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!
From Molly: I’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!
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.
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.
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.
Design & Lettering: Molly Jacques for Juni
Printing: Printed from home on white 5×7 card stock
Envelopes: Paper Source in Pool
I’ll be sharing the photos from this year’s Paper Party in just a bit – but first, I wanted to help set the scene by sharing the photos of the rainbow watercolor and hologram foil invitations that we created for this year’s party! As with previous years, the invitations were a group effort. The ultra-talented Ashley Buzzy designed the invitations and envelope liner, Bella Figura printed everything on their smooth cotton paper, and Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes. This year’s invitation design featured hologram foil over a digitally printed watercolor background!
I’ve been really inspired by all things iridescent lately, so I used that as the starting point for the rest of the inspiration for this year’s party. I created a moodboard for this year’s party, which contained an image of crinkled iridescent cellophane and a few images of disco balls – and voila! Party inspiration! I thought Ashley Buzzy had the perfect design aesthetic to complement my iridescent rainbow disco party theme, and I was thrilled when she agreed to create the invitation design!
Ashley was super inspired by the rainbow overtones of the iridescent cellophane in the party moodboard. She created this gorgeous rainbow watercolor background by layering a rainbow gradient over a watercolor splatter pattern that she scanned into her computer. Ashley also created a rainbow watercolor splatter envelope liner that complemented the invitation design without mirroring the design too closely.
I really, really, really wanted to use hologram foil for the printed party invitations – but I had no idea there were so many different types of hologram foil! I must have looked at more than 40 hologram foil swatches at Bella Figura before settling on this smooth rainbow-y silver hologram foil called Spectrum. I love how the foil shows a different color and light spectrum at every angle! Bella Figura also letterpress printed the design and printing credit on the reverse side of the invitation and the envelope return address in a beautiful teal ink.
For the envelopes, I once again turned to my favorite envelope finishing trick: dip dyeing! I decided to continue the rainbow theme by dip dyeing the envelopes four different pastel colors: lavender, blue, green, and pink. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in black ink in her beautiful Durham style.
Those are the rainbow watercolor and hologram foil invitations for Paper Party 2016! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Design: Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press
Printing: Bella Figura
Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
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