In previous years, I would normally just buy Christmas cards for my friends and family, but I have been obsessed with calligraphy recently and I am going to make my own cards this year! I loveee doodling and lettering, (haha usually in class I will letter my name or my friends names 🙈) and my friend, Jeannine (who also does from of our photos from Custom Photo) is super good at lettering and gave me a few tools and pens to make my own cards. I’m still learning so I’m not super good yet, but I thought I would give you guys a few ideas for your own Christmas cards!
Here are a few of my favourite tutorials on how to letter if you haven’t done it before:
How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!
4 Types of Handlettering | Beginner Calligraphy Tutorial
How to Get Thin Upstrokes in Handlettering | Modern Calligraphy Tutorial
I also like to use these pens from Target!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when lettering:
- Begin by doing some basic strokes on a piece of loose leaf paper. Practice increasing your pressure on your downstroke, and doing thin upstrokes.
- Do lots of reps, getting used to applying pressure at different points of the letter, and especially letters like ‘”a” and “d” and “g”, that involve both upstrokes and downstrokes in the letter.
- Here are 8 different brush strokes to practice lots to improve your flow in lettering: (do an entire page of just these strokes! I know it maybe tedious, but these are the the building blocks to make letters!)
Aside from the lettering, I also love adding little leafs, snowflakes, wreaths, bows to little trees to my cards just to make it more Christmasy haha. If I’m doing birthday cards, I’ll add a few balloons or something with their name in it.
^^ i love how this one turned out!! I did different fonts and added a little mistletoe hahah
^^ I love how simple and girly this one is! The curly letters and the little branches are so stinkin cute!