation.

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You could also incorporate an embroidered fabric pocket into a baby announcement, moving announcement, or party invitation – the options are endless! Click here to take the Craftsy Hand Embroidery class – with a big discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! This discount is only available for a week – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper / Invitation sample from Kalo Make Art

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DIY with Kids: Hand Carved Stamp Wrapping Paper

I’ve asked some of my favorite creative mamas to help out while I’m away with our new baby. Today, one of my favorite stationers – and mama of two boys! – Lisa from Good on Paper is sharing a super fun and creative DIY project that can be done with children: gift wrap made with hand carved stamps! –Nole

Hi guys! For my final post while Nole is on maternity leave, I’d like to share a fun and easy DIY project I did with my 4-year old son Lucas, based on my friend Sally J. Shim’s new book, Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects. I love beautiful packaging, but am not the best gift wrapper. Our family has been going to a lot of kids’ birthday parties lately, which often means quickly stuffing a gift in tissue paper and throwing it into a party bag. Pretty Packages has so many ideas, many of which are kid-friendly, but the one that really stood out to me was the Hand-Carved Stamped Wrapping Paper. I had done some hand carving before, and Lucas loves stamping (both paper and his body!). The instructions were simple and I was able to turn it into a kid-friendly project that we can do over and over. Below are the instructions and materials needed. – Lisa from Good on Paper

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Materials

Scrap paper

Carving block

Archival stamp pad

Paper for wrapping your gift

Tools

No. 2 pencil

Bone folder

Speedball Linoleum Cutter Handle

Speedball Linoleum Cutters (blades Nos. 1 and 5)

X-ACTO knife

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Instructions

1. Using the No. 2 pencil, draw your stamp design on the scrap paper.

2. Flip the paper right-side down onto the carving block and rub the back of the paper using the bone folder.

3. Lift off the paper and you will see the transferred design on the carving block. Using a No. 1 linoleum carving cutter, carve out the outline of the stamp design. If the design has details, carve the negative space from the design.

4. When you are finished carving the stamp design, use the No. 5 carving cutter to carve a thick outline around the design. This will help you cut the stamp from the block.

5. Hold the block with one hand and use the X-ACTO knife to carefully cut the stamp image from the block. Please cut with care, and avoid cutting your fingers.

6. Hold the stamp right-side up and press the stamp pad onto the stamp, applying an even layer of ink. Test the stamp on the scrap paper to make sure it prints evenly. If there are any areas that do not stamp clearly, go back and use the No. 1 linoleum cutter to make the stamp edges more crisp. Once you have a stamp that produces a clear image, place the wrapping paper on a flat surface, right-side up, and stamp a pattern. Make sure to apply even pressure on the stamp to ensure a clean printed image. You can stamp a random or repeated pattern.

7. Let the stamped wrapping paper dry for 1 hour before wrapping your gift.

8. Wrap up your gift!

- From Sally J. Shim, Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects

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Lucas recently learned how to write his name, which is so cool! I had him write his name out on the scrap paper, then used the linoleum carving cutter to cut around the letters. Lucas chose three ink colors (white, neon pink, and neon yellow) to stamp his name onto the kraft butcher paper. He was so excited to get stamping, and so proud of himself when he saw the finished product and wrapped gifts. Of course, these gifts are covered in his name instead of the recipient’s, but at least the person will know who it’s from! It would also be cute to write out something else, like “Happy” or “Hello”.