paper + letterpress

DIY Paper Flower Corsages

I love Brittany’s work and love her blog House That Lars Built. You may remember her beautiful wedding on 100 Layer Cake with the amazing giant paper flowers. Well, I asled her if she would put together some DIY’s for us and was thrilled when she agreed.

Hello from Copenhagen! I’m a major Oh Happy Day fan so I’m most happy and honored to start sharing some ideas with you. I got married in September and with the help of my dream team–mom and sister–we crafted huge paper flowers galore, which I shared on a tutorial for 100 Layer Cake. The day of my wedding we completely forgot to put to use the darling boutonnieres that my mom had made for the guys. Oh the cuteness that could have been! Well, here they are for you. I’ve adapted them to act as a pin for the ladies here, but you can adjust them for the guys too by making them smaller. They’ll be (a bit) more appreciative.

* good artist’s paper works best for paper flowers in a variety of colors. Green for leaves. (Canson has a great selection)
* glue gun
* pencil
* scissors
* ruler
* plain brooch pin from a craft or jewelry shop

The base of the petal is 1/2″ and expands to 2 3/4″ tall and reaches to 2 1/4″ wide. Draw the shape like a shell and cut it out
cut a slit into the base about a 1/2″
create an accordion fold in the petal centered around the slit
layer one slit on top of the other and glue gun
create 6 more petals
glue gun 3 petals on top of each other spread evenly around to create a circle
glue the remaining 4 petals even underneath
Create the stamen of the flower (the black and yellow centers) by cutting a 1 1/2″ diameter for the black and a 1″ for the yellow.
Cut evenly around the center to create a fringe effect
carefully curl the fringe up.
Glue the black and yellow into the center of the flower
Create a 2″ leaf from the green paper
Glue around the base of the flower
Glue a brooch pin to the bottom of the flower

Create a lemon looking shape about 2″ wide and 1 1/2″ tall. You’ll need about 11 petals
Start by creating the center of the rose. Make a tube shape with one petal and glue together.
Squeeze the ends of another petal and surround and glue to the center
repeat on the other side of the center as if hugging the center petal.
Continue adding 5 more petals around the center with each layer becoming looser.
Now with the 3 remaining petals curl the base of the petal with a pencil and glue it to the bottom of the flower so that the curled part comes out at the top.
Repeat 2 more times
Add green leaves to the bottom of the flower
Glue the brooch pin to the bottom of the flower
and you’re done!
Easy beazy!

Photos by Brittany for Oh Happy Day

Letterpress Cards for Design Mom and Maggie

Here are some cards I made last January before Alt. My sister Design Mom always does so many nice things for me and I always tell her I want to print her cards but she is always crazy busy and doesn’t have time to design them. So I just designed some simple ones with her logo and surprised her with them. They are printed two color on thick cotton paper.

For my friend Maggie at Mighty Girl, she wanted simple cards that had her first name printed with a blind deboss with a heavy impression. Then we hand painted the edges of the cards a nice blue.

If you would like us to design and letterpress print something for you please read more here and contact us for a quote.

Shots From Around the Studio

Alexis is managing our art studio while we are in France for the year and she sent over some pretty shots of the leftover scraps of the latest wedding invitation job we just wrapped up. They turned out so great (and the bride was amazing to work with.) I can’t wait to share them. The flowers at the bottom are from Birch. We sent them to her because she has been doing such amazing job managing everything. That Alexis, she is a keeper.

If you are interested in us having design and print your wedding invitations please go here for more information and contact us for a quote.

Thank You Daily Candy

A special thanks to Daily Candy San Francisco for featuring my letterpress classes today. They are part of a whole series of classes that include screenprinting, how to write a book proposal, calligraphy, and bookbinding. Check them out right here.

Oh Happy Day Letterpress: Open For Business

Since Paul already has an art studio I’ve been able to justify keeping my press for just personal use and an occasional side project. But I’m really excited to announce that with my partner Alexis, we are now accepting letterpress jobs. I will do most of the design work and Alexis will do the printing in our studio in San Francisco.

We specialize in details like individual watercoloring, custom diecuts, hand painted edging, and dip dyed paper. Here are some of the cards we recently printed.

For Jenny’s cards we did a two color card. One was a blind deboss and then the other was a navy. We also hand painted the edges a pretty persimmon red. (These were laid out by Jenny’s designer.)

These are the cards we made for Aubrey last year. We printed them without ink as a blind deboss and then individually water colored each one by hand.

These cards were designed by Nicole and were printed on a super heavy duplex stock. They are printed with three colors and are two sided. (The back side is solid stripes.)

These cards we designed and printed on chipboard then hand painted the edges fluorescent pink and red. The chipboard has flecks of gold in it and is really really pretty.

These we designed and printed for my sister-in-law, Liz. They are two color and I surprised her with them at Alt. It’s payment for making me cookies.

If you need business cards printed or designed we are open for business! Our basic rates are right here. Email me at

We are also doing a wedding invitation line that will launch in a month or two. (If you are a bride and interested in lots of handmade details like favors and menus, email us with your wedding date and the number of invitations needed.)