How to Hand-Letter An Envelope

If you have a Pinterest board full of calligraphy and hand lettering inspiration, stop dreaming and start doing. It's easier than you might think to get the look of hand lettering and calligraphy.

If you love the look of hand lettering, but haven't written in cursive in years, you can still hand letter a gorgeous greeting. It's as simple as a little planning and the right tools. 

Gather up a few cards, jot out your notes and then form a rough idea for the scale and look you're aiming for with your address block. Grab your pen - I prefer Sharpie pens, a Le Pen marker, or a white gel pen for darker envelopes. Then relax and have fun - there are no rules or restrictions. Your envelope can look just the way you want.  

I wanted to start with something simple, feeling a little intimidated by the idea of writing in my rusty cursive, let alone trying to calligraph an address. The best way to add interest to block printing? Thicken some lines, add accents and space evenly.

Space evenly, and go for all caps block print. Thicken certain lines to add interest.

Add interest by adding decorative accents, like lines or a row of dots, hearts or arrows.

Mix it up by combining block print with cursive.

Finish out with some more block print and voila! Custom, fancy and fun.

I finally felt ready to attempt a little calligraphy. Well, semi-calligraphy. I do have penholder, nib and ink, but I wasn't quite up for the task. I used my Sharpie pen as a sneaky way to fake the look. In essence, to mimic calligraphy, thicken the downstroke on each letter. You can see the first line looks (roughly) like calligraphy, without ever pulling out the inkwell. The rest was a combination of block printing, accents and creative spacing. Done.

And finally, I wanted to make a quick attempt to mimic the white-ink-on-kraft-paper look I love so much. This is where the white gel pen comes in. Using the same cursive or block lettering techniques, write out your address. 

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