Envelope Inspiration: Calligraphy and Vintage Stamps

If you’re reading this blog, then hopefully you’re like me and LOVE a pretty envelope. Dress an envelope up with some beautiful calligraphy (or a well designed mailing label) and some colorful postage stamps and I’m a very happy lady. So I was thrilled when calligrapher Korie Lynn of The Weekend Type sent over some beautiful envelope inspiration from her collaboration with florist Jody Strom of The Moss & Rose and event planner Natalie Dawley of To Be Wed! Let’s get straight to the envelope eye candy…

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From Korie: Vintage stamps are the perfect way to continue the overall theme and color palette in an invitation suite. Using multigenerational postage allows you to create a storyline and always makes the envelope more interesting. Each vignette tells a color story: the backdrop, the floral combinations, the envelope, ink choices, calligraphy style, and the stamps. From Americana to English countryside to Garden glamour, Jody accented each envelope with flowers and foliage grown and selected from her personal garden.

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Thanks so much ladies!

Calligraphy: The Weekend Type

Floral Styling: The Moss & Rose

Styling: Two Be Wed

Photo Credits: Korie Lynn Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Written Word Calligraphy + Design

I am delighted to be introducing you wonderful OSBP readers to the work of a truly lovely lady! Karla Lim is the hand behind the beautiful work of Written Word Calligraphy + Design. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Written Word offers custom calligraphy and illustration for events, invitations, logos, you name it! Karla — who is currently away enjoying being a newlywed herself! — is as delightful as her work. Take a look and see for yourself! – Julie

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Playful and dynamic, Karla’s calligraphy dances right off the paper. Her ink selections are spot on as they highlight the sweeps and curls of each line. Simply stunning!

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It almost feels as if Karla’s writing transforms into water or air and floats around the paper; it’s just one of the many reasons why I adore modern wedding calligraphy styles.

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To see more of Karla’s work, head over to her website to check out her beautiful portfolio. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram for more behind the scene peeks at new projects.

Photo Credits: 1 - This Love of Yours Photography; 2-7 Karla Lim

Calligraphy Inspiration: Allison R. Banks Designs

I love nothing more than happening upon beautiful calligraphy to find out that it’s by a calligrapher I haven’t yet had the chance to showcase. This month, I would like to introduce you all to Allison R. Banks Designs. I was wandering around the internet looking at monograms when I landed on her portfolio of stunning calligraphy and monogram work. Allison creates intricate and gorgeous pieces for her clients, with little details that will amaze and delight. – Julie

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I can’t help but wonder if one would need to worry about their mail being stolen with calligraphy addressed envelopes like these. They’re basically pieces of art!
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I love the gradient wash of color, from opaque and deep to rich and vibrant. The mix of calligraphy with uppercase lettering is such a great way to lighten the look.

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Allison also creates some amazing monograms. It’s such a wonderful way to add a traditional, elegant tone to your suite. The detail in her work is fantastic, isn’t it? For more, check out Allison’s portfolio and  Facebook, or download her portfolio to your iPad.

Photo Credits: Allison R. Banks

Calligraphy Inspiration: Lydia Robin Hendrix

It’s my favorite time of the month! This month’s Calligraphy Inspiration comes to us from the hand of Lydia Robin Hendrix. Lydia, a South Carolina based calligrapher, comes from a creative family and it certainly shows. Her portfolio pieces pull your focus with the simple elegant charm of the handwritten. A blend of traditional style with a bit of a modern flare, Lydia’s work speaks for itself. So stunning, don’t you think? – Julie

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A dreamy watercolor invitation suite; I love the subtle washes of colour and the calligraphy that flows overtop. A gorgeous look!

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You really can’t go wrong with a classic black and white approach. Especially not when the main feature is Lydia’s beautiful calligraphy.

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For more on Lydia’s work, check out her Etsy shop and Facebook page.

Photo credits: 1 Lady Letterpress; 2 Landon Jacob;  3, 4, 5 Lydia Robin Hendrix

Calligraphy Inspiration: Flourish & Whim

This month’s dose of calligraphy inspiration comes from the talented hand of  Flourish & Whim‘s Julie Manwaring. Some of my favorite calligraphers are also fantastic illustrators; it may be because that illustrative character influences their calligraphic style in a way that’s truly magical. Honestly, you don’t take my word for it; just take a look as her work speaks for itself!  – Julie

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A gorgeous collaboration between Julie and Kristine Arellano of Presshaus LA who designed the suite. Calligraphy and letterpress: match made in heaven!

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Who wouldn’t want a beautiful wedding keepsake like this wedding certificate? Julie shows off her chops as amazing illustrator with this stunning detail.

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Flourish & Whim also offers beautiful calligraphy stamps. From return addresses to monograms, Julie’s got you covered! For more information, or lovely calligraphy inspiration, head over to her blog!

Photo credits: 1 Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day; 2 Sara Ewalt of Pinyadayada; 3 – 7 Julie Manwaring of Flourish & Whim