Edge Painted Business Cards from Antiquaria

You already know Bailey and Emma, the lovely and talented ladies behind Antiquaria, from their regular DIY tutorials here on Oh So Beautiful Paper – not to mention their custom wedding invitations and vintage shop.  Bailey and Emma recently redesigned their business cards, and I’m loving the beautiful knockout calligraphy logo and soft aqua edge painting!

From Bailey and EmmaWe wanted to make something unique while keeping in line with our brand image.  The cards were letterpress printed in black and copper on super thick cotton paper.  We then added the edge painting ourselves because, after all, who doesn’t love a pop of color?


Thanks ladies!

Antiquaria is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here!  For DIY inspiration, you can also see their DIY tutorials here.

Photo Credits: Kelly James of Studio Austin Weddings

Modern Wedding Invitations from Alee + Press

I’m a longtime fan of Alee & Press, so I was thrilled when Amanda from Alee & Press sent over some of her latest wedding invitation designs.  Amanda creates seriously beautiful and sophisticated (and eco-friendly!) typography-driven letterpress invitations and announcements.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Alee & Press will be exhibiting at this year’s National Stationery Show (Booth 2071!) – and these invitations are part of a new 2012 wedding collection making their debut at the show.  So exciting!



You can check out more beautiful invitations from Alee & Press right here!  Amanda also tells me that her Atlanta studio is located close to a key lime pie factory, which just sounds like the perfect way to keep creative energy flowing.  Thanks Amanda!

Photo Credits: Alee & Press

Megan + Kevin’s Illustrated Family Crest Wedding Invitations

I love the idea of having a family crest – and there’s nothing to say that you can’t develop your own crest to pass down to future children and grandchildren.  That’s exactly what bride and groom Megan and Kevin decided to do for their wedding invitations!  They worked with Richele from Richie Designs to design the invitation suite, which includes a custom family crest created by illustrator Serena Chang.  So cool!

From Richele:  Megan and Kevin wanted to develop a custom family crest.  Each item in the illustration has special meaning for them, and the Latin term means “better together.”  We worked with illustrator Serena Chang to develop the family crest.  We chose to digitally print the invitation due to time constraints, while the thank you cards and envelopes were letterpress printed.

We brought Megan’s orange and blue color palette into play by using formal outer, inner, and rsvp envelopes.  The outer envelope was white with a letterpress printed fleur pattern, while the inner envelope was orange with a custom envelope liner.  Finally, the rsvp envelope was navy blue – a color used throughout the invitation suite – and was letterpress printed with silver ink.

Thanks Richele!

Design and Printing: Richie Designs

Illustration: Serena Chang

Richie Designs is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Richele’s work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Richie Designs

Aaron + Harper’s Fingerprint Heart Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone – I hope you all had a good weekend!  Fingerprints are such a sweet detail to incorporate into wedding invitations, so I was thrilled when husband-to-be Aaron Leshtz sent over the gorgeous invitations that he and his fiancée, Harper, designed for their upcoming wedding.  I’m also loving the playful RSVP card and fun kraft paper accents!

From Aaron and Harper: We designed our own wedding invitation suite.  We’re both architects and wanted to put together a clean, modern invitation suite that also had some playful elements (the “learning curve” font, overlapping fingerprints, etc.).  We’ve always loved brown kraft paper and the way it contrasts with crisp white paper, so we made sure to use it as an accent material in the suite.


For the fingerprints, we individually scanned our ring fingers and then traced the prints in AutoCAD (nerds, I know).  We overlayed the two fingerprints to create the heart and are using is as a graphic thread to tie together elements of the wedding.

Our wedding invitations were letterpress printed by Norman’s Printery in Wyckoff, New Jersey.  It is a 2-color design printed on cotton Lettra #110, ecru paper.

Thanks Aaron and Harper!

Design: Aaron Leshtz

Letterpress Printing: Norman’s Printery

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

Photo Credits: Aaron Young Photography

Friday Happy Hour: The Mint Julep

Born and raised in the state of New York, I am a Yankee through and through – even though I now reside in the decidedly southern* city of Washington, DC.   That does not, however, preclude me from enjoying one of the South’s greatest culinary gifts to the world, the Mint Julep.

Read below for the full recipe!

The Mint Julep

2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz + 1-2 Dashes Simple Syrup
Fresh Mint
Powdered Sugar

Fill a highball glass or, better yet, a silver julep cup a third to half full with fresh mint leaves (the smaller the better as these are the most fragrant).  Add 1/2 oz simple syrup and muddle gently – press down firmly but don’t grind up the leaves. Discard the mint, pressing out as much of the sugar and mint oils as you can. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice, then add your Bourbon and a dash or two more of simple syrup, to replace what you lost with the mint leaves. Top with more crushed ice until there’s a nice mound on top.  Garnish with a sprig of mint (slap it against your palm a few times first to release the fragrance).  Get your straw, give it a bit of a stir, and dust it with some powdered sugar.


Sip slowly on the veranda.

The Mint Julep is a deeply refreshing drink.  Your Julep should taste, first, of Bourbon, but also minty, sweet, smooth, and ice cold.  Don’t skimp on the mint, but use it wisely: discard the mint once muddled, and don’t over-do it by grinding up the leaves.  You want to bruise the leaves to extract the flavorful oils, not unleash the leaves’ powerful and not-too-pleasant underlying vegetal flavors (much less end up with mint in your teeth).  Stop once the leaves start to change from bright green to brown or black.

Do not settle for Juleps with a paltry handful of mint leaves or, worse, artificial mint syrup.  You’re better than that!


The Julep goes back over a thousand years as a macerated, flavorful concoction, intended as medicinal but with dubious effect.  But the Julep we know and love today began to take shape in the late 1700s, and David Wonrich traced the first mention of mint in a Julep to 1802.  The Mint Julep was once widely popular throughout the country and widely imbibed in the North and the South, city and country.  Some time over the last century or so, the Mint Julep came to be closely associated with the rural, agrarian South – but that’s no reason we can’t enjoy them wherever we happen to be.  Especially in the summer.  Especially on a veranda.

Does it have to be Bourbon?  To a Southerner, anything else might be heresy.  But the earliest Mint Juleps were more likely to be made with Brandy than Bourbon.  Play around with this one: equal parts Brandy and Rye could be amazing in a drink like this.

*If it’s south of the Mason-Dixon Line (the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania), it’s in the South.  QED.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper