When the holidays roll around, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by that stack of Christmas cards that need to be addressed and mailed, so why not get a little inspired while marking this massive task off of your to do list! Addressing envelopes is one of my favorite lettering projects, but is also one that can be super intimidating if not handled the right way. I’m giving you my tips and tricks, along with a list of my 10 favorite products for creating holiday happy mail!
TEN OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS
I’m currently inspired by the following ten products that I know you’ll love too! Some can be picked up from a few of my favorite online stores (check out the affiliate links!) or can be found at your local arts and crafts store.
I love the simple feeling that kraft envelopes bring. The brown bag feeling makes them informal and less intimidating. While you cannot use a light table to help guide your writing on them, the dark paper is perfect for sketching on them with pencils.
Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils are my go to tool for sketching and planning out my designs. I love the B grade for working on address sketches on envelopes before adding ink!
The Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen is the perfect brush pen for calligraphy beginners. The firm tip is easy to control and very durable, perfect for addressing envelopes!
Many projects require thick white paper that can hold up to a variety of media. Mix media paper is my go to for creating cards and prints with brush pens or watercolor.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens come in 96 different colors. These pens have a brush tip and bullet tip and the shades of red and green are perfect for the holidays.
Mistakes happen and the Tombow Dust Catch Eraser is my go to when working on bigger projects and trying to erase sketches. The dust is caught at the tip of the eraser and doesn’t leave a mess like other erasers.
The Tombow MONO Light Touch Plastic Eraser is great for erasing on fragile surfaces, like kraft paper, with a light touch.
Baker’s twine is so simple, yet can turn more projects more festive by tying on a basic bow. There isn’t a present under my tree that won’t have this twine on it.
The Rhodia Dot Pad is amazing for sketching. The little dots give you a guideline of where to write and the smoothness of the paper is perfect for any writing tool.
Light tables are great for tracing final pieces from sketches. The Cricut Bright Pad is my current favorite. It’s light and easy to store, but works great for making sure I get projects right on the first attempt.
CHRISTMAS CARDS THAT CAN BE FRAMED
Christmas cards can be very time intensive and expensive, but they don’t have to be! Don’t have time to snap a family pic or stand in line at the store to pick out the perfect ones? Make them! Create a fun christmas phrase that can be framed and double as a card with a happy message on the back.
Then color in the design using Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Aren’t these holly berries the cutest!?
HOLIDAY HAPPY ENVELOPES
First, decide what your envelope design will look like, including the style, embellishments, and address design. This can be difficult if you are worried about being perfect, so sketch out some ideas and just go for it. Pick ideas and styles that work for you and bring out the character of your christmas card. Check out the envelope guide below to help you get started.
Before creating your design in ink, trace the address in whatever style you please using a Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil. Feel free to mix the lettering styles and have fun adding embellishments. Holly berries, snowflakes, Christmas trees, polka dots… get inspired… the possibilities are endless!
Erase any mistakes or stray marks with the Tombow MONO Light Touch Plastic Eraser. Add ink and color and voila! The perfect holiday envelope is ready to send!
So pick up these items and have some fun knocking out those Christmas cards! Let me know how they turn out!