Hand-Lettering 101

Two months ago I was eagerly awaiting my new purchase from Amazon, Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering. Even with AmazonPrime I felt like it couldn’t get here fast enough!  I have scoured Pinterest and all it has to hold and instantly became enthralled with this art form. I instantly started doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

If you remember from my Dinosaur Thank You Cards post I’ve been trying to keep up this standard of etiquette that our generations before us have all held. Send thank you cards, birthday cards, even a thinking of you note from time to time to a special someone far away. Ever since I have started my practice of hand lettering, I have put a special touch on all the cards I have sent out. Below you can see some of the other projects and “doodles” that I have done, and also a peek into the book!

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In the book it explains about the different mediums you can use to hand letter, the different types of paper and also about different typefonts that work well together.

After trial and error, mostly because I couldn’t wait for the pens on order to come in, I found that Crayola Markers don’t work very well. Some of my favorite pens to use for hand lettering are Elegant Writers. They have a tapered tip to handle all those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

This was a fun little St. Patrick’s Day craft that I did with my little man!

I got this idea from one project closer. Go check out her blog for more cute ideas!

The easter bunny even knows how to hand-letter!

 

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Dinosaur Thank You Cards!

This is going to be a short post since I am in the midst of writing out thank-you cards from Kalebs second birthday, but I wanted to share these with you! 

We just bought a new house three months ago, and as any new homeowner comes to realize, saving money is key! I’ve started to make my own things here and there and let me tell you, making your own cards is so cost effective it saves you money in the long run!  I went to my local Joann Fabrics the other day looking for blank notecards and envelopes so that I could make some custom dinosaur thank you cards for everyone who came to Kalebs birthday a few weeks ago. What I was not expecting was to walk out of the store with 3 boxes of blank cards (130 total!) for less than $15!!!! I mean, that comes down to 11¢ a card! 

Since moving into our new home I have taken on this notion of “perfect mom, perfect wife perfect house, perfect life”.  And part of that delusion is making sure everyone I know gets a birthday card in the mail.

By all means I am not perfect, there’s dishes in the dishwasher that need to be put away, animal hair has been building in the corners all week, but that’s ok. Because this is what life is. It’s ignoring the “chores” and spending the afternoon sledding with your little man. 

It’s finding ways to make sure everyone you know gets a birthday card that you made. I don’t know about you but spending 2,3 sometimes even 7 dollars on a birthday card is too much when you have three or more birthdays in a month. (?!? Yes I spent $7 on the last birthday card I bought because I didn’t pay attention and was in a rush) 

You can make your cards as fancy as you want! You can have them say just what you want, and you can gift them with pride saying “I made that!”

These cards were super easy to make. I cut out the footprints on my Cricut machine my lovely husband bought me for Christmas, and also had it write “thank you!” In silver on them. Used Elmer’s Dot Runner glue to fix the footprints to the cards, filled them out and sent them on their way!

 All in all including postage, these cost under 75¢ to make! What a deal!!! 

Stay Crafty!