I’ve been a fan of Mel Stringer’s since I first discovered her awesome paper craft creations, but I just found out that she has a line of illustrated greeting cards, too. Mel, you’re one multi-talented girlie! The clever greetings feature lovely ladies and nerdy boys often partaking of sweet treats, along with some seriously fun and sassy sentiments. You can check out all of Mel’s cards and paper craft creations right here.
images from Mel Stringer
I was so excited to see these beautiful wedding invitations in my inbox, and it’s not just because they look fantastic (they definitely do!). These lovely gold and blind debossed invites were created using the L Letterpress, a do-it-yourself tool that I’m planning on revisiting very soon, and this project proves that awesome things can be done if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
Professional designer, Sarah Kuns, the bride and designer of this key-themed wedding suite, set out to see if “a very basic and over-simplified version of a beautiful piece of ancient machinery” could produce quality results and, as you can see in the beautiful result, it can! Sarah cautions that this type of project is not for the faint of heart; it was serious work and required a lot of learning, patience, and effort on her part. She applied many tips from the L Letterpress primer at Boxcar Press, who also created the polymer plates used in the project.
The invitations were printed in two passes, one using metallic gold ink to bring out the typographic details and gorgeous hand-lettered calligraphy (also done by Sarah), and a second that was a blind impression, creating textured pattern and key details. The rest of the pieces in the suite were done on the same paper used for the letterpress piece (Crane Lettra 110 lb.), but they were printed on a home inkjet printer, which produced unexpected but lovely distressed results in places because of the cotton paper’s tooth.
I am so impressed (no pun intended) by this project, and many kudos to Sarah for showing us what can be done when you’re willing to put in the effort!
images from Sarah Kuns
This adorable trio of paper bird envelopes immediately caught my attention when I popped into the Upon a Fold shop recently. Each little bird has its own unique character (the birdie with his little pink feet in the air makes me giggle so much), and there’s a folded card inside that you can use for letter writing, invitation making, or gift card giving. The clever minicards come with double-sided sticky dots, so you can easily attach them to everything from gifts to scrapbook pages.
images from Upon a Fold
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This Week’s Picks
♥ An adorable dumpling-themed baby shower by Erin Jang.
♥ Amazing papercut artwork from Marine Coutroutsios.
♥ This book immediately went to the top of my wishlist (a PDF version is available, too). – via
♥ These beautiful vintage seed packet postage stamps make me want to make a trip to the post office right now, but I’d be too early because they’re not available until April 3rd.
♥ Have you signed up for this awesome giveaway from Minted?
♥ Hmm, I’m seriously eyeing up this new craft tool.
♥ Gorgeous paper flower eye candy from Zipper 8 Lighting.
images from their respective sources
Vintage meets modern in these gorgeous, handmade notebooks from ARMINHO. The unique notebooks, which feature covers created from scans of marbled endpapers from 19th century books, would make great gifts for the avid journaler or antique book lover in your life.
images from ARMINHO