Copper and Burgundy Star-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Before we jump into today’s post, just a quick announcement for those of you looking forward to the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – there’s a FREE video series from some of the instructors going on now through February 8! You’ll meet all seven instructors, including Katherine of Script Merchant, Lauren of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna of Mon Voir, and Karla of Written Word Calligraphy. They’ll share their preferred tools for traditional calligraphy, modern calligraphy, and brush lettering, along with their inspiring stories about how they got started, and changed their lives, with calligraphy. Find all the details here – you won’t want to miss it!

Okay, onto today’s gorgeous baby shower invitations! Fresh, delicate, and adorable; these refined copper star inspired baby shower invitations are nothing short of darling! Alana of Bourne Paper Co. is expecting a baby girl later this year and had the amazing joy of designing her own baby shower invitations. The twinkly star motif that she wove through the invitation design and elegant copper and burgundy color palette are perfect for a mid-winter baby shower.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

From Alana: As a designer, personal celebrations are special not only because they’re milestones but because they’re the perfect excuse to create pretty paper! I’m expecting my first child (a baby girl) this spring. When my family offered to host a baby shower, I was immediately given full reign over the invitations. I knew I wanted something that was seasonal and modern, but not overly feminine. Since my shower took place during the winter, I decided on a color palette of copper and burgundy.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

My invitation design was centered around a delicate star motif paired with modern typography. The invitations were printed using copper foil on a pure white card stock. I opted for a 200lb. card stock to give the invitation a more substantial feel. Having used a lot of matte gold, silver and rose gold in my recent greeting card collection it was fun to create a project that used bright copper – it has such a vibrant shine to it.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

I paired the invitations with a rich burgundy envelope which also featured the copper foil star motif. I distributed the stars throughout both the envelope front and flap, something I hoped would make them stand out when they arrived in my guests’ mailboxes. Elegant copper calligraphy from Nancy Hopkins Lettering  completed the invitations. I thought her beautifully flourished calligraphy was the perfect compliment to the simple, clean type used on the invitation. Not to mention, she was able to create a perfect color match with the copper foil.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

In addition to the invitations, I created matching thank you cards. I opted for flat notecards which used the same copper star motif and burgundy envelopes as the invitations. Overall, I was pleased with how beautifully the delicate stars seemed to shine in copper foil and hope to turn this motif into a new greeting card collection in the future.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Thanks Alana!

Design: Bourne Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins Lettering

Bourne Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bourne Paper Co.

Happy Weekend

Three Potato Four via Instagram

Image from Three Potato Four via Instagram

Hi everyone! I haven’t written one of these Friday posts in a while… mostly because I honestly don’t know what to say most of these days. I know you come here for the general inspiration and some happy sparkle in the middle of the day, and many of you don’t want any political discussion on this platform. But I can’t just pretend that everything is light and happy given our current circumstances. So I’m going to change up this Friday round up post to share a few of the more serious stories and links from the week, along with some of the things bringing me joy during the week. We’ll see how it goes!

Some of the many reasons why the immigration ban will not help make us more safe.

What you need to know about the terror threat from foreigners

Over 100,000 visas have been revoked due to the ban.

We said Never Again in 1945. We have to mean it.

Maybe it’s because I live in DC, but I find this endlessly fascinating: How the National Mall evolved over 200 years to become what it is today

From a couple of weeks ago: How the White House transitions from one president to another in five hours

Such a cute idea: DIY Valentine Balloon Surprise Box

I desperately want a set of these iridescent mini bowls

I seriously can’t get over the gorgeousness of this embroidered jacket (or this one!)

Loving these new blue, gray, and black bamboo papers from Bella Figura

Congrats to BerinMade on their beautiful new website!

Feeling frustrated by your political representatives? Run for office!

 

And this week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Brand new illustrated desktop and phone wallpapers for February!

Printable Valentine’s Day envelope liners

Beautiful custom calligraphy Valentines from Betsy Dunlap

And some Valentine’s Day cards for friends!

Bilingual wedding invitations with a gorgeous illustrated envelope liner

 

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner

Bilingual invitations can be tough, especially when you want to keep the design modern and simple. Do you go with a double sided layout with a different language on each side? Or print separate invitations in each language and mail them to the appropriate guest? Today we’re sharing these clean and modern bilingual wedding invitations with a beautiful illustrated envelope liner from Designer Rolodex member Melissa from Atheneum Creative. Doesn’t the illustrated envelope liner serve as the perfect complement to the crisp type-driven design and letterpress printing of the invitation?!

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

From Melissa: Jamie and Pascal came to us in need of a bilingual wedding invitation, but wanted to keep the design simple and clean. Bilingual invitations can sometimes get too wordy, too busy and too complicated, so keeping the design simple is always a challenge. We talked about all the options… run the two different languages with one on the front and one on the back, simply create two different invitation sets, or work to try and fit it all on the front – which was the direction we took in the end.

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Keeping all the information on the front, with the exception of the reply card, allowed us stay within the budget and utilize both letterpress printing and foil printing. We the invitation and ceremony card were both letterpress printed, while the accommodations card featured white foil on dark gray paper and the reply card was digitally printed.

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

We decided to keep the entire wedding invitation suite in shades of gray to allow the envelope liner to really pop when guests opened the envelope. The couple wanted something very meaningful for the envelope liner: a custom illustration of the church they were getting married in. It was a church that has a lot of history with the couple and family. Once the pen illustration was complete, we adjusted the colors in the illustration to be very saturated and bold. We increased the blacks and the contrast while keeping the blues and greens very vibrant.

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Bilingual Wedding Invitations with a Beautiful Illustrated Envelope Liner by Atheneum Creative

Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Illustration: Alice Holleman

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – see more of their beautiful work here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day cards for friends

If you missed our first two Valentine’s Day greeting card round-ups, be sure to check out our traditional and romantic selections. It’s common to celebrate romantic love with a spouse or life partner but less so to celebrate the love between friends… so let’s change that! A good friend can be the best support system, the most fun, and a real joy to spend time with. Why not let them know how much you really do care about them? If a sentimental expression of affection isn’t your thing, what about a shared message of joint distaste for the holiday? There’s plenty of love to go around for both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day (if that’s more your speed). Here are a few favorite Valentine’s Day cards for friends!

osbp-friendship-valentines-roundup2017From top right:

1. Remember on Parks and Rec (RIP) when Leslie Knope describes her Galentine’s Day breakfast tradition as “Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas”? Yeah, this Lark + Raven card is kinda like that.

2. This People I’ve Loved design seems especially relevant in our current political climate. Let’s celebrate love people!

3. Valentine’s Day IS cheesy. Let’s just call a spade a spade, shall we? From Hello!Lucky.

4. Celebrate all your wonderful friends on this Valentine’s day with 9th Letterpress’s gold foil message and abstract design.

5. What better way to let your BFF know how much you love her than with sparkles?! From Farewell Paperie.

6. Have a “Romy and Michele” day by sharing this sentiment of friendship from Chalkscribe.

7. Valentine’s day isn’t for all people (or all cats), so share your distaste with this illustration by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards.

8. So many pop culture references in here! Tell your person how important they are to you with this design from UK-based I Am Nat.

9. We tend to feature Emily McDowell a lot here, but her copywriting is a) phenomenal, and b) couldn’t be more on point. Also, kittens.

10. Let’s say Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing. But drinking is. Phoenix Paper Co has got you covered.

11. Why fight it? Make them laugh with this red foil die cut shark card from The Social Type.

February Desktop Downloads!

Welcome to February everyone! We have a wealth of illustrated wallpapers to help brighten your screens this month, with four new designs from Swiss Cottage DesignsThe Good Twin, and Nathalie Ouederni! This month we’re both celebrating the season of love – very much needed these days – and looking ahead to the promise of Spring. Pick your fave (or two!) and download the files via the links below! xoxo

February Illustrated Wallpaper by Swiss Cottage Designs

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin

Desktop | iPhone

February Illustrated Wallpaper by Nathalie Ouederni

Desktop | iPhone

For personal use only. All illustrations by Swiss Cottage DesignsThe Good Twin, and Nathalie Ouederni for Oh So Beautiful Paper

If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to hello(at)ohsobeautifulpaper.com with the subject line “desktop downloads” and image files in both desktop and iPhone retina screen sizes. If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!