I love, love, LOVE vintage postage stamps. And since I source my own vintage stamps from eBay, I couldn’t resist sharing a few tips for using vintage stamps in my latest eBay guide! Plus, I put a collection together with some of my favorite vintage stamps that you can use in your own projects! Find the full guide right here and my favorite stamps here!
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Colleen from Printwheel Printshop sent over these adorable invitations for a brunch baby shower that she co-hosted for her sister! The invitations (and envelopes) feature Colleen’s whimsical hand lettering that perfectly set the tone for a laid back brunch, along with patterns and details inspired by her sister’s favorite fabrics. So cute!
From Colleen: “Baby Bean” was on the way, and it was time to celebrate! I was so excited to design these invitations for my sister and “Baby Bean” (our nickname for her little bundle of joy). A baby shower brunch is a simple and sweet event, so I wanted these invitations set the tone for this beautiful and fun day.
My sister owns her own sewing business, Little Luvins. So I pulled inspiration for the style and color of the shower invitations from her favorite fabrics. I also decided to use hand lettering on each piece to create a whimsical, playful look.
Along with the invitation, we included a tiny pocket, containing instructions and a blank library card. The instructions asked each guest to bring a children’s book to help fill Baby Bean’s future library. Guests could fill out the library card and add a special note. It would then double as a gift tag and keepsake for the mom-to-be.
The invitations were printed on Crane’s Lettra paper by Rise and Shine Letterpress. Their team was fantastic to work with, and the letterpress truly brought the design to life.
I ordered envelopes from Paper Presentation and created my own envelope liners to complement the triangles on the invitations. Each envelope was addressed in similar lettering to match the invitations. I ordered a custom “Baby Bean” stamp from Simon’s Stamps for the envelopes, and it was the perfect finishing touch. My sister was thrilled with the result! As for the shower, it was a success, and “Baby Bean” (Samantha) arrived this past June.
Design and Envelope Addressing: Pinwheel Printshop
Letterpress Printing: Rise and Shine Letterpress
Photo Credits: Printwheel Printshop
If you’ve ever been to – or seen photos of – the Beverly Hills Hotel (there are a ton on Pinterest) you know it’s just the coolest hotel. Like, on the planet. Every single detail at the hotel is just impeccable – right down to the amazing tropical wallpaper from 1942! Well, if you love the amazing vintage décor at the Beverly Hills Hotel, you’ll definitely love these bridal shower invitations from Rachelle at Wiley Valentine!
From Rachelle:The client wanted an invitation that reflected the venue, The Beverly Hills Hotel, while still keeping a feminine bridal feel. We had so much fun with this one! We created a double sided invitation on double thick cotton paper. The front was flat printed with gold foil and the back was flat printed with a pattern reminiscent of wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
We incorporated pink stripes from the décor at the Beverly Hills H0tel for the envelope liner to create cohesiveness without being too matchy matchy. There was a also custom postage to coordinate, which I always think really completes the presentation.
Design: Wiley Valentine
Letterpress Printing: Czar Press
Wiley Valentine is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Wiley Valentine
Okay. Now I’ve officially seen it all. These modern industrial rehearsal dinner invitations from Melissa at Atheneum Creative were created by screen printing the design on individual pieces of thin sheet metal! So cool!
From Melissa: We were asked to create a rehearsal dinner invitation that reflected the very modern and industrial feel of the event. The groom’s family is in the box making business, so we knew right away that we had to work with a design that would not only be mailed in a box, but also allow the box to be part of the overall design – making sure that the box itself was more than just a vessel to mail the invitation.
We know we wanted to incorporate metal into the overall design as that would speak right to the look and feel of the day. We cut large sheet metal down to size and rounded the corners to create the invitation cards. We tried a couple different printing methods, but in the end screen printing worked the best for both design and budget. The rehearsal dinner venue itself is not industrial, so to balance the very modern look of the metal and the vintage feel of the venue we added some vintage design elements (like the dividers) to break up the text.
Since we wanted the box to be a part of the keepsake, we sourced gray boxes that would be strong enough not to get crushed and screen printed “Before They Say I Do” on the cover in gold — which set the tone for the invitation itself. The invitations were filled with shredded gray paper to keep with the industrial look.
Design: Atheneum Creative
Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!
Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography
These bright and colorful watercolor invitations from Ashley Bush Lettering and Design are so fun for a 21st birthday party! And those envelopes? OMG. Ashley used masking fluid and a bright swash of paint to create the most amazing resist technique in the address. Love love love!
From Ashley: This collection was for a 21st birthday celebration! The concept was bright watercolor fun with a big emphasis on the envelopes! I started with the invitation design: I hand painted the multi-colored splash and finalized the design in Photoshop. I also created some custom brush-lettering for the front and back of her invitations.
We carried the colorful painted look right onto the envelopes, but instead of making every envelope the same color scheme I decided to mix and match, utilizing all of the fun colors from the invitation!
The black envelopes gave just the right pop for the bright colors. Using a small, fine-tip brush I lettered the names on the envelopes in masking fluid, brushed the paint on, and finished the address with a white Gelly Roll pen! You can see a video of this process here and if you want to try lettering with masking fluid you can follow my step-by-step tutorial.
Photo Credits: Ashley Bush Lettering and Design