Sneak Peek – Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2012 Issue!

We’re heading into the final week of February (already?!), which means that the Spring 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is just around the corner!  Today we have a special sneak peek at the new issue, which is all about fabulous color for your wedding day!

For this issue, the editors have pulled together the ultimate A – Z guide to stationery – from printing methods to typography to all the details that go into your wedding invitation suite.  This is definitely a story that is best appreciated in print, so you’ll definitely want to track down a copy in your area for the full details.

Keep an eye out for the new issue on newsstands soon!

Photo Credits: Cover by Christopher Baker, story photographs by Johnny Miller, both for Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2012

Paper Artwork – The Wheatfield

I’m a big fan of the hand lettered and illustrated cards from The Wheatfield – but today I’m particularly enamored with their selection of beautiful art prints.  Here are a few of my favorites!





Check out more over at The Wheatfield shop!

Photo Credits: The Wheatfield

Stationery A – Z: Congratulation Cards

Hi Everyone!  Today I’m thrilled to introduce a new column on OSBP.  I often hear from readers looking for greeting card recommendations, from birthday cards to thank you cards.  So every few weeks we’ll round up a few of our favorite cards within a specific category, starting today with congratulation cards!

I like to keep a handful of general cards on hand to congratulate friends and family on positive news.  But it can be hard to find the perfect congratulation card that isn’t specific to a particular type of occasion.  We’ve rounded up some beautiful congratulatory greeting cards that you can stockpile and be quick to send out when congratulations are in order!  – Tashia

Congratulations card from Humunuku

Big Congrats card by Parrott Design Studio

Congratulations Letterpress Notecard Set from In Haus Press

Cross Stitch card by Pistachio Press

 Circle Pattern Letterpress Card from Letterpress Delicacies

Circle Burst Congrats by Hammerpress (left); Circle Pattern card from Letterpress Delicacies (right)

Modern Letterpress Congratulations card by Paisley Dog Press

 Wood Type Congratulations card by Papillon Press

{images via their respective sources}

*Pistachio Press and Parrott Design Studio are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kristina + Jon’s Sydney Harbor Fabric Wedding Invitations

I am completely smitten with these wedding invitations from Australian designer and photographer Kerrie-Anne Bennett.   Kerrie-Anne created these invitations for a wedding taking place on an antique ship in the Sydney Harbor.  I love the way Kerrie-Anne incorporated canvas as a subtle nod to the nautical wedding venue while also maintaining an organic and modern texture for the invitation suite.

From Kerrie-AnneI custom designed this wedding invitation suite for a couple who were getting married on Sydney Harbour.  Their ceremony and reception would take place on an old ship called the James Craig, which is over 100 years old.  Using canvas as the main invitation, which is similar to the ship’s sails, I created a stamp and stamped the information and a poem the groom wrote, which I thought was such a nice touch.  I sewed the tops and bottom of these to add a little texture.  For the RSVP card I found an old image of an almost replica of the James Craig.

I continued using the same poem from the invite on the ceremony programs, which tied everything together nicely.

Thanks Kerrie-Anne!

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

Photo Credits: Kerrie-Anne Photography + Design

Calligraphy Inspiration: Paperfinger

Each month, we’ve been showcasing a calligrapher here on Oh So Beautiful Paper.  This month, I’m delighted to share the work of none other than the creator of OSBP’s logo!  Computer scientist turned calligrapher Bryn Chernoff started Paperfinger in 2008 and offers full service invitation design and production.  (She even supports green and eco-friendly projects)  Bryn’s calligraphy style and hand drawn text are some of the most beautiful and charming I’ve seen.  You may have seen it too, at Anthropologie, on TV, or even tattooed on a passerby.  – Julie

paperfinger invitation & rsvp

Even Bryn’s illustrations are lovely; simple yet striking.  I love this invitation suite and its mix of hand lettering and calligraphy with illustration.

paperfinger letterpress invitations

paperfinger addressed envelope

paperfinger signs & props

Thinking of having your own photo/smilebooth for an event?  Paperfinger can supply you with custom props to make those photos even more memorable!

paperfinger transcribed love letter

Written on Italian stationery and with an option to be wax sealed, Paperfinger offers a love letter transcribing service, bringing a bit of the old world to this technological age.  Currently available in her shop along with stamps and customizable ribbons.

paperfinger navy escort cards

In addition to custom calligraphy services, the brand new Paperfinger invitation collection will be launching in May!  Bryn will also be starting a workshop series in New York and Portland, Oregon.  To stay up to date on these and other visual goodies from paper to food, head over to her daily blog Papertastebuds.

Photo Credits: Red invitations and illustrated invitations, photobooth prop (left), addressed envelope: Jen Huang Photography; Photobooth prop (right): Les LoupsLove letter: StudioAlex; Escort cards: Emilie, Inc