Christina + Tristan’s Illustrated Western Wedding Invitations

Today’s wedding invitations feature the beautiful desert landscape of the bride and groom’s home state of Arizona.  Richele from Richie Designs worked with illustrator Serena Chang, balancing the Western motif with a modern blue and orange color palette and classic typography.  I love the majestic mountains in the illustration – so pretty!

From RicheleChristina and Tristan were married in their home state of Arizona.  They wanted to incorporate the landscape of Arizona as the motif for their wedding invitations.  Illustrator Serena Chang created the desert mountain illustration, which we used throughout the wedding stationery.


The main invitation was letterpress printed in two colors, while the additional pieces were digitally printed.  Christina and Tristan used Arizona parks and other noteworthy landmarks as table names for their reception.  It was a fun project to put together!

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

Erin + Andrew’s Ombre Watercolor and Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I’m constantly amazed at what happens when talented individuals pool their efforts on a single project – and these incredible wedding invitations are no exception.  Photographer Laura Murray sent over the gorgeous invitations for her sister Erin’s wedding.  Erin worked with Roger from Flourish Letterpress and Victoria of Calligraphos to create a custom invitation suite that combines hand painted watercolor (DIY’d by the bride and groom!), letterpress, calligraphy, and even laser cutting!

From Erin, the bride: Ombre, calligraphy, and letterpress printing.  These are three things I adore and all elements that I wanted in my wedding invitation suite.  After we finalized the design, Roger from Flourish Letterpress cut the paper for the save the dates, wedding invitations, and reception cards and passed them off to me to be watercolored in an ombre effect.

My fiancé and I did an ombre wash on all the paper using a mixture of Holbein Artist’ Water Color inks in Jaune Brilliant No. 2, Shell Pink, and Brilliant Pink.  Once everything had dried, we handed the paper back off to Roger for letterpress printing.


Roger used Crane Lettra 220# pearl white paper for the invitations and matching 110# Lettra paper for the save the dates and reception card.  Lettra paper is made from 100% cotton, giving it a unique, smooth texture and the ability to absorb the letterpress impression.  We found that this paper took the watercolor well and maintained its ability to really hold the letterpress texture.

From Roger of Flourish Letterpress: I wanted to combine elegance with a slightly rustic feel for the invitation design.  I incorporated the kraft paper for a nice contrast while tying in the feeling of their wedding venue.  I wanted to try something new, so I used my laser engraving abilities to make a paper wrap with the look of lace and also incorporates Erin and Andrew’s initials.  Erin’s ombre watercolor painting really made the lace wrap pop.


Lastly, we created a rubber stamp with their wedding logo so they could stamp their logo on the hang tag and envelopes.  It’s a fun, extra element that they could play with and use to customize each piece.

Gah – so amazing!  Thank you so much ladies!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Flourish Letterpress

Calligraphy: Victoria Lane, Calligraphos

Watercolor: DIY by the bride and groom

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

Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography

Thalia’s Spring-Inspired Fabric Pocket Birth Announcements

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m thrilled to be back after a wonderful week of vacation in St. Lucia (more from that later) – and I hope you all enjoyed our little mini guide to Washington, DC while I was away.  Today I’m jumping right back into the wonderful world of paper with these sweet spring-inspired fabric pocket birth announcements from Elpitha at Print in Cursive!

From ElpithaStaci and Jason welcomed sweet Thalia just the day before Christmas Eve.  Despite the frigid winter air outside, she brightened the room as if spring had suddenly appeared (How appropriate she was to be named Efthalia, which means ‘to blossom’).


When it came time to think about a design for Thalia’s announcement, Staci knew she wanted a way to send multiple photos to family and friends.  A fabric pocket, lovingly sewn by Grandma, was the perfect way to package these photos along with a sweet note.  The announcement was letterpress printed in 3 colors on 220# Lettra cotton paper. 

Thank you so much Elpitha!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Print in Cursive

Newborn Photos: Katie Dudley Photography

Photo Credits: Print in Cursive

p.s. Thank you all so very much for all of your sweet comments, tweets, and emails regarding our happy news!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much all of your love and support has meant to us over the last week… we’re so excited to share this exciting journey with you!

DC Guide: Art + Letterpress Workshops

Illustration by Molly Jaques for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Every now and then I receive emails from new DC residents asking about art classes in the area.  So I thought I’d wrap up my little DC guide with a quick post about art and letterpress workshops in the DC area.  For this particular subject I’m expanding my boundaries to include options in Baltimore and Alexandria; it might be a bit farther for some DC residents to travel – but it’s worth it!

Meant to Be Calligraphy (Alexandria and Capitol Hill): Michele offers both Introduction to Contemporary Pointed Pen and Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen calligraphy classes, held at the Design Studio of Karson Butler Events in Capitol Hill and her home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Students receive instruction as well as materials to continue refining their calligraphy skills at home.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (Silver Spring):  Pyramid Atlantic recently celebrated its 31st anniversary, making it one of the longest-running art centers in the area. With a long list of experienced artists and instructors, Pyramid offers both studio rentals and art classes in a range of subjects, from letterpress printing and book arts to paper making and screen printing. For more experienced enthusiasts, you can also rent printing equipment after 5 hours of one-on-one instruction.

Typecase Industries (DC): Located in the O Street Studios in Northwest DC, this new letterpress, screen printing, and graphic design studio (run by three graduates of the Corcoran College of Art + Design) offers a limited number of workshops.

Baltimore Print Studios (Baltimore):  I had the pleasure of meeting BPS founders Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley at the Ladies of Letterpress Conference last year, and you might also remember them from their guest post on letterpress printing. Needless to say, these two know their stuff and are happy to impart their knowledge on anyone interested in learning about letterpress and screen printing.  They offer both classes, workshops, as well as the opportunity to rent presses for your own special projects.

Torpedo Factory (Old Town Alexandria): The Torpedo Factory offers a number of non-accredited art classes for both kids and adults.  You can check out the course schedule here.

Corcoran College of Art + Design (DC):  The Corcoran College of Art + Design is the only art school (that I know of!) located in downtown DC. The Corcoran offers accredited BFA and MFA programs, along with a number of continuing education courses in everything from digital media design to illustration.

Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore):  The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a full-fledged art school with both BFA and MFA programs.  But like the Corcoran College of Art + Design, MICA offers a number of continuing education courses, from fine arts to photography to ceramics.

p.s. For DC-based artists and designers, did you know that you can rent studio space at the O Street Studios?  Fun!

DC Guide: Where to Shop

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Illustration by Molly Jacques for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Confession: I’m actually not a big shopper!  Sure, I make semi-regular visits to our DC-area Anthropologies and J. Crews, but you’re far more likely to find me browsing the garden section of my neighborhood hardware store (Go Frager’s!) than anywhere else.  At first I wasn’t sure what to include in a mini shopping guide for DC, but I figured I’ll just include some of the shops that I love and hope that you enjoy them, too!

Photo Credit: Trohv

Trohv  With locations in Baltimore and DC’s Takoma Park neighborhood, Trohv is pretty much my definition of the perfect store.  Trohv manages to be well curated and still offer a wide selection of beautiful goods, from furniture and home decor to kitchen goods to stationery and gifts (not to mention a ridiculously cute baby + kids section).

Nana  A super-cute boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Nana carries clothing lines from independent designers along with jewelry and a small selection of vintage clothes.  I love the cute dresses and necklaces!

Crooked Beat Records  I love music and, like handwritten stationery, vinyl has a very special place in my heart.  Crooked Beat in Adams Morgan is my favorite local source for new releases from indie artists and vintage records.

Consignment Shops  DC is sadly lacking in the thrift store department, so I turn to our local consignment shops when I’m looking for a great deal or for something vintage but still chic.  My two favorite consignment stores are Secondi in Dupont Circle (you can find great deals and adorable party dresses!) and Urban Chic on 14th Street.

Furniture Shops  I generally prefer antiques to new furniture, and if you know where to look you can often find a great deal on a fantastic piece.  My favorites include Modern Mobler (specializing in midcentury modern furniture) and Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot.  We’re also big fans of the DC Big Flea, which takes place five times a year at the Dulles Expo Center.  You can find anything there, from furniture to antique prints to clothing (it’s also where we get most of our cocktail glasses!).

p.s.  If you love to cook, you’ll love a new shop in Capitol Hill called Sapore.  The entire store is dedicated to specialty oils and vinegars!