5 Tips To Jazz Up Your Christmas cards

Christmas is the perfect time to embrace taking things slow & spending time creating something beautiful to send to your friends & family to let them know you’re thinking of them.

1.            Use colour

Ditch the biro!  Golds & silvers are perfect for Christmas & there are many calligraphy inks available to try. If a nib and ink is not your thing, get creative with your favourite fountain pen or coloured gel pens.

jazz up your christmas cards

2.            Add illustrations

An excuse to get out your watercolour palette & create a Christmas wreath design on the front of a handmade card or some doodles inside. A little bit of illustration adds a lovely hand painted element to your cards.

hand painted christmas wreath

3.            Faux calligraphy

If you’re not confident with a nib and ink to write or address your Christmas cards; faux calligraphy is the next best thing. Create the effect of calligraphy by using any pen & filling in your downstrokes.

1. Write your word. 2. Create an extra line for downstrokes. 3. Fill in those downstrokes.

1. Write your word. 2. Create an extra line for downstrokes. 3. Fill in those downstrokes.

4.            Envelope designs

There are endless possibilities in which to address your envelopes – either using nib & ink calligraphy or faux – mix it up & see what designs you can come up with.

envelope calligraphy

5.            Flourishing

There is something traditionally ‘Christmas’ about flourished lettering – add this to the names on your envelopes or card lettering to give a real festive feel.

calligraphy flourishing

Lastly, enjoy creating something beautifully handmade this Christmas. Amongst all the chaos, sit down with a cuppa or mulled wine & take a relaxing hour out getting your squiggle on!

Merry Christmas!

Sally x