(Closed) DIY envelope addressing – thoughts?

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

bostonbride223:  I do–it definitely telegraphs “I’m special! Open me first!” But it is a playful style, so if you are doing like, white tie in a ballroom might not “match.”

(Although again, as with most things weddings, even if your wedding were white tie in a ballroom, no one will ever receive that envelope and think, “Hmpf. Didn’t match the envelope calligraphy to the decor now, did she?”) 

ETA: The larger name looks like it was done with a brush pen. If you go the same route, do practice with the brush pen to get a feel for it because it takes a little time to get used to. You can try to simulate the effect with something like a Sharpie (put a piece of paper inside so it doesn’t bleed through), but you may not get the natural tapering at the ends of the letters. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  BothCoasts.
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I actually taught myself calligraphy for my wedding, using the Postman’s Knock website. I just did the names, and then used an all caps text just like what you posted. They looked really good, and I had a lot of comments about my hiring a calligrapher (though I think they are obviously not professional). It was a bit of work, but it was so worth it. Just space them out so you’re doing a few a week, so you won’t get annoyed.

I would definitely get a better stamp than the auto-print though, and do hand-canceling! The picture you posted does lose the effect a bit with the auto print stamp. My mom showed me hers after it was sent, and the hand cancel stamp looks awesome! It’s red and antique looking. 2016-04-23 10.02.05

 

If you want to try the calligraphy, Postman’s Knock is a great website. There is a section of tutorials, including one where she explains exactly what nibs and ink to buy. I think it was about $15 total for the supplies. Then there are “Learn for a Latte” pdfs you can download for less than $5, and you can pick which font you want to learn. These are my save the dates, and I just got my envelopes for my invitations so I can start those. I think it took me about 6 hours total to do 115 save the dates, not including learning. I would suggest buying 20-30 more envelopes than what you need!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  musket87.
Post # 4
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Helper bee

Also, Postman’s Knock has a section on how to do line calligraphy, which is what you posted. You can basically outline the font, and then just color in the thick areas. It’s a good skill for using on poster boards, etc.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

bostonbride223:  DEFINITELY!!! It looks like you had that envelope professionally addressed. Want to address mine for me too? Haha

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It looks awesome to me!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Or you can be super lazy like me and print the addresses on the envelopes! Saves time and chances of error. I went over them with a fine tip ink pen and sprayed fixative to avoid the toner from chipping off. It looked like I did them by hand! The font is free and bromello from dafont.com, highly recommend if you’re lazy/have bad handwriting like me lol.IMG_4530

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front

Nm06003:  I have TERRIBLE handwriting!!! LOL

I love this idea…..so,  did you just send your list of addresses,  pick out envelopes, and then they were then sent to you addressed like that? 

:+)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

bostonbride223:  yours are beautiful! FWIW, I just used my own pretty hand writing with a medium tip pen. Some weren’t as straight as others, but I had them all addressed (~150) in only 2-3 hours.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

harleybeachbride6:  no I actually printed the addresses onto the envelopes with my computer at home! I picked out the font from dafont.com and then printed onto envelopes through Microsoft word!

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