July 18, 2014

Summer Stationery Subscription Video!



Happy Friday! We wanted to pop in and show you this adorable stop motion film that we put together showcasing our summer subscription box contents (they were mailed out to subscribers at the beginning of June).

We've been in the process of gathering together the assortment of items for our fall subscription this week (it will actually be in a gorgeous envelope instead of a box this time) which is always such a fun process! We first start with a theme...and go from there. We look at what's new to the shop or in production and not yet released-like the fun greeting cards that were in the summer box! The fall subscriptions will be mailed out the first week of September-so there's plenty of time to get your order in!

For the fall we're thinking about the tradition of writing, especially letters...just to give you a little hint. We hope you like the little film and consider subscribing if you're a stationery lover (hoarder) like us!

Have a great weekend!
xoxo,
Emma & Bailey


July 17, 2014

Real Wedding | Joanie & Brett's Navy + Copper Save the Date

We've said it a million times...but we just LOVE it when a DIY couple's design shows up in our inbox. Our most recent bride to show us her handy work is Joanie! Thank you so much Joanie for letting us share your GORGEOUS Save the Date with everyone. They're awesome and we love your "out of the box" printing technique tips too! We'll pocket those for later and try them out ourselves.


From Joanie: "The inspiration for these Save the dates came when I was looking for a dress for our engagement party and I came across this beautiful vintage dress in a navy and gold floral jacquard and I thought the colors would compliment the Floral Banner theme of your stamps.  I was thinking "regal", "antique" sort of in that over embellished baroque way and then I came across some old bronze buttons that looked a bit tarnished and I loved the idea of swapping out the gold for bronze.  So that's how I landed on matte navy & bronze." 


The materials used (besides the stamps from Antiquaria) all came from Paper Presentation (http://paperpresentation.com).  

A6 envelopes in Matte Navy
4.5 x 6.25 Crenelle Flat Cards in Natural White
Hero Arts Classic Tea Flower stamp (for back of Crenelle cards)
Tea Flower stamp (for back of small envelopes)
2.75 x 2.75 Matte Navy Envelopes
2.75 x 2.75 Natural white cards
Bronze Metallic Sharpie
Glitter Twine in Metallic Bronze by Knot & Bow
Color Box stamp pad in Bronze

Tools:
Marble rolling pin


"I stamped the back of the Crenelle cards with the Classic Tea Flower Stamp first allowing them to completely  dry before stamping the Save the Date on the other side.

For the large save the date stamp I found that simply covering the stamp with ink and pressing it to the card did not yield an even impression so I thought "What would Benjamin Franklin do?" and I grabbed my rolling pin.  I inked up the stamp, laid the card on top of it and simply rolled the pin over it first north to south and then east to west and the impression was perfect with very little effort exerted.  These need to air dry over night to ensure they do not rub off.  The metallic ink takes awhile to set.  It will smear and smudge onto the envelopes if they are not completely dry.

The same goes for the website cards.  Stamp all the small cards first to let them completely dry while you are stamping the outside of the envelopes. Once you have stuffed all the envelopes cut the twine into 12 inch segments and tie them up like a present. "


"I made up my own calligraphy for the addresses. Mainly I just made the r's and m's very loopy.  I recommend hand addressing the A6 envelopes first letting them air dry over night and then stamping the return address on the outer flap, making sure that the stamps are completely dry before you stack them up."


We love it when clients take on the challenge of addressing their own envelopes! These turned out beautifully. 



Thank you again Joanie! You've provided such AMAZING inspiration and a great example of creatively crafting your own custom design. 

If you have a project to share with us...or questions about our stamps, please reach out to us info{at}shopantiquaria{dot}com!

xoxo,
Emma & Bailey
 

July 15, 2014

So Inspired | Why We All Should Write



As calligraphers, artists and lovers of letters you don't need to convince us that writing is AWESOME and something that should be practiced, cherished and taught to our children. But unfortunately, writing with a pen and paper is loosing it's value in today's fast paced, technology based society.

In this TEDx Talks video, master penman (did you know that was a thing?-so cool), Jake Weidmann, helps illustrate why writing is SO important to do and also to teach to our children.

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in-Jake's words are inspiring & interesting and the artwork shown is drool-worthy! Then...pop over to his website for more gorgeous calligraphy eye-candy!

Until next time...
Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey

July 08, 2014

Calligraphy Tutorial | the Capital Letter "Z"


The day has finally arrived but the practicing never ceases! We've finally reached the end of this series of capital letters...the capital letter "Z." Like the "X," you might not use this letter very much unless you or a loved one has it in their name. It's fun none-the-less and might we add-praciticng the word "Zoro" is pretty fierce!

Hopefully you've enjoyed and learned a ton from this Capital Letter series! We've loved sharing it with you. It may be the end but it's only the beginning...stay tuned for more fun calligraphy challenges and tutorials to come!

Until next time...
Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey

July 01, 2014

Calligraphy Tutorial | the Capital Letter "Y"


Howdy folks! Today, we're bringing you the capital letter "Y." This letter is fun and quite pretty! Experiment with different ways of flourishing the tail and the options for this beauty are endless.

Hopefully your practicing is going really well! You know we love to see it over on Instagram...tag it with #letterschool so that we can take a peek! We're almost done with the capital letters...one more to go.

Until next time...
Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey

June 27, 2014

Summer and Fall Austin Calligraphy Workshops!


Howdy folks! We wanted to pop in today to let you know that we just released summer and fall calligraphy workshop dates for Austin, Texas.YAHOO! In July, we'll be teaching a mini Intro class - the perfect thing to take if you're brand new to calligraphy.
We'll also be having our Script 101 and Script 102 full day workshops in early October. We'd love to see you there! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about any of the classes.
Have a fabulous weekend!
xoxo
Bailey & Emma






June 24, 2014

Calligraphy Tutorial | the Capital Letter "X"


After a little hiatus...we're back with the capital letter "X"! This is one that you certainly don't use often unless you're lucky enough to have it in your name or in a loved one's name. It's fun and pretty closely related to the lower case "x."

The first option is by far the most difficult to master. You'll need to balance the counter-spaces and make sure that the middle touches just enough to not make it an "H"...but if you touch too much it will turn blobby! Probably not the best one to start on! Option number 2 and 3 are much more simplistic.

We'll be back next week with the Capital Letter "Y"! Almost through the alphabet folks:)

Until next time...
Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey

June 20, 2014

DIY Tutorial | Autumn Floral Save the Date and Invitation Suite



This week we shared this gorgeous DIY tutorial over on Oh So Beautiful Paper...our fav paper blog ever! Pop over to check out the project and for step by step instructions on making this gorgeous design for yourself!


June 12, 2014

LA Calligraphy Workshop! June 22nd at Urbanic

We have a couple more Los Angeles beginner classes scheduled for June 22nd at Urbanic Paper Boutique (1644 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, California 90291). If you're in the area and available we'd love to see you there! Pop over to their shop to grab your seat before they're all gone!

June 11, 2014

NEW! Copper Foil Pocket Notebooks




We are so very excited to announce the launch of our collection of pocket notebooks...now available in our shop! These beauties are adorned with the most delicious copper foil lettering and available in a stunning array of colors. They make amazing gifts for loved ones or yourself! Pop over and check them out.

xoxo,
Emma and Bailey

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