I’m a big big fan of using vintage postage stamps on everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements. So when Cara from Underwood Letterpress and Anne Robin Calligraphy sent over a few tips for mixing vintage postage to create little art collections on your envelopes, I couldn’t resist! These envelopes definitely make an impression and, especially when combined with stunning calligraphy, are a beautiful keepsake for the recipients!
From Cara of Underwood Letterpress: Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your special event. The vintage postage on these envelopes takes first impressions to the next level by mixing genre, color and technique. Here are a few tips for ways to turn your outer envelope in to a piece of art that will leave a lasting impression!
Don’t Be Afraid of Color!
Pops of color are essential to any design palette. Go bold with these fun and out there envelope designs. Mixing traditional design with Pop Art never looked so good. Each of these fabulous postage collages in the “In Love” line come with an eclectic mix of vintage postage plus a special Love stamp to celebrate the occasion!
Tone on Tone
Tone on tone is all the rage this season and there is no better way to maximize your wedding colors than by using multiple shades of your favorite hues. Check out these vintage postage collages with purple tones, blues and greens. Your guests might just decide to put these envelopes in a frame.
Mix Your Mediums
Try mixing techniques on your envelopes with this beautiful watercolor calligraphy design. The watercolor adds a whimsical touch while the modern address provides the perfect amount of juxtaposition.
Vintage Postage: Underwood Letterpress
Calligraphy: Anne Robin
Photography: Stephanie Collins Photography
Love must be in the air as I recently fell head over heels when I came across the work of Blue Eye Brown Eye‘s Lauren Essl. A designer and calligrapher, Lauren’s portfolio of work is as impressive as it is beautiful. Her pitch perfect invitation design and calligraphy turns something as everyday as a paper and envelopes into a beloved keepsake. Her blog is filled with stunning peeks of her work along with tips and resources for the beginning calligraphers. She’s also sharing her talent with the world through calligraphy classes! – Julie
I really love how Lauren utilizes space; corners and flaps are filled with ribbons of ink and creates a nice balance for a colorful array of stamps.
To see more of her beautiful calligraphy be sure to check out Lauren’s portfolio and blog. You can also register for her calligraphy classes if you’re located in Texas! More information is available on her website.
After I stumbled upon the work of Anne Robin Calligraphy, I pretty much fell head over heels. Photo after photo of what seemed like effortlessly gorgeous handwriting. It certainly didn’t surprise me to learn that she was first taught the art of calligraphy at the age of 9. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, New York Magazine, and the title credits of a Guy Ritchie film just to name a few. Anne has mastered an extensive list of calligraphic styles. From the tastefully traditional to the whimsically modern, she’s got your calligraphy needs covered. - Julie
Anne’s calligraphy style Rina is stunning. Letters and words strung together with feather light strokes.
Though each style is different, they compliment each other beautifully. The downside: how are we supposed to pick when they all look so amazing?
Only a couple more weeks left in 2013! I always look forward to New Year’s Eve – both as an opportunity to celebrate with friends and as a chance to welcome change with open arms. Ever since I read The Night Circus earlier this year (so good!), I’ve been intrigued by the idea of formal midnight dinner parties. Invite a few close friends, give them an excuse to dress up in their best party clothes (something I don’t get to do nearly often enough), and have a wonderful evening full of great food and cocktails. And what better occasion for a midnight dinner than New Year’s Eve? So we’ve teamed up with our friends at St-Germain, Karson Butler Events, and Meant to Be Calligraphy to offer some inspiration for those of you planning some New Year’s Eve festivities: a cocktail dinner party!
As always, let’s start with the invitations! Because we were aiming for something a bit more formal this time around, I decided to go with calligraphy from start to finish. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy created a stunning invitation in classic black ink on white paper and a calligraphy flourish on the back. We paired the invitations with slate gray envelopes (with a colorful DIY envelope liner) addressed in shimmery gold ink.
We set up a side table as a makeshift bar to welcome guests with cocktails and appetizers – a little something to keep everyone happy through the countdown to midnight! We’ll be sharing the recipes a little bit later, but our menu included a cheese plate (a party requirement, yes?), a punch, a classic cocktail recipe, a champagne cocktail, and a mocktail for any designated drivers.
Vintage punch bowl set and ladle / Coasters from Linea Carta
I’ve been obsessed with these constellation matchboxes for the longest time – they seemed like the perfect favors for a New Year’s Eve party! We paired them with gray and white striped favor bags from Shop Sweet Lulu with Michele’s calligraphy in gold ink.
I found these heart shaped cards at Paper Source a while back (sadly no longer available in black), but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. Michele came up with the brilliant idea of giving them to guests to inspire resolutions for the new year and conversations with fellow guests. Michele wrote out phrases on each card, again in gold ink – they’re now pretty much my favorite thing ever!
After midnight, time for dinner! Amber and Emily from Karson Butler Events created a backdrop of white streamers and a mixture of tissue paper fans and honeycombs in various sizes for a really beautiful layered texture. It’s so pretty against the white brick wall!
I had so much fun with the floral arrangements! I created a single centerpiece for the dinner table with peonies, garden roses, black and white anemones, paperwhites, silver brunia, white hypericum berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Smaller arrangements with the same flowers were sprinkled around the bar, along with a large bunch of seeded eucalyptus and bay leaves in an antique metal pitcher.
I also did a simple swag of greenery down the center of the dinner table using small clippings of seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, olive leaves, hypericum berries, and gold spray painted pepper berries (for a bit of extra sparkle) – all tucked around the centerpiece floral arrangement and small mercury glass votives. No floral wire necessary! We also created a table runner using layers of burlap – a plain loose weave burlap over silver polka dot burlap from Joann Fabrics.
Our place settings included place cards with Michele’s calligraphy in silver ink on slate gray paper, metallic rimmed plates with gray linen napkins, and gold flatware.
Full cocktail and mocktail recipes are coming up in just a bit!
Styling: Oh So Beautiful Paper and Karson Butler Events
Invitations and Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Floral Design: Oh So Beautiful Paper
Location: Karson Butler Events Design Studio
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Mona of Birds & Honey Events recently celebrated ten years with her husband Bassim – so they decided to renew their wedding vows as part of their anniversary celebrations! Mona worked with Sarah at The Stationery Bakery to create a gorgeous invitation suite featuring lush floral watercolor illustrations and calligraphy. So pretty!
From Mona: I recently renewed my vows and I just couldn’t get over the beauty of my invitation suite. My dear friend Sarah Donovan from the lovely Stationery Bakery designed the suite of my dreams. I knew that I wanted to incorporate my love of birds on our stationery suite. I also adore anything written by Rumi and Khalil Gibran so it meant the world to me that she incorporated some of my favorite quotes into the invitation.
Invitation Design: The Stationery Bakery
Photo Credits: Katch Studios