However, for wedding invitations, I wanted to add a touch of formal (ie, no printing on the envelope and no labels), but I didn't want to go crazy trying to draw lines on the envelope and then erase, and then cry myself to sleep because the whole thing looked a wreck.
Sooo... behold! An easy way to get that gorgeous special calligraphy, and still stay sane.
Tools you'll need:
- Scotch Removable Tape
- Calligraphy ink
- Calligraphy Dipping Pen
Step 1: Tack the Envelope Down and Print.
For this, I highly recommend Scotch Removable Tape. Just take two little pieces, tack the flap of the envelope down, and it runs through the printer like a charm. No more jamming. Then, when you're done, you can take the tape off without damaging the paper.
Pick a font you like, and then using a program such as Word, Pages or InDesign, print your addresses on your envelope. I personally prefer the return address on the back flap, and the main address on the front.
Another note about choosing what color to print, I suggest picking a color close to the shade of the envelope... this way if you don't trace EXACTLY over you letters, no one will notice.
Step 2: Tracing and Patience.
Carefully dip and trace over the letters. It takes some time and patience, but the effect is worth it.
Step 3: Finished Effect!
The end effect is what looks like a hand made calligraphy job, and the ink is slightly raised like thermography.