How to address your Wedding Invitations

We get so used to the digital way of communicating with our friends and family, that when it’s time to send out your invitations you may find yourself a bit frazzled. Even once you get your Great Aunt Edna’s new address from your mother you’re still not quite sure how to properly address her invitation. Well fear not! Here’s a quick guide to show you how to address you wedding invitations and get them into the mail in no time flat!…

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How to add some sparkle to your Holiday cards!

Bells are jingling, fires are crackling and you are getting ready to send your Christmas cards out to family and friends! This year I’ve got the perfect way fancy-up your envelopes, and keep your handwriting extra straight with this handy Embossing tutorial.
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Supplies:
A Lettermate
Embossing Powder
Embossing Pens
Your favorite Pen (I love these jelly roll pens for dark paper)
A Heat Tool

First thing is first, decide where your want your address on your envelope. You can center it, put it all the way on the left, make it on an angle, really anything your heart desires! I decided to left align this envelope. Take out your handy lettermate and align it with your envelope to get it nice and straight.

Then simply start writing the address between the open windows of the lettermate. You can use the handy dandy lines to help space out your lettering, or to help center your lettering.

PRO TIP: If you want to fully center your addresses, start writing your address from the middle out. If the address is 20 SOUTH STREET Start with the “h” in south in the middle of the lettermate and work your way out left and right one letter at a time.

Once the ink is fully dry from your address lettering, grab your embossing pen and letter in the name. I used the clear embossing pen on this dark envelope, and your can still see the ink as it darkens the envelope like water would.

As soon as you are done you want to have your embossing powder handy, because you want to shake it on before your embossing pen ink is dry! Make sure you cover all parts of your lettering that you want to emboss. Don’t worry about using “too much” powder most of it will go back in your tub.

Gently lift your envelope and tap off the extra embossing powder onto a scrap paper, so you can easily transfer the extra powder back into the tub.

If you have any areas of embossing powder, that you don’t want, you can lightly blow on the area, or use a small paintbrush to brush it off.

Now comes the fun part. Get out your heat tool and fire it up. Slowly wave it in front of your envelope and watch the magic happen. You will see a color shift as your powder hardens and turns super shiny!

PRO TIP: You may want to slowly warm up your paper to prevent warping and keep it at a little further from your paper and then when the paper feels sufficiently warmed, move the heat tool in close enough to melt the powder. You also can put your envelope under a heavy book once it is cooled if you have any warping.

That’s it! You did it! A super simple super fun way to snap up your mail this holiday season, or really any time of the year! I would LOVE to see what you come up with so be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can checkout your creative adventures!

 

 

Discover lots of creative classes at skillshare

I used to drool over all the cool classes in my college course catalog I really wanted to take, but they never seemed to fit into my schedule! And when they did they always filled up before I could register! Well skillshare is here to make all your “wish I could take that watercolor class” dreams come true! Plus I’ve got a skillshare discount to share with you!

Want to take a quick class on hand lettering? Or how about the basics of photoshop? Looking to improve your photography skills? At skillshare you can take short bite size classes from other creatives and professionals without having to take out another student loan!

I just got done crafting a class about the basics of designing for laser cutting! I’ll teach you how to make a wood brooch in adobe illustrator ( with a little help from one of my favorite laser cutting services). You can take the class at your own pace, and I’ll pop into the discussion section to answer questions and cheer you along!

The best part is… This awesome discount I get to pass on to you! for just $0.99 you get access to all the classes on skillshare not just mine for three whole months! ( it’s normally 10/month so yeah a pretty sweet savings!) There are so many awesome classes to take, here are a few of my favorites!

 

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DIY: Stamp a Muslin Bag

It’s so easy to personalize cotton bags for your next party! I’ll show you how!

Supplies:
Muslin or Cotton Bags (etsy or amazon )
Craft Ink
Rubber Stamp (I’m using this wedding Initials Stamp)
Scrap Paper & Scrap Fabric
Iron

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

Once you have all your supplies gathered, You’ll want to test your stamp on a scrap piece of paper. Gently ink your stamp and made a test print on the paper, just so you can get a feel for how it stamps and how much pressure you want to apply. Once you are comfortable stamping on the paper. It’s time to grab your bag.

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

If your bag is really wrinkly, you may want to give it a quick press with the iron, so that you have a smooth stamping surface. Lay your bag on a hard surface. Ink your stamp up once again (not too much ink!) and then line your stamp up where you want it hovering over the bag. you want to stamp straight up and down and gently press your stamp onto the bag and then lift the stamp off. You don’t need to rock your stamp, or put your full body weight into it. If you find you are did not use enough pressure on your first bag, you can run your finger over the stamp when it is placed on the bag for a little added pressure.

In order to make your newly stamped image permanent, the next step is to heart set your bag. I like to put a little scrap of fabric on top of the bag, and then press the iron on that scrap fabric. This will heat set your design, as well as make your bag super flat if it wasn’t already.

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

It’s really is just that simple! Have fun and happy stamping! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will happily help you out!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

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My favorite Holiday Pandora Stations

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Tis the season to put on a little music and start wrapping those gifts, baking those cookies or just sit by the fire and read a great book! I love to listen to some christmas music while I’m working ( especially when I am designing holiday items in the middle of July!) So here are a few of my favorite pandora stations to get you in the Holiday Spirit!

Rockin’ Holidays Radio – A classic station with a mix of new and old rockin’ Holiday Songs

Indie Holidays – Dashboard. Belle & Sebastian, She and Him ( holiday music for the hipster soul)

The Waitresses – My all time favorite Christmas song!

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Classic up beat classics like the Beach Boys & Dean Martin

What Christmas Means to Me – A little Motown Christmas with the Jackson 5 & Stevie Wonder

Holly Jolly Christmas – A little Bing Crosby anyone?

 

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