Pretty Paper in the Office: Push Pins

I always like my spaces tidy, so a bulletin board is an office staple for me.  You can quickly swap out and add to your mood boards as you please.  (Which, if you’re anything like me it, is something you do quite often.)  Who’s to say that the bulletin board itself can’t be as inspiring as what’s pinned to it?  There are so many cute and quirky ways to tack up your eye candy that there might be one just right for your style and your workspace.  I’ve put together a round up of some of the most charming pins, worthy of even the most creative spaces. Julie

Push Pin Round Up

No. 1 Antique gold finished tacks by Ballard Designs; No. 2 See Jane Work push pins from Paper Source; No. 3 Italian push pins from The Curiosity Shoppe; No. 4 Hardwood push pins from The Container Store; No. 5 Fabric covered push pins by Not Sew Strange; No. 6 Numbered push pins from Present & Correct

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DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Floral Wedding Invitations

It’s the ladies of Anti­quaria, back with another cre­ative DIY project for you!  Today they’re sharing a fun tutorial on how to make gorgeous rubber stamp wedding invitations with a floral motif!

We love the versatility and custom look that rubber stamps can give your invitation suite.  This week, we wanted to show how the same stamp designs can lead to two very different wedding invitation suites: one designed for a festive tropical bash, and the other for more traditional, sophisticated affair!  It’s as simple as changing the stamp pad and envelope colors!  Let us show you…

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Option 1: For the tropical fete… shades of coral, mango, and berry make the floral border.  Lovely pool colored envelopes complement the suite.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Option 2: Traditional black and white convey elegance and sophistication.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Step 1:  You’ll want to stamp your invitation wording first… it makes things much more simple.  Ink your stamp (we used our classic invitation stamp) thoroughly, and center it over your paper.  Press firmly but moderately, using the handle as your primary pressure point to avoid an uneven print.  Let dry.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Step 2: Put a sheet of regular text weight paper underneath your already printed invitation. Using your border stamps, (we used our camellia pattern stampdaisy pattern stamp and small leaves pattern stamp) begin stamping the motifs around the border, making sure not to cover any text.  Go in a clockwise pattern and stamp the images sparsely first… you can always come back in and add more in each circular pass.  It also helps to stamp off of the page, giving the invitation a full bleed effect.  It  would be wise to start with your largest motif and move to the smaller ones to fill in the border.  If you are using multiple colors, be certain to make the overall border balanced in color and design.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Step 3: Print your reply card (we used our classic reply card stamp) in the same manner as you did the invitation text.  If you like, you can also add your floral motifs to this card, like in the tropical suite, or keep it simple, as shown above.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Step 4: Stamp your return and reply addresses (we used our calligraphy return address stamp) on your envelopes.  You can re-use the stamp long  after your wedding is over… maybe on all those thank you notes!!!

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Step 5: We’ve chosen to add a black text weight paper liner to the outer envelope.  This is a great way to bring in some additional color to the suite and to create a nice balance.  It’s simple to do as well… you can find envelope liner template kits or pre-cut liners at Paper Source and local craft stores.  If you’re using square envelopes, you can also have your local print shop cut paper down to your envelope specifications.  Then just put a line  of double stick tape or stick glue across the top, slide them into position and press to secure.  Fold at the crease with a bone folder to get a nice, crisp edge.

DIY Tutorial: Floral Rubber Stamp Wedding Invitations

Now all that’s left is to tie the suite together, address them and hand them off to your post office to deliver to your lovely guests!!

Materials:

For the classic invitation suite

Classic Invitation Stamp

Classic Reply Card Stamp

Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

Camellia Pattern Stamp

Daisy Pattern Stamp

Small Leaves Pattern Stamp

Stamp Pad – in Black

Cover Weight Paper, cut to A7 (5″x7″) and 4bar (3″x5″)

A7 Envelope

4bar Envelope

Liner paper in black, cut to size

Double Stick tape

Twine – in black and white

For the tropical invitation suite

Classic Invitation Stamp

Classic Reply Card Stamp

Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

Classic Monogram Stamp

Camellia Pattern Stamp

Daisy Pattern Stamp

Small Leaves Pattern Stamp

Stamp Pad – in Coral, Mango Tango, Magenta and Antique Pewter

Cover Weight Paper, cut to A9 (5.5″x8.5″) and 4bar (3″x5″)

A9 Envelope – in Pool

4bar Envelope – in Pool

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #11

It’s no secret that I love business cards – a great business card can be like a tiny little piece of art!  I also love it when designers and printers incorporate edge painting into business card design, from bright pops of color to elegant metallics to sophisticated black ink.  It’s been a while since I rounded up some inspiring business cards, so today I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites!

Callie Kant via Lovely Stationery

Swiss Cottage Designs

Mike McQuade for Tom Dick & Harry Creative Co. via FPO

Dingbat Press

Parrott Design Studio

Adam Mann via FPO

Studio on Fire

Bespoke Letterpress Calling Cards

Gold Foil Edge Business Cards by Deutsche & Japaner via Design Work Life

Do you have an awesome business card that you’d like to share?  If so, e-mail me right here!

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Spring Cards from Dear Hancock

Spring is definitely in the air here in DC – and it just happens to be my favorite season of the whole year!  So naturally, I’m loving all of these beautiful new spring designs from one of my favorite stationers, Dear Hancock!

 

 

Check out more over at Dear Hancock!

Photo Credits: Dear Hancock

Laicie + Mark’s California Farm Wedding Save the Dates

Happy Monday everyone!  We’re starting off the week with a sweet illustrated wedding save the date by NYC-based designer and photographer Matthew Novak.  Matthew’s clients, Mark and Laicie, are planning a fall wedding on a farm in California, so Matthew created a light hearted design inspired in part by a camping permit and in part by the wedding location!

From MattMark and Laicie are getting married on a farm in California, but have a love for camping and the outdoors.  We decided to create a save the date that was inspired by a camping permit.

We played with the wording a bit to make sure it was light hearted and fun.  I had received a rough pencil sketch of what the farmhouse looked like.  I used this as a guideline to create the farmhouse illustration on the bottom of the save the date.

 

I love letterpress, so the decision to go in that direction was easy.  The third “color” – a blind (inkless) impression – really helped sell the permit style by creating dividers throughout the whole piece.

Thanks Matt!

Design: Matthew Novak

Letterpress Printing: Dingbat Press

Photo Credits: Tin Sparrow