I know! It's still November, but I like to make a start early on Christmas cards (especially as it usually takes me at least 2 weeks to remember to send them!) If it's too early for you - maybe pin or bookmark this post and come back to it when you're feeling more festive ;)
I've always loved cards - especially christmas cards - even since primary school when I would carefully letter the name of every classmate in my best (hideous) curly twirly handwriting which was oh-so-cool back then.
In more recent years, I've gotten a little better at curly twirly writing, and my family love getting my christmas cards because i put a lot of care into making them special. (Sometimes I even draw on the envelopes!) I think a beautiful card that is carefully written is such a special thing to receive, and is a great way to add a feeling of value if you're gifting on a budget this year.
So, today I'm sharing some tips to add some pretty lettering to your cards even if you don't spend your life obsessing over the shape of your 'R's like I do.
Step 1: Take it slow.
My handwriting looks much worse than rushed. But not too slow that it gets wobbly. Try to get into a slow rhythm. It's okay to pause mid-word.
Step 2: Rs, Ss, Os and Loops!
One way to instantly prettify the way you write is adjust the way you write letters is to adjust the way you write some letters.
Some of my favourites are:
and adding 'loops' to Ls and Hs adds a touch of fanciness:
I do this by adding the loop first -
Step 3: adding different line weights.
Traditionally this is added by pressing harder with your calligraphy/brush pen on the down strokes and lightly on the up-strokes. That's what I do, but if you're lacking the time/inclination to learn how to use those 'tools', you can fake it to pretty easy effect using a fineliner pen :
Just work out which strokes are 'downward' strokes, and thicken them accordingly.
Step 4: Baseline
If you're feeling fancy, you can play with the 'baseline' of your lettering. The baseline is kind of the invisible 'line' your lettering sits on. My 'invisible line' would probably end up looking like this:
You know how you can't write in a straight line without your words sloping off the page? Embrace it! Now's your time to shine. ;)
Step 5: Practice!
Naturally, the more you do it, the more fabulous it is. Maybe try a few names on paper before committing to your card.
Here's a sheet of the general way I letter to give you some prompts. Good luck!