Home Sweet Home Papercut Artwork

Heeelllloo gorgeousness!  Uzbekistan-born artist (and current Ohio resident) Dinara Mirtalipova sent over some images of a recent papercut project – all created painstakingly by hand – and it’s definitely up there as one of the prettiest things I’ve seen in a long time!



The final framed version:


Even the remnants are pretty!


Dinara hasn’t listed any of her papercuts for sale just yet (please Dinara!), but she has these adorable acrylic paintings available in her etsy shop:



So unbelievably beautiful!  You can see more from Dinara on her blog – she creates some incredibly sweet illustrations!

{image credits: dinara mirtalipova}

Whimsical Calligraphy from Barbara Kua

Toronto-based calligrapher Barbara Kua sent over some of her recent work, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you!  Barbara has a lovely and whimsical calligraphy style, with lots of cute little swirls and hand drawn frames to give envelopes, menus, and wedding invitations a little something extra.







Thanks Barbara!  You can check out more of Barbara’s beautiful calligraphy right here!

{image credits: barbara kua}

Clayton’s Elegant Letterpress Thank You Cards

Matthew from A Fine Press recently created these amazing thank you cards for photographer Clayton Austin, and from the beautiful letterpress to the stitching details to the elegant wax seal these cards are seriously a work of art.  I’m particularly loving the simple bird illustrations that make an appearance in a few different spots throughout the card.


From Matthew:  We had the paper handmade with full deckled edges by Porridge Papers in their classic ecotan and a custom rust/brown.  They did the letterpress work in a matching rust and deep brown, and a blind pass for the front.  I hand-dyed the muslin to match the dark brown ink and stamped one of Clayton’s classic birds in a brown ink that, quite fortuitously, came out in a rust color almost identical to the front of the envelope.  The birds on the front piece were laser cut – one at a time – by Image Creations.

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Thanks goes to my wife for allowing me to borrow her (modern) Singer to bind the entire card.  Clayton and I vacillated between a zig-zag stitch and long, straight stitch for the bindery and have settled on a long, straight stitch for the remainder of the the cards to keep things simple and understated.

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I had a custom wax seal made with another of Clayton’s birds and sealed each with Atelier Gargoyle’s Espresso Brown sealing wax.  These were early attempts; it takes a while to get used to the way this wax sets.  The key is a cool seal with a vapor barrier on it (when I completed the run, I kept the seal on an ice cube and dabbed it on a damp rag before each impression – the results were remarkable).

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From the paper to finish work, this was truly a hand-made project.  The paper was hand-made and printed one-by-one.  The bindery was completed at my dining room table one at a time.  It was great to work with a client like Clayton, who places so much value on process and craft.

Such gorgeous cards!  You can check out more of Matthew’s awesome work right here!

{image credits: clayton austin}

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Caroline + Reese’s Screen Printed Wedding Invitations

I’ve had these illustrated wedding invitations by Will Bryant bookmarked for the longest time, and since things are starting to warm up here in DC (fingers crossed for an early spring!) I decided today was the day to finally share them.  With the sunny yellow, orange, and blue color palette and playful hand lettering, these invitations are totally perfect for a summer picnic wedding






Design and lettering by Will Bryant (you can also check out his blog here) and screen printing by Rand Renfrow.

{image credits: will bryant}

Hannah + Young’s Modern Destination Wedding Invitations

This gorgeous destination wedding invitation from Curious & Company might be one color, but with beautiful calligraphy from Neither Snow and subtle texture details from the letterpress printing the design rises to a whole new level.  Brooke from Curious & Company sent over this lovely invitation created for a destination wedding in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada – take a look!



From Brooke: Hannah came to us looking for an invitation suite that would highlight the Lake Las Vegas location of her wedding, while not being overly “destination-y” in terms of design, and also taking her budget into consideration.  We worked with a lovely shade of blue, created patterns to reflect her modern style and show off the letterpress texture, and also worked in a subtle map motif of Lake Las Vegas.



Calligraphy from the talented Mara of Neither Snow was the perfect accent that we worked into the invitation and two response postcards – one for the wedding, and another for the day-after brunch.



Printed by Cleanwash Letterpress, this suite is a wonderful example of how a one color letterpress suite can still be beautiful and interesting without the cost of additional ink colors.



So delicate and beautiful!  This invitation was a custom project, but you can also check out Curious & Company’s collection of letterpress wedding invitations called the Claremont Collection!

{image credits: curious & company}