Stationery A-Z: New Baby Cards!

Nothing makes me happier than welcoming a new baby into the world. There have been several baby additions within my circle of family and friends over the past few months, and I love giving and sending cute cards to the proud new parents. But somehow it has been over two and a half years since our last new baby card round up! Oops! So today I have twelve super adorable new baby cards to share with all of you, from cards to welcome little baby burritos to cards for first time parents! And if you’re still looking for the perfect card, check out the New Baby page in the Market List, where you can find close to 300 new baby cards from some of our favorite stationers!

New Baby Cards Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. This watercolor rainbow card from E.Frances Paper is just so beautiful – and I love the hint of sparkle in the gold foil text!

2. Baby burritos! A swaddled baby is a happy baby, and this card from Odd Daughter Paper Co. just makes me smile

3. A card for a very special delivery from Amy Heitman

4. This sweet card from Iron Curtain Press is the perfect baby shower card for first time parents!

5. Love the exuberance of this new baby card from Hartland Brooklyn

6. Welcome to the jungle little baby from Ghost Academy

7. Classic baby blocks in sweet pastels and a touch of gold foil from Rifle Paper Co.

8. An heirloom laser cut wood new baby card from Cardtorial

9. Welcome to the world little one! From 1canoe2

10. A lovely card for first time parents from Idlewild Co.

11. Love this confetti-filled card from Thimblepress – so perfect for this happy occasion!

12. A sweet card for a sweet new baby from Sugar Paper (I also love this black and white new baby card!)

More new baby cards in the Market List right here!

Brush Lettered Baby Shower Invitations

I’ve been a huge fan of Molly Jacques for years – including all of her gorgeous fonts! – and it’s always a pleasure when I get to feature some of Molly’s beautiful illustrations or calligraphy (or both!) here on OSBP. I was absolutely thrilled when Molly sent over the brush lettered baby shower invitations that she designed for her very own shower! Inspired by traditional sign painting techniques, Molly incorporated her own signature brush lettering into the invitation design, along with a whole lot of color. The result is so fresh and vibrant!

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MollyI’ve been creating custom calligraphy and lettering for others for years, so when I found out that I was pregnant with our first baby, I was so excited to be able to design my very own baby shower invitations!

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Between my own work schedule and getting ready for baby, I knew I wanted to create an invitation that wouldn’t create too much fuss around my schedule yet remain FUN and eye-catching. I wanted a design that that I could put together on my own time, in-between client projects, and print right at home on my own printer.

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For the invitation, I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate a little bit of traditional sign painting technique mixed with modern brush style lettering. I was greatly inspired by the use of fun, bright colors to reflect the joyous occasion – an aspect I also have been interjecting into baby’s nursery design. Likewise, I wanted to use texture and value as a major design element to contribute to the over-all playfulness of the invitation, you can see this technique showcased with white calligraphy on a mid-toned envelope as well as the dot gradient used on the actual invitation to indicate a middle tone value. Moreover, I also decided to add on a little bit of washi tape to the outer envelopes to add some additional texture.

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lastly, I thought long and hard on what lettering style I wanted and how it would effect the feel of the invitation. I wanted each recipient to feel excited and playful when they received their invitations, which brought me to the style mentioned before: a combination of traditional sign painting and modern, energetic brush lettering. I wanted to steer clear of tradition heavy calligraphy or lettering for this particular project.

Brush Lettering Baby Shower Invitations by Molly Jacques for Juni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Molly!

Design & Lettering: Molly Jacques for Juni

Printing: Printed from home on white 5×7 card stock

Envelopes: Paper Source in Pool

Photo Credits: Molly Jacques for Juni

Colorful Dip Dyed Baby Announcements

I’ll always have a soft spot for dip dyed stationery, especially when combined with beautiful calligraphy and mint green edge painting! Brittany from Swell Press Paper Co. created these sweet dip dyed baby announcements – with a two color dip dye! And how cute are those mini mint green envelopes with little newborn baby photos???

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From BrittanyWhen Bradley reached out to me to create a fun, one of a kind letterpress birth announcement for her new baby girl Frances Walker, I immediately knew this project was going to be a blast. Bradley wasn’t scared of color, and let me run wild with whatever design idea I had. I was so excited to be able to combine my two favorite techniques – dip dying (in two colors!) and edge painting – all topped off with the beautiful calligraphy of Melissa from Olive Branch & Co.

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Crane’s super thick 220lb Lettra Cotton Paper in Pearl White perfectly absorbed the dip dye and allowed for a beautiful, deep impression of the text. I chose a light periwinkle ink color to match the envelopes; the spring colors were perfect to welcome the new babe into the world!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

New mom Bradley also is a fan of anything miniature (I mean who isn’t?), so I included a mini mint green envelope (with matching edge paint color!) and three tiny photos of Walker (and her adorable chubby legs). This is by far one of my favorite projects to date!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Brittany!

Design, Printing, and Dip Dyeing: Swell Press Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Olive Branch & Co.

Photo Credits: Swell Press Paper Co.

Emery’s Wood Alphabet Block Birth Announcements

Okay, these wood alphabet block birth announcements by Melissa of Atheneum Creative for her daughter Emery are just TOO CUTE. And such a unique idea! Inspired by classic wood blocks, Melissa created a wood block baby announcement with Emery’s initial engraved in the wood in classic alphabet block style. Melissa also engraved Emery’s birth details on the side in a combination of classic serif text and calligraphy script by Meant to Be Calligraphy. So pretty!

Wood Alphabet Block Birth Announcements by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MelissaSomeone once told me when I had my son, “You did not have a baby, you had a client.” And I just think that line is so funny… because it’s so true. I push the design is so many different directions, present them to my husband, then come up with a whole different range of designs and make the decision so difficult on myself.

Wood Alphabet Block Birth Announcements by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I really wanted to create something really special for this birth announcement – something that showed the “building” of our family. My son, who was just over two when Emery was born, was stacking blocks in his room one night. And as I sat there and helped him stack and stack, I felt the concept of sending a block for our little girl was just too perfect.

Wood Alphabet Block Birth Announcements by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

As I worked on the design, I kept pulling back saying this was just not “girly” enough for me. I knew that it needed some calligraphy from Michele from Meant to be Calligraphy to soften the look. We also used a chalkboard paint to give the wood block a soft blush color before engraving the design. The block announcement was mailed in a white box with some wood filler and a small little accordion folded card with family photos.

Wood Alphabet Block Birth Announcements by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Best of 2015: Babies + Kids

Oh So Beautiful Paper: The Best of 2015 / Calligraphy by Cast Calligraphy

Image by Cast Calligraphy

Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful baby announcement or colorful birthday party invitation. It’s hard to resist anything that involves an adorable photo of a newborn baby, and birthday party invitations can be so much fun – especially in those first few years when you can really do whatever you want! Ha! Baby announcements and birthday party invitations are a fabulous opportunity to create beautiful stationery (but without the added pressure that can come with creating a wedding invitation). My favorite baby announcements and birthday party invitations are those that manage to be whimsical, sophisticated, and kid-appropriate all at the same time while somehow not being overly cutesy. Some favorites from the year include a simple and modern hand lettered birth announcement, woodland critter birthday party invitations, gold foil polka dot baby announcements, watercolor popsicle birthday party invitations, and some SUPER fun invitations for a 5th birthday party!

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett

The Best Baby Announcements of 2015: Hand Lettered Letterpress Birth Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Hand Lettered Letterpress Baby Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Wild Kratts Animal-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper

The Best Baby Announcements of 2015: Gold Foil Polka Dot Birth Announcements by Lauren Chism / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Woodland Fall Harvest Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs, Photo by Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Woodland Critter Fall Harvest Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo by Sweet Root Village

More baby announcements and birthday party invitation ideas right here!