Natalia + Chris’s Wedding Announcement Postcards

These miiiiiight just be the prettiest wedding announcements I’ve ever seen. After their super intimate wedding, Natalia of Papel & Co. and her husband Chris decided to share the happy news with far away family and loved ones. Natalia combined a beautiful wedding photo with gold foil calligraphy to create these casual and celebratory wedding announcement postcards!

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NataliaMy husband and I decided to have a really small wedding. We had 13 total guests and we got married on Valentine’s Day. Because a lot of the people we love were not at the wedding, we decided to make a little something for them – wedding announcement postcards.

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These postcards were digitally printed and foil pressed by Wynwood Letterpress in Miami. The beautiful picture was taken by Dillon Photography. I designed the card and addressed the envelopes. Most of my family lives in Colombia and my husband’s family lives here in the U.S., so we decided to have one version in Spanish and one in English.

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Natalia!

Design and Calligraphy: Papel & Co.

Printing: Wynwood Letterpress

Wedding Photo: Dillon Photo

Photo Credits: Papel & Co.

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve been spending most of our summer weekends ticking items off our Summer Bucket List: visiting the lotus at the Aquatic Gardens, picking berries, and going to our favorite museums. This weekend will be no exception, with an afternoon of peach and blackberry picking on the agenda! But in the meantime…

Britt Bass Turner / via Instagram

Photo and artwork by Britt Bass Turner via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

We’re saving this week’s cocktail recipe for tomorrow – so don’t forget to check back! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps

We had a ton of fun experimenting with today’s tutorial. After hearing feedback from clients over the years that have used screen printing ink and an ink brayer to print with their stamps vs. using a stamp pad, we figured that it was high time to try it for ourselves. The process and results are fun and the options for using the technique are endless. Today, we’re using three of our pattern stamps on linen fabric to make a gorgeous, custom floral print! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Fabric (we used linen – but cotton fabric would also work)

Camellia Pattern Stamp

Daisy Pattern Stamp

Small Leaves Pattern Stamp

Ink

Brayer

Disposable spoon (or one you don’t plan to eat with again)

Disposable Palette

Scrap Paper

Iron & Scrap of Cloth

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1. Spoon some of ink onto the disposable palette. With the back of the spoon, smear the ink in a rectangle, down the center. Using the brayer, roll the ink onto the palette until you get a thin film of ink in the center. Now you’re ready to start printing!

Step 2. First test your overall pattern on a small piece of fabric. Lay the fabric over a scrap piece of paper to protect the table from ink stains. Lightly use the brayer to roll ink onto your stamp. Start with the largest (most dominant) stamp, before using smaller stamps to fill in the pattern. Place the stamp down, and stamp it as if you were printing on a sheet of paper using moderate and even pressure. Lift the stamp and re-apply ink.

Step 3. Begin stamping on your fabric. Start with the largest stamp (we used our Camellia pattern stamp) until you’ve covered your entire piece of fabric. Use the next smallest stamp (we used our Daisy pattern stamp) to start filling in the negative spaces. The last stamp was our Small Leaves Pattern stamp. Because it’s small, it make a wonderful filler and allows you to really balance the overall design. We found that dipping into the thin layer of ink works best for the small stamps vs. using the brayer.

Step 4. Heat set the ink once you’ve finished printing all of your fabric according to the manufacturers instructions. In our case, we used a dry iron and a scrap piece of fabric.

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Printed Fabric with Rubber Stamps / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This technique excites us so much and we can’t help thinking of all of the possible uses for our very own customized fabric! Imagine stamping your monogram onto linen napkins for your wedding, making tote bags for your bridesmaids, incorporating the print into your handmade wardrobe or even making custom print fabric envelopes for your invitation!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ginny + Andrew’s Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations

Wow. Just wow. These elegant wedding invitations from Lily of Lavender and Mint are just stunning! With matte gold foil and classic black letterpress, calligraphy by Signora e Mare, and deckled edge paper, these invitations evoke an Old World feel and the natural beauty of northern California. I can’t stop staring at all the beautiful details in this wedding invitation suite!

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

From LilyThis wedding suite, and the successive day-of stationery, is without a doubt my all-time favorite project. The bride, Ginny, is the type of client every designer dreams of; an effortlessly stylish woman with a love and appreciation for the creative process. She is herself a floral designer and was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. We spent months looking at inspiration in fashion, interiors, and florals to refine the creative direction before we even began to design.

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

The wedding was in Carmel, California and she wanted to harness the natural beauty of northern California and evoke the feeling of being in that environment. She wore a stunning bohemian inspired Jenny Packham dress and we drew on that aesthetic to design a suite that was old world with the unrefined organic feeling that reminded her of California.

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

We collaborated with Katie from Signora e Mare for her beautiful calligraphy and chose to print on Arturo Fine Stationery. The illustration bled off the page, not something I would typically do with a deckled edge stock, however this subtle accent added to the natural quality of the invitation. We combined matte gold foil stamping and black letterpress for the printing and added a 3” French Blue Dupioni silk ribbon and 5/8” raw velvet rose ribbon to secure the invitation.

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

Both colors were a nod to what would be used as accent colors on the day of. The final touch was a custom antique gold wax seal with the couple’s monogram. The suite was comprised of an invitation, reply card, details card, reception card and both an inner and outer envelope. Each piece was printed with either a combination of black letterpress and matte gold foil or with a single print process – either letterpress or foil stamping. The result was a full suite that told a story. Erich McVey captured the essence of the suite beautifully and I am so thrilled to share his photos with you here!

Elegant Old World Wedding Invitations / Lavender and Mint with Signore e Mare Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by  Erich McVey

Thanks Lily!

Creative Direction & Design: Lily Lasuzzo of Lavender & Mint

Calligraphy: Signora e Mare

Print Shop: Littleford Letterpress

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

Photo Credits: Erich McVey