We absolutely love collecting and handkerchiefs are one of those things that are very hard to pass up when you find a beautiful one. Given the popularity of handkerchief wedding invitations and the growing number of them that are stashed around the studio, we decided it was time to design a gorgeous, butterfly inspired handkerchief suite. Adding in coordinating patterns, kraft paper and calligraphy really makes the design feel custom and personal. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Just a few assorted handkerchiefs from the collection. Since there is so much pattern elsewhere in this suite, we decided to use only solid ones in white and ecru with pretty lace borders.
Step One: Iron all of your handkerchiefs smooth and lay a single handkerchief on a flat, sturdy surface. Ink your invitation stamp (we used our Sophisticate Invitation Stamp) throughly and center it over the middle of the handkerchief. Once it’s aligned, press it down firmly and apply even pressure across the entire stamp. Lift off and set aside to dry. You can also use crafters ink that can be heat set with an iron if you’d like the text to be waterproof! For a step-by-step video tutorial about the printing process go here.
Step Two: We gussied up the accommodations card for this suite by using an A7 butterfly printed card. In the center, we stamped our Butterfly Monogram Stamp to add a personal touch. For the back of the card, we kept it simple, stamping it with the accommodations information (we used our Calligraphy Accent Accommodations Card Stamp).
Step 3: Reply postcards are rapidly growing in popularity among couples these days for more casual affairs, so for this suite, we incorporated one in kraft! Place your postcard (4″x6″) on a flat, firm surface. Ink your stamp (we used our Calligraphy Accent Reply Postcard Stamp) and center it over the card. To make the print, press down with even, moderate pressure. Remove and set card aside to dry.
Step Four: To tie the suite together (and keep the handkerchief secure), we decided to make a monogram tag to coordinate with the design. First, you’ll need to cut your paper to rectangles sized 1.5″x3″ using a self healing mat, craft knife and ruler (we used our Chloe Yellow Floral Patterned Paper, in Cover Weight for the tag).
Step Five: To give the tag some extra detail, we notched the corners off of the top. Lay the rectangular tag on a self healing mat at the 45 degree angle, place the ruler and make the cut. Flip the tag over an repeat on the other side.
Step Six: To finish the tag we punched a hole in the top center and added an adorable kraft hole protector. Then we stamped our monogram (we used the Cross my Heart Monogram Stamp) on the lower right corner of the tag.
Step Seven: Next, you’ll need to stamp your return address (we used our Calligraphy Ampersand Return Address Stamp) and address them to all of your guests. Make sure to stamp the return address on all of your envelopes first! And how could we not add Butterfly themed postage!
Tying everything together looks trickier than it is! Simply iron down the top and bottom of the handkerchief and fold it over your accommodations and reply card, overlapping the fabric a bit in the back. You can secure it with washi tape if you want or you can just go for it and tie the twine and tag around the suite sans tape.
Handkerchiefs with smooth open centers
Butterfly A7 Cards
Postcards in Paper Bag
A7 Envelope in Paper Bag
Self Healing Mat
Twine similar to shown
Photo Credits: Antiquaria