Watercolor and Gold Foil Ocean-Inspired Wedding Invitations

It’s usually right around this time of year that I begin wishing that I lived in a tropical climate – preferably right on the beach. For now I’ll just have to settle for these gorgeous watercolor and gold foil wedding invitations from Smitten on Paper inspired by the beaches in Miami!

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From Amy and the Smitten on Paper team: Katie and Peter wanted the invitation suite for their New Year’s Eve wedding to reflect the surroundings and atmosphere of their amazing venue, a waterfront museum with beautiful gardens and views off the coast of Miami. We worked with Eileen from Beauty in the Making to create a suite that is elegant and breathtaking, combining watercolor, gold foil, and calligraphy.

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An artist friend of the couple painted the background, which we scanned in and used in different ways throughout the suite. Each piece is duplexed with a pop of orange paper so they are double thick and then gold foil stamped with a mix of modern type and loose calligraphy.

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We love how all of the pieces in the suite create their own sense of movement and really evoke the ocean’s rhythms. The whole project is finished with hand addressed calligraphy envelopes in watercolor hues.

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Thanks ladies!

Design: Smitten on Paper

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

Photo Credits: Smitten on Paper

Lauren + Chuck’s Pink Brush Lettered Save the Dates

These save the dates from Alex of Goodheart Design are so sweet and simple – and beautiful! I love the combination of single color letterpress in pale pink (so romantic!) with Alex’s brush lettering style. Just perfect for a spring wedding!

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From Alex: Lauren wanted a lettered, soft and simple save the date so that’s what I gave her! This one was especially fun for me because it was my first all brush lettered save the date. Czar Press letterpress printed them in pale pink ink on thick paper. There is something about a completely handwritten invitation that makes it feel more intimate and special.

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Thanks Alex!

Design + Lettering: Goodheart Design

Letterpress Printing: Czar Press

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more wedding save the date ideas!

Photo Credits: Goodheart Design

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 4

Happy Monday everyone! With Valentine’s Day just a little over two weeks away, I’ll be wrapping up my Valentine’s Day round up this week with a few final posts – including a classroom valentine round up (hopefully) coming to you tomorrow! In the meantime, here’s a few favorites from the most recent additions to the full Valentine’s Day round up!

2015 Valentine's Day Card Round Up curated by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Cardtorial

2. Green Tie Studio

3. Anne Robin Calligraphy

4. Lana’s Shop

5. Maple & Belmont

6. laLa Grace

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7. The Detroit Card Co.

8. Iron Curtain Press

9. Lilikoi

10. Banquet Workshop

11. Fugu Fugu Press

12. Iron Leaf Press

Lots more love cards in the full round up right here! And in case you missed them – the previous Valentine’s Day highlight posts are right here.

Friday Happy Hour: Live Free or Die

Just like last week’s Dark n’ Bubbly, we’re back with another recipe from the fantastic Death & Co bar book. I probably could fill up this column with recipes from that book (but I promise to mix it up again next week with another classic cocktail to round out our month of champagne drinks). This one is Live Free or Die, a sparkling bourbon drink with a lot of snap to it. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Live Free or Die

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur
1/2 Port
1 dash Absinthe
Champagne

Shake all the ingredients, except for the champagne, with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with the champagne. Garnish with an orange twist and enjoy!

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Between the cherry liqueur and the port – the original calls for ruby, but I quite like a white port here – could make for a pretty syrupy drink, even with the dash of absinthe. But throw in that champagne, with its dry acidity, and the drink is transformed: crisp, effervescent, but with a solid base of oaky bourbon.

A real treat for anyone who loves darker whiskey drinks and thinks champagne isn’t for them – this combines the best of both.

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p.s. The original recipe calls specifically for Rothman & Winter cherry liqueur, and we’d agree. Imported by Haus Alpenz, it’s one of our favorites and my go-to cherry liqueur.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting lots of our experiments before they reach our Friday Happy Hour column!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all know that today is National Handwriting Day? To celebrate, my friends at Sakura are holding a week-long Instagram giveaway! Just write your favorite quote on a piece of paper (bonus points if you already have a Sakura pen or marker to write with!) and post your images using the hashtag #handwritesakura on Instagram. Next week Sakura will choose 7 winners to receive a prize consisting of their famous pens and markers! Also – today is the last day to enter the 2015 planner giveaway from Laurel Denise! But in the meantime…

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Image by Eva of Sycamore Street Press via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo