Seasonal Stationery: 2014 Calendars, Part 5

Today I thought I’d sneak in one final 2014 calendar round up before we dive into holiday card round ups early next week! Can you believe Thanksgiving (and the end of November!) is already upon us? Crazy! For this final calendar round up, I’m feeling inspired by bright colors and bold graphic patterns… from romantic watercolor to vibrant letterpress to striking black and white!

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1. Anemone Letterpress; 2. Linda & Harriett; 3. The Paperbird Society; 4. Brown Parcel Press + Saipua; 5. Belinda Marshall

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6. Paper Source; 7. Smock; 8. Whitney Rae Paper; 9. Satsuma Press; 10. Dozi

Check out the full 2014 calendar round up right here!

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Rosie’s Illustrated Graduation Announcements

This is such a treat: graduation announcements! Designer and illustrator Rosie Bubb recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University and was kind enough to send over the announcements that she created to share the happy news with friends and family. Rosie created an illustration representing San Luis Obispo on one side of the postcard-style announcements, with academic details on the other. Congrats Rosie!

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From RosieI recently graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo in Central California. The landscape of the my charming college home served as the inspiration for the design of my graduation announcements. Dubbed “The Happiest City in America” by Oprah, I wanted to share the happiness of San Luis Obispo with friends and family in the form of a bright and illustrative card. Creating a postcard-style announcement allowed room to highlight the quirk of my college years spent nestled in the hills and yet only minutes away from the beach. The reverse side includes all the academic and ceremony details.

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The final design was digitally printed onto 110# cover stock by my classmates at the on-campus printing company – University Graphics Systems. The envelopes were supplied by Paper Sky, a darling paper and stationery boutique where I worked part time throughout college. I addressed the envelopes in my own form of messy cursive lettering with white ink.

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Thanks Rosie! And congratulations again on your recent graduation!

Photo Credits: Rosie Bubb

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Clay Save the Dates

Texture is subtle but boy does it make a huge impact! When we found some paper clay at the art store a while back, we knew it would make a great DIY but we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. After obsessing over textured clay pottery now for ages, we decided that a “pottery” save the date was in order. The natural off-white color of the paper clay comes alive when paired with a mix of floral patterns and a unique lilac, eggplant, and ochre color palette! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Clay floral STD step1 DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Clay Save the Dates

Step One: Gather your paper clay supplies: bag of clay, wooden cutting board (you don’t want any texture in your rolling surface – unless it’s the look you’re going for), clear plastic wrap, and a rolling pen. Break your paper clay into approximately 2 oz pieces. There will be scraps that you can re-roll together.

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Step Two: Squish the paper clay into a small rectangle with your fingers (this doesn’t need to be precise). Place it in the middle of your plastic wrap and fold the other end of the wrap over the top. Now, you’ll start rolling! It’s basically like rolling out a pie crust or cookies – just keep the thickness even and it will be good. We suggest a thickness of around ⅛” or maybe a little less. Remember: it does need to fit in an envelope!

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Step Three: Once it’s rolled out thin and even (and approximately the size of your stamp mount, you’re ready to print the design. With an un-inked stamp (we used our Vintage Label Save the Date stamp) center it over the clay and carefully set it down. With your fingertips, press each section of the design evenly to make the print. This printing method feels different than printing paper so it may take some extra time to get the hang of it! Not to worry though, you can just re-roll the clay so there is no waste in the practice process!

Once you get a good print, trim the clay around the design with a kitchen knife (we used the mount size as a guide). Carefully flip the clay over in your palm and transfer it to a plastic lined tray or baking sheet. Let dry 1 – 3 days or until firm.

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Step Four: Now that your clay save the dates are complete, you can move on the the rest of the pieces that you’ll need for the design. Cut patterned card stock (we used our Annabelle Violet Paper) into A2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″) with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat. You will get four cards out of one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.

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Step Five: Stamp your accommodations and website information on the back of your patterned card. We used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations and Calligraphy Accent Website stamps for this design. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.

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Step Six: A coordinating liner really dresses up an envelope, don’t you think? For this design, we used our daisy paper. The process is simple! Trace the template with a pencil and cut out the pattern. Use double sided tape or stick glue to adhere the liner into the envelope just below the gumming.

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Step Seven: Now we’ll switch our focus to the outside of the envelope! We stamped our Scripted Return Address  stamp in eggplant on the back flap. To coordinate, we addressed the front in an eggplant colored ink as well and used (our favorite) seed packet postage to finish it all off!

Materials

Vintage Label Save the Date Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Stamp

Calligraphy Accent Website Card Stamp

Scripted Return Address Stamp

Annabelle Violet Patterned Paper

Daisy Patterned Paper

Paper Clay

Cutting board, plastic wrap, rolling pen and knife

Trays or baking sheets for air drying

Self healing mat, kraft knife and metal ruler

Envelope liner templates

Pencil and Scissors

Stamp Pads in Ochre and Eggplant

A2 Envelopes in Luxe Blush

Calligraphy Ink for addressing in Red Violet

Grecian Pink Tailors Ribbon to tie the suite together

USPS Postage

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real save the dates gallery for more save the date ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Inspired By: Rose Gold

Since we’re already on the subject of beautiful metallic foil today, I couldn’t help but think of my current favorite metallic hue: rose gold! Don’t get me wrong, I still love gold, silver, and copper, but there’s something so soft and romantic about rose gold. I just can’t get enough, from jewelry to stationery to utensils. I’m looking forward to seeing lots, lots more beautiful rose gold over the coming months!

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1. Seesaw (sadly no longer available); 2. Re: Coco from New York; 3. Rose Gold Foil Coasters by For Your Party for the 2013 Paper Party, photo by Charlie Juliet Photography; 4. West Elm; 5. Smock; 6. Kate Spade

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Foil Holiday Cards from Minted – and a Giveaway!

I’m getting ready to start my annual holiday card round up next week, but in the meantime I couldn’t resist sharing a few more of the beautiful new foil holiday cards from Minted! I’m already on the record as loving a healthy dose of sparkle during the holidays, and I love that Minted works with independent designers around the world – including a few familiar faces around here like Moglea, The Social Type, Linda & Harriett, and many more! I included one of the new cards in my personalized holiday card round up a couple of weeks ago, so you’ve already seen a tiny peek at the new collection. Here are a few more favorites from the Minted foil holiday card collection!

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1.Be Joyful; 2. Joyful Season; 3. Midnight; 4. Happiest; 5. Krafted Cheers; 6. Twinkle Twinkle

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7. Neon Mistletoe; 8. Merry Scriptmas; 9. Ribbon of Joy; 10. Christmas Twinkle; 11. Stringed Noel; 12. Merry Typography

So pretty, right??

To make things even better, Minted is offering one very lucky reader the chance to win a $500 gift card to use to create your own holiday cards and gift wrap – or even wedding invitations and save the dates! So awesome!

To enter, visit Minted and browse the foil holiday card collection. Then come back here and leave a comment with the name of your favorite design! Super easy. You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 25 to enter. One winner will be selected randomly and contacted via email. Bonne chance!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered –and congratulations to our winner, Angela (commenter #62)!

Official sweepstakes rules here.

This post is sponsored by Minted. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Photo Credits: Minted