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Copper foil and letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations

Katy and Wes gave our Colette invitation design an outdoorsy makeover for their foil and letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations. Copper shine foil and olive letterpress ink are complimented by our natural woodgrain envelope liner pattern, while Kelle McCarter’s free flowing hand calligraphy highlights the couple’s names.

Copper foil and letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: olive | foil stamping: copper shine | font: moravia | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: natural woodgrain pattern in olive | hand calligraphy: maura style | Shindig Paperie | customization #20314

Traditional East Indian Wedding Inspiration from Aimee O’Boyle

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we’re loving all the red we’re seeing lately. The inspiration behind the design for Mumbai Scrolls, a stunning new invitation suite by Aimee O’Boyle, is filled with rich red tones and lots of golden glamour. Inspired by a traditional East Indian wedding, Mumbai Scrolls features intricate foil stamped details and the prettiest pop of cardinal ink. Here’s a glimpse at what Aimee envisioned for a Mumbai Scrolls wedding — to see even more of her inspiration, check out her Mumbai Scrolls Pinterest board!

Mumbai Scrolls Indian wedding invitation inspiration from Bella Figura

Photo credits, clockwise from top right: bride | sari | roses | gold shoes | gold dress | bridal party | bride | Mumbai Scrolls invitation 

Penmanship Classes from Nicole Black

Our Designer of the Month Nicole Black recently offered a penmanship class with Southern Fried Paper, and she’ll be offering more classes again soon! Today we’re sharing details on what Nicole’s class entails, along with some quick tips for how to improve your own penmanship. We love how the class began: out of a love for beautiful, heartfelt words, carefully crafted with patience and pride. We’ll let Nicole take over from here!

This is a traditional penmanship class.  One that will teach you how to write with the grace of our grandmothers or great grandmothers. To slow down and think about each letter and each word and make them count to make a meaningful statement that the recipient will enjoy reading.

A peek inside Nicole Black's recent Pride in Penmanship calligraphy workshop at Southern Fried Paper

We spend some quality time on the foundations: doing warm up drills and learning the basic hand motions. Lower case and capital letters are covered in this class so you can leave able to write notes. Not to leave you hanging there, we go over connecting letters, making words, writing sentences and how to write a traditional letter (by hand!).

A peek inside Nicole Black's recent Pride in Penmanship calligraphy workshop at Southern Fried Paper

Everyone gets a one-on-one progress review to help work out any trouble areas. For those afraid you will forget what we have learned — a wonderful class booklet is provided along with a pen, notepad and pencils. 

A peek inside Nicole Black's recent Pride in Penmanship calligraphy workshop at Southern Fried Paper

We end the class with a pen round table where the participants get to test out different pens to find their favorite… because what works for your neighbor may not be your favorite. 

A peek inside Nicole Black's recent Pride in Penmanship calligraphy workshop at Southern Fried Paper

A peek inside Nicole Black's recent Pride in Penmanship calligraphy workshop at Southern Fried Paper

Quick and easy tips for improving your penmanship at home – slow down! Develop a rhythm of writing and stick to it, slow down with the pen and you will see an ease of flow with the letters develop. Also, it is okay to write on lined paper.  I’m a seasoned letter writer and still use guides to keep my lines straight. If you want to write on unlined correspondence paper – just place a piece of notebook paper underneath and follow the lines.  When you are finished, you have written in straight lines without them being there and your recipient will be soooo impressed!

Many thanks to Nicole for sharing a peek inside her penmanship workshop! Looks fun, doesn’t it? Be sure to check out Nicole’s designs this month – they’re on sale through the end of February (and Bella Figura customers save on calligraphy addressing from Nicole, too!). 

All about our foil stamped envelope liners

Available in 8 great patterns, our foil stamped envelope liners can be printed in any of our 19 foil colors. This glamorous new embellishment is a great way to add some shine to your wedding invitations or save the dates! Check out the patterns below – our see them in person! We currently offer 12 samples with foil stamped envelope liners – visit our gallery to view them all now.  

Bella Figura's foil stamped envelope liners are available in 8 great patterns + 19 foil colors!

Blush watercolor wedding invitation ideas

Inspired by lush florals and vibrant shades of pink and orange, Mariel Mirra began her design process for Blush with a paintbrush. This watercolor wedding invitation suite features hand-painted watercolors that we digitally printed on our new Bella Smooth Cotton paper, with gold matte foil and Holcombe style calligraphy accents adding some glamour. For a Blush inspired wedding, Mariel envisions lots of colorful flowers, festive ribbon streamers and the occasional pop of metallic gold. To see even more of the inspiration behind the design, check out Mariel’s Blush Pinterest board

Mariel Mirra's inspiration for Blush, a watercolor wedding invitation with gold foil stamping from Bella Figura

Photos, clockwise from top right: couple | Blush save the date | bouquet | succulents | ribbon streamers | centerpieces | reception | table number | Blush wedding invitation 

Preppy chic hand calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations

Christina and Christopher transformed our Honoured Guest letterpress wedding invitations from over the top elegant to preppy, summertime chic for their country club wedding. They asked Sarah Hanna to pen her hand calligraphy at an angle, and carried that unexpected personalization through to their reception card and directions card. Edge painting and a custom pineapple patterned envelope liner in fuchsia add a pop of color to the nautical inspired navy letterpress printing.

Preppy chic hand calligraphy letterpress wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: navy + fuchsia | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | edge painting: fuchsia | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: custom pattern in fuchsia | hand calligraphy: honoured style | customization# 23273

Designs by Nicole Black on sale this month! Plus a special offer for calligraphy addressing!

Our Designer of the Month promotion is back, and our featured designer for the month of February is the Left Handed Calligrapher, Nicole Black! All designs by Nicole are on sale for 10% off during the month of February. You can combine this offer with our 10% discount when you order 6 printed pieces or more, so stock up! Nicole is partnering with us this month for a special offer for envelope addressing, too: book your envelope addressing with Nicole between now and February 28, and get $25 off your order of $100 or more! Just let Nicole know that we sent you when you book your calligraphy addressing. Here a few of Nicole’s newest designs – plus a peek at some of her beautifully calligraphed envelopes! 

Betsy calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole BlackCalligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella FiguraSamantha calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella FiguraCalligraphed envelopes by Nicole BlackBetsy calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicole Black for Bella Figura

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Nicole Black and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on February 28, 2015 in order to receive this offer.

Horizontal Serendipity foil and letterpress wedding invitations

Sometimes the simplest change can have the biggest impact – like this horizontal version of our Serendipity foil and letterpress wedding invitations. Kristen and Daniel turned the design on its side and opted for a soft, neutral palette of desert letterpress ink and tawny matte foil.  An events card and a sea-side hued envelope liner set the tone for their late summer nuptials overlooking Lake Michigan.

Horizontal Serendipity foil and letterpress wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: desert | foil stamping: tawny matte | fonts: antoinette + copperplate + aiden stripe | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | foil edging: tawny matte | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: pearse pattern in sea-side | Rock Paper Scissors | customization #23659

Vintage floral + nautical inspired custom letterpress wedding invitations

Our extensive motif library has hundreds of images to choose from.  You can create a custom design by using one or more motifs to create a truly personalized design reflective of your wedding. Want to incorporate handdrawn, vintage inspired florals with a nod to your venue’s nautical ties? That’s what Jill and Conor did, creating these custom letterpress wedding invitations that boasted 2 color letterpress printing, foil stamping and a few of our exclusive motifs.

Vintage floral + nautical inspired custom letterpress wedding invitations by Bella Figura

letterpress inks: sea mist + charcoal | foil stamping: rose gold shine | fonts: grace + memphis | paper: bella cotton ivory 1-ply + 2-ply | edge painting: sea mist | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: sullivan stripe in sea mist | Village Invites | customization #24319

Under the Tree letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations

 Our Under the Tree wedding invitation design served as the inspiration for Louise and Johnny’s elegant meets outdoorsy letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations. Antique gold and hunter letterpress inks were paired with formal fonts and a classic envelope liner to set the tone for their wild game dinner.

Under the Tree letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: antique gold + hunter | fonts: moravia + danube | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: classic color pattern in hunter | Paces Papers | customization #24021

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