I have always loved lettering in every form. I was over the moon if I got into trouble and had to write 100 lines of anything. I revelled in writing my cursive letters over and over and over when I started school. I drooled over my pen license and get nostalgic about my almost disappeared pen/pencil callous on the middle finger of my right hand. It’s been 20 or so years since I swapped a pen for a keyboard.
Having said that, I am not a polished calligrapher and hey… I don’t even know how to create a good font. I did want to have a go at doing hand lettered envelopes for our wedding save the dates and invitations (and soon our Thank you notes).
This is more of a guideline than a tutorial, but hopefully it helps (or entertains) you.
Step 1 – Preferred Search Provider
Step 2 – Collate or Social Network or Bookmark Images you like
Step 3 – Check out some tutorials to see if any of them are useful for you
My favourite Tutorial is this one from Oh So Beautiful Paper. I like the examples showing effects of different pens and different layout options but there is nothing on actual calligraphy or lettering. It’s specifically assuming you can already do that, just need help with styles of addressing.
This tip is a good one, I saw it on design sponge, and it can be achieved, using tracing paper, transfer paper, a lightbox, a light window or any other form of tranferring an image or in this case fonts for your addresses. You are essentially creating a faint replica (instead of your pencil outline in traditional calligraphy) and then going over it so nobody sees your construction method. I have quite shaky hands myself and I’m not sure how I would do with the jitters and having to cover up the faint replica.
I used a couple of methods.
One of them involved (lots of fun by the way!) buying lots of different pens in my colour scheme, and playing around based on what I read in the Oh So Beautiful paper tutorial and the styles of addresses that I liked.
The second was finding handwriting fonts I loved, designing the envelope on screen, then copying the design onto the envelope.
Here are some collations of fonts, others have done for us…
I personally was not at all bothered about etiquette when addressing, I did ladies first on some, gents first on others (I tended to lead with my favourite person or the name I thought would be more fun to write). In some cases everyone got mentioned individually in others, I added a Surname and family instead of individual names. You will have to search for that yourself 😀
We made our envelopes using the wrmk (We R Memory Keepers) envelope punch board (this was awesome!). Even for our little wedding (~30 -50 envelopes to make per item sent) this was well worth the cost. I am not convinced about the other punch boards, but I was totally impressed with the envelope one.
The exterior was made from kraft paper (cardstock weight) and the interior is paper I scanned and printed. The paper I purchased (in photo above) and like was in a long discontinued 6X6 paper stack from Bella designs, that I had no way of procuring in any amount let alone bulk. And the cost of 1 sheet of cardstock and 1 sheet of designer paper per envelope (+ double sided tape, + extras for errors, + pens, + brads, + washi tape, + stamps) just all seemed a bit too prohibitive – before we even factored in the invitations?! Please note – this is not a viable (or legal) option if you are going to do this for profit.
I chose an address style and went with it…
As you can probably tell, I did not use a ruler or pre-construct the address on the envelope, I eyeballed it and went with what I felt. I threw away 2 or 3 envelopes due to major spelling errors or slips. The rest went out without incident.
I nearly gave the local post office attendant a heart attack when I asked if I could get all the same colour stamps. These came in a colour series, he would have had to separate every 5th or 6th stamp to get all purple ones… I thought that was a little too bridezilla for me and went with the different colours. I used washi tape and brads to seal the envelopes. They were decorative and did not actually play any functional part in the sealing.
I got lucky with the cost and style of stamps for international invitations, added a white inked swirly stamp and changed the washi tape to functional as well as decorative, to protect the invitations on their way across the globe.
Have fun with yours, or pay someone else to have fun with it… or print it out, or put stickers on the envelope (whatever works for you is okay – it’s your party you can address like you want to!)
Good Night Wherever you are!
Wedding Craft Disclaimer Thingie…
I did a lot of crafting for our wedding. A lot. In most cases (this is true for Australia, it may or may not be true elsewhere) I don’t necessarily think this was the budget option. In some cases it was definitely the more costly option (especially if you factor in your time and any other poor souls who you have roped into crafting for you). I loved doing it, planning it and executing it. To a certain extent I would even say I loved the stress associated with worrying about whether or not it would be done or it would be done on time.
Do what you love, because you love it (as a couple or on your own if your partner is one of those, “I just show up and look pretty right?” peeps). This is probably not going to be super useful if you need to make honey without paying for the bees (sorry!).