• With the right tools, handcrafting invite envelopes has never been easier

     
    POSTED March 22, 2016
     

Hand lettering isn’t just for the artistically gifted anymore thanks to The Lettermate, a translucent addressing stencil. Complete with a ruler edge, four horizontal die cut windows and halfway point indicators, your trusty guide will ensure aligned and straight writing. This handy 4-inch-by- 5-inch plastic tool works with virtually any envelope, from square shape to the long rectangular #10 size. Spice up invite and thankyou notes, or use it to make name tags and place settings. There’s minimal room for error, but loads of space for creativity. The creators of The Lettermate even supply you with An Envelope Addressing Guide (for those of us that have trouble writing in a straight line). Below are some of their design tips:

» Contrast: Use thick and thin lines; big and small words; dark and light colors to catch the eye.
» Dingbats: Accents like arrows, vines or lines add character, but don’t overdo it.
» Dress up letters: Serifs, outlining and inlining are three different ways to add dimension to your lettering.

SUPPLIES»
The Lettermate (thelettermate.com; $9.95)
Wax Seal Stamp (etsy.com/shop/getmarked; $18)
Pigma Micron pens (sakuraofamerica.com; $17.39)
Envelopes (papersource.com; prices vary)
Washi Tape (michaels.com; $4.99)

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In the wake of a total global crisis, the Meet Minneapolis team got to work. 

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