It was my favorite bunny Lou Lou’s birthday last Sunday! Lou Lou’s mom is my card bestie and fellow animal lover, Jenna of The Paper Wilderness, and I just had to help celebrate Lou Lou’s 7th birthday! As I started thinking about this snail mail, I got more and more excited with all the ideas that I had!
Lou Lou’s birthday snail mail included a mini bunny pinata (that pom pom tail!), a postcard of lettuce (one of her favorite foods), bunny paperclips, and a card I created from hand carved stamps that included candles, carrots, and hearts :)
Jenna and Lou Lou actually live not too far away so I decided to do a secret-covert-social-distancing-contactless-birthday-delivery! I strung the card and pinata through ribbon so I could tie it on their door. I felt like a ninja when I was leaving it at the front door without making too much sound lol. It was a success!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOU LOU!
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Easter is just around the corner and I wanted to share this easy tutorial for a fun and creative DIY Easter Card with you! It features an egg with a fun surprise when you open the flap–a cute chick! :) You can also switch up the text and turn it into a “Happy Spring!” card or add a chick/chicken pun–whatever you think your recipient would enjoy most! :) This is a card I created years ago and used to sell and it still gets a lot of Pinterest love so I thought I would show you how you can make this at home! This is a fun project to do with the kids as well!
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
White Cardstock (will be cut down to 5 1/2″ wide and 6″ tall) Colored Cardstock of your choice (this is for the egg–I like pastel colors!) Scissors (and paper cutter if you have one) Pencil Ruler Glue stick Markers (yellow, orange, and pink for your chick) Pen (ball point, gel, or brush pen–this is for your text and your chick’s eyes) A2 Envelope Bone Folder and Score Board (optional)
1) Prep your white cardstock. Cut your card stock into a rectangle that is 5 1/2″ wide and 6″ long. You can use scissors or I prefer a paper cutter if you have one.
2. Make a tiny pencil mark 2″ down on both sides of your rectangle and fold the paper at this 2″ mark.Make sure you are marking on the long side where it measures 6″. If you have a bone folder and a score board available, you can use those tools for this step.
3. Make your egg. Using a pencil, trace an oval egg shape on colored paper. Cut it out. Then draw a line at the enter of the egg (dividing it in half horizontally) and cut your egg in half. My egg is 3″ tall and 2 1/4″ wide at the widest point.
4. Glue the top half of your egg at the center of the folded flap.
5. Glue the bottom half of your egg at the center of the cardstock to match the top half of the egg. You can place the bottom half of the egg so that the flap covers it a little bit, about 1/16″–this helps to ensure when the card is folded all you see is the egg and not what is underneath the flap.
6. Add a chick to the inside of your card. You can draw in your chick or use a stamp (which is what I did). I gave my chick an orange triangle beak, 2 black dots for the eyes, and 2 light pink circles for the cheeks.
7. Add your message to the card on the inside flap above the chick. Make sure the pen/marker you are using doesn’t bleed through the cardstock. Test on a scrap piece of cardstock if needed.
I hope you liked this idea and will try this DIY Easter Card Tutorial this spring! This is also a fun project to do with little one! If you try it, please send me a pic of it–I would love to see your cards!
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In honor of National Pencil Day, March 30th, I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how you can use this humble tool to create modern calligraphy! You can use any type of pencil–I will be using a regular no. 2 pencil, a colored pencil, and a HB8 pencil in this demo. So grab whatever you have at home and a piece of paper and try some pencil lettering with me!
PS: If cursive isn’t your thing, you can use your regular print writing to do this as well, following the same techniques!
DIY Halloween calligraphy pumpkins has become my new favorite way to create fun and cute decorations for fall and Halloween! There’s so many different shapes and sizes that can be used for a variety of things from table top center pieces to porch decor to mini pumpkins to gift or top Halloween treats with–you can even branch out and letter on squash or apples! Here are all of my tips and directions on how to create your own lettered pumpkins!
BEFORE GETTING STARTED…
Here’s a few things to think about to help you get great results on your final lettered pumpkin!
PUMPKIN PICKING TIPS: Before getting your pumpkin, decide what color marker you’ll be using and what you want to write–this will help you decide what color/size pumpkin to get. Once you’re at the store, make sure to pick a pumpkin that has enough surface area to fit your text and that the portion that you’ll be writing on is smooth and blemish-free. Try to find a pumpkin that will sit flat on a surface so it’ll be easy to display.
WHAT TO WRITE: Short phrases work well because you can letter it large enough for people to read and it’ll fit on one side of a pumpkin. You can letter something that goes all the way around a pumpkin but that would work best if people are either allowed to pick it up to admire it or it’s a centerpiece for a table that can be seen from all sides. Otherwise, if this guy is going on your porch, it’s best to stick with someone that people can easily read as they are walking or driving by.
PRACTICE YOUR WORD/PHRASE: Before lettering on the pumpkin, I recommend practicing your word/phrase on paper first so you know how you want your letters to look, your hand gets used to the movements you will have to make, and you can practice the word/phrase in the actual size it’ll be on the pumpkin.
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DIY HALLOWEEN CALLIGRAPHY PUMPKINS
Pencil (a #2 pencil works fine with a dull tip so it won’t pierce through the pumpkin)
Permanent marker such as Sharpie or DecoColor Paint Pen
Nail polish remover
1. Decide what area of the pumpkin you will be lettering on. Wipe that area with a damp towel to remove any dirt. Dry the pumpkin.
2. Before lettering, try to visualize where you want your word/phrase to start and end.
3. Lightly pencil in your word/phrase. If you need to make any adjustments, erase the area you’d like to change and pencil in your new line. Once you are happy with your light outline, go over it again in pencil, this time making the line darker.
4. Now you are ready to go over it with your permanent marker! Since this is a non-traditional surface, go very slowly! I’ve found that when you reach a ridge or dip, it works better to stop at the ridge, pick up your marker, and start again instead of trying to draw a continuous line through the ridge. If there are any gaps, go back and dot it in or draw a short line to connect it. Because these permanent markers do not have a brush tip, I used faux calligraphy to create my lettering. Faux calligraphy is manually making all the downstrokes you create thicker by coloring it in. I began by lettering the outline of my word first, then I went back to fill in all the downstrokes. Be careful when coloring to not scratch off the existing ink–it may help to fill in any light areas by creating small short strokes or dots to make that area darker. Don’t be afraid to turn your pumpkin upside down or sideways while you are lettering–whatever helps your hand and marker get to where it needs to go!
5. Make sure the ink is completely dry and erase any pencil lines that may be visible.
6. If you make a mistake, the ink can be removed with nail polish remover! If it’s in an area that is close to another letter, I recommend using Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover to erase your mistake. I originally made the dot of my exclamation point to high up and wanted to lower it. I was able to erase the original dot with the nail polish remover but it did take several tries and rubbing on the area pretty hard. So try to get it as close to how you want it as possible, without relying on being able to erase any mistakes. If you feel like you’ve messed up on a large area and want to start over, just turn to the other side of your pumpkin and start again there!
I hope you liked this tutorial and will try this project out and have discovered a new way to use pumpkins to celebrate the holidays! I love seeing what everyone comes up with so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you post a picture or send me an email.
One of my favorite ways to utilize and practice my calligraphy is to create wrapping paper with it! This DIY calligraphy wrapping paper is easy to make, affordable, and so much fun to give to your friends and family! I love that you can personalize the text by adding the recipient’s name to the lettering (“Happy Birthday, Jessica!”), use the paper as a card and write your message directly on it (they can read it once it’s unwrapped–you might have to tell them not to rip it off though :)), or match the text with the gift (if you are giving concert tickets, write the lyrics from a song by the artist). There are so many things you can do with this so get creative with it! It’s also nice because this project is very forgiving–don’t worry about little mess ups or inconsistencies since you’ll be cutting the paper up, folding it, and also topping it with ribbon or other decor. I think what makes gifts special is the thought that goes into and this adds a lovely to touch to any present and occasion you are celebrating!
In this tutorial, I will be using brush lettering with brush pens to create the wrapping paper. If you do not know how to brush letter, it’s OK! Try faux calligraphy or using your own cursive or print on it–you will get the same effect. I also decided to go with a neater look with the lettering and having it go diagonally across the paper. I am using Marvy Uchida’s Le Plume II Brush Penwhich I really like for medium to larger sized lettering.
For the kraft paper, I am using Goodscery‘s kraft paper roll.Their paper is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and is available on Amazon Prime. I also like that the paper is not coated so it has a very nice and natural hand feel to it. The roll comes with a free ball of jute twine as well! Goodscery is offering 20% off to Atiliay readers– just enter the code 20OFFATILIAY when checking out! Click here to check out Goodscery kraft paper on Amazon.
I hope you and the recipient of your gift enjoy this tutorial and I’d love to see pictures of the DIY calligraphy wrapping paper you create– tag me on social media if you’re sharing it there or send me an email (email@example.com)! If you’d like to see more versions of this gift wrap as well as other brush lettering ideas and projects, be sure to follow me on Instagram, @atiliay.
Brush pen of your choice (the larger you’d like your writing to be, the larger the brush tip should be)
Items to decorate your gift with: twine, ribbon, washi tape, sprigs of flowers or greenery, etc.
Step 1: Cut your kraft paper to size. Always add a little extra so you don’t end up with too little and don’t have enough to go around your box/gift! You can also save the larger scraps to wrap smaller gifts with.
Step 2: Decide on your lettering for this gift wrap:
1) What do you want to write?
2) How large/small do you want your lettering (which will help determine which brush pen to use)? Do you want it to be neat or a messy scrawl?
3) What is the layout of your lettering? Straight, diagonal, random, etc.?
For this tutorial I decided to letter “happy birthday!”, medium sized, and wanted to text to be written diagonally across the paper.
Step 3 (optional): Draw a light pencil outline of the lettering. If it’s a more complicated design, you want to have an outline to follow, or you are a perfectionist like me, draw a light pencil outline of the lettering first for placement, size, and to make sure your letter shapes and forms are how you like it. I made diagonal lines across the paper that are 1 3/4″ apart and lettered within them to help keep things looking neat and consistent.
Step 4: Start lettering! Go over your pencil lines or freehand it. If you used pencil, let the ink dry COMPLETELY, then erase any lines that weren’t traced over in the ink. (If you are impatient, set a timer and give your ink time to dry–it is the saddest thing to erase too early and smear your beautiful work!) The nice thing about the Marvy Le Plume II pens is that the ink dries quickly! I still will only erase a corner to make sure it’s smudge proof before starting to erase a bigger area.
Step 5: Wrap your gift up! I love this part and seeing the paper you just created come to life.
Step 6: Add the trimmings–I love this part as well and you can get really creative with this! One of my favorite things to do is add some fresh greenery to the gift (try to do this the day of so it stays fresh). You can use different twine/ribbon/lace, add a gift tag, top it with homemade pom poms, stick a bow on it–just to name a few ideas.
Step 7: Enjoy your new creation and have fun giving it away! :)
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