Seasonal Stationery: Mother’s Day Cards, Part 4

When sharing the love this Mother’s Day, we didn’t want to  forget the other mother figures in your life: grandmothers, step-moms, and even pet moms deserve appreciation, too. Or maybe there’s someone in your life who isn’t related to you by blood or marriage, but has a major role in your life. Here are ten perfect cards for the women in your life who are just like a mom.

Mother's Day Card Round Up for Step-moms, Grandmothers, and other mother figures / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. A trophy in shiny gold foil for an awesome stepmom from Egg Press

2. For the mother figure in your life that holds it all together from Emily McDowell Studio

3. + 4. Beautiful cards for Grandma from Sugar Paper and Moglea

5. Dog moms get a Mother’s Day nod from Hennel Paper Co.

6. And don’t forget cat moms! Send an illustrated card from (who else??) The Dancing Cat

7. Pretty pops of lime green in this card for pseudo-moms from Farewell Paperie

8. Let Grandma know she’s the best with this lovely card from Wild Wagon Co.

9. A sweet card for the person you’ve always thought of like a mom from Ink Meets Paper

10. For the best Stepmom around from Bench Pressed

p.s. You can find more Mother’s Day cards in the Market List!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative

We’re headed down south for today’s Behind the Stationery feature. Melissa of Atheneum Creative is a rockstar at custom invitations and pretty event trinkets of all kinds! Working with and beyond the paper medium, Melissa collaborates with other vendors and artists to create something special and unique for her clients. Take it away, Melissa! –Megan
Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hello! I’m Melissa, creative director and owner of Atheneum Creative in Charlotte, North Carolina. Atheneum was established in 2011 with the idea of bringing stories to life through a unique branded experience. I have always had a passion for pretty things, paper, and pushing the envelope. With my background in branding, it was a natural fit to bring that process into the wedding world.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Prior to the start of Atheneum, I was working for a small boutique design shop based in Chicago. Over the years, I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most challenging and inspiring industries in the field, creating nationally recognized work and truly building a love for this profession. Working with a lot of non-profits, educational institutions and hospitals, my everyday was filled with annual reports, branding and promotional collateral. Don’t get me wrong, I love working on all of that especially with the non-profits who have such great stories to tell, but it was always the special invitations and events that would grace our door that really light the fire in me. Picking papers, materials, and thinking about unique ways to mail always got me excited and I knew where my heart was.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

So from there, Atheneum was born. I love a challenge. It is always a little scary to be experimental (I never tell the clients I’m scared), but I love when a client comes in for a meeting and says, “I want something no one has ever seen before.” It makes my heart race a little, but that’s the fun part, right?

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I incorporate almost all printing methods into our work: digital, offset, letterpress, foil, engraving, screen, vinyl, etc. I especially love when a client wants to bring in something more three dimensional — bowties on a stick, keys, or wood blocks — or when we push the materials and print on wood, glass, metal, copper, leather, silk, etc. I think that is what makes Atheneum Creative a bit more unique: I love to challenge myself to make something really unique and help tell the story of our clients.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I recently sat down with a client to brainstorm a birth announcement / baptism announcement and she showed me the bible verse she wanted to use, but didn’t know how to tie it all together to tell her story. I came up with the idea of exploration and adventure to pull you through his birth and life moments to the baptism. We even brought in a real compass to include in the announcement, which we printed on the inside cover. I am hoping to shoot this soon so we will have some photos to share, but for now, I included some iPhone process shots.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful PaperBehind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I am the creative director for all of the work, but we do have a great team we collaborate with including graphic designers, calligraphers, illustrators and photographers. Collaborating is one of the best parts of being a designer. My typical day is usually broken up by a few hours of design work and a few hours of assembly.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

There is almost always a trip to some of the local printers we use for a press check or pick-up. Everyone at the post office knows me! I call that my second home as I spend so much time there! For example, this morning, after dropping the kids off, I was on a foil press check at 8:30 am with the client, approved a digital sheet at another printer at 9:15 am, dropped off envelopes to a calligrapher at 10 am and then wrapped up my morning at the post office to purchase 920 stamps for an assembly job tomorrow. I don’t have a set schedule as every day is different, but I am usually in the office from 8am – 6pm (with my dog sitting by my side all day long). My kids also love to visit me when I am working!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A lot of our clients are not local and a good handful of them are overseas. I typically start every project with a call or in person meeting to discuss the look of the wedding day. Sometimes brides have a good idea of what they are after and others have no idea—which is not a problem! We take the look and feel of the day and carry it over into their stationery. We might start with a logo or monogram, or just colors and patterns that will pull everything together.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From there we work on various design options to give clients a nice range to choose from. We also work with creative language to ensure a wedding brand fully expresses the client’s personality. Once we go a few rounds of revisions, we are off to print. We are usually assembling in about three weeks. Then we shoot it and submit it to OSBP :)

I know everyone always says this, but our clients are truly the best! They trust us and allow us to get creative and unique with their work and if it was not for clients like that, we would not have the super fun portfolio we do today!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful PaperThanks, Nole and Megan!

Photos by Allison Kuhn (office), Chelsea Davis (new work), and Melissa Broderick (compass work).

Interested in participating in this column? Email Megan at megan [at] ohsobeautifulpaper [dot] com.

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas

I’ve been obsessed with bright and colorful envelope addresses lately, especially envelopes that use white or light ink over bold and saturated watercolor paint! These invitations from Kim at Bright Room Studio and these save the dates by Gina at Eleven and West are recent favorites. So when Sakura of America got in touch about their new opaque Soufflé pens and vibrant Glaze pens, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with them! I enlisted my talented friend Michele of Meant to Be Calligraphy to help write out the addresses on some (well, a lot) of envelopes, and today we’re sharing the results with you – along with the how-to so you can recreate these DIY colorful envelope address ideas at home!

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Let’s start with the Soufflé pens, which come in some really gorgeous pastel tones and white ink! Since the ink is opaque you can use the pens on dark paper or layer them over dark paint colors! I had the BEST time coming up with color combinations for these envelopes: pale pink over dark green watercolor paint, peach over cobalt blue watercolor, lavender over indigo watercolor, citron/mint over black watercolor, and aqua over violet watercolor. I can’t pick a favorite color combination!

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To create the watercolor envelopes, we used Sakura’s Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Travel Kit to paint really vibrant colors on white cotton envelopes. We started painting right below the point where a stamp would be placed and painted horizontal strokes from left to right, working our way down the front of the envelope. The trick is to use high quality cotton or bamboo envelopes, which will absorb the watercolor without too much warping, and to use very little water and a ton of pigment when painting. We used only enough water to spread the paint over the envelope, rather than adding pigment to a cup or bowl full of water. Practice on a test sheet of watercolor paper until you achieve your desired hue, and be sure to place a clean sheet of paper under your envelopes while painting.

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Once the envelopes are fully dry, start writing the addresses! The Soufflé pens go on dark but lighten considerably as they dry, which can make them a bit tricky in the beginning – but you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Mix different lettering styles, from script to serif to all caps, and have fun with embellishments like dots, lines, arrows, and ornamental frames!

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Now for the Glaze pens, which offer a really unique 3D ink and glossy, vibrant colors that remind me of watercolors! The Glaze pens are translucent, so we paired them with subtle dip dye envelopes. I really love the tone-on-tone look of blue, pink, and purple Glaze pens against blue, pink, and lavender dip dyed envelopes, but we also created some fun contrasting envelope addresses with tropical green against pale pink – even a rainbow envelope address!

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

As with the watercolor envelopes, the key to successful dip dyed envelopes is to use high quality cotton or bamboo envelopes. They absorb the dye and Glaze pen ink so well! To dip dye envelopes, mix food coloring with warm water in a vessel that is at least half an inch wider than your largest envelope and around three inches deep. I like using foil square cake pans to dip dye, and you can dip the envelopes at an angle to achieve more color coverage. When you’ve achieved your desired shade, dip (and quickly remove) the envelope in the dye bath, then blot dry with a paper towel and set aside to dry.

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When addressing your envelopes, have fun mixing script lettering with lowercase and all caps, and play around with proportions! I also added a second layer of ink to some of the addresses (after waiting for the first layer to dry completely) for a more whimsical look. The best part is that you don’t have to be a lettering genius to create these envelopes – the colorful ink alone adds a major dose of whimsy to the envelope, and the combination of colorful ink with playful, imperfect lettering just makes my heart happy.

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To create the little palm frond illustrations, I sketched them out very lightly with pencil first, then went over the pencil sketch with the Glaze pens. I also want to add whimsical polka dots to ALL of my envelopes from now on! Wouldn’t it make you so happy to receive that neon pink and coral envelope in the mail??

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Colorful Envelope Address Ideas with Sakura of America Glaze and Soufflé Pens / Oh So Beautiful Paper

So fun, right??? You can pick up your own set of Soufflé pens here and Glaze pens here – you’ll have so much fun creating bright and beautiful envelope addresses with them!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by Sakura of America. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I’m kiiiiinnnnnd of obsessed with swan motifs at the moment, so naturally I was super excited when these romantic swan-inspired wedding invitations from Nichole at Coral Pheas­ant showed up in my inbox! I love the way Nichole incorporated subtle swan details (inspired by the groom’s last name!) into this classic blush and gold invitation design, including a die cut details card and swan envelope liner!

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NicholeLast year I had the pleasure of working with the magnificent florist Diane Gaudett, of Custom Floral Designs, and her daughter Jocelyn to create a custom wedding invitation suite for Jocelyn’s wedding. Truth be told, it more a family affair with Jocelyn’s fiancé, Justin, and her sister being involved too! They all came to the first design meeting, each contributing and offering ideas that were built upon during the design process.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The vision for the wedding was a super romantic affair with lush florals, crystal chandeliers and luxe linens to be held at the Lace Factory in Deep River, Connecticut. Those details and the darling last name of the groom (Swann!) were the driving bits of inspiration for the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation itself is completely typeset in a script full of romantic flourishes, set at a slight angle and is letterpress printed on double-thick Crane’s Lettra. While the language on the invitation is traditional, playful wording is used on the response card.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

My favorite part of the suite is the die cut details card that features a swan with outstretched wings. Seriously, could the groom’s surname be any more fitting for a wedding?! Swans mate for life and are symbols of elegance and beauty. The swan reference is repeated on the patterned envelope liners and again on the custom postage stamp. Blush envelopes bring a hint of color to the palette and calligraphy by Graceline complete the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Nichole!

Invitation design and styling: Coral Pheasant

Calligraphy: Graceline

Event and floral design: Custom Floral Designs

Coral Pheasant is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Nichole’s beautiful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more invitation inspiration!

Photo Credits: Coral Pheasant

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

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

Photo Credits: Jen Wojcik Photography