Hand-lettered envelopes make the inside of the note almost as much fun as the outside, and this is a skill I really want to cultivate, so I guess I need to send more cards, right?
Resources for Hand-Lettered Envelopes
There are lots of great tutorials and ideas out there for making hand-lettered envelopes, but it’s something you might want to play with a bit before you actually write on the envelope you’re sending.
Here are a few to get you started.
Oh So Beautiful Paper has a tutorial (more of an overview) from Ladyfinger Letterpress covering different styles of hand lettering and tools to get you started (you can really used whatever you have, by the way). Their post on envelope addressing styles is a good one, too, that shows the mechanics of spacing and using lines as guides. I love the one with the dotted lines.
The Realistic Mama has a nice roundup of lettering ideas; I particularly like the idea of making a tag-shaped stamp, because it’s a graphic element you don’t have to draw (though you could also trace the shape of a tag if you wanted instead of using it as a stamp.
Write_On has a great post about using gel ink to make hand-lettered envelopes, which includes lots of simple graphic ideas you can do. Speaking of Write On, I didn’t know until I started looking that April is Write_On Month, in which people are challenge to write 30 letters in 30 days. What an awesome idea! I’ve got one; I’ll have to try to take part for real next year!
If you want a cheater’s method of hand lettering, check out this tutorial for making a transfer with a design from PicMonkey. Or check out the Lettermate, which I may be buying soon. It’s a sort of stencil that helps you space and size elements on an envelope or anything else you want to hand letter.
And I put my address on the back with a few more doodles.
All the parts that are not black I did with Sakura Souffle pens, which I got as a lightning deal on Amazon before Christmas. (I’m not an affiliate, btw.)
Making hand-lettered envelopes is so fun it might be just the thing to get you writing more letters.
Do you take extra care when addressing and decorating envelopes when you send letters or cards? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your creations!