Think you have to use pointed pen calligraphy to make an eye-catching envelope? Think again. Today, I’ve got 10 hand lettered envelope photos that will motivate you to get out any pen and let the creative juices flow!
I love hand lettering because it’s so accessible. Anyone can do it with any sort of writing utensil, and as long as your letters are legible, the lettering is a success. Today, I’m showing you 10 hand lettered envelope examples that will motivate you to get creative this weekend! Use this inspiration to make a fabulous envelope for a birthday card, a letter (More Love Letters, anyone?), or just a note to say hi!
1. Lettering Composition Hand Lettered Envelope
This delightfully “busy” envelope features serif lettering, sans serif lettering, and just a smidge of pointed pen. I found the inspiration for it in the Lettering Composition Handbook included in Nico Ng’s lettering composition ruler bundle. With the exception of the calligraphy bit, I used a black gel pen (Pilot G2 05) to write all of the letters.
2. Breezy Hand Lettered Envelope
I love white ink with colored pencil “shadows” on dark paper! This envelope features mostly serif lettering with just a smidge of cursive and calligraphy. To learn how to write using a shadow technique like the one shown here, see this tutorial.
3. “Juicy” Brush Pen Envelope
In this envelope, brush pen calligraphy, sans serif lettering, white gel pen accents, and pencil shadows join forces! The result is an eye-catching, almost shiny-looking lettering. Find a tutorial over how to make lettering like this here.
4. Lasso Lettering Envelope
In Lasso lettering, serif letters and flourishes combine! While I especially like Lasso letters on map projects (see: California, Brazil, Ethiopia), it also makes a fun addition to envelopes like the one below.
5. Hissing Cat Hand Lettered Mail Art
Yes, the star of this envelope is technically a calligraphed cat. But, a lot of this motif’s personality comes from the recipient’s name, written in fabulous Flytrap lettering! You can find a tutorial over how to make a mail art envelope like this here.
6. Circus Hand Lettered Envelope
Circus lettering is probably the most labor-intensive hand lettering style on the TPK website, but the results are worth it. Your eye is immediately drawn to “MONICA” when you look at the envelope below! (Plus, check out that fun and funky address.)
I can’t help but share a collection of Circus lettering envelopes that TPK reader Abby S. created, too! Check out how she paired her Circus letters with casual alphabet characters to write her recipients’ addresses:
Is it cursive? Is it print? It’s both and neither. In this envelope, cursive entry and exit strokes “hug” simple Sans Serif letters. You can find tips for making lettering like this here.
9. Diagonal George
In this envelope, vibrant orange colored pencil helps this George Style lettering to complement the circus-themed postage stamp. Try a diagonal orientation to liven things up!
10. Geometric Lines Envelope
George Style lettering shines again in this envelope! I love how the 10¢ postage stamps and lines at the bottom help to make the piece stand out. You can find a tutorial over how to make an envelope like this one here.
Looking at the photos in this list makes me feel motivated to make a fabulous hand lettered envelope for a birthday card. (In particular, I’m feeling the “Breezy” lettering from #2.) I suspect that, as a result, you’ll see another hand lettered envelope appear on the TPK Blog here shortly! In the meantime, I hope that seeing these examples makes you feel inspired, too. Thanks so much for reading TPK, and have a lovely and creative weekend!