Seasonal Stationery: Mother’s Day Cards for Grandmothers, Step-moms, and other Moms

Last week, we featured a roundup of our favorite Mother’s Day cards for moms. But what about all the other amazing mothers or mother figures in your life? I’m talking about grandmothers, step-moms, and women that have been like a mom to you. Today we’re rounding up a few Mother’s Day Cards for grandmothers, step-moms, and other moms. If they’re important to you, they deserve a sincere gesture of appreciation for all their support and encouragement over the years. There’s even a shout-out for dads that took on both roles!

Mother's Day Cards for Grandmothers, Step-Moms, and Other Moms

 From top right:

1. Maybe she isn’t your mom, but she provided a shoulder to cry on and taught you important life lessons. Send her this card from Ink Meets Paper!

2. Grandmas ARE the best! Send this charming floral illustration from Hartland Brooklyn to your own grandma – or, if you have your own kids, to your mom to show how much you value her love for your kids. (Side note: Be sure to check out our recent feature and behind the scenes with Emily here!)

3. If your sense of humor runs towards snarky, check out the Mother’s Day selection from Farewell Paperie. We love this card for your favorite pseudo-mom!

4. Grammy, Mémé, Nana, Gramma. Whatever you call her, treat your grandmother to some delicious sugar-filled snacks and this elegant pink card from Sugar Paper.

5. Maybe you were raised by a super hero single dad (like me!). Or maybe you have two dads (lucky you!). Send him (or them) this jungle-inspired design from acclaimed wordsmith Emily McDowell.

6. Also from Emily McDowell, this is the perfect card for expressing your thanks to a woman who might not be your biological mom but definitely helped you become who you are today.

7. Step-moms can get a bad rap. Show your amazing step-mom how much she means to you with this silver foil medal card from Egg Press.

8. Loving all the elements of this ode to step-moms from Hello!Lucky – from the gold foil to the whimsical hand lettering and floral illustrations.

9. The cutest illustrated dominoes from Mr. Boddington’s Studio in this Mother’s Day card for Grandma.

10. Grandma – the original mom! Love this sunny yellow gingham design from Wild Ink Press.

p.s. Mother’s Day cards for your mom here!

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

I just love the look of white ink against dark paper. It’s so striking! I just can’t pass up a black or navy blue envelope with a calligraphed address in white ink, like these gorgeous black and white invitations (or these brush lettered envelopes!) Last year, I shared some colorful envelope ideas using Sakura of America’s 3-D opaque Soufflé pens and glossy Glaze pens – it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects that we’ve ever done! Given my love for white ink on black envelopes, I wanted to see what would happen if I used the white Soufflé and Glaze pens on black paper, along with white Gelly Roll pens! I’ve been feeling super inspired by global textiles lately, particularly African mud cloth textiles – so today I’m sharing some fun envelopes and stationery ideas with global-inspired patterns – along with some tips for recreating these DIY mud cloth-inspired envelopes and stationery ideas at home!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

For this project, I used opaque white Soufflé pens, gloss white 3-D Glaze pens, and opaque white Gelly Roll pens on black envelopes and flat cards from Paper Source. The Soufflé pens also come in a range of pastel colors that I think would be really fun to play around with – can you imagine some of these patterns in pastel lavender ink on a dark navy envelope??? So good. You can see the other Soufflé colors in action in this post, but I’m loving classic black and white for these graphic global-inspired patterns.

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

You can definitely freehand some of these patterns, but I found it easiest to create guidelines using a ruler and a No. 2 pencil before creating the individual patterns with my Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens. Each pen has a slightly different texture, so you’ll want to practice on a test sheet of paper before picking the pen that works best for you. The steps vary slightly depending on whether you’re making envelopes, menus, or place cards, so I’ll write the steps out for each one below.

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

Supplies

White Soufflé pens, Glaze pens, and Gelly Roll pens

Ruler

No. 2 pencil

SumoGrip block eraser

Black envelopes and flat cards (I used A7 envelopes, A7 flat cards, and 4bar flat cards)

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the envelopes:

Step 1. First, you’ll need to decide where you want your text to go: centered, left justified, or right justified. Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw a rectangle approximately 4″ wide and 3″ tall on a black A7 envelope. (For oversize envelopes or longer addresses, adjust the rectangle dimensions as needed.) Within that rectangle, draw lines that are 3.5″ wide and 1/2″ inch apart, leaving some extra room at the top and bottom. That’s where you’ll write the address in your chosen lettering style – I think it’s fun to use a mix of script, serif, and sans-serif lettering!

Step 2. Around the address rectangle, draw both vertical and horizontal lines 1/4″ apart across the entire envelope. This will give you a grid guideline for your pattern. I chose a few mud cloth-inspired patterns and freehanded them within the pencil grid. You can find some mud cloth pattern inspiration here!

Step 3. Using your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens, draw your chosen pattern on the envelope and allow the ink to dry. If you’re satisfied with the pattern, you can also use the pens to write the address on the lines within the rectangle. Once the ink is completely dry, erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser.

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the menus and table numbers:

Step 1. Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw a rectangle approximately 3″ wide and 4″ tall in the middle of an A7 (5×7) flat card. The number of lines that you’ll need inside the rectangle will depend on the text you plan to use, but I spaced my lines at 1/4″ apart and left a line blank between menu items. Around the rectangle, draw both vertical and horizontal lines 1/4″ apart across the entire card. For table numbers and other signs, you can also leave the top third of the card blank and draw your pattern guidelines on the bottom 2/3 of the card.

Step 2. Using your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens, draw your chosen pattern on the card and add your text – you could even use the cards to make small signs for a party or wedding reception! Allow the ink to fully dry, then erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser. If you’re working with a calligrapher (which I highly recommend when lots of text is involved), draw your pattern and then hand the patterned card off to your calligrapher to add the text!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

To make the place cards:

Using your ruler and a No. 2 pencil, draw horizontal and vertical lines 1/4″ apart across the lower half of a 4bar flat card. Then use your white Soufflé, Glaze, and Gelly Roll pens to draw your chosen pattern on the card, using the pencil lines as guidelines for your pattern. Allow the ink to fully dry, then erase all the pencil lines with the SumoGrip block eraser. Then write the name of each guest on the top half of the card – or hand the patterned cards off to your calligrapher for lettering!

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud Cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

DIY Mud-cloth-Inspired Envelopes and Stationery Ideas

I had SO much fun making these mud cloth-inspired patterns – and I think you will, too! The pencil guidelines help make sure everything is straight and properly spaced, but I love that these patterns are meant to look hand drawn and imperfect. You can pick up your own set of white Soufflé pens here, white Glaze pens here, and white Gelly Roll pens here – and the full color packs herehere, and here – I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous patterns you make with them!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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The World of Illustration: Joya Rose

Hello friends! Thanks to the online world we live in, a quick scroll through Instagram will instantly show you just how much talent is out there. And I’m not just talking about people who are really good at one thing. I’m talking about the artists out there rocking two (or more) impressive talents. Which brings me to the illustration inspiration for today. Artist Joya Rose creates illustrations and lettering that are fresh, modern, and oh-so-impressive. So let’s take a look at this multi-talented artist! Jen

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Many of Joya’s illustrations are small in scale, and they all feel simply modern in style. They look like effortless doodles, but of course, that’s the talent behind the illustration. I love a good map illustration, and here she uses things (like a beer tap for a pub) as icons for the different destinations in the city. I’m also digging the color palettes that Joya uses. This mix of pinks and greens feels so fresh.

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Here’s a different style of illustration by Joya. The watercolor softness of this illustration shows how skilled she is — there’s so much detail in the cacti and chickens. Somehow she manages to add in refined details with a paint that’s naturally soft and watery.

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

I had to stick this one in. Here’s a self-portrait of Joya! Again, it amazes me how illustrators like Joya can show such expressive details in an illustration that’s on the more minimal side. Such a cool style in modern illustration.

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

I’d like to wallpaper an entire room in this print. Pretty please!

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Since my original roots are in home design, I’m a sucker for illustrations like this that show classic furniture pieces made more whimsical in drawing. And Joya’s choice of going with this soft green color, versus a heavy brown, for example, makes the illustration feel more modern.

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Watercolor seals pair Joya’s illustration with her lettering work. Which one would you choose?

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

This sweet illustration speaks to family in such an iconic way.

Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Here’s a peek at a menu that pairs her illustration with her modern lettering. The drawings add a really fun detail to this menu.

Sending a big thanks to Joya for sharing her illustration and lettering work! You can check out more from Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering on her website and over on Instagram.

Images via Joya Rose Illustration and Hand Lettering

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding

If you’re more of a free spirit, here are some ideas for adding bohemian flair to your wedding stationery and décor. Hint: It involves a lot of fringe, dreamcatchers, and earthy details. – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Get the party started by providing tambourines. | Photography: Love and Wolves Co, Wedding Planning: Elite Wedding Planning via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love the ribbon and yarn on these dreamcatchers. | Photography: Elate Photo, Event Design: Artsy Heartsy Events, Planning: Repose Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Shower the happy couple with floral confetti. | Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy on agate slices add a pop of color to the table. | Photography: Mary Costa Photography, Event Design & Planning: Samantha Dapper via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Potted succulents double as escort cards and favors. | Photography: The Melideos, Event Design & Planning: Lace and Likes, Paper Goods: Smitten on Paper, Calligraphy: Taryn Eklund via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These dip dyed tassels make the perfect backdrop. | Photography: Chloé Lapeyssonnie, Handmade Details: Christina Sfez via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Brightly colored ribbon draped over the table adds an effortless bohemian look. | Photography: Chris & Kristen PhotographyPlanning, Design & Styling: Sterling Social, Tabletop Elements: Borrowed Blu via Rue

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Give your guests seed packets to plant at home or in this case, chocolate covered sunflower seeds. | Photography: Anna Killian via The House That Lars Built

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love these modern dreamcatcher place cards. | Photography: Danielle Poff Photography, Design & Coordination: Danae Grace Events, Calligraphy: Rosey Calligraphy, Dreamcatchers: Dreamkeepers LLC via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Wedding / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use your natural surroundings! Hang escort cards from tree branches and vines. | Event & Design: Smith + James via Smith + James