Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week! It’s hot and humid (and DEFINITELY summer) here in DC, but I’m looking forward to checking a few things off our summer bucket list – like taking the girls (well, Sophie) blueberry picking – and of course celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday! But in the meantime…

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Photo and lettering by Joya Rose (via Instagram)

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations

We’ve always had a love affair with different varieties of cactus and Southwestern scenery as a whole. Just take Emma’s wedding invitation as an example! This colorful design is a fresh take on the theme. Splurging on one stunning letterpress piece for the invitation and adding in your own DIY pieces is a great way to have a luxe invitation for less. Plus, now that we finally launched our brand new wrapping sheets, we finally have paper large enough to be used to make your own gorgeous pattern envelopes to coordinate! Hooray!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Old West Letterpress Invitation

Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Horseshoe Return Address Stamp, No.2

Out West Wrapping Sheet, 20″x 29″ 

Envelope Template

A7.5 Envelope, in Pool

4bar Envelope, in Pool

4bar Card, in Paper Bag

Stamp Pads, in Turquoise and Brown

Fine Leather Cord

Pencil, Scissors and double stick tape

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: An inner envelope can be an awesome way to incorporate a lot of pattern and personality into your invitations. For this design, we made our own using our Out West wrapping paper. You’ll get three (3) A7 envelopes per 20″ x 29″ sheet. Simply trace the template (if pattern is directional, make sure the template is oriented correctly) using a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Once it has been cut out, fold in each side.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Using the photo above, apply double stick tape or stick glue to the sides of the lower envelope flap. Fold it up and press to adhere.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For this design, we decided to use one of our premium letterpress pieces for the invitation to keep it luxe. You could also stamp this piece if you preferred, using our Old West Invitation Stamp and a white A7 card.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Stamp your remaining pieces. We used our Vintage Calligraphy Reply Card to make the overall feel a little more formal. For the return and reply addresses, we used our Vintage Horseshoe Return Address, No.2. Please watch this video for more information on inking and stamping an oversized stamp.

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Believe it or not, all that’s left are the finishing touches! We tied the suite together with a lovely, thin (1 mm) leather cord in a natural color. We also addressed the envelopes to our guests using a calligraphy pen and a whimsical style! We know your guests will be thrilled to receive this gorgeous piece of mail in their mailbox!

DIY Southwestern Cactus Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Photos by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Alison + Cody’s Spring Garden Wedding Invitations

How pretty are these pink and green spring garden wedding invitations from Emmy at HelloDesignSugar?! The invitations combine brush lettering with an illustrated floral pattern backing and envelope liner. So perfect for spring!

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From Emmy: Ali and Cody got married at Disneyland, which is a place very close to my heart so I was very excited to collaborate with them right away. They got married at the Rose Court Garden in spring, which is this beautiful gazebo full of garden flowers and greenery. This was a huge inspiration for their invitations. They wanted something fun and free flowing and their color palate was perfect with pink and green hues.

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Their invitations were a balance between clean and minimal with a quirky fun tone to it. Wording the invitation to match their disney theme, and keeping it fun. The invitation was letterpress printed in pink tones and their save the date was done in green.

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Thanks Emmy!

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

Photo Credits: HelloDesignSugar

Nicole + Chris’s Watercolor Photo Save the Dates

It’s so fun to include an engagement photo on a wedding save the date – especially when done in a modern and refreshing way, like these save the dates from Alex of Goodheart Design!

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From AlexOver the past couple years, I have done tons of save the date styles that entailed lettering over an engagement photo and making it into a cute postcard or fold over card. This time I wanted to put a creative spin on it! I wanted to still include the engagement photo but I didn’t want it to be the main focus of the design or be printed on glossy photo paper. I loved the idea of each one being slightly different so I individually watercolored the front of each save the date! The front was gold foil printed on 110# Fluorescent Lettra paper and the back was digitally printed on the same paper and then duplexed together by Czar Press. I also really loved the idea of showcasing the lettering in two different mediums, gold foil and digital printing. Each one was placed in an off-white envelope and addressed in gold ink.

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Thanks Alex!

Design + Lettering: Goodheart Design

Letterpress Printing: Czar Press

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more wedding save the date ideas!

Photo Credits: Goodheart Design

Alli + Jon’s Holographic Geometric Wedding Invitations

Forget metallic foils – after this past National Stationery Show, I’m officially obsessed with some of the more non-traditional foil options! Hologram foil, oil slick foil, sparkly iridescent foil… so many options! And today we get to see it in a wedding invitation! These invitations designed by Blake and Irene at Sparkvites and printed by Mama’s Sauce combine holographic foil on black paper with geometric shapes. And the wedding itself sounds like a SUPER fun night!

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From Irene: This invitation set was super fun to design. Alli and Jon wanted to incorporate as much color possible in their invitations to reflect their wedding style. From Alli: “If I had to come up with a theme to describe it I’d say…elegant burning man?! 501 Union is already a gorgeous space, but the walls and floor have a dark swanky supper club feel, so I am adding lots of whimsy with glowing multicolor LED orbs on the tables, a DIY LED installation for a large wall with faux fur and LED light strips underneath. The colors of the wedding are ALL THE COLORS. Lots of pops of color with pom poms mixed with flowers.”

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Thanks Blake + Irene!

Design: Sparkvites

Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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

Photo Credits: Sparkvites