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Making hand-inked notes may not be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, but the art of ornamental design remains a captivating one. Spotlighting design elements for Valentines, invitations, and personalized cards, we’ve rounded up five contributors who are creating ideal artwork for your paper-based embellishments.

Illustrator, vector artist, and videographer Ozerina Anna leads the pack with her vintage-inspired labels, while Transia Design rounds things off with ethnic-inspired designs.

Ozerina Anna

shutterstock_95683291Ozerina Anna | Calligraphic design elements vector set


shutterstock_151969739Vikpit | Abstraction floral lace pattern

Alex Makarova

shutterstock_133210400alex.makarova | Spring seamless wallpaper vector

Nataliia Litovchenko

shutterstock_133854917Nataliia Litovchenko | Vintage-style green invitation card

Transia Design


Transia Designs | Ethnic elephant seamless pattern