Stationery A-Z: Copper Foil

We’ve often waxed poetic about our love of gold, holographic, and rose gold foil on wedding invitations and greeting cards, but today we thought we’d sing the praises of copper foil! Copper has a striking beauty all its own (case in point: this stunning skirt from Proenza Schouler or this sleek light fixture from Anthropologie), and is quickly making a home for itself in the stationery world. I’m especially loving the use of copper on dark backgrounds (so modern!). Here is a collection of some recent favorites:

Trendspotting: Copper Foil

From top left:

1. A copper foil cocktail on gorgeous blush pink paper from Fox & Fallow

2. Fun striped copper foil party plates from Bash Party Goods!

3. The combination of hand lettering and copper foil in this birthday card from Hello!Lucky is the perfect balance of elegance and fun

4. If you’re behind on your Valentine’s day greetings (or missed all three of our earlier posts), might you consider this simple, yet direct, message from The Social Type.

5. The copper is the whiskey…get it? This clever usage comes courtesy of Idlewild Co.

6. Stunning metallic cotton ribbon from Angela Liguori

7. Toss some of this copper confetti from Knot & Bow into a greeting card for a fun surprise – or sprinkle it on a table at your next party!

8. I’ve been a fan of printmaker Katharine Watson’s work for awhile now and I love that she moved in the foil space.

9. Meg from Moglea always comes up with the most amazing color stories and combinations, so it’s not surprising that she was an early adopter of this metallic trend.

10. Now, this is what I’m talking about: copper foil on gray paper is so fresh. Add some illustrated flowers and you’ve got yourself a winner. By Kelsey Garrity Riley for Red Cap Cards.

What’s your favorite metallic foil these days? Classic silver or modern gold? Are you loving copper foil, or feeling all things holographic? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Copper and Burgundy Star-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Before we jump into today’s post, just a quick announcement for those of you looking forward to the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – there’s a FREE video series from some of the instructors going on now through February 8! You’ll meet all seven instructors, including Katherine of Script Merchant, Lauren of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna of Mon Voir, and Karla of Written Word Calligraphy. They’ll share their preferred tools for traditional calligraphy, modern calligraphy, and brush lettering, along with their inspiring stories about how they got started, and changed their lives, with calligraphy. Find all the details here – you won’t want to miss it!

Okay, onto today’s gorgeous baby shower invitations! Fresh, delicate, and adorable; these refined copper star inspired baby shower invitations are nothing short of darling! Alana of Bourne Paper Co. is expecting a baby girl later this year and had the amazing joy of designing her own baby shower invitations. The twinkly star motif that she wove through the invitation design and elegant copper and burgundy color palette are perfect for a mid-winter baby shower.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

From Alana: As a designer, personal celebrations are special not only because they’re milestones but because they’re the perfect excuse to create pretty paper! I’m expecting my first child (a baby girl) this spring. When my family offered to host a baby shower, I was immediately given full reign over the invitations. I knew I wanted something that was seasonal and modern, but not overly feminine. Since my shower took place during the winter, I decided on a color palette of copper and burgundy.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

My invitation design was centered around a delicate star motif paired with modern typography. The invitations were printed using copper foil on a pure white card stock. I opted for a 200lb. card stock to give the invitation a more substantial feel. Having used a lot of matte gold, silver and rose gold in my recent greeting card collection it was fun to create a project that used bright copper – it has such a vibrant shine to it.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

I paired the invitations with a rich burgundy envelope which also featured the copper foil star motif. I distributed the stars throughout both the envelope front and flap, something I hoped would make them stand out when they arrived in my guests’ mailboxes. Elegant copper calligraphy from Nancy Hopkins Lettering  completed the invitations. I thought her beautifully flourished calligraphy was the perfect compliment to the simple, clean type used on the invitation. Not to mention, she was able to create a perfect color match with the copper foil.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

In addition to the invitations, I created matching thank you cards. I opted for flat notecards which used the same copper star motif and burgundy envelopes as the invitations. Overall, I was pleased with how beautifully the delicate stars seemed to shine in copper foil and hope to turn this motif into a new greeting card collection in the future.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Thanks Alana!

Design: Bourne Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins Lettering

Bourne Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bourne Paper Co.

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations

Watercolor and letterpress printing are such a fabulous combination. Lauren of Darling + Pearl designed these gorgeous purple and gray watercolor wash wedding invitations for a wedding in Philadelphia with the juxtaposition of hard and soft in mind. Other special touches, like the floral envelope liner, perfectly curated vintage postage, and the print of city hall, pull everything together in such a beautifully cohesive way!

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

From Lauren: The inspiration for Nicole and Matthew’s wedding invitations was heavily drawn from their Philadelphia venue, Front + Palmer, a modern loft style venue in the city that was renovated from an old barrel factory. How rad is that? We wanted to emphasize the balance between masculine and feminine, hard and soft, and color and neutral (which is usually my aim as I piece together the elements of my work anyway, so it was definitely a win-win.)

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

It was ridiculously fun seeing all these elements come together! The suite was letterpress printed in grey with varying watercolor elements throughout. The main invitation had a patina-esque background wash that picked up some of the lavenders from the STUNNING floral print envelope liner and the backside of the information card.

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Nicole and Matt LOVED the idea of representing the city within their wedding stationery. We included a black and white print of iconic Philadelphia city hall that I’m sure has now made for an awesome keepsake for many of their guests. We used dark purple reply envelopes so we could letterpress print their return address in silver.

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

The icing on the cake for the invitation design was certainly the vintage postage we curated. Vintage stamps can really pull everything together even more when they’re chosen effectively. It’s really inspiring to check out all of the postage that’s still available out there.

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

For their day-of stationery we letterpress printed small thank you notes that were placed at each table setting. Nicole and Matt were able to express a sweet sentiment to their guests and also introduced some new watercolor elements that lead back to the originality of their invitations, but in a refreshing and cohesive way.

Purple and Gray Watercolor Wash Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Darling + Pearl

Darling + Pearl is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Lauren Reed

Happy Weekend

It feels strange to be wishing all of you a happy weekend after the tragic events in Nice yesterday. It’s getting harder and harder to find the bright spots between the shadows these days. My heart is with the people of France today. I don’t have many words today – just wishes for more peace and love, less violence and tragedy.

Friday Flowers: Pink Spray Roses, Hydrangea, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Blackberries, Japanese Painted Fern / Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

The last two weeks on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

My poor husband came down with a bad cold this week, so we’ll be sharing a cocktail recipe on Monday instead of today while he recuperates. It’s going to be a good one! See you back here on Monday. xoxo

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations

You guys. Every piece in this wedding invitation suite from Ilana of Sugar & Type was individually hand painted. Each and every one! These beautiful navy and silver hand painted wedding invitations were created for the wedding of Ilana’s sister Danielle, who just also happens to be an artist. Danielle viewed the creative process behind these invitations as a symbolic representation of a new marriage, and her description of the process below is just so beautiful I can barely stand it!

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From IlanaI’m so excited to share my sister Danielle’s wedding invitations! As an artist, my sister really wanted to have her hand in the creative process of the paper goods for her wedding day. My sister and I letterpress printed the invitations on a Vandercook letterpress (with the help of Amy at Green Girl Press), then Danielle individually hand painted each and every invitation, reply card, program, and info card. These invitations truly told a unique story.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Danielle and Andrew’s winter wedding was held at an art gallery, where people were able to explore the space and really appreciate the art! The invitations were printed on 220lb paper with navy edge painting. Each envelope was hand addressed with silver ink to match the hand painted element on the suite. They carried out the metallic splatters throughout the details at their ceremony and reception, and it was truly a masterpiece.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Danielle – the bride and artist: For our wedding, it was important to us that the experience of art was gently portrayed in every element. From the hand painted brush strokes on each piece of every invitation, response card, information card, and program, to the calligraphy that was letterpress printed onto each sheet of paper.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The brush strokes represented the evidence of process, the way that every motion in life leaves a mark, either large or small. These strokes were intentionally made to be perfectly imperfect and one of a kind, just like each individual marriage or relationship. Each mark was made specifically with intention and care, the way that everything you do in a marriage should be. Each component of the creation of the invitations reflected the ever changing atmosphere that exists in a marriage and fulfilled the symbolic process that felt necessary for us as we embarked on our next journey as a couple. We are thrilled with what the process yielded and the final product truly represents us as a couple. We are a team who tries to take time to consider the purpose and execution of our actions, and works to enjoy the journey to the final product.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ilana and Danielle!

Design and Calligraphy: Sugar and Type

Letterpress Printing: Green Girl Press

Hand Painting: Danielle Sara

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

Photo Credits: Audra Zaba Photo