We’ve collected vintage handkerchiefs here at Antiquaria for years. There’s something so sweet and sentimental about the delicate fabric and pretty designs. For today’s DIY tutorial, we repurposed a few of them as gifts for some brides-to-be in our lives. This simple and fun project is the perfect thing to make for a loved one on their wedding day, or for you to give your mom or gals on your own wedding day. –Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Printed “For Happy Tears” design (or a design of your choosing)
Vertex Screen printing Ink, we used black
High quality pointed paintbrush
Jar of water (for mixing and cleaning paint)
Iron and pressing cloth
Step 1. Print out the “For Happy Tears” download (available here) or design your own to fit the handkerchief you’d like to letter. Lay the design underneath and set something heavy toward the top to weigh down the fabric. Luckily, most vintage handkerchiefs are made of pretty transparent fabric so seeing the design is very easy.
Step 2. Prep your paint. We used a water based screen printing ink that we had on hand and diluted it with water so that it would flow nicely through our brush. Test the ink consistency on a scrap piece of fabric. Too much water will make the paint spread and not give a crisp line.
Step 3. Carefully trace the design. It’s always best to write on the very (thin) tip of a paintbrush. For the thicker portions, come down a bit to give the line some weight. Want to see the lettering in action? There’s a video of Bailey lettering an entire handkerchief on our blog.
Step 4. Heat set the design to make it waterproof. Simply follow the manufacturers instructions using an iron and a pressing cloth.
All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria and is made available for personal use only.
Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper
If you’ve ever been to – or seen photos of – the Beverly Hills Hotel (there are a ton on Pinterest) you know it’s just the coolest hotel. Like, on the planet. Every single detail at the hotel is just impeccable – right down to the amazing tropical wallpaper from 1942! Well, if you love the amazing vintage décor at the Beverly Hills Hotel, you’ll definitely love these bridal shower invitations from Rachelle at Wiley Valentine!
From Rachelle:The client wanted an invitation that reflected the venue, The Beverly Hills Hotel, while still keeping a feminine bridal feel. We had so much fun with this one! We created a double sided invitation on double thick cotton paper. The front was flat printed with gold foil and the back was flat printed with a pattern reminiscent of wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
We incorporated pink stripes from the décor at the Beverly Hills H0tel for the envelope liner to create cohesiveness without being too matchy matchy. There was a also custom postage to coordinate, which I always think really completes the presentation.
Design: Wiley Valentine
Letterpress Printing: Czar Press
Wiley Valentine is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Wiley Valentine
OMG. These new enamel pins and foil cards from The Good Twin are just SO good! Let’s talk about the pins first. Katie has a few new additions to her fabulous Pin + Post series, including a fun update on the classic best friends necklace and an eyeball pin (!!), along with four brand new city pins – LA, San Francisco, Portland, and New York! Katie promises to add new cities soon, and I’m planning to be the first in line for a DC pin!
Okay, now the cards! The new Pop Culture Couples series includes six cards, each with a tribute to Katie’s favorite lovers and friends from movies and television. The cards are printed on colored paper from French’s Pop Tone line and feature three different types of foil throughout the six cards. So fun!!
The new cards and pins are available over at The Good Twin – and retailers, you can check them out in person this weekend at the Crow & Canary booth (7614) at NYNOW!
I’m super excited to head back up to New York this weekend for the Summer NYNOW trade show! Who else is going to be there?? I’m looking forward to walking the aisles at the Javits Center, finding amazing new exhibitors and catching up with familiar stationers exhibiting at the show. Yellow Owl Workshop will be exhibiting at the show (booth 7839) – and I can’t wait to see the newest additions to this awesome collection of Risograph cards and art prints that they launched at the National Stationery Show! The full collection is now available on their website – I just can’t get over those amazing bright colors!
Check out the new Risograph cards and art prints over at Yellow Owl Workshop!