Whimsical Watercolor and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Not only is calligraphy a beautiful art form – but you can do some really cool things with it! I’m loving this invitation suite from calligrapher Ashley Bush featuring a dreamy watercolor wash over text created with masking fluid. Such a fun idea!

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From AshleyThe inspiration behind this wedding invitation suite was whimsical, candy-colored, and dreamy. I knew instantly that I wanted to do a masked brush-lettering style, with a watercolor wash over top. I let that design element guide the rest of the suite. 

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Thanks Ashley!

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Photo Credits: 1 – 4 Ashley Bush / 5 Emily Millay Photography / 6 – 7 Bronwnyn Duffield

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies

The Peony always wins the popularity contest – and for good reason! Thankfully, these show stoppers have officially made their way back into our lives (and Instagram feed) this spring. Unlike most trends, it’s impossible to to get tired of the beautiful peony. This full bodied bloom has the potential to turn anyone’s day into an instant success. I hope you enjoy these bright-eyed paper beauties, my desk is already looking a little more chipper thanks to some April pink hues.  –Rachael

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies by Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies by Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies by Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies by Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Fresh Cut Paper Flowers: Peonies by Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Photo Credits: Rachael Baldwin of Appetite Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants

I’ve been on a bit of a paper creation binge lately – trying to dream up what kinds of things I can bring to life in paper form. My latest creation: paper air plants. Sure, air plants are already the lowest maintenance of all flora, but I couldn’t resist super-sizing their interesting contours and – oh yes – making them GOLD! Today, I’m sharing how to make a medium sized paper air plant about 8″ in diameter. Make lots and lots to create a table runner, or downsize them a bit for a creative plate adornment. I can only imagine all the uses you could come up with for these beauties!  –Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
Gold Card Stock
Scissors
Bone Folder
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Cut out about 15 triangles in various widths ranging from 1/4″ – 1″ and heights ranging from 4 – 6″ to create the air plant’s leaves. Also cut (or punch) out two circles about 2″ in diameter.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Use a bone folder to gently curl each of the leaves as you would curl ribbon. Vary the curliness. Create an S-curl on a few  by curling the entire leaf in one direction from the back and then curling just the end of the leaf in the other direction from the front.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Cut a slit half way across the diameter of each of the circles.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Overlap the cut edges of each circle to create two cones, and glue into place. Make one of the cones a bit more angled than the other.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Glue 6 or 7 leaves into each of the cones by placing glue onto the back side of the bottom edge and sliding into the cone.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Reserve two of the skinnier leaves for the center, and glue them together at the bottom.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: Cut the bottom of the center two leaves into a point.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Eight: Dispense a large dollop of hot glue in the bottom of the less steep cone, and then affix the steeper of the two cones inside. Hold it in place a moment while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Nine: Dispense another small bead of glue into the steeper cone, and affix the pointed end of the center two leaves, holding in place while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black and White Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

I’m loving these chic monochromatic wedding rehearsal dinner invitations from Becca of Suite Paperie ! The invitation combines modern typography – digitally printed in white ink on black paper! – with a vintage-inspired envelope liner. So fun!

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From BeccaDigitally printed in white ink on black card stock and paired with a crisp white envelope with a deco black on black liner, this rehearsal dinner invitation screams modern, bold and fun.

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Thanks Becca!

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Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson