DIY Event Decor: Stationery and Paper Elements

Hand-painted touches, watercolor effects, and printing with metallics are some of the hottest trends in invitations. Artisan techniques like letterpress and the ethereal quality of watercolor are making their way back into the forefront of the print industry, but with a contemporary vibe that combines the traditional artistry of old world methods with more modern, edgy design themes. Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint guides us through a Modern Masters DIY project that brings these chic trends right to your event.

DIY Wedding and Event Invites How-to | Enhance your paper elements with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

As a decorative artist who also designs stationery and ensembles for the wedding industry, I’m always looking for unique ways to merge my passion for paper and paint to create unique invitations for my clients that set the tone for their special events.

Some printing processes that incorporate metallic inks can get quite expensive, especially if only a small quantity is required. Using the Metallic Paint Collection, I created a few variations of an abstractly hand-painted invitation ensemble with a modern coastal-boho vibe that would be perfect for a small fall wedding, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, and more.

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in the colors Sapphire, Copper Penny, and Pale Gold
  • Invitations, menus, and place cards printed on thick card stock. I used Avon Brilliant White card-stock by Neenah Classic Crest in 110 lb. cover. These invitations and paper elements were printed digitally (color laser), but inkjet printing works just as well, although you may have to go with a lighter card-stock such as a 65 lb. or 80 lb. cover. Check with your printer’s capabilities before running card-stock through
  • Accent card-stock in Lapiz Lazuli metallic blue by Stardream, along with assorted pocket-fold enclosures, envelopes, envelope liners, by Envelopments, and craft paper boxes
  • Plastic bowls or food storage containers for mixing paints. It’s best if the containers have a lid so you can custom mix the colors in a larger quantity and use them later for other items such as menus, place-cards, etc.
  • Assorted paint brushes (I prefer inexpensive nylon brushes available in sets at craft stores and a few 2” chip brushes)
  • Craft paper or a drop cloth for your work surface

INSTRUCTIONS

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles | How-to Tutorial by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Prep your work space with craft paper or a drop cloth. Design and print your invitation, menus, place-cards allowing enough space on the top/bottom or sides to paint. I chose a simple layout with a clean  san-serif font (Gill Sans) for all the main invitation wording, with a handwriting style font (Adelicia Script) to make the bride and groom’s names stand out. Set up the print with crop marks so you know how to trim the stock down after the paint has dried. I tried a few different sizes, shapes, and layouts: landscape/portrait/hexagon in sizes to fit standard envelope or enclosure sizes: 5” X 7”, 6” X 9” and 7” X 7”. The color scheme for this ensemble was rose gold, dark blue, off-white, with touches of copper, gold, and ivory.

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Dilute a few tablespoons of Sapphire with water in the plastic container. The consistency should be watery and thin, like mixing watercolor pigments. You can experiment with the consistency and test out your brushing technique on the craft paper work surface before painting directly onto the invitation papers.

Go through and paint the Sapphire watercolor on all other cards and components, such as the menus, insert cards (reply card, map/directions card), and the place-cards (if you have the names of the guests attending). Allow the paint to dry completely. If you notice that the moisture of the paint makes the paper curl or warp, you can lay a heavy book or blocks over the stack of cards (once they’re close to dry) to flatten the cards out. You can also slip scrap paper, paper towels or craft paper in between each card to prevent the paint from transferring to the back of the other cards when stacked.

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Using a 2” chip brush, dip it lightly into the Sapphire watercolor mixture and then drag the brush across the paper to create a brushstroke effect. The beauty of using Metallic Paint is that even though the effect looks like watercolor, you can see shimmer and sparkle in the areas with a higher saturation of the paint.  It makes each and every card that’s hand-painted uniquely one-of-a-kind.

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

 

Mix equal parts Copper Penny with Pale Gold in a plastic container to create a custom mix shade of Rose Gold. Set up a production line and paint all the accents with the Rose Gold custom mix over the dried Sapphire watercolor. This should go very quickly since it’s just a quick, light brushstroke per card.  The goal is to make it look natural and gestural, and not overworked or contrived. These images show the different formats and sizes I tried out for the invitation cards, as well as the menus and place-cards.

Adding custom Metallic Paint touches to Event and Wedding Invites | DIY Paper Ensembles by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Adding custom Metallic Paint touches to Event and Wedding Invites | DIY Paper Ensembles by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

While the invitation cards and other components are drying, you can work on the envelope liners and accent stock. Using the Sapphire paint (not diluted, just straight from the jar), lightly dry brush over the envelope liner paper. After it dries, dry brush the Rose Gold custom mix. Dry Brush the Rose Gold mix over the Lapiz metallic card stock. I also painted some craft boxes with the Rose Gold paint as an option for mailing the invitations. Once these are dry, the envelope liners can be used to line the mailing envelopes and the Lapiz card stock can be cut to use as an accent layer behind the invite card and response card.

DIY Boho Wedding and Event Invites and Paper Elements by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Create your own custom wedding and event invites, menus, envelopes, place cards and more with this Modern Masters Metallic Paint How-to by Love Paper Paint

Create your own custom wedding and event invites, menus, envelopes, place cards and more with this Modern Masters Metallic Paint How-to by Love Paper Paint

Fall Boho Wedding Invites and Paper Elements DIY | Stunningly Chic How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint - you won't believe it's a DIY! | Modern Masters

Create Your Own Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with this DIY Tutorial using Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Love Paper Paint shares her step-by-step process and you can customize it with your own wedding and event color scheme!

Once the papers are dry, trim according to crop marks and assemble for mailing.  The Modern Masters Metallic Paints are brilliant and shimmery, and are sure to grab attention when your guests unveil the invitation from the envelope or box.

Wedding and Event Table Decor with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | DIY by Love Paper Paint

DIY Table Decor with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

Once you start receiving responses and have a head count of attendees, you can use the Sapphire and Rose Gold mixture to embellish items for your table décor.  For instance, I drybrushed the Rose Gold metallic mixture on the wooden charger plates and brushed Sapphire Metallic Paint on the table napkins. Modern Masters Metallic Paints are fantastic to use for any event DIY!

The Event Invites and Paper Elements DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are Star Wars & comic-book enthusiasts who dabble in cosplay, love to visit art museums and cultural events, as well as run races and explore San Diego’s many scenic trails and beaches.

DIY Event Decor: Hanging Metallic Picture Frames

There are many ways to add beautiful exterior decor accents when planning for an outdoor wedding. One idea is using Modern Masters products to customize hanging picture frames on the trees. They add interest, color, and serve well as an impromptu photo booth, too! Get the step by step DIY from pro decorative painter Mary Childs. 

Chic Hanging Wedding Frame DIY for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Modern Masters

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

Painting a Metallic Frame for DIY Wedding Decor | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics

DIY Wedding Frame Decor | Photobooth Project for an Outdoor Wedding | Modern Masters How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Dry brush two (2) coats of Smoke Metallic Paint over the surface of the large ornamental frame. Be sure to leave about 30 – 40% of the background color showing through. Let dry 30 minutes between layers.

DIY Outdoor Wedding Decor | Paint Picture Frames for Hanging on a Tree for a Chic and Fun Photo Opp for your Wedding Guests | Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics by Modern Masters | How-to Tutorial

Create Custom Matte Metallic Paint Colors for endless DIY Project Possibilities | How-to Wedding Frame Decor | Modern Masters

Mix 1/4 teaspoon Golden Sienna Glazing Cream Color and 1/4 teaspoon Magenta Glazing Cream Color into 8 ounces of Oyster Matte Metallic.

Painting a Thrift Store Picture Frame find into a stunning and oh-so-pretty Hanging Frame Decor for a Wedding | Modern Masters

Brush the custom mixed color over the raised areas of the ornamental frame. Repeat until desired color is achieved.

DIY Pictures Frames Painted with Matte Metallic and Metallic Paints by Modern Masters | How-to for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Pink and Grey Black Color Scheme | Outdoor Wedding Ideas | Hanging Tree Picture Frames

 

DIY Hanging Picture Frames for an Outdoor Wedding | Photo Booth Alternates for Weddings | Modern Masters Tutorial

I chose to coat the two smaller frames completely with the custom Metallic Paint color to create contrast between the frames. Let dry 30 minutes between layers.

DIY Event Decor | Create Super Easy, Fast and Beautiful Metallic Hanging Picture Frames for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Modern Masters Matte Metallics and Metallic Paints | How-to Tutorial

I added initials, a few flowers, and hanging crystals with a hot glue gun to add some interest to my frames. Hang your beautiful frames with your preferred ribbons and you are done! I hope you have fun personalizing this creative DIY Wedding project by adding your own personal touches. The possibilities are endless.

The Hanging Frames DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.

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