For Bees who addressed their own invitation envelopes…

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jwdesiree:  To address the envelopes I just used the PIGMA MICRON 05 pen. It’s one of those fancy micro pigment ink pens that they sell for like $3 a pop by the cash registers. I got it in a crimson red color as our invites were red, black, and white.

It says right on the pen, “Micro pigment ink for waterproof and fade proof fine lines.”

I have it right in front of me right now, lol.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

The only thing I used was a really good black gel roller ball type bic pen 🙂

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I used a good gel roller pen (Uniball) in black.  I also made a templates to fit both inside the inner envelopes and outer envelope to help me keep my lines straight.  I took two extra invitiations and cut off about 1/2 inch from one end (so they would slide in & out of the envelopes more easily) then flipped them over.  Hopefully yours are blank on the back like mine are! 

For the outer envelope, I used Sharpies to make 4 thick lines about a 1/2 inch apart.  For the inner envelope, I just made one long line since you usually just have to put one or two names on the same line.    Make sure the lines are nice and dark, especially if you have heavyweight paper for your envelopes.   Good luck ~ just go slow!   I was really happy with how mine came out and I liked that my handwriting made them a little more personal.

Post # 7
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My cousin is a skilled caligrapher and she did my invitations. I watched her do a few.

You will want a pen that has a chisel tip, or a good fountain pen. I would stay away from a ballpoint.

Make light pencil marks with a ruler. You will need a special eraser and a brush when it comes time to erase the marks. You will want an eraser that does not smudge, and you use the brush to brush away the debris after erasing. If you use your hands, you will smudge.

Watch youtube videos! Good luck!

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Calligraphy pen, and when I was less experienced, I would make a line template (usually with a cut out piece of lined paper with the lines written over in perm pen) and slip it into each envelope to use as a guide. (I’ve addressed a LOT of envelopes for people’s wedding’s over the years)

 

Even holding a calligraphy pen at the correct 45 degree angle and using it can make things look really nice if you have decent hand writing. You dont have to know calligraphy.

ETA: The only time the lined paper template did not work, was on gray envelopes. For that I bought a cheap light tray at michaels and it helped me see through to the template. I would NOT bother writing lines on envelopes and erasing them. it’s time consuming and really messy. Just make sure your template is cut to the envelope size, then you don’t have to center/position it perfectly in the envelope and it doesn’t move around.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jwdesiree:  I got mine at Michael’s and since you mentioned you were going to Michael’s, that’s why I just said they were by the checkout (at one I went to). At least look for the section with the fancy colorful pens that you can buy individually (not talking about the BIC 10 pack here, lol).

Post # 10
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jwdesiree:  we had charcoal gray envelopes and i used white ink. they looked great!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I went the easy (and not technically correct) route. I had most of mine pre-printed by Minted. The ones I had to hand address I used a black Sharpie pen.  I printed them like normal.  I figured it’s an envelope and they’re going to throw it away.  I wasn’t too worried about it.

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