Liza + Brian’s Casual Brush Lettered Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I managed to stay off my computer for a full 48 hours, which is kind of amazing for me. I thought I’d help ease you all into the week with these casual brush lettered wedding invitations from Meghan of And Here We Are in a beautiful pink and red color palette. So pretty!

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From MeghanLiza and Brian had a relaxed and modern beach wedding in Nantucket. We created fun, casual brush lettering for their names, and little illustrations for the RSVP cards. Each sheet of double-thick paper was hand-painted before being letterpress printed, and these oversized (A10) invitations and RSVP cards were sent out out along with bright “Nantucket Red” envelopes.

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 Thanks Meghan!

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Photo Credits: And Here We Are

Friday Happy Hour: The Clover Club

We spent the winter making winter drinks, and that meant lots of winter-appropriate spirits: bourbon, aged rums, apple brandy. Heavy and dark, they reflect the dark skies and offer the promise of warmth on a cold night. But it’s spring now, which means we can forget a bit about cold nights and dark skies and look forward instead to cool mornings and warm afternoons and a whole new set of cocktails, lighter and crisper. And that means gin, starting with an amazing classic gin drink, the Clover Club. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Clover Club

1 1/2 oz Dry Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Raspberry Syrup or Raspberry Jam
1/2 an Egg White

Combine all the ingredients in an empty shaker and shake hard to give it a thick froth. Then add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy!

Although the Clover Club dates all the way back to the turn of the last century, invented at a Philadelphia club of the same name, I only discovered it recently. I’m glad I finally did. It’s a simple enough gin sour, thickened with egg white, but turns out to be a supremely well-balanced and flavorful drink. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the Clover Club has a distinctly old fashioned sensibility about it.

Any dry gin will do here, but we used St. George Spirits terroir gin in our Clover Club. Terroir loosely means “a sense of place” and is applied to spirits (or any other agricultural products) that embody the specific conditions of their places of origin. St. George meant their terroir gin to reflect the forests of California, and while I’ve never spent enough time in California to be able to say with any certainty that this gin really does reflect that sense of place, I can say that this is one of the most distinct gins I’ve ever had, with an unusual but delicious foresty taste. It’s distinct enough that it can feel out of place in some classic recipes, but here it just adds to the Clover Club’s character.

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You can always omit the egg from any recipe that calls for one – eggs are all about texture, not flavor, in cocktails – but you’ll be missing out if you do. The egg white acts as an emulsifier, giving the Clover Club a silky texture and a rich thick froth on top. It turns an ordinary gin sour into something a bit more substantial. But it also takes a bit of extra work in the form of a double shake. The recipe requires you to first shake everything without ice – a “dry shake” – and then again with ice – a “wet shake” – to build up that dense froth.

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And while it really doesn’t matter most of the time what the ice you’re using in a shaker looks like, it makes a difference in a frothy drink like this. The first time I made this drink, I used the long skinny ice cubes my refrigerator dispenses. Big mistake. They basically created a tangle of ice that trapped most of the froth. The second time, I used some square ice cubes I made with my Cocktail Kingdom ice mold and everything came out beautifully. Lesson learned.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper 

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend everyone! For those of you celebrating Easter I wish you all a wonderful holiday – hopefully with lots of colorful eggs and chocolate! But in the meantime…

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The prettiest eggs I’ve ever seen! / Photo by Melissa Esplin 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

Hudson’s Hand Lettered Birthday Party Invitations

I love seeing all these wonderful kid birthday party invitations! These 4th birthday party invitations from Grey Snail Press feature a citrus-inspired color palette of orange, yellow, and green, whimsical hand lettering, and a whole lot of balloons!

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From JI had so much fun creating these invitations! We came up with the verse “pizza, cake, bouncing & more” to give guests a taste of what to expect at the party, followed by all the important details. Everything was hand-lettered and drawn before adding watercolor accents.

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The invitations were printed flat on 110# cotton Lettra paper and paired with a bright green envelope. We created a custom pattern for the envelope liners in orange and white covered in fours. RSVPs weren’t needed, but we included a phone number for which to direct any questions. We played up the balloons and printed the information on lime paper cut in the shape of a balloon and added baker’s twine to each balloon.

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We hand lettered the envelopes in white ink while carrying over the balloon motif. One of my favorite parts was the round Batman stamp, perfect for a 4-year-old superhero.

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Thanks J!

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Photo Credits: Grey Snail Press