Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations

These modern orange and burgundy acrylic wedding invitations have ALL THE THINGS! Pops of die-cutie cut acrylic, vintage stamps, a crisp sans serif typeface, and a warm bold color palette! Katie of Ink and Sable drew inspiration from the industrial modern venue and brought in fun acrylic elements to make this modern suite one that really packs a punch! So fun!

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

From KatieWhen Lauren Townsend from A Tale of Two Towns Wedding and Event Design came to with this modern speakeasy challenge I was, to be honest, a little nervous. One of the first questions I asked was “what’s the venue?” She told me The Glass Factory in Jacksonville FL. I Googled the venue and I knew from looking at the images exactly what I was going to make to bring accomplish Lauren’s desired look.

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

The aesthetic is all about gold, burgundy, and crisp accents to offset the historic industrial venue, which is an awesome combination! I really wanted to play up the name of the venue and hit it hard with the modern look versus the industrial look or even an organic calligraphy look. After seeing some acrylic invitations float around, I knew that was going to pack the biggest punch! Plus, it totally looks like frosted glass! See what I did there?

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

I really wanted to use a modern typeface, and as some stationers might know, writing perfectly on acrylic is quite a task! So what would get me the best results? Screen printing! While my invitation and menu were going to be the stars of the show, I didn’t want to do a disservice to the RSVP and Details card, so I embellished the typography with foil printing through CatPrint who does short-run foil press (YAY!). RSVP and Details paired with a shimmery gold return envelope really accented the gold.

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

Once I got the silkscreen, I had to test it on sheets of acrylic to make sure it was going to work. After testing and retesting I was ready to do the REAL one. I silkscreen printed the invitation first and let it dry over a period of a few days and put a heavy spray of varnish on top to make sure the ink would stay on the acrylic. I flipped it over to mark where my die cut would be and very carefully cut off the edges to make my invitation and menu asymmetrical. The final touch was to add the wash of gold to the back to add that extra punch of modern flair.

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

This suite paired with a burgundy envelope stamped with vintage 1920s speakeasy postal stamps was the perfect amount of jewel tone to really bring this look together. With the details laid flat on black velvet with hints of greenery and, of course, the rings, this suite was super sexy! Can you say that about a suite? Because I just did.

Modern Orange and Burgundy Acrylic Wedding Invitations by Ink and Sable

Thanks Katie!

Design: Ink and Sable
Foil Printing: Cat Print
Event Planning/Design: Laura Townsend of A Tale of Two Towns Wedding and Event Design
Venue: The Glass Factory 
Floral: Liz Stewart Floral Design
Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel, Styled by Markie 
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Linens: BBJ Linen

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

Photo Credits: Arielle Johnson

April 2018 Wallpapers!

Happy April everyone! I know I’m a couple days late with this month’s wallpapers, but you’ll forgive me, won’t you? This month we’ve got three beautiful illustrated April 2018 wallpapers from The Good Twin and Mint for Hue that were well worth the wait! We’re all about spring vibes this month, with illustrated wallpapers inspired by April thunder showers, leaves, and blooming flowers. Pick your fave and download the files via the links below!

April Flowers Illustrated Wallpaper / The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

April Leaves Illustrated Wallpaper / The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

Calligraphy Wallpaper / Mint for Hue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

For personal use only. All illustrations by The Good Twin and Mint for Hue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

p.s. If you’re interested in walking down memory lane a bit, here are the wallpaper designs from April 2017, April 2016, and April 2015!

If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to hello(at)ohsobeautifulpaper.com with the subject line “desktop downloads” and image files in both desktop and iPhone retina screen sizes. If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations

This is certainly a first! Dramatic black meets romantic mermaid wedding invitations, brought to us by Victoria of Design House of Moira. I never would have thought to pair rich black hues with subtle mermaid themed pastels, but it works OH SO WELL! What’s more, the flourished calligraphy and oversized wax seal are just the right amount of bold and beautiful for this over the top modern yet aquatic suite! What a fun and fresh look!

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

From Victoria: We had an unusual combination of requests from this bride: she wanted black, dramatic, foil printing, handmade paper, a large scale wax seal, unusual size, and mermaid paper (yes, mermaid paper).

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Since size and handmade paper are the most difficult, we started there. We collaborated with Owl Post Calligraphy to create a custom order of black handmade paper in 8×11 inches. We wanted to be able to fold the invitation into thirds, so we paired it with inserts that were long and thin to fit inside the folded invitation. We choose a long envelope that opened with a flap rather than on the end of a #10 envelope.

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The mailing envelopes were a gorgeous handmade paper from Spain with a lacy and delicate deckled edge, while the reply envelope was a deep matte black.The wording on the invitation was also unusual. The wedding was hosted by the bride, groom and their son, whose names are listed together as a family.

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The additional inserts were all hand painted with watercolor in shades of blues, teals, and purples (mermaid colors!) on Italian paper with an extremely soft felt finish and delicate deckled edge. We selected the Italian paper for its cotton content and knowing that it wouldn’t buckle or warp with the watercolor.

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

We paired an extremely formal and flourished calligraphy style selected by the bride and with a simple sans serif. We then selected a pale silver with a slightly matte finish for the printing. We wanted to be able to use the same printing on all four paper types included in the suite – Spanish and Italian handmade paper, custom black handmade paper and the flat black envelope.

Dramatic Black Meets Romantic Mermaid Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

We created a logo for the couple of XX representing the day they decided to become a family. The XX logo was featured on the 2” wax seal as well as the return address and reply card envelope. The entire suite was folded and tucked inside the gorgeous, ivory Spanish paper envelope and addressed in matching formal calligraphy. We choose Oscar de la Renta postage with two stamps per envelope.

Thanks Victoria!

Design and Calligraphy: Design House of Moira
Foil Printing: Viking Printing 
Custom black handmade paper: Owl Post Calligraphy 

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

Photo Credits: Design House of Moira

Paper Marbling and Saturday Morning Letter Writing Social at Common Room Studio!

Before we jump into the week, I wanted to share a couple of upcoming events at my new studio space – Common Room Studio! If you’re in the DC area, we’d absolutely love for you to join us! Come get a sneak peek of the space before we do the full reveal here on the blog and meet fellow paper-loving people in the area. It’ll be so fun – come hang with us!

Dear Hancock Happy Birthday Card

Card by Dear Hancock

First up, we’re hosting a letter writing social THIS Saturday, April 7 from 10 am to noon! April is National Letter Writing Month – did you know?? In celebration of our favorite month, come gather and connect with other stationery-loving friends for our inaugural Saturday Morning Social in collaboration with our friends at Penny Post, the gorgeous new stationery store in Old Town Alexandria! We’ll have all the necessary letter-writing supplies, plenty of greeting cards, and even a little nosh from Stomping Ground. The event is FREE, but space is limited, so register today to save your seat!

Paper Marbling with Kelly Laughlin

Photo Credit: Kelly Laughlin

Second, I’m absolutely THRILLED to welcome Baltimore-based instructor Kelly Laughlin to teach us all about the magic of paper marbling! Have you ever taken a paper marbling class? Paper marbling has been at the top of my list for workshops at Common Room Studio, and just generally something that I’ve wanted to learn since I started writing Oh So Beautiful Paper – I can’t wait to learn all about this beautiful process from Kelly! You’ll explore water marbling and create your own collection of marbled papers just in time for writing a letter a day for National Letter Writing month! The class is $50, with all materials provided and no previous experience necessary. Register right here!

Are you coming on Saturday or Sunday?? I can’t wait to see you there!

Spring Flower Arranging Tips

I love flowers. I just always have. As a little girl I would stop and literally smell all of the roses during walks around my neighborhood with my dad. As an adult, I try to always have a vase (or two!) of fresh flowers at home. Pretty flowers are the perfect addition to dinner parties and family gatherings – after delicious food and great cocktails, of course. And with Passover and Easter coming up this weekend, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite flower arranging tips for your next get together!

Flower Arranging Tips

1. Keep Things Simple

Flowers don’t need to be complicated. Stick to a single color (mono-chromatic) or a single type of flower (mono-botanical) – or both! My favorite floral arranging trick is to pick up a few bunches of the same in-season flower and drop them into a low vase. My favorite flowers for mono-botanical arrangements include anemones (pictured below), peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and hellebores (pictured above).

Flower Arranging Tips

Similarly, a large quantity of a very small flower – like chamomile, wax flower, or baby’s breath – looks impressive without being visually cluttered. These smaller flowers also tend to be inexpensive, making them the perfect solution for a party on a budget.

2. Go Small

Huge floral centerpieces can look out of place at an intimate dinner party or cocktail party. Instead, try using several small arrangements with just 3-4 stems each. You’ll be surprised how a few small vases can brighten and transform a room!

Flower Arranging Tips

3. Mix and Match Vessels

I love using similar, but slightly mismatched vases and vessels to help elevate your floral arrangements and tie everything together. Vintage white milk glass vases are the perfect neutral backdrop for colorful flowers, while vintage glass jars collected over time are my preferred vessel for wildflower arrangements. You can even mix and match vase shapes and sizes if you stick to a common material (glass, ceramic, brass, copper, etc.) or a consistent color palette.

Flower Arranging Tips

4. Use a Statement Flower

Single stems of a large beautiful bloom look amazing in vintage bud vases or other vessels repurposed as vases – like the antique crystal perfume bottles seen here. Try placing individual blooms of a single variety, like peonies, dahlias, or even sunflowers, in groups of three for visual impact.

Flower Arranging Tips

5. Mix Things Up

Don’t be afraid to mix different flower varieties together. But try to stay within a specific color palette to make sure things look cohesive. Roses, peonies, dahlias, and ranunculus are all extremely versatile and look amazing mixed with tropical flowers (like the protea below) or combined with wildflower-style blooms like Queen Anne’s Lace, foxglove, scabiosa, or even fresh herbs and berries. Bottom line: if you think it’s pretty, go for it!

Flower Arranging Tips

6. Don’t Forget the Green!

Greens are an essential part of any floral arrangement – you could even create an entire arrangement with just a few greens from the flower market or grocery store! My favorite greens are seeded eucalyptus and silver dollar eucalyptus, maiden hair fern and ming fern, plumosa, geranium leaves, and dusty miller.

Flower Arranging Tips

7. One Big Statement Piece

Every party needs one big statement piece. For cocktail parties, place one large floral arrangement near the entrance or by the bar, with smaller arrangements of 3-4 stems scattered around the room. This is also a great opportunity to bring in a tall floral arrangement that might look out of place elsewhere in the room.

Flower Arranging Tips

Floral Design and Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For dinner parties, keep things low and wide with a single large centerpiece at the center of the table. You could even try arranging in a vintage compote, using floral foam or a wire pillow to keep the flowers stable.

Flower Arranging Tips

Floral Design: Soirée Floral, Photo Credit: Charlie-Juliet Photography for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Those are my favorite flower arranging tips! If you have any tips to add, please share them in the comments!