How will you be setting your Christmas table?


I’ve been practicing my Calligraphy again, Christmas is such a good time to practice, there’s a lot of things to write about 😁….. Christmas carols, cards, present labels…..and table settings…..

Which brings me neatly to my latest practice;

I created these place cards using cream coloured, textured card.

The shiny red bars were created using craft foil.

I cut a piece of double sided tape to length, then tore it in half, with one side slightly wider than the other.

I placed the smaller piece on the name card and the wider piece on the main card and then applied the craft foil by pressing it down onto the tape.

I then wrote out the name and sentiments using Finetec Watercolour ink in Inca Gold. I used my dip pen with my Leondart 256 nib.

The set is then finished off with a piece of ribbon joined using a wax seal.

The wax is red and the seal is a Christmas tree πŸŽ„πŸ˜

It was good fun to make these. I’m thinking about mocking up some wedding ones in the new year, maybe even to sell eventually. We shall see what the new year brings.

Thank you for reading and Happy crafting πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


I thought I would share some of my recent Christmas calligraphy for a little festive cheer.

I wrote this out on an envelope to send as part of a larger package.

I converted the picture to black and white using the Hootsuite Enhance photo app.

I enjoyed writing this πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

Happy crafting!

Now I know how to use the pens……


Do you have things in your craft cupboard that you bought way back when, never really knew what to do with, forgot about and then re-instated when you found the right way to use them?

I do exactly that. πŸ˜„

I can’t remember exactly when it was but a few years ago I bought a pack of Papermania Metallic brush pens from the DoCrafts range.

They are lovely colours but at the time I didn’t really know what to with them except ‘colour in’ πŸ˜‚

They lived in the cupboard and in a draw and I recently remembered I had them whilst working on a project with my other TomBow brush markers.

If you are a new reader of my blog (welcome, thank you for taking a look) I am teaching myself Calligraphy and have been using various books for reference on the different letter styles.

Calligraphy is so diverse and you can also use the technique of “thin line on the upward stroke and thick line on the downward stroke” with brush pens too.

So….getting to my point….. having remembered I had my metallic pens I decided to try out a few Christmas cards with brush lettering, using the calligraphy tips I have been learning.

I think these have worked out quite well, what do you think?;

Trial run on purple card

I created these pieces on various coloured card, first writing out the main message.

Once the lettering was dry I then went around one side of each letter ‘dabbing’ small dots in a line around the edge of each letter, using a contrasting colour.

I had seen similar styles on Instagram so thought I would try and put my slant on it, I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.

Which craft products do you have that were bought but not yet used, popped on a shelf for another day/project?

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

A little festive lettering cheer


Here’s another quick post to spread a little festive lettering cheer.

I created this piece using metallic brush markers in purple and silver on red card.

I first wrote out the ‘Merry & Bright’, straight into the card, you know me, I very rarely draw a piece out in pencil first πŸ˜‚

I then went around the right hand side of each letter, with my silver pen, making little dots.

The picture was edited using the Hootsuite Enhance app.

Thank you for reading and Happy crafting! πŸŽ„