Monday, January 4, 2010

DIY Invitation Calligraphy

I love the look of calligraphy, but being a bride on a budget, I just don't have the money to spend $2 per envelope for someone to do it for me.  I came across a wonderful idea on Project Wedding about printing on your envelopes and then writing over them so it looks handwritten.  So, that's what I did.




I search on dafont.com for a script font I liked and finally settled on Honey Script.  Then, I did a bunch of trials to get the address centered on the invitation.  When I finally printed on the invitation though, the centering wasn't correct anymore, so I need to fuss with that a little more.  Then, I took a Uniball pen (can get them anywhere) and traced over the printed address.  It looks just like we paid a professional calligrapher.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I was wondering if you could give me advice on downloading fonts? I found a few I like and I follow the directins but I keep getting told by my computer that it "cannot perform installation!" Any ideas?

Thanks! Kristen

k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

Good for you!!! I admire all the time you put into it! I might just have to settle for the printer! I chose the Jane Austen font from dafont and I LOVE it!

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

What a great idea...I bet it looks fabulous!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Kristen,
I have a Mac, so I'm sorry, but I can't explain how to do it on a PC.

Jaryce21 said...

wow, pretty cleaver. Never would've thought! Great job!!

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What a great idea!

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Stephanie Marie said...

This is a must read article if you are thinking of printing your envelopes http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/weddings/2009/11/etiquette-should-you-use-address-labels.html

I was thinking i would print mine because of lack of calligraphy skills and $ to pay a calligrapher, but if you do stop and think of how you feel when you get a printed address, its usually- oh some mortgage company trying to disguise itself as a friendly letter.

I'm going with handwritten- however bad it may be, it will be much more personal.

Stephanie Marie said...

oh i just caught the part where you said you traced it over!!!! sorry....i should really skim less. But that is a good idea!!!!!!

Vicki said...

What a great idea! Does it look much different with you tracing over it then just printing them on the envelope? I love Monterey BT, it is such a nice font.

To install a font, download and save the font from the website onto your hard drive. Click the start button on your computer. Go into your control panel, click on fonts, click on file and install new fonts. When you download the font it will be "thenameofthefont.ttf". Good luck :)

soon to be MRS. K said...

awesome idea. I am going to share with my readers. Cant believe your weddings almost here. Good luck

Jenn @ Livin' the Simple Life said...

Whoever thought of that is a genius! :) They look awesome, great job!

Pug(s) and Bugg said...

I think they turned out great! It was a perfect font choice.

-kjpugs

Aylee Bits said...

Beautiful! Great job! I handwrote my save-the-dates. But I'm planning to do what you did with my invitations. I don't like my handwriting that much :).

Mocha Frugalista said...

Great Idea!! If you have a cricut you could also do faux-ligraphy using a great font, and a steady hand :0)

**Beauty, love, frugality: http://mochafrugalista.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I'm glad ya'll enjoyed the project! If you do it, please email me the finish project so I can see yours!

- Ashley

Adriana said...

To install a font on a PC, once you download it, extract all the files. Then drag those files into a folder under Control Panel/Fonts. Once it's in that folder, you should be able to go to Word and it will be in your drop down list of fonts. Hope that helps!