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Thank You stickers

With Christmas only NINE days away, the gifts are coming in and the inevitable thank you letter writing campaign is getting closer and closer. Normally, I am not this far ahead of the game, but being as I will be spending the holidays with different families all miles and miles away, I kind of have to be way ahead of the game this year.

I put together some “Thank You” stickers so that I can still make my appreciation cards special, even while I am out of town… away from most of my calligraphy nibs, pen holders, wash jars, paint brushes… the list goes on (which is why I wont be lugging any of it around with me).

These ended up being fairly challenging to make using calligraphy, digital image editing, and layout making skills to complete. If anyone was interested in a tutorial please comment below and I would be happy to oblige once the holidays die down, but for now if you want any they are for purchase on my Etsy store for $5/sheet of 12 stickers.

DIY Holiday Cards & Envelopes

For a while I have been following the blog ThePostmansKnock. There, I’ve gotten a lot of great tips on developing my calligraphy and stolen some really fun project ideas for creating beautiful cards, envelopes, gift tags and stickers.

The latest inspiration I’ve taken from TPK was for DIY Christmas Cards. I loved the idea and the art is easy enough for anyone to do. I just tried my hand and emulating the lovely cards shared there. I added a twist of my own on the envelopes by making them out of tracing paper. These cards were a lot of fun to make, and if you haven’t finished your Christmas/holiday greetings yet consider giving it a try!

 

 

 

Challenges to note:
This worked better if I sketched everything out, then painted, then used a dip pen for the black line drawings (Nikko G) and “happy holidays” text (Brause EF66). IF you decide to follow this order of operation, erase any excess pencil lines for the ornaments or anything that will be painted over, as the pencil marks will be impossible to erase after being painted.

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