The 2016 National Stationery Show, Part 10

Today’s recap from the 2016 National Stationery Show is a really good one, you guys – it’s all about cards with a sense of humor! From playful snark and sarcasm, to cheeky puns and playful social commentary, to cards that are downright raunchy, you’re pretty much guaranteed to laugh out loud at least once during this recap! Exhibitors in this recap include Power and Light PressGreenwich Letterpress, La Familia Green, ilootpaperie, 417 Press, McBitterson’s, 6.25 Paper, Bruno Press, Paper Epiphanies, and Bench Pressed! Just a fair warning before you start scrolling: there is some explicit language in several of these cards!

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Power and Light Press

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Greenwich Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Greenwich Letterpress

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

So like, happy birthday – so good!

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: La Familia Green / Oh So Beautiful Paper

La Familia Green

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

OMG. The sloth slow clap card. I’m obsessed!

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Can’t resist a good pun!

NSS 2016: iLootPaperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

ilootpaperie

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Neon edge painted notepads for boss ladies!

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Yay for shiny disco balls!

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: 417 Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

417 Press

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I mean, is this not the best holiday card EVER?

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

NSS 2016: McBitterson's / Oh So Beautiful Paper

McBitterson’s

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: No. 625 Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

6.25 Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bruno Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bruno Press

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Paper Epiphanies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Epiphanies

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bench Pressed / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bench Pressed

Which cards made you laugh?? Leave your favorites in the comments!

More recaps from the 2016 National Stationery Show right here!

Photo Credits: Elizabeth Pettey Photography and Lara Saavedra for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations

You guys, I really hope the tropical leaf trend sticks around for a while. I just can’t get enough! Palm fronds, banana leaves, monsteras and philodendrons… I love them as house plants, floral décor, AND as inspiration for wedding invitations! Becca from Suite Paperie sent over these tropical leaf destination wedding invitations for a NYC couple getting married in the West Indies. Palm fronds galore!

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From BeccaMichelle and Steven came to us to create an island-inspired invitation that would not only stand the test of time, but would also set the tone for their West Indies destination wedding. The pair are super creative individuals, with the bride working in the fashion industry, and the groom at an architecture firm, both in NYC. They ooze cool, creativity, and fun, so we were put to the test to create the ultimate suite that showed off their personalities, styles, and wedding vibe.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We came up with this tropical leaf wedding invitation! This beauty is digitally printed in full color on a creamy double-thick cover stock. The invitation is modern, featuring a playful brush script paired with a mix of serif and italic typefaces, and corner leaf artwork. We added depth to the design by layering palm fronds to create a cool seamless pattern.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The punchy pattern was enlarged and printed again to be used as the envelope liner inside a teal green envelope. Mini manilla shipping tags were  digitally printed with their initials and wedding date on the front, and their RSVP and website info on the reverse. The tags were finished with a burlap strand, giving the suite a bit of an earthy, rustic feel.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Michelle and Steven wanted their invitation to exude a fun, island vibe – getting their guests psyched up for an all out party weekend in Tobago, West Indies. We think the invitation did just that!

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Becca!

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Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

Tuesday Happy Hour: Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash

Normally, we post these recipes on Fridays, when most people can really use a drink. But I’ve been knocked out by a cold for the past few days, and the one kind of drink that’s good for a cold – a Hot Toddy – is not welcome in this weather. So here we are, on a Tuesday and, let’s be honest, plenty of people can probably already use a drink this week. So here’s a summer-perfect Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash to see you through till Friday. Andrew

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash

2 oz Amber Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
5-6 Basil Leaves
1/2 cup Watermelon

In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum and basil leaves, then muddle the basil leaves to break them up a bit. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and a big scoop of fresh watermelon to the shaker, then add a few pieces of ice, the bigger the better. Shake hard to smash up the basil and watermelon, then strain into a tumbler filled with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with more basil and enjoy!

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This is a wonderfully fresh and refreshing drink, bursting with savory and sweet and tart flavors and backed by the rum’s notes of molasses. It hits you first with the aroma of basil, then fruit and citrus and more basil. Fresh watermelon gives this drink a wonderfully summery air and a gorgeous pink color; I almost added “and finely strain” to the instructions, to remove any pulp, but I don’t want to do anything to take away from that color. Normally, I’d use more simple syrup in a drink with that much lime juice, to balance out the tart, but the watermelon is sweet enough on its own to warrant a smaller dose.

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’ll use this as another opportunity to lobby for everyone to grow their own cocktail gardens. It’s super easy – we’re actually using an old shipping pallet, left over from our bathroom renovation, turned into a vertical herb garden – and so, so rewarding. There’s nothing like walking out the back door, plucking some fresh basil leaves right off the stem, and turning them into a cocktail right then and there. A cocktail is only as good as its weakest ingredient, and fresh produce really does some magic to your drinks.

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations

The choice of a wedding venue influences so much about the wedding itself. Will it be modern or classic? Informal or black tie? Rustic or tropical? It makes perfect sense that so many wedding invitations are inspired by the wedding venue! These illustrated mountain wedding invitations from Alia and Jason of Darling Press were inspired by Timberline Lodge, located in the shadow of Oregon’s Mount Hood and feature an illustration of both the wedding venue and the nearby volcano. The invitation suite was letterpress printed in a single color – a deep, dusky blue – to complement the intricate line work in the illustrations and help keep costs within the couple’s budget!

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Alia and Jason: One of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks is Mt. Hood. Chances are, if you’re heading up to romp around the mountain, you’re going to visit the equally iconic Timberline Lodge. When Courtney and Chris told us they were getting married at Timberline Lodge, we were very excited to illustrate the architecture of the building. The fine detail of the Lodge works well against the bold organic shapes of our local volcano.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Because the impression from letterpress printing would highlight the intricate line work and wealth of detail in the drawings, everyone agreed that only one color was necessary for the suite.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rather than keeping number of pieces in the invitation suite to the bare minimum (just the invitation and a reply card), Courtney was excited about adding extra elements to make the invitation package feel special and unique. And thus, our first ever custom map was designed. The tiny tag was a warm, personal touch to complete the overall presentation.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Alia and Jason!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Darling Press