{happy weekend!}

As I mentioned earlier, we’re in the middle of an incredible heatwave here in DC (and apparently half of the country).  When my husband calls home each night from overseas, we definitely spend a good amount of time complaining about the heat in our respective locations – which makes most of our conversations pretty boring, actually.  He comes home soon; we’re in the final stretch and just counting down the last few days.  It feels so good to know that this will all be behind us very soon.  Next week is shaping up to be a flurry of activity as I try to wrap up a few loose ends, thankfully most of it indoors.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Photo Credits: Alicia Block

{today I love…}

No particular subject today.  We’re in the middle of a ridiculous heatwave and I think the heat has broken my brain.  So today I thought I’d just share a little peek into my life over the last couple of weeks.

Roses from my neighborhood; amazing macarons from The Sweet Lobby (the passion fruit with chocolate is my favorite so far!)

Heatwave evidence; my neighborhood right before sunset

Iced coffee and paper – two of my favorite things; a sweet package from Shanna Murray

My constant companions – our three cats Leopold and Olive (top), and Charlie (bottom).

Friday links coming up next!

{all photos by me}

 

DIY Tutorial: Embossed Custom Stationery

It’s the ladies of Anti­quaria, back with another fab­u­lous and cre­ative DIY project for you all!  This week they show us how to use rubber stamps to create beautiful custom stationery!

How on Earth can you achieve the high end look of engraving on a shoestring budget??  Answer: Embossing!

When we first launched our rubber stamp collection, we tried everything we could think of to achieve a legible white ink on dark (or kraft) paper and we quickly found out that regular inks don’t do a very good job.  We were thrilled when one of our clever customers used this technique on the cover of her wedding programs, embossing white on navy paper.  From there we started experimenting and found it looked awesome on all sorts of colorful paper!

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Rubber Stamp Embossed Custom Stationery

You can use this embossing technique on lots of different projects, such as these fabulous and simple gift tags.  We also used it to create a set of custom stationery, perfect for thank you notes!!  For the gift tags, we used our Calligraphy Names Stamp.

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Step One: Get your supplies ready.  Unscrew the top to the embossing powder and uncover the stamp pad.  Make sure your envelope is set on a (really) hard surface, with a piece of scrap paper set underneath (to catch excess powder).  Using the embossing (clear) stamp pad, ink the stamp thoroughly.  Center the stamp and press down with even pressure.  We used our Calligraphy Return Address Stamp on this envelope.

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Step Two: Immediately following stamping the image, pour on a healthy amount of embossing powder.  Shift powder around a bit to ensure your image is completely covered.  When you are satisfied, pour the excess onto the piece of paper underneath and lightly tap off any excess (not too hard or the powder will loose hold of the sticky ink).  Pour the powder back into the jar.

Rubber Stamp Embossed Custom Stationery

Step Three:  Using your embossing heat tool, heat image (holding the gun 3-5 inches from the surface) until the powder has melted into a solid, approximately 30 seconds.  Let cool.

*Be careful not to burn yourself on this very hot tool.  Also, if you hold the embossing heat tool too close to the paper, it could scorch or warp.

 

Materials:

Rubber Stamps: We used Calligraphy Names Stamp and Calligraphy Return Address to create the personal stationery and gift tags.

Clear Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Powders

Embossing Heat Tool

A2 Envelopes in Navy

Assorted Paper

For Gift Tags:

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Photo Credits: Antiquaria

Vintage-Inspired Invitations for a Destination Wedding in Italy

These romantic, vintage-inspired destination wedding invitations from Melinda at Lion in the Sun appeal to me in every way possible.  Travel-inspired details and a heady sense of wanderlust?  Check!  Quote from one of my favorite authors?  Check!  Beautiful map envelope liner and muted antique color palette?  Check and check.  Plus, y’all already know I have fond memories of Italy, so these invitations definitely bring out my sentimental side as well…

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From Melinda: We created this invitation suite for Carrie who had a vision of classic vintage images and weathered maps for their wedding in a remote small village in Italy; the invitation design is romantic and playful, complete with a quote from the most romantic traveler: Hemingway.  David is an avid traveler to remote places and wanted to share his favorite Italian village with his friends and family for his wedding.

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The reply card design was inspired by an old fashioned luggage tag and gave the unique option of “maybe”…. Not something we had ever done before but we wanted to make sure everyone was welcome even if it was a last minute decision.  The liner was a replica of an old map of the region with the playful treasure map marking the spot….  The muted colors further inspired the vintage, weathered travel feel.

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Melinda tells me that this invitation design will be added to the PostScript Brooklyn collection this fall.  You can check out the full collection right here!

Photo Credits: Dave Morris | Lion in the Sun

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