Hand-Lettered Christmas Cards

For the past several years, I have made hand-lettered Christmas cards for several of my friends at college.  I’ve shared some of those here.  This year is the first year that the designs were 100% my own, and also the first year that I’ve incorporated color.  I went simple in the color department- black pen on white paper, with some bright red.  I’m going to apologize in advance for the poor camera quality- I didn’t finish the cards until just before our gift exchange, so I rushed to get pictures and they didn’t turn out well.2015-12-05 19.12.09This first design was quite simple and more graphic than the others.  I liked the idea of a somewhat “busier” background, with a bold message in the middle.

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I was really happy with how this one turned out- I played around a lot with the lettering for ‘night’ and love how it turned out.

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I really love this one as well.  I think this is the most “fun” of the designs, and it has a certain childlike feel to me.

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Although I like this one, it’s not my favorite.  It feels a bit too unbalanced to me.

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This is another favorite.  I actually wasn’t sure I liked it until I added the stripes to the “jolly”, then I discovered I really loved it.

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This is the design and lettering I’m most proud of!  I thought of the idea when laying in my bed last weekend, not wanting to get out of bed.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

‘Tis the Season: Hand-Lettered Christmas Cards

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:

2013-12-06 08.22.06Now, 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.

2013-12-06 08.22.36I simply looked up hand-lettered Christmas cards on Pinterest, and used those as my inspiration.  The designs are copied, not my own (just to clarify).

2013-12-06 08.21.19Some 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.

2013-12-06 08.22.53Although it was time-consuming and made my thumb go numb for a couple of hours (I don’t know why it did that, but it’s fine now!), it was fun and I am really pleased with the results.

2013-12-06 08.21.46My personal favorites are the first and last ones pictured here.  So, if you’re looking for a super-special card, these are your ticket!

**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:

A Christmas Tradition: Cutting Down the Christmas Tree

DIY Hand-Decorated Ceramic Mugs