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Today I thought I’d just share a few favorite letterpress cards from one of my favorite stationers – Sugar Paper – that have caught my eye recently:

Check out more right here!

Photo Credits: Sugar Paper

DIY Tutorial: Watercolor Floral Pattern Wedding Invitations

It’s the ladies of Anti­quaria, back with another cre­ative DIY project for you!  Today they’re sharing a gorgeous floral watercolor wedding invitation tutorial!

This week, we are challenging your inner artist and showing you how to design your own floral watercolor print invitation suite.  We have so much fun putting together our artwork and painting watercolors for our online magazine, The Antiquarian Post, we thought, why not incorporate the same technique into a DIY invitation suite?  We’ve chosen a coral, toffee and lavender-grey palate to work with but the options are as endless as your supply of paint!

No need to feel intimidated about this one though…we’ll take you through the process, step-by-step.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step One: On an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of heavy watercolor paper, paint your botanical watercolor pattern.  We used a palette of coral, toffee and lavender gray for our floral pattern.  To create watercolor flowers, use 2 different size round brushes, one large and one small.  Wet the large brush, dip it in the coral color and paint petals.  The more non-uniform each petal is, the more organic and natural the flowers turn out.  Wet the small brush, dip it into the toffee paint and add the centers of the flowers.  Also with the small brush, you will want to fill in-between the large coral flowers with clusters of small lavender gray flowers.  Fill in further with toffee leaves (made with the large brush).  Fill the whole sheet of paper, making sure that the overall composition is balanced and full of pattern.  Set aside to dry completely.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Two: On another 8.5 x 11″ sheet of heavy watercolor paper, measure out four 3.5 x 5″ rectangles.  Lightly draw yourself an outline in pencil.  Just outside the lines, draw yourself crop marks which will be used as guides to cut the final printed product.  Paint a coral border in each rectangle making sure not to get to close to the edges.  When the paint dries, erase your pencil guide lines leaving just your crop marks.  For the envelope liner pattern, we used an simple striped pattern.  On a clean 8.5 x 11″ sheet of watercolor paper, simply  paint horizontal coral lines, as even or uneven as you please!

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Three:  Place each sheet of artwork on a flatbed scanner and scan at 300 dpi.  Print the patterns 100% scale on high quality card stock (the thickest you can get through your printer).  Make sure to set your printer margins to the smallest they will allow to maximize your printable area.  For the striped pattern, print it on high quality text weight paper… you will be installing it later in the envelopes and thinner paper works better for this!

Out of each printed  sheet of the floral pattern paper, cut a 5 x 7″ card and a 4 x 6″ card, as shown above.  You will see that since you’ve created the whole page as a pattern, the cards will have a full bleed (meaning that the pattern will flow off the page).

Alternatively, you can take in your artwork to your local print shop (bring the scans on a zip drive or ask them to scan them for you).  Here they can print out the paintings on card stock and text weight using a high quality digital printer.  You can also have them professionally cut all the pieces down to your desired size!

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Four: Now you can stamp your invitation!  Ink your invitation stamp thoroughly (we used our “Sophisticate” Invitation Stamp) and line it up, centered over your card.  Of course, you will be printing on the “back” blank side of the 5 x 7″ floral card.  Press down on the stamp evenly and moderately with the handle to get a crisp image.  Let dry.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Five: Using the crop marks, cut your reply cards (we typically use a paper cutter or x-acto and ruler) to size.  Ink your reply stamp thoroughly (we used our “Sophisticate” Reply Stamp, option B) and line up, centered over your card.  Press down on the stamp evenly and moderately with the handle to get a crisp image.  Let dry.  Notch in the corners, if you like, to create the look of a die cut card.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Six: On the back of the 4 x 6″ card, ink your accommodations stamp thoroughly (we used our Sophisticate” Accommodations Stamp) and line up, centered over your card.  Press down on the stamp evenly and moderately with the handle to get a crisp image.  Let dry.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Seven: Cut the liners using a template made for your envelopes.  These do the job well!  Trace the template with a pencil and cut on the line.  Use stick glue or double stick tape along the triangular end to adhere the liner to your envelope.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Step Eight: Once again, we are using stamps to save on our invitation budget.  We printed our “Scripted” Return Address stamp for both the return address on the outer envelope and for the reply address.  The great part is that you can also use it on your thank you notes!!

DIY Tutorial: Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Now all that’s left is to tie them together with a beautiful ribbon, address the envelopes and get them into the post!  Your guests will be thrilled to receive your very own watercolor artwork in the mail.

Materials List:

Sophisticate Wedding Invitation Stamp (from Antiquaria)

Sophisticate Reply Card Stamp (from Antiquaria)

Sophisticate Accommodations Card Stamp (from Antiquaria)

 Scripted Return Address Stamp (from Antiquaria)

Stamp Pad, we used Antique Pewter

Heavy duty watercolor paper

Water color paints (preferably in 3 or more colors)

Paint brushes, 1 large & 1 small

Jar filled with water to wash brushes

Card stock, in soft white

Text Paper, in soft white



Paper cutter or x-acto knife



A7 Envelopes

4bar Envelopes

Liner template


Glue stick or double stick tape


Patterns painted by Emma James for Antiquaria.  Custom watercolor invitations are available from Antiquaria’s Custom Design Division.  Please email them for more information!

Photography by Jamie Simon of Intertwyned

Calligraphy Wedding Party Thank You Cards

Continuing some of the hand lettering love from yesterday, calligrapher Amy Lee from Storied Ink Studio sent over these lovely calligraphy thank you cards for wedding party attendants.  The cards are inspired by poems by George Herbert.  What a beautiful way to thank your maid of honor and bridesmaids for all of their help during the wedding planning process!

From Amy: I personally love it when design enhances the meaning of a written sentiment.  This particular card was inspired by this philosophy, and by the pattern poems of George Herbert.  Each A2-size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card is hand lettered with dip pen calligraphy to bring a personal touch to this special detail of your wedding.

Thanks Amy!

Photo Credits: Storied Ink Studio

Indian Pattern Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Sara from Inkprint Letterpress sent over these gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations that she recently designed inspired by Indian patterns.  I love the bright colors and intricate details!

From SaraI love working with vibrant colors and eye catching designs.  This invitation is a three color design with an intricate Indian pattern.  This would be perfect for a summer wedding – the gorgeous details and color would set the right tone for an unforgettable event.

 The invitation was hand letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper in pink, orange, and silver.  These vibrant colors were the perfect match for this intricate Indian pattern.

Thanks Sara!

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

Photo Credits: Inkprint Letterpress

Illustration + Hand Lettering from Kate Forrester

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Sadly, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather these last few days, so today I’m going to leave you with some beautiful work from UK-based designer/hand lettering artist/calligrapher Kate Forrester.  I had so much fun browsing Kate’s portfolio and selecting a few favorite lettering projects, starting with the beautiful Valentine’s Day illustration that she created for her sweetheart this year!

You can check out more of Kate’s work, including some of her fabulous packaging design and commercial projects, right here.  Thanks Kate!

Photo Credits: Kate Forrester