Floral Notecards from Laura Macchia

I have a weakness for anything with a floral pattern, so when Laura Macchia sent over some of the cards from her newest collection, I just couldn’t resist sharing them.  The pops of red and yellow are perfect for summer, and of course I love the floral and botanical illustrations and patterns.  So pretty!






You can see the full collection right here.  Thanks Laura!

*Laura Macchia is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper.  For more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies, please click here.

DIY Tutorial: Vintage Handkerchief Save the Dates

Hi Everyone!  Today I’m super excited to introduce a new DIY series from the ladies of Antiquaria, an online shop curated by designer Emma James (you might remember her awesome wedding invitations) and calligrapher Bailey Amon.  In addition to their shop, Emma and Bailey offer custom rubber stamps featuring Bailey’s calligraphy and they’ll be joining us here every couple of weeks with a fun DIY project to inspire all of you at home.  Let’s get started!

Hello!  We’re Bailey and Emma from Antiquaria, and we love vintage handkerchiefs!!  This tutorial uses custom rubber stamps to create elegant and original save the dates.  These offer your guests a true keepsake and help set the tone for your vintage wedding!

Vintage Handkerchief Save the Dates

DIY Hand Stamped Handkerchief Save the Dates : Step 1

Step One:

After washing and ironing the handkerchiefs to the desired size, choose stamp pad and ink up the custom  Save the Date stamp.  We used our  “Art Nouveau” Save the Date Stamp.  On a hard and sturdy work surface, place the inked stamp on the handkerchief and apply even pressure.  Then gently lift the stamp off the handkerchief.

Step 1: DIY Handkerchief Save the Dates

Step Two:

Most couples will find it necessary to include accommodation options with their Save the Date – including them in the invitation is often too late to capture discounted rates, etc.  For this Save the Date, we printed out an accommodations card with a compatible font, we then used Antiquaria’s  Wreath Monogram stamp to accent the enclosure.

Antiquaria DIY Hand Stamped Handkerchief Save the Dates: Step 2

Step Three:

Slide the accommodations card into the handkerchief and using your desired ribbon, tie them together, like a present.

DIY Hand Stamped Handkerchief Save the Dates : Step 3

Step Four:

Using a coordinating return address stamp {we used our Wildflowers Return Address Stamp}, ink the stamp and place it in the center of your square envelope.

**Remember to do this before you or a calligrapher addresses the envelopes so that you don’t have to redo any if you get a bad inking.**

DIY Hand Stamped Handkerchief Save the Dates: Step 4

Materials List

Custom Rubber Stamps like these:  “Art Nouveau” Custom Save the Date Stamp, “Wreath Monogram” Stamp“Wildflowers” Return Address Stamp

Vintage Handkerchieves – Iron to 5.5 x 5.5 squares with starch and a hot iron.  Check Ebay for lots of handkerchieves.  It is more affordable to buy them in bulk than one at a time.  Expect to pay $1-3 per handkerchief for vintage handkerchieves for this project.  Etsy and local thrifts are other good places to look for them.

Colorbox Stamp Pad – we used a variety of pinks and neutrals for this project.

5.5″ x 5.5″ Flat Card – for the accommodations card

5.75 x 5.75 Square Envelope

Hand Painted Silk Ribbon

Photo Credits: Antiquaria

Seasonal Stationery: Father’s Day Cards, Part 3

Father’s Day is just a little over a week away, so definitely time to get a card if you haven’t already!  You can check out the first two round ups here and here, but – just in case you’re still searching for the perfect card – I still have a few more to share with you!


Wild Ink Press

The Nic Studio


Sass & Peril


Printerette Press

Anemone-Letterpress-Seahorse-Fathers-Day-Card Anemone-Letterpress-Lion-Fathers-Day-Card

Anemone Letterpress


Fugu Fugu Press


Sweet Letter Press


Paper Plates Press

{images via their respective sources}

*Wild Ink Press is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper.  For more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies, please click here.

Sweet + Simple Save the Dates

Here’s another sweet kraft paper save the date.  Vicky and her fiancé live in Brisbane, Australia but are planning a wedding in the English countryside, so they felt the need to send their save the dates well in advance of their fall 2012 wedding.  Vicky is a graphic designer and printed the save the dates herself on her trusty Gocco.


From Vicky:  Being a graphic designer I have always had a passion for paper and typography so now I get to bring them together and start designing my own wedding stationery.  As a British citizen currently living in Brisbane, we realised the need to send our save the dates as soon as possible to give people enough time to save up and arrange a trip to the other side of the globe.  We will be married at home in the English countryside and we want everything to be simple and personal.


When it come to the design I wanted kraft paper and envelopes.  I hand printed every single ‘save the date’ on my Print Gocco.  I had so much fun and now I can not wait to get started on designing the invitations… no rush really as the wedding isn’t for another 15 months!




Thanks Vicky!

Photo Credits: Vicky Hairsine

Southern Magnolia Bridal Luncheon Invitation

I’ve had these bridal luncheon invitations bookmarked the last couple of weeks – Christine from Ink*Lemonade created these lovelies for a friend in Georgia who will be hosting a luncheon in honor of her cousin’s upcoming wedding.  Christine used magnolias and the concept of the Old South with a modern twist as her design inspiration, along with a color palette of green, brown, and cream.  I’m having visions of sweet iced tea, mint juleps, and lots of yummy treats – sounds delightful!


Christine letterpress printed the main invitation, incorporating her own hand lettering style into the invitation text.  She then calligraphed the outer envelopes and paired them with coordinating vintage stamps.  So, so pretty.







Thank you so much Christine!

Photo Credits: Christine Lucaciu for Ink Lemonade