Ana + Liam’s Soft Floral Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I’d start the week with these beautiful soft floral wedding invitations from Nicole of Umama – inspired by the bride’s request for a classic invitation with a floral print! Nicole carried the floral elements through the entire suite, from the invitations to the rehearsal dinner menu and other day-of elements. So pretty!

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From NicoleFor this wedding suite, Ana wanted a classic invitation with a classic floral illustration. Ana planned to include touches of copper and cobalt blue china with ivory, fuchsia, and burgundy flowers in her wedding and also wanted to include a floral print in her invitations and day-of wedding stationery.

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I wanted to give Ana a little bit of everything on her design wish list: the cobalt blue, the florals, and a touch of copper. I love the look of layered florals, to the point of abundance. However, I didn’t want to overwhelm the actual invitation. Our solution was to create a piece that would serve as a wrap to the invitation, reply card, and rehearsal dinner note.

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On this folder, we were able to go floral crazy bringing in layered florals and lots of that cobalt blue. The invitation revealed a much cleaner and classic floral design, so as not to overcrowd the type below.

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A mirrored floral pattern adorn the rehearsal dinner note and menu card, tying all the pieces together. For that touch of copper, we created a set of tags to be used at the venue, with copper rivets and a ribbon crafted from spiraled copper wiring. We used Dutch Felt 100lb paper in Creamery from Paper Presentation. It is one of my favorite go-to papers for texture.

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Thanks Nicole!

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Photo Credits: Umama

Friday Happy Hour: Tropical Sangria

In DC, August is usually a beast. A muggy, hot, sweaty beast. We thought we had dodged a bullet this year, since this August was actually really mild and pleasant. But we were wrong. August just waited a month. August found us. This first week of September has really just been August: hot and humid. So we could mope around in the heat, miserable. Or we could drink some Sangria – with a twist inspired by the tropics. Yeah, that second one. Drink some Sangria! – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tropical Sangria

1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
1 Cup Aged Rum
1 Cup Watermelon Juice
1/2 Cup Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Falernum
1/4 Cup Allspice Dram
2 Cups Pineapple, Diced
2 Limes, Sliced

Combine all those ingredients in a pitcher. Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator so the flavors meld. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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It’s hard to go wrong with Sangria – wine, a bit of liquor, some fruit and you’ve got a Sangria – but I particularly love this one. It’s deep and rich, a little bit funkier than a Sangria fortified with brandy. It’s sweet and tart and a bit spicy. It’s summery and enormously refreshing on a hot day.

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I got the idea for this when we made our Rosé Sangria last month. What about a Caribbean-themed Sangria, with a bit of a tropical touch? So this was born: rum instead of brandy, some tropical fruit and Caribbean liqueurs, a Tiki-like fantasy version of a Sangria that might have been cooked up in a pirate’s kitchen. Ok, so that last bit was pretty dorky. I don’t care. This is delicious. Give it a try.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s my birthday today – I’m 33! – and while I’m excited to celebrate another birthday, I’m truthfully more excited to enjoy these final few weeks as a family of three. We had a bit of an early labor scare over the Labor Day weekend, which thankfully turned out to just be a false alarm (at just under 36 weeks), but it made us realize this baby could decide to appear very soon! So now we’re focused on making our final preparations and tying up any loose ends – all while giving Sophie some pre-baby love and attention. But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Quick Pick: Three Potato Four Key Tags

Three Potato Four released these fantastic GoodLife key tags a few months ago, and I’ve been kind of obsessed ever since – how great is the Penpal Society tag?!?! These key tags would be a fun gift idea or just a creative way to dress up a spare set of keys for house guests!

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More over at Three Potato Four!

DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Black and white is always classic. It seems like no matter what design you choose you can’t go wrong with this simple, sophisticated palette. We typically gravitate towards bright pops of color, soft pastels, or neutrals – but for this tutorial we wanted to explore the modern, less traditional, side of good old black and white.  We added hand painted floral elements to bring in our signature style and make each invitation unique. With the days getting shorter and autumn knocking on the door, this wedding invitation suite feels just right to us. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Reply Card Stamp
Art Deco Return Address Stamp
Watercolor Paper – we used 22″ x 30″ Smooth Hot Press Arches Watercolor Paper
Pencil and ruler
Sumi Ink
Paint Brushes
Stamp Pads in Black and Frost White
Craft knife and cutting mat
6×9 String Tie Envelopes
4bar Envelopes

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Step One: Since we will be hand painting with a bleed (a design that continues off the side or page) for this invitation tutorial, we will start by drawing our frames on hot press watercolor paper. For this design, we marked up two 5 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles spaced about an inch apart from one another. We used artist paper, which instead of coming in a pad, comes in large sheets, usually around 22″ x 30.” To make them workable, we tear that size down into four sections, resulting in sheets that are 11″ x 15.” You can also purchase watercolor paper in pads or blocks. Use what you like best!

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Step Two: Next, stamp your invitation (we used our Modern Type Invitation) in the center of each penciled rectangle. Press firmly but moderately when printing on a flat surface, using your hands to make sure that the entire stamp has been printed. Let dry.

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This sheet is stamped and awaiting floral painted details. Before you start painting, make sure that the stamped ink is totally dry.

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Step Three: It’s always a good idea to warm up and practice before painting, especially on something as important as your wedding invitations! Get a scrap piece of watercolor paper (preferably the exact same paper as your invitations) and get creative! Grab some flowers and foliage from your yard and start working out a design that you like. We used Sumi Ink instead of paint for this design, but any type of gouache (opaque watercolor) or watercolors will work too! Experimentation is the key to getting a result that you’re happy with.

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Step Four: Get to work painting your invitations once you feel warmed up and know what you want to paint. We started by painting clusters of flowers and foliage along the top of each invitation, as shown above. You could also do something as simple as a single flower at the top or as ornate as a wreath around the entire invitation. The nice part is that it’s totally up to you! It can also help to pencil in a rough design prior to painting on your invitation if you’re not 100% confident going freeform on the design.

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Step Five: We decided to add a very small floral accent right below the location on our design, so after the top was dry, we added one to each invitation. Let your finished design dry completely.

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Once all of your paintings are complete, all that’s left to do on the invitation is cut it out! Use a craft knife and metal ruler (or very precise paper cutter) to cut along your pencil lines…et voila! An invitation with a full bleed!

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Step Six: Stamp your reply card (we used our Modern Type Reply) on a 4bar size card made of the same watercolor paper used on the invitation or a card of a similar color (soft white). We used the same black stamp pad as on the invitation design.

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Step Seven: Stamp your return address in black (we used our Art Deco Return Address) on the back of a 6″ x 9″ envelope and reply address in white on the front of a black 4bar envelope. We’re in love with these gorgeous string tie envelopes and love how the milkweed color softens the look of what is otherwise a 100% black and white design.

Now all that’s left is to address them to your loved ones, add postage, and send them on their way! We guarantee that your guests will be floored by the beauty of your hand crafted work of art!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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