For the past several years I have wanted to make Christmas cards for my loved ones, but I just never seem to be able to actually get around to making them. For the past several years I have also been slightly obsessed with hand-lettering. I have never been big on doodling, but when I do doodle, it is usually working on my hand-lettering skills. My sketchbook has a number of practice hand-lettering sketches. If you put Christmas cards and hand-lettering together, then this is what you get:
Now, although I am a kind-of art major, I don’t have any formal training in hand-lettering of any sort, even calligraphy. So if I can do these, so can anyone that has a bit of artistic ability. Please note that these did take me a very long time to make and I would not want to make them in bulk. I needed five cards, which was about all I could have handled. You could, however, scan the originals and then print them onto other cards if you wanted to make a lot.
Some of the designs were much simpler, others were more complex (and harder to do). I drew a basic outline first in pencil (very lightly), then went over the outline and filled in/bulked up as needed to copy the originals. I used a SharpiePen, but any super-fine-tip marker/pen should work- I would recommend the kind found at art stores.
**Throughout the month of December I will be sharing Christmas-y things. You can check out my previous Christmas-related posts by clicking on the links below: