Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day cards for friends

If you missed our first two Valentine’s Day greeting card round-ups, be sure to check out our traditional and romantic selections. It’s common to celebrate romantic love with a spouse or life partner but less so to celebrate the love between friends… so let’s change that! A good friend can be the best support system, the most fun, and a real joy to spend time with. Why not let them know how much you really do care about them? If a sentimental expression of affection isn’t your thing, what about a shared message of joint distaste for the holiday? There’s plenty of love to go around for both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day (if that’s more your speed). Here are a few favorite Valentine’s Day cards for friends!

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1. Remember on Parks and Rec (RIP) when Leslie Knope describes her Galentine’s Day breakfast tradition as “Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas”? Yeah, this Lark + Raven card is kinda like that.

2. This People I’ve Loved design seems especially relevant in our current political climate. Let’s celebrate love people!

3. Valentine’s Day IS cheesy. Let’s just call a spade a spade, shall we? From Hello!Lucky.

4. Celebrate all your wonderful friends on this Valentine’s day with 9th Letterpress’s gold foil message and abstract design.

5. What better way to let your BFF know how much you love her than with sparkles?! From Farewell Paperie.

6. Have a “Romy and Michele” day by sharing this sentiment of friendship from Chalkscribe.

7. Valentine’s day isn’t for all people (or all cats), so share your distaste with this illustration by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards.

8. So many pop culture references in here! Tell your person how important they are to you with this design from UK-based I Am Nat.

9. We tend to feature Emily McDowell a lot here, but her copywriting is a) phenomenal, and b) couldn’t be more on point. Also, kittens.

10. Let’s say Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing. But drinking is. Phoenix Paper Co has got you covered.

11. Why fight it? Make them laugh with this red foil die cut shark card from The Social Type.

February Desktop Downloads!

Welcome to February everyone! We have a wealth of illustrated wallpapers to help brighten your screens this month, with four new designs from Swiss Cottage DesignsThe Good Twin, and Nathalie Ouederni! This month we’re both celebrating the season of love – very much needed these days – and looking ahead to the promise of Spring. Pick your fave (or two!) and download the files via the links below! xoxo

February Illustrated Wallpaper by Swiss Cottage Designs

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by Nathalie Ouederni

Desktop | iPhone

For personal use only. All illustrations by Swiss Cottage DesignsThe Good Twin, and Nathalie Ouederni for Oh So Beautiful Paper

If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to hello(at)ohsobeautifulpaper.com with the subject line “desktop downloads” and image files in both desktop and iPhone retina screen sizes. If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!

Printable Valentine’s Day Envelope Liners

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – and today I’m sharing a fun printable project to add an extra dose of love (and color) to your Valentine’s Day cards: printable Valentine’s Day envelope liners! I’ve teamed up with Courtney of Swiss Cottage Designs to offer two beautiful envelope liner patterns for you to enjoy. And the best part is that these liners are totally versatile, so you can use them with envelopes of all shapes and sizes!

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

Courtney created two absolutely gorgeous illustrated liner patterns celebrating two of our favorite things: love letters and flowers! The little bouquets in the floral liners are my favorite thing ever – and can be used any time of year to send some love! And seriously, how cute are all those little illustrated postage stamps, airmail stamps, and wax seals?? Add ’em in to an envelope with a favorite greeting card, or use them with any colorful envelope to send a special hand written message. Bonus points if you add a bit of colorful confetti to your envelope. The more love the better these days!

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

These would even be fun for weddings and bridal shower invitations, no?

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

ribbon + scissors| ceramic dish | tissue paper confetti

We’ll need a few basic supplies before we get started:

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

To make the envelope liners:

Step 1. Print your liner pattern of choice onto a letter sized sheet of text weight paper. If you don’t have a home printer, you can easily print these at your local copy and print shop – my printer isn’t that great at printing pink tones, so I had mine printed at my local Staples.

Step 2. On the back of the liner, lightly trace your liner template with pencil. For pointed flap envelopes, I like to use these liner templates from Paper Source. If you’re using square flap envelopes or prefer to DIY your own template, just trace the outline of the back of your envelope onto a sheet of thick card stock. Cut the template from the card stock, being careful to cut on the inside of the lines, and trim an additional 1/16″ off the left and right side and 3/4″ off the bottom of the template. Trace the liner template on the back of each printed liner until you have enough liners for all your envelopes, then carefully cut out each liner with scissors.

Step 3. Place the liner in the envelope. Use a glue stick or double sided tape on the back of the liner (along the top triangle and just above the crease) to adhere the liner to the envelope. Don’t worry about placing any adhesive on the lower part of the liner, since it’s tucked into the envelope it should stay put. Place a ruler along the crease of the envelope flap, then use your bone folder to score the envelope liner. This will help you maintain a clean line when you close your envelopes!

Step 4. Add a fun hand written note or greeting card, and close the envelope. Address the envelope in a playful hand lettering style using a brush marker or writing tool of your choice, and voila! You’ve got yourself a snazzy envelope that is guaranteed to bring a smile to someone’s face!

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

Since the liner patterns are a full letter-size sheet of paper, you can make them work for any size envelopes, including larger square envelopes, rectangular #10 envelopes, and all standard size greeting card envelopes. No matter what size envelope you’re using, we’ve got you covered!

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

Are you as obsessed with these liners as I am? When you print them out and use them, don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram and tag #madewithosbp so I can see them! I can’t wait!!

Printable Valentine's Day Envelope Liners

Download the envelope liner patterns from Swiss Cottage Designs right here: Love Letters and Floral Love!

 

All artwork © 2017 Swiss Cottage Designs created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the patterns you agree to the terms of use.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Betsy Dunlap

I’ll be honest: the last couple of weeks have been very difficult for me. It feels strange and trivial to share pretty pictures during such a time of upheaval. I know this site is a respite from our difficult political climate for many of you, and I’ll do my best to share things that help lift our spirits and bring a bright spot to some very dark days. But I also want you to know that I’m very much affected by these current events, and if you’re struggling these days, you’re not alone. I spent more than six years working on Somalia at the U.S. Department of State, working closely with people from Somalia, including refugees – and I have very strong feelings regarding this Executive Order. I shared a few ways to help on Instagram yesterday, and I’ll continue to share more in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to help spread some love by sharing these beautiful custom calligraphy Valentine’s from Betsy Dunlap in her shop Litterae.

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

I’ve been a fan of Betsy’s unique modern calligraphy style since I first started blogging in 2008 (!!), and I seriously cannot imagine anything more romantic than sending your love a beautiful hand calligraphed Valentine! These unique custom valentines will feature Betsy’s lettering in your choice of Sunset Gold metallic ink or jet black Sumi ink on cream Italian paper and Dutch felt paper. The folded cards include a monogram or word of choice surrounded by a calligraphed circle on the outside, and a maximum 30-word message on the inside. Each envelope will feature marbled envelope liners and vintage postage stamps – and of course hand written mailing and return addresses penned by Betsy. Valentines will ship out on February 7th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

You can order your custom calligraphy valentines from Betsy’s Litterae shop right here!

Photo Credits: Betsy Dunlap

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate

December and the holidays may belong to punch, champagne, and egg nog, but January and February are definitely hot chocolate season. Hot chocolate is absolutely delicious on its own, but why not dress it up a bit? So far, we’ve made a Tiki Hot Chocolate with rum, cinnamon bark syrup, and orgeat, and a Smokey Mezcal Mexican Hot Chocolate. But in keeping with our Hygge theme for this month’s cocktail recipes, I wanted something warm and cozy. This Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate absolutely does the trick!

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate

2 oz bourbon (we used Four Roses Bourbon)
1 tsp hazelnut syrup*
8 oz hot chocolate
Ground cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Make the hot chocolate to your liking, then add the bourbon and hazelnut syrup and give everything a stir. Garnish with your favorite hot chocolate topping – mini marshmallows, whipped cream – and some ground cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg if you like. Enjoy!

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe

*To make the hazelnut syrup, spread 8 ounces of whole hazelnuts over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While the hazelnuts are baking, add 2 cups of Demerara sugar to 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Slowly melt the sugar in the water over medium-low heat. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, turn off the heat and set aside. Remove the roasted hazelnuts from the oven and peel. (FYI – I found the easiest way to peel a hazelnut was by roughly rolling the hazelnuts together on the parchment paper) Combine the hazelnuts and simple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until the hazelnuts are coarsely ground. Strain the resulting hazelnut syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, then transfer to a swing bottle or jar for storage. Store the syrup in a cool, dark place for up to a month.

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe

This Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate is warmly nutty and rich, with undertones of spiciness and heat. Perfect for curling up on the couch to watch a movie on a cold winter night, or for drinking around the fire pit with a group of friends! But think of this recipe as more of a guide, not a hard and fast recipe. Want less heat? Try using one ounce of bourbon instead of two. Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, consider upping the hazelnut syrup to 1 1/2 tsp (or to taste). You really can’t go wrong!

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pink Mug: Paper & Clay

Pink Platter: Suite One Studio for Anthropologie

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper