Vivid Watercolor 21st Birthday Party Invitations

These bright and colorful watercolor invitations from Ashley Bush Lettering and Design are so fun for a 21st birthday party! And those envelopes? OMG. Ashley used masking fluid and a bright swash of paint to create the most amazing resist technique in the address. Love love love!

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From AshleyThis collection was for a 21st birthday celebration! The concept was bright watercolor fun with a big emphasis on the envelopes! I started with the invitation design: I hand painted the multi-colored splash and finalized the design in Photoshop. I also created some custom brush-lettering for the front and back of her invitations.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We carried the colorful painted look right onto the envelopes, but instead of making every envelope the same color scheme I decided to mix and match, utilizing all of the fun colors from the invitation!

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The black envelopes gave just the right pop for the bright colors. Using a small, fine-tip brush I lettered the names on the envelopes in masking fluid, brushed the paint on, and finished the address with a white Gelly Roll pen! You can see a video of this process here and if you want to try lettering with masking fluid you can follow my step-by-step tutorial.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ashley!

Photo Credits: Ashley Bush Lettering and Design

Five 2015-2016 Planners You Can Use Right Now!

I don’t know about you, but even though it has been more than a decade (ahem) since I was last in school, I’ve never really been able to break the habit of starting a new planner right before the beginning of a new school year. And if you’re like me, you’re in luck! Here are five absolutely gorgeous 2015-2016 planners (or agendas – or whatever you call them) that you can start using right this very minute!

Five 2015-2016 Planners You Can Use Right Now / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Rifle Paper Co.

2. Kate Spade

3. Ban.do

4. Day Designer for Blue Sky (available online and at Target!)

5. The Day Designer flagship edition

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper

I’ve been foiling everything in sight since getting my hands on a Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator a few weeks ago, and today I’m thrilled to share another project using this amazing machine! My obsession with all things holographic/iridescent is still running strong, so when I found out about this hologram foil I just knew I wanted to do something fun and summery with it. So here’s a little something to jazz up any backyard BBQs or late summer picnics – hologram foil ice cream cone wrappers!

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These ice cream cone wrappers are super cute in just black and white, so you can totally use the printable template even if you haven’t yet gotten yourself a Minc. But seriously, you should totally get one. I’ve been having SO much fun with mine, and there are tons of foil colors and options to play around with!

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To make the ice cream cone wrappers:

Step 1. Print out the template on text weight paper using a laser printer. The Minc foil applicator works with toner ink, so if you don’t have access to a laser printer you can print the template on an ink jet printer and then make copies on a copier.

Step 2. I found I got better results and more mileage from the foil if I cut out each individual wrapper before running it through the Minc foil applicator. Cut out each individual ice cream cone wrapper, being careful to cut just outside the outline. Cut a piece of hologram foil just large enough to cover the ice cream wrapper.

Step 3. Place as many ice cream cone wrappers and pieces of foil as you can fit inside the transfer folder – foil side up. Run through the Minc foil applicator. Peel away the excess foil and voila!

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I just can’t get enough of those rainbow shimmers. Holographic everything!

Printable Hologram Foil Ice Cream Cone Wrapper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Download the printable ice cream cone wrapper template right here!

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Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kerry + Cuyler’s Modern Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Gorgeous design and letterpress printing from the ladies of Gus & Ruby Letterpress with modern calligraphy from Molly Jacques = a wedding invitation match made in heaven! Samantha and Whitney from Gus & Ruby paired Molly’s calligraphy with tons of pattern and their own whimsical hand lettering. Love!

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

From Samantha and WhitneyThis custom wedding invitation suite was designed for our dear friends’ wedding held right here in Portsmouth, NH. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect their celebratory, non-stuffy attitude and hip, bold vision for their big day.

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

The graphic invitation prominently featured gorgeous modern calligraphy by Molly Jaques and a double layer of color and pattern. A bold contemporary color palette of black, slate blue, and red gave a fun, cocktail-hour vibe.

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

All pieces were wrapped in a custom letterpress printed patterned gatefold and tied shut with twine and custom hang-tag featuring the a two letter monogram.

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Day-of pieces featured a fun trifold program, custom coasters, custom drink stirrers and more! As always, the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Modern Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Brea McDonald

Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress