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The Perfect First Anniversary Gift for the Year of Paper: Custom Calligraphy Vow Sets

SJM Shop, Weddings, Lifestyle, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

How do you find the perfect first anniversary gift? There can be a lot of pressure added to that first gift to showcase your continued love for your sweetie! Add the fact that it "should" be a paper gift for your first anniversary - how do you find something "paper" that is still nice?

Well friends, I have a fun solution for ya! Enter: Custom Calligraphy Vows.

Earlier this summer, the sweet Emily of Southern Weddings reached out to me about calligraphing the vows she and John exchanged during their wedding ceremony for a shoot they were going to feature on the SW Blog. I loved this idea, and I love Emily, so naturally I said yes!

Thank you so much to the sweet and oh so talented Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for capturing these gorgeous photos of Emily and John's custom watercolor brush calligraphy vows!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Your vows are the sweetest words you will ever exchange to one another as a couple, and they lay the foundation for your marriage. Throughout seasons of life, it is important to let those words of love and endearment continue to leave a mark on your heart and guide your thoughts and actions. Custom watercolor brush calligraphy wedding vows are such a gorgeous way to both serve as this daily reminder and to create heirloom pieces you can display in your home and pass down through the generations!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

I can't thank Emily enough for these sweet words! 

"The vows turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined (thank you, Jessica!), and they feel like the perfect artwork for the spot where we lay our heads. I love being reminded of our promises first thing in the morning and last thing at night!"

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Have you been looking for a way to turn your vows into sweet heirlooms? I would love to design a set of custom calligraphy wedding vows for you, friend! Visit the Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vows Set listing in the SJM Wedding Shop to read more about the vow set details and how to commission a set of your own! I cannot wait to read the sweet words y'all exchanged (or plan to exchange!), and turn them into beautiful artwork for your wedding day or home.

PS - Husbands, these make wonderful anniversary and holiday gifts, and are sure to earn you major hubby points!

PPS - Love these darling gold frames as much as I do? They are from the amazing custom framing company, Framebride, and the SW ladies have an amazing offer just for their readers! Head to the Southern Weddings Blog to read more and receive your code to save! These frames are Framebridge's classic gold Richmond frame, for reference! 

Blueberries | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial

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This week, I'm super super excited to be sharing how to mix another one of my favorite blue colors. One that I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! We're learning how to mix navy blue paint!

Navy is such a gorgeous and classic color. It is used in so many designs, and for good reason! I am so excited for y'all to listen to the color theory section of this tutorial - because there are a couple of insights that you may not have thought of before - I know they were new to me, but make perfect sense now!

Learning to mix navy blue is going to come in so much handy for y'all as you design custom paintings and shop products. My sweet couples often request this color for their custom calligraphy vows (the number one requested color for sure!), and it is my go-to mixture to use both for men's wedding suits, and for painting jeans. It is also a great color to use in landscapes, both as accents for skies and ocean scenes. The uses are truly endless!

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Want to learn watercolor alongside over 675 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color, a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

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photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor blueberries and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Violet Grapes | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial

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This week, we're actually going back to the basics and learning how to mix a color from the color wheel. We're learning how to mix violet!

Violet is a wonderful color for us to practice, because it allows us to remember the concepts of the color wheel. It allows us to see how two primary colors come together to create a secondary color - and to see how a primary and secondary color come together to create a tertiary color!

During our tutorial, I'm chatting about when it is best to use each tertiary shade based on the emotions you want to evoke in your painting, as well as where you want to show highlights versus shadows.

How to paint watercolor violet grapes! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

Want to learn watercolor alongside over 650 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color, a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

How to paint watercolor violet grapes! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor grapes and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

How to Assemble Vintage Stamps

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Earlier, I shared a blog post about my favorite sources for wedding postage. My favorite vintage stamps? They're from Verde Studio

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While the question about where I source my vintage stamps is often the first question I receive, the follow up question is always - how do I assemble vintage stamps on my wedding envelopes? I normally assemble the vintage stamps for my brides, but if you are assembling them on your own - I wanted to share my top 3 favorite tips with you today!

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tip 1: individually tear your postage stamps

Like current post office stamps, vintage stamps come in "books" - aka sheets of stamps. Rather than the peel-and-stick style postage books, many vintage stamps are perforated sheets that simply need to be torn into individual stamps. 

When assembling your wedding invitations, I recommend tearing your stacks of vintage stamp books into individual postage stamps. This will make your overall assembly process much faster! If I'm working on a small order (ex: shower invitations with a quantity of 25 or less), I may opt to simply tear as I go. However, for orders over 25 - I always like to tear them individually first to save time in the long run!

Some vintage stamps do come in the more modern peel-and-stick style - so I leave those in the full booklets  and peel as I go, since their adhesive is stickier!

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tip 2: choosing the best layout

Once I have my postage stamps individually torn and in piles based on stamp style, it's time to select how my postage stamps will be organized on the mailing envelopes. Virginia (the owner of Verde Studio) is so amazing, and sends her recommendations about layout when she sends your order! But if you're determining your postage stamp layout on your own, here are my tips:

  • Arrange them from the largest stamps on the right hand side of the envelope, to the smallest stamps on the left. Not only is this a pretty aesthetic - but it also allows more room for envelope calligraphy in the center of your envelope!
  • Stack horizontal stamps on top of each other. This tip is a space saver - especially if you're using $0.90 worth of postage and have to fit 5-6 stamps per envelope!
  • Consider color - while I always like to use the size rule as my guide, it's also important to consider color when arranging your stamps! When possible, mix lighter colored stamps between any dark colors to add white space, and avoid putting two of the same colored stamps next to each other.

Pro tip: After you've selected your vintage stamp layout, physically organize your stamp piles in this order on your desk! This will help speed up your assembly process, and will take the guess work out of which stamp to grab next.

tip 3: use a glue stick

If you've ever held vintage stamps in person, you may remember that the back sides have a slightly gummy adhesive. However, they are not incredibly sticky, and the vintage stamps themselves more often resemble thin paper than a coated stamp.

One of the more traditional ways to assemble and adhere vintage stamps to envelopes is to take a sponge, lay it on your desk, and then dab your adhesive side of your vintage stamp on the sponge, then attach it to your envelope. The water is supposed to activate the gummy adhesive. I've done this in the past, and it's a tad messy, pretty time consuming, and not always reliable (some of the stamps started curling up after a while).

I've also tried using a double sided tape roller, but that is also a bit time consuming, and doesn't allow all of the edges of the stamps to seamlessly stick to your envelopes.

So, my go-to way to assemble and adhere vintage stamps to envelopes? Glue sticks! Yep, that's right, old school Elmer's Glue Sticks - the disappearing purple kind. Don't worry, the purple doesn't discolor the envelopes if you accidentally get some outside the stamp area!

This trick is definitely the fastest and most secure assembly option - and it usually only takes one or two swipes of the glue stick per stamp based on the stamp size! I use the larger 0.77 oz size, which helps with making less swipes on the stamps!

*Please note: the peel-and-stick vintage stamps do not need glue sticks - their adhesive is strong enough to simply stick to the envelope without any extra help! 

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any other vintage stamp questions for me, let me know and I'll answer them in another blog post! I'll be writing one soon about how to leave enough room on your envelopes for envelope calligraphy when using vintage stamps, and can't wait to share more about that! 


This post contains affiliate links, however the thoughts are all fully my own! I would still share this blog post and recommend these sources without being an affiliate!

Pink Hydrangea | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial Series

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Earlier in our series, we learned how to mix the perfect blush color. It was a delicate, warm blush - and this week's pink is a cooler toned peony pink!

It is so important to know how to mix both cool and warm versions of the same color, so that you are able to smartly add highlights (warm areas) and shadows (cool areas) to your paintings. So I encourage y'all to get comfortable with both colors, and use them together frequently throughout your pieces!

How to paint watercolor pink hydrangea! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

 

Want to learn watercolor alongside over 600 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color (no typical color wheel colors here!), a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor hydrangea and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!