Post # 1
A close friend of Fiance offered to monogram out STD’s and invitations for free! The STD’s came out awesome, and I was so excited about her doing out invitations.
Fiance and I decided on black lining for the invitation envelopes, which apparently blocks the light from the lightbox the calligrapher uses, and she cant make guide lines now! I called our invitation shop, and he said he knows a calligrapher who uses some sort of a tool which casts shadow lines down on to the envelope from above (I’m guessing like a lamp or some sort?) – does anyone know what this is called?
Post # 3
no idea, but most good calligraphers dont use a light box (arent they supposed to be able to do it wihtout tracing?) for this exact reason. most formal enveloeps are too dark to see through anyhow (like paper source enveloeps) other wise, ive seen some calligraphers draw super light lines onto the envelope with a pencil and then erase them after the ink dries. is this an otpion for your calligrapher?
Post # 4
You can use an overhead projector.
Post # 5
I created a special diecut template for a job where I hand-lettered scroll boxes. It was the only safe way to do them without smudging or dripping because the box surface was waxy. Then, after I finished all 200 of them (in Old English Blackletter, no less), I discovered that I had made the perfect template for all opaque or darkly lined envelopes. I can work so quickly with it, I don’t even charge extra for the trouble anymore!