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

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Normally we hear the designer’s perspective on a particular wedding invitation, but today we’re lucky to hear from both the designer and the printer of these beautiful gold foil architecture-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates. Such a treat! Designer Ryan DePaola drew inspiration from his adopted home town, Los Angeles, for both the invitation and save the date design, then the talented production team at Mama’s Sauce brought the design to life through a combination of screen printing, letterpress printing, and gold foil!

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

First, a few notes on the design inspiration from designer Ryan DePaolaOur wedding suite was inspired by our venue, its location and what the two together represented to us. We choose to incorporate both ourselves as well as the city itself in our invitation to further integrate the two as one. The foil line work and flourishes are really an homage to the city of LA itself and the impact it has had – not just in style and architecture, but to us.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

LA is where my fiancé and I first met and dated, so for the save the dates I wanted to pull in all the beautiful architecture of all the buildings in downtown LA that had had special meaning to us. Where we had our first date all the way to our pizza spot. Where we had built our relationship and where we are solidifying it.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Mama’s Sauce on printing and production: Ryan’s suite was ultimately letterpress and foil in the end, but for his Save the Date we also incorporated screen printing. That was the only piece in his suite that utilized a different paper. We chose to to go with the smoother, less fibrous, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White for the Save the Date to ensure the half tone screen printed portion of the design (the marbling) printed as consistently as possible. Little technical decisions like this can go a long way when you’re really thinking through the best way to bring art to life within a process, as each design marries (pun!) with the process and paper differently.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The remainder of the suite was foil stamped and letterpress printed on double thick cotton paper that resulted in a strikingly consistent impression from both processes. They were pre-duplexed to double thick, as there wasn’t any relief printing on the backside.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Suites like this are a dream to work on for us. The designer is the client, and in this case the designer-client knows how to design well for our processes, yet is able to lean into our expertise for suggestions in order to make the package really shine, like foil is supposed to do.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ryan and Mama’s Sauce!

Design: Ryan DePaola

Letterpress, Foil, and Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: Mama’s Sauce

Shimmery Metallic Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! We have two absolutely GORGEOUS wedding invitation suites to share with you today! We’re kicking things off with these shimmery metallic moon and stars wedding invitations from Caroline of Lovely Paper Things. I absolutely love all the constellation details that Caroline incorporated throughout the suite, and how gorgeous is the screen printed gold ink over shimmery silver paper? So much sparkle!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Caroline: When Amber was a little girl, her mom would tell her stories about the moon, and as she grew up she cherished those special tales. Fast forward a few years, to when Heather of Amorology and I were brainstorming for Amber and Jason’s wedding invitation suite. I was immediately inspired to integrate the moon into their wedding invitation design!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The couple knew they wanted their special day to be a black tie, garden affair with very special and personal touches. So I decided to use a combination of painted moon and silhouetted floral illustrations – as though the moon was creating gorgeous floral shadows in a night garden!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Delighting and surprising a couple (and their guests) is one of my favorite things to do, so I had a special die made so that when the invitations arrived, tucked inside their screen printed pouches, they would show a quarter moon. And as the guests opened them up a full moon would be revealed! Hooray!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We used shimmer tone silver paper and custom amber-gold screen printed ink to achieve a romantic, warm look on the invitations, details card, website card, and moon phase cards. The silver paper and gold ink twinkled like star dust! And if that wasn’t enough, the constellations on the response card envelopes were letterpress printed and paired with envelopes with digitally printed liners in a beautiful lunar grey. And as it turns out, the couple was married on a new moon, which was the perfect way to start their happily ever after! Cheers to the sweetest couple and their marvelous moon dance!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much Caroline!

Invitation design: Lovely Paper Things

Event Planning: Amorology

Printing: Czar Press

Styling: To La Lune

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Photo Credits: Jen Wojcik Photography

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone – and happy Leap Day! I always love it when wedding invitations contain an interactive element, and what could be more interactive than a foldout invitation that slowly reveals its details to the recipient? These camp-theme foldout wedding invitations were created by designer Jessica Roush for her own wedding in a Wisconsin state park! Screen printed in two colors by the bride and groom, the invitations start as a 6-inch square before unfolding to an 18×24-inch poster!

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From JessicaThe initial inspiration for our wedding invitation was a fold-out adventure map: the kind where your eye meanders, with lots of interesting and quirky details. We wanted something outdoorsy and camp-themed to reflect our low key Wisconsin State park wedding.

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation is 18 inches by 24 inches poster-sized, and folds up to roughly 6 inches square. The front section you see when you open the envelope is intended to have the main information, the basic when and where.

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When you unfold the invitation, more information is revealed, including a hand-drawn map of the park, a map of Wisconsin, an RSVP, a quirky wedding necessities illustration, and an outline of South America. The map of South America alludes to our post-nuptial plan of quitting our jobs and traveling South America for 6-7 months! (You can follow those adventures right here!)

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

All of the typography and illustrated elements are drawn or hand-lettered by yours truly. They were tediously hand screen printed by my husband and I in two ink colors. The save the dates are printed by SmartPress, and the thank you notes and envelopes are DIY with custom rubber stamps. Creating our wedding invitations was by far one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process!

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Camp-Theme Foldout Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Jessica!

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Photo Credits: Jessica Roush

Marie-Noelle + Nicolas’s Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Illustrator Nathalie Ouederni of Studio Kalumi created these lovely boho chic wedding invitations for her best friend’s wedding – and I’m so thrilled she’s here today to share them with you! Nathalie combined wildflower illustrations inspired by the French village where the bride and groom grew up with hand written text throughout the invitations. And I LOVE the screen printed white ink over turquoise paper!

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NathalieWhen my best friend announced me she was getting married, it was a bit of a shock. We have known each other for more than ten years now and she has been with her fiancé for almost fifteen years, but this news seemed very unreal! I was very excited to design her wedding invitation suite, but also a bit terrified!

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

She gave me complete freedom regarding the colors, theme and technique. The only guidelines the couple gave me were that they wanted something modern, chic, handmaderomantic, and a little bohemian without being too girly. Marie-Noëlle also told me she wanted something in the line of the floral and vegetal patterns I usually make, so these were my starting points.

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I started doodling some flowers with watercolors and made a proposal going this way, but I felt like it was a bit too much old fashioned and ‘heavy’. I wanted something fresh and more original. The floral pattern is inspired by the wildflowers that you can find where the couple comes from (a cute village close to Toulouse, France).

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Some time before, I had found a turquoise card stock in a paper shop and instantly fell in love with the color. I knew  white screen printing would look amazing with the turquoise paper for these invitations. This printing process also fitted the couple’s desire to have something ‘handmade’.

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The text on these invitations is also handwritten, which adds to the handmade and bohemian feel. I had a lot of fun creating the seamless pattern for the envelope liner and the stickers to close the envelopes, the different monogram logos, the wedding map, and moreThe printing studio did an amazing job with all the details of these invitations, and were so easy to work with!

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Nathalie!

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Photo Credits: Nathalie Ouederni / Studio Kalumi