Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week! It’s hot and humid (and DEFINITELY summer) here in DC, but I’m looking forward to checking a few things off our summer bucket list – like taking the girls (well, Sophie) blueberry picking – and of course celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday! But in the meantime…

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Photo and lettering by Joya Rose (via Instagram)

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

NSS 2015 Mailers

Back in March, Emily and I shared some thoughts on pre-trade show mailers along with some of our favorite mailers from the 2014 National Stationery Show. I shared this year’s mailers over on Instagram, but I thought I’d share them here, too, so that you all have them in one place! I put them in alphabetical order just for my own sanity – and I’m loving the range of design styles and formats reflected in the mailers for this year’s show!

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A beautiful tropical laser cut mailer from Alexis Mattox Design (and how great is that pineapple envelope liner?!)

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I loved Antiquaria‘s peach box mailer with a little sample notebook inside – and that beautiful wax seal!

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Dahlia Press

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DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations

We’ve always had a love affair with different varieties of cactus and Southwestern scenery as a whole. Just take Emma’s wedding invitation as an example! This colorful design is a fresh take on the theme. Splurging on one stunning letterpress piece for the invitation and adding in your own DIY pieces is a great way to have a luxe invitation for less. Plus, now that we finally launched our brand new wrapping sheets, we finally have paper large enough to be used to make your own gorgeous pattern envelopes to coordinate! Hooray!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Old West Letterpress Invitation

Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Horseshoe Return Address Stamp, No.2

Out West Wrapping Sheet, 20″x 29″ 

Envelope Template

A7.5 Envelope, in Pool

4bar Envelope, in Pool

4bar Card, in Paper Bag

Stamp Pads, in Turquoise and Brown

Fine Leather Cord

Pencil, Scissors and double stick tape

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: An inner envelope can be an awesome way to incorporate a lot of pattern and personality into your invitations. For this design, we made our own using our Out West wrapping paper. You’ll get three (3) A7 envelopes per 20″ x 29″ sheet. Simply trace the template (if pattern is directional, make sure the template is oriented correctly) using a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Once it has been cut out, fold in each side.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Using the photo above, apply double stick tape or stick glue to the sides of the lower envelope flap. Fold it up and press to adhere.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For this design, we decided to use one of our premium letterpress pieces for the invitation to keep it luxe. You could also stamp this piece if you preferred, using our Old West Invitation Stamp and a white A7 card.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Stamp your remaining pieces. We used our Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card to make the overall feel a little more formal. For the return and reply addresses, we used our Vintage Horseshoe Return Address, No.2. Please watch this video for more information on inking and stamping an oversized stamp.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Believe it or not, all that’s left are the finishing touches! We tied the suite together with a lovely, thin (1 mm) leather cord in a natural color. We also addressed the envelopes to our guests using a calligraphy pen and a whimsical style! We know your guests will be thrilled to receive this gorgeous piece of mail in their mailbox!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Photos by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Stationery A–Z: Birthday Cards!

I love sending birthday cards, don’t you? I like to buy them throughout the year – just so I know I’ll have the perfect card on hand for just the right person. Here are a few favorites!

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1. Paper Lovely

2. Dear Hancock

3. Dahlia Press

4. Ashkahn 

5. The Paper Cub

6. Moglea

7. Yellow Owl Workshop

8. Parrott Design Studio

9. Ink Meets Paper

10. Sugar Paper

11. Iron Curtain Press

12. Idlewild Co.

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13. Amy Heitman

14. Ferme à Papier

15. Near Modern Disaster

16. Hooray Today!

17. Hello!Lucky

18. Printerette Press

19. Katharine Watson

20. Ladyfingers Letterpress

21. Rise and Shine Letterpress

22. McBitterson’s