Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations

Kids often have all the fun when it comes to celebrating birthdays. I’m always so happy to see adults celebrate some of their own milestone birthdays, especially when the invitations are this pretty! Clara of Goldie Design Co. created these traditional black and gold screen printed invitations for a 40th birthday party at an historic hotel full of southern flair. Clara brought the elegant feel of the venue into the invitation design with the moody black and gold color palette and a crest inspired by the hotel logo, along with custom watercolor envelope liners inspired by the hotel’s tile floors. Beautiful!

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

From Clara: This design was for the invitations for Courtney’s 40th birthday celebration to be held at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. This hotel is Courtney’s all time favorite, and she wanted the simplicity and elegance of this hotel to shine through in the paper pieces. The Hotel Emma is a historical building that used to be a brewhouse, but now houses the 146 rooms of this riverfront hotel. The elegant and traditional, yet modern and warm southern feel was exactly the look we were going for with the birthday party invitation suite.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Courtney wanted to incorporate her initials into a crest similar to the hotel’s logo, which she planned to use throughout her stationery for the event. This crest sits centered at the top of the invitation card, with a simple double lined border around the text to give it a traditional feel.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The invitation card was screen printed in metallic gold ink on a smooth black paper. The typefaces used in the invitation were kept fairly simple, except for her name done in a flowing modern calligraphy, that would tie together with the hand addressed calligraphy envelopes.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The black and gold color palette brought in that moody southern feel of the hotel, but we wanted to incorporate a pop of color. Courtney mentioned that she loves the beautiful tile floors seen throughout the hotel. After researching these gorgeous floors, I decided that a soft watercolor painting of the tile pattern would provide the perfect pop of color for the invitation suite. So each envelope was adorned with a custom envelope liner featuring a hand-painted watercolor of the floor pattern. It really tied the suite together and gave it that last bit of southern flair.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The outer envelopes were addressed with calligraphy in metallic gold ink and dressed up with some hand picked vintage stamps to go along with both the theme and color scheme. My favorite stamp used is the Texas statehood one that not only is perfect for the venue of the the party, but also brings out the blues of the watercolor envelope liner. The back flap of the envelope is blind embossed with a simple return address. The invitation was wrapped in a very thin white twine.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Thanks Clara!

Design, Calligraphy, and Styling:Goldie Design Co.

Screenprinting: Atmosphere Printing Company

Envelopes: Cards & Pockets

Photo Credits: Clara Odgen

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations

Baby showers are just the best. They’re both a chance for parents-to-be to celebrate with family and friends and stock up on a few new baby essentials (OMGbabiesneedsomuchstuff). And seriously, there really are so many things that new parents need – including moms and dads becoming parents through adoption. I’m beyond thrilled and honored that the talented Kristy Rice of Momental Designs is sharing her whimsical floral adoption baby shower invitations with us today! The invitations feature Kristy’s signature vibrant hand painted florals, rose gold foil printing, and fabric envelope liners, these festive baby shower invitations – perfect for celebrating Kristy’s newest addition!

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

From Kristy: These invitations were very special for me as I created them for my own baby shower for my recent adoption. The invitations are loosely based on the paintings of artist, Frida Khalo, and a blooming cactus watercolor painting that I did. They are very whimsical, featuring a variety of different fun elements to help the overall aesthetic come to life!

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

The highlights of the design for me were the rose gold foil printing, fabric elements, and the individually hand painted components of the invitations. All pieces are hand painted using various techniques like gold spatter, bold aqua watercolor washes, and fuchsia free hand outlines on the menus.

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

The envelopes were lined with fabric for an added touch! To complement everything inside the envelopes, we featured calligraphy envelope addressing with colorful artwork on front and oversized vintage stamp composition.

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

Each guest wore paper flower crown, even the babies! Made from handmade, painted papers and greens, each crown had its own personality. Each seating card featured a personal free hand watercolor sketch that I made for guests based on their favorite flowers, favorite pet, favorite collectibles, favorite food, or a nickname. Seating cards were hung on a dip dyed fabric backdrop featuring a calligraphy laser cut wood sign and greenery.

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

The menus were die cut on shimmering gold stock with a nearly-neon pink painted edge. The edge painting was done a bit differently than usual as it was painted on the face of the menu along with the edge. Each menu was unique depending on how much pressure was applied to the brush during painting.

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

The vibrant floral aesthetic continued throughout the party with floral watercolor pattern placemats featuring dahlias, mulberries, vines and ranunculus. I had a blast putting together all the elements for this special day and making my vision come to life.

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

Whimsical Floral Adoption Baby Shower Invitations by Momental Designs

Thanks Kristy!

Design: Momental Designs

Envelope Calligraphy: Designsgirl

Wooden Calligraphy Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Event Planning: Patchwork Planning

Momental Designs 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: Danielle Coons Photography

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

Paper Party 2016: Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations

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!

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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!

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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.

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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.

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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.

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Party 2016 Rainbow Watercolor and Hologram Foil Invitations / Design by Ashley Buzzy / Printed by Bella Figura / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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

How to Use Vintage Stamps

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!

How to Use Vintage Stamps / Oh So Beautiful Paper for eBay

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