An envelope is like a mini blank canvas and there’s so much that you can do with them! Here are a few placement ideas for when you are addressing envelopes as well as examples of where you can add brush lettering/a secondary style of text. Also, is anyone a fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? :)
A) Staggered placement with just the first name in brush lettering
B) Staggered placement with just the last name in brush lettering
C) This placement utilized almost the entire envelope and follows a bit of a curve with all the text in brush lettering
D + E) Two examples of a wavy address placement with just the full name in brush lettering– if you’re interested in trying this out, I’ve included a step by step look at how to create it below!
I really like all of the placement ideas shown above because it’s very forgiving when it comes to centering–your addresses don’t need to be perfectly in the center at all! These are just some examples but you can also try left or right justifying and using up the space in different areas of the envelope. Just make sure the address is clear, legible, and can be easily read for our friends at the Post Office!
️Do you like the look of the example envelopes but don’t brush letter? That’s totally fine! Instead of using brush lettering for some of the words, substitute it with a different color, font style, or size—it can be as easy as going over your regular print with a marker, making block letters, or switching to a different marker that creates a larger sized stroke!
The wavy address placement was something I saw years ago and loved how fun it was and decided to try it–now it’s one of my favorite ways to make an envelope unique. This effect works best with longer names and addresses that fill up the entire line or most of it. Below are the instructions. It’s pretty straight forward but as a visual learner, it’s always easier for me to see it done before I try it so I wanted to share that just in case it’s helpful for you!
WAVY ADDRESS TUTORIAL
I start off by marking and writing everything in pencil.
If you are mailing your letter and need to put a stamp on it, start off by marking off the area for the stamp.
Draw 4 wavy lines across your envelope–this creates 3 spaces which is where your recipient’s name and address will go as well as the guideline for you to follow. You’ll be following this curve exactly as is so make sure you are happy with it! Here are a few tips for your wavy lines:
I have found that a wavy line with soft curves and less dips/humps make the final envelope easier to read.
Make sure the waves are parallel and each dip and hump matches the placement of the one above or below it.
Make sure the width in between each line is about equal distance apart.
Add your recipient’s name in the first section following the curved guideline. Remember to tilt the letters as needed to follow the curve. Again, this effect works best for longer names or you can add more spacing between each letter and word so that the text fills in the entire line.
Add your recipient’s street address in the second section following the curved guideline. I like to switch to regular print writing for the address because I feel that it is easier to read, especially with the wave.
Add your recipient’s city, state, and zip code in the third section following the curved guideline.
The last step is to go over your pencil lines with ink! Let the ink dry completely (don’t rush it otherwise it may smear–you can test a tiny area first) then erase the pencil lines.
I hope you liked this idea and try it out on one of your pieces of mail! If you do, please send me a pic of it–I would love to see your interpretation of this!
PS: I am also sharing all my snail mail, video tutorials, and more on Instagram as well! If it’s easier for you to check out the info there, you can find me at @atiliay.