Addressing Envelopes with Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Addressing Envelopes with Pointed Pen Calligraphy


– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another video at
my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m resurrecting that
card you can see on screen and I’ll have a link up too in
the top corner of this video if you wanna see how
that card was made. I’m going to be creating
an envelope for this card. I’m going to address it
using some calligraphy and I’m also going to do
another envelope as well. But I’ll talk about
that when we get there. So this envelope is actually
a metallic bronze envelope from Simon Says Stamp
and I’m going to be using some Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen
White to address this envelope to my friend Jessica. When you use Penn White
ink with a calligraphy pen or a nib or anything like
that you do want to dilute it just a little bit. This ink tends to be a little
bit on the thicker side so I find that just putting
in a couple drops of water like the water I have
in this blue bottle here is the perfect amount just
to dilute it a little bit. And because I don’t have
some special stirrer on hand I just used my Tim
Holtz Craft Pick just to stir up that
ink with the water until I got it to a
consistency that worked. And I could just use a
baby wipe or a paper towel to clean off that craft pick. So like I said before I’m going to do a little bit
of calligraphy on this envelope and because I don’t
want any of my writing to interfere with where
the postage stamps will be I just put a little strip
of white Post-it tape that’ll mark off the area. I’m using this pointed pen nib
to do the calligraphy today and I’ll have the exact
one that I’m using linked down in the
video description as well as in the supply
section at my blog. And I’m using an oblique
pen holder as well and when it’s an
oblique pen holder that means it has
kind of like that bend where the nib is attached. And I find that I
really prefer using this over a straight-handled
pen holder because just the angle
of it gets my writing and my hand or
whatever out of the way so I can see what I’m
doing a little bit more. So I really do prefer to use
an oblique pen holder for this and I’m just gonna go ahead
and address this envelope to my friend Jessica. I’ve met Jessica I think
once or twice in person and I love her to death. She actually responded
to a question over at my Facebook page. I asked a bunch of you if
you had any PO Box addresses or mailing addresses
or any address that you would feel
comfortable sharing online and if you had one to
leave it in a comment because I was looking for some
addresses to use for videos, for videos and Instagram
posts and things like that. I just really wanted
to use real addresses for these envelopes because
I want to send it off, I want to mail it out and I
didn’t wanna use any fake names or addresses anymore. I’ve done that a couple
times in the past and it just seems useless
because then I just, there’s nothing I can
do with that envelope. It’s not a real address. So a bunch of you responded
and thank you guys so much for including all of
those different addresses. I was blown away,
there were so many. And if you want to include yours you can still go over
to my Facebook page and add your address to
the list of comments. Basically I’m just
going to go through and kind of randomly
pick some addresses. They could be US addresses
or international, it doesn’t matter. I’m just gonna, when
I need an address I’ll go and look at that
list and pick something out and then I’ll mail it off. So thank you guys so, so much
for including your addresses on that Facebook post. It’s really gonna help me out as I share more
of these envelopes in the coming up months and
you know years or whatever. So thank you guys
so much for that. So I’ve had a couple questions about mailing
envelopes like this like that have more of
a fancy writing on them. Will they be delivered
to their destination? Will they get there? Does it cost extra postage? Things like that. And some people have
said there’s no way that my post office
will deliver that. Well, the truth is I would
say 99% of post offices or international mail
carriers they will deliver addresses like this,
or envelopes like this. You just have to make sure that the address
is clearly written. If it’s a little bit
obscure or it’s hard to read that’s when you might have
the envelope returned to you. And you also need to make sure that you include extra postage. There are a few things that
make an envelope non-machinable and non-machinable means
that it cannot go through those machines that detect
or read like the zip code and the addresses,
things like that. Because it’s non-machinable they cost a little
bit more to send because an actual person
has to look at the zip code and the address and
make sure that envelope goes in the right direction. So there are a few
things you have to do when they’re non-machinable. And the US Post Office, I can’t speak for
like other countries, I just know the US Post
Office in particular, the US Post Office they
actually have stamps that are specifically for
non-machinable envelopes and they consider
non-machinable to be anything that’s oddly
sized or if it’s square. Because you think
about if it’s square those envelopes they won’t be
able to go into the machine because it could turn
the wrong direction. So if it’s square, oversized,
anything like that. Also some things in particular when it comes to doing
calligraphy or mail art if the address is
written at an angle and you’ll see that
in a minute here. I’m gonna do one at an angle. If the address is
written at an angle that makes it non-machinable
because it can’t read it. Also if it’s white letters
or type on a dark background, for example here, that
makes it non-machinable. Also if it’s just
not enough contrast between the envelope
color and the writing. So in the second example today I’m using kind of like a
medium to pale-blue envelope with white writing. So that contrast wouldn’t
be enough to be machinable even if it wasn’t
already non-machinable for having white writing. And also at an angle. So there are a few things that
make things non-machinable. But just because
it’s non-machinable doesn’t mean that it won’t
arrive at the destination. As long as you have the
correct amount of postage on the envelope
it will get there or at least it should. And if it doesn’t it
will be returned to you and then you can you know
put it into another envelope and just put a regular
address on the outside. I’ve done that I think
just twice over the years when I’ve sent
envelopes like this. I’ve only had that happen twice. And when I looked at
the envelope like, yeah okay that was kind of
a sketchy one to begin with. So I could kinda see why they
wouldn’t be able to read it and they might send it back. So you just have to be careful. Make sure everything is legible and put enough postage
on your envelope. Another reason, before I forget, why you would need extra postage is if you have a particularly
thick card or letter inside your envelope. Because if it’s too thick it won’t be able to go
through those machines either. So if you have a
really thick card, maybe you’ve put an
action wobbler on it or you’ve got lots of foam
tape or things like that, if it’s a little bit
on the thicker side and you’re kinda questioning
is this gonna be too thick? Just err on the safe side and put more postage
on your envelope and then that will ensure
that it gets there. So Ginger is another
viewer or subscriber who replied to my Facebook post so she included her address and I’m not sure if she’s
a college student or not. Maybe it kinda looks like it
might be a college address so I think that’ll be
kinda fun to send that off to someone’s dorm. But anyway, just
thought I would include this envelope as well. I did do a third envelope today with an international address but I don’t have it on video. Anyway, so my return address
I generally always put those on the back flap because
there’s a little bit more room and the post office and mail
carriers will look there for a return address. Just make sure you
have the postage stamp on the right side. So I’m going to be using
some fun postage stamps on these envelopes. And another question I
got in last week’s video was why would you
need so much postage? Why would you put
so many stamps? Well, like I mentioned earlier because these are non-machinable
they do need more postage and also I’d like to use
some unused vintage stamps just to add more character
and a little more color to the envelopes. So I technically didn’t
need this butterfly stamp on both of these envelopes. I put that butterfly
stamp on both. I didn’t really need them
but I just love how it looked and how it brought a little
pop of color to those corners. So those are my two
envelopes for today. I’m gonna go ahead and
write messages inside and then put them
inside the envelopes. And I love how this
one turned out. That metallic bronze envelope from Simon Says
Stamp is beautiful. The blue envelope is actually
an Audrey Blue Envelope from Simon Says Stamp as well and they both have these
little peel-off strips so you can peel off and
then stick the flap down. Thanks so much for
watching today’s video. I will be back very soon
with another card video and thanks for watching. (upbeat contemporary music)

100 thoughts on “Addressing Envelopes with Pointed Pen Calligraphy

  1. I love your addressing videos, and how your handlettering/calligraphy just adds another layer of personal touches to the card you are sending! They are so beautiful!

  2. These are gorgeous! As a side note, I'm not sure if white ink alone makes a letter non-machinable. At least, I can't find it on any of these USPS guidelines: http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/qsg300/Q201.pdf. I'm hoping it doesn't since I'm about to mail a bunch of wedding invites in white ink!!

  3. You are sooo awesome! Love these <3 I gotta say, you are getting me very interested in hand lettering. I've actually always had a thing for hand lettering and fonts… back when I was in high school I used to make these posters with people's names and things they liked but never thought about growing in that area but your videos are very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Your envelopes are gorgeous. Off the subject of calligraphy, I worked in Distance Education in NC for a time and my boss got a "card" one day from a buddy who was at the beach. It was about a foot long piece of driftwood that he made like a post card. It was very legible and the post office delivered it. We couldn't believe it. So you may have to pay more but as long as they can read it, they'll send it.

  5. I would have to put the whole thing, card & envelope into a manila envelope to send it so the card envelope couldn't get damaged!  Both are stunning works of art.  😉

  6. I was so excited to hear that you were starting an envelope series on You Tube! I took several classes in Mail Art in college. (I was a studio art major for 9 years). I so hope to learn calligraphy soon. Of course, I have wanted to try it for about 50 years or so! Maybe now is the time! Also, I am going to add my name to your Facebook page! Thank you again for such a lovely card!

  7. I love seeing you adressing envelopes
    In Germany we don't have the differentiation between machienable and non machineable, but our weight limits are really close to gether so with a really nice card and evelope you already could be in the next weight class.

  8. these are gorgeous.. I added my address to your list as well, so now you have another international one if you ever want to send it out.. 😀 😉
    Thanks for sharing your video with us, and I am gonna keep practicing my calligraphy again. its been a while since i used my pens..

  9. Really BEAUTIFUL! You make me want to get a P.O. Box! Also, reconsidering my calligraphy pens. 🙂

  10. Absolutely beautiful. I would LOVE to receive one of your gorgeous cards and envelopes to display in my craft room! TFS!

  11. i keep watching your video and i never get bored. love all your techniques and my daughter specially loves your nailpolish, everytime when i watch your videos she instantly replies "wow…this color is so gorgeous (in our regional language)… i hope one day i can see my address too…. 😍

  12. Your incredibly beautiful calligraphy notwithstanding, the information you provided about postage, placement guidelines, and US Postal Service operations was invaluable. You are truly a professional and an incredible gift to the crafting and card making community.

  13. I was a calligrapher for many years but sadly arthritis in my hands has made writing a chore instead of a pleasure. I love your work and enjoy watching you.

  14. Beautiful!!!! I just love the white!! I knew about the different stamps for non machine mail and I was so glad the post office told me that. Lol!! Can I ask where you find those amazing stamps?

  15. Thank you so much both card and your leetter are so very beautiful! I hope by some miracle to get to this greatness in card crafting and lettering!

  16. So very beautiful. I know some friends who would love to receive something like this. ? how many types of pens are there for Calligraphy? Hope you have a awesome day

  17. Beautiful! I never stress about having to add extra postage….small price to pay to send a work of art! It's not like I'm sending a bulk mailing. Thanks for all the great info.

  18. Dear K,

    I've had this question for a while and I feel like you're the one to ask. I did beautiful art, all myself, for my wedding invites and their envelopes. But when I got the RSVPs back the envelopes I did were covered in grime and dirt and stains, each differently dirty throughout the weeks I got them. I didn't think much of it until I got two of the unopened invites returned to me because the addresses were incorrect and they were way more filthy than the others. I was disappointed thinking that I spent hours making those envelopes and that they made their way to the people they belonged to so dirty. I'm not a picky person. I understand that scuffs will happen, but it looked to me more like what I sent wasn't handled correctly, just shoved through scanners and filing tools that haven't been cleaned or managed since they were installed. Some of the letters I did were unreadable and corners were bent and just overall smudges of grease and ink all over them.

    So I want to ask is this normal? You also make beautiful envelope art and letters and I just wonder if you had any friends receive them in this fashion or if it is something that only my post office has done? Did all that work on those envelopes come to nothing?

    Thanks!

  19. Love the look of these envelopes. I have had to put extra postage on several cards….slider, shaker etc because of the thickness. I have never tried an envelope with the names at an unusual angle. I may try that here as I have a couple of special cards to go out. Thanks for sharing. Love to watch you doing your letters.

  20. So Beautiful! Your lettering skills are to be envied … I have been watching some of your older videos today.. several in fact. like from 2009 … etc.. the comments sections were actually disabled on them. So finally I have a space to compliment you on ALL your beautiful work.. and thank you for sharing your skills… I am feeling very inspired! : D

  21. FYI my post office gave me a cardboard thing that has lines and measurements and also a slot so I can put the card thru the slot to know it will fit or I need additional postage

  22. When you are writing on a flat surface your oblique pen holder is the easiest to use for sure. The straight pen holder for calligraphy is best used on a light table where your paper writing surface is up on a 45° angle so you can see above what you are writing. That's how I learned the lettering technique.

  23. If anyone in Canada wants to try mail art or calligraphy, square envelopes, ones with angled writing, script writing, white writing or low contrast are JUST FINE!! NO extra charge! (Our postage is expensive enough!!) I swap art anywhere from 4-10 times a month mailing all sorts of sizes and shapes of envelopes to destinations all over the world. 
    I've never had a letter returned for more postage (that's what they do here) or because the address couldn't be read. And I've never had one get lost in the mail either. (Oh there was one to Brazil but that may have had nothing to do with it and it was the only one last year out of 60+ mailings) People send out hand calligraphed wedding invites all the time and they arrive just fine. 
    All you have to do is make sure your envelope fits between the measurements and weight allowed, apply the appropriate postage for your destination then any shape of envelope and any type of lettering is fine as long as it can be read. Even shaped postcards. You can even send weird fun stuff like soda pop bottles, flip flops, plastic Easter eggs etc if it fits within the package size parameters and postage can be permamently affixed!

  24. How long did it take your ink to dry? Especially on that shiny bronze envelope? I use fountain pens to write my letters but haven't used them on the envelopes because of the dry time, I am not a patient person when it comes to drying!

  25. Thank you SO much for the explanation about postage! I found the non-machinable butterfly stamp on the usps website and was able to order them right from their "store" tab. If you search under "butterfly stamp" it also explains other aspects that make an envelope non-machinable (although they didn't mention the white ink, so I'm glad YOU did!) I have learned SO much from watching you and Jennifer McGuire. Thank you SO, So much!!

  26. I tried to put my address on the back and the lady at the post office made me hold up the line and cover up my address on the back and re-write it on the front 🙁

  27. Your fancy calligraphy writing is way more legible than many people's printing or handwriting so I don't see why anyone would have a problem with this going through the mail.

  28. Beautiful.  I need to take a calligraphy class.  Would you offer an online class?  That would be fantastic.  Thanks for sharing…stay blessed.

  29. LOVE these GORGEOUS hand lettered calligraphy envelopes!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us, you're an amazing artist!!!

  30. What a beautiful card. The colors are just sweet. And the envelope is beautiful as usual. I wonder how long did it take you to learn calligraphy. I've seen you do it for years, and it's always been so beautiful <3

  31. Awesome video and tips!! Thank you for sharing and keep the great work!! 🙂 #CaligraphyMasters #KeepWriting

  32. So this idea is a little different from what you normally do, but I'm graduating from college this May and would love to see your take on a grad hat. Just what you might recommend/think is a interesting idea. I'm an IT major in the college of business so having some trouble thinking of what I want to put on there!

  33. As a tip for anyone thinking about sending mail art internationally: I sent about a hundred letters to my sister living in Japan from Finland. I tried all kinds of sizes, patterns, fonts and texts and none of the letters ever had any trouble being delivered. No extra cost or nothing. Once I even wanted to test the Japanese post and wrote the address in a spiral on a square envelope. Still no problem. Japanese post is gold.

  34. Your calligraphy is beautiful! Would love to receive an envelope from you. I will check out your FaceBook page and live my address.

  35. The post office charged me $2.69 for my card. Had to be hand stamped. I'd love to give you my address, but couldn't find the posting.

  36. I don't have FB but I would love to share my address with you! 🙂 Can I leave it in a mail or in the blog post for this video? Hugs from Sweden!

  37. I love these envelopes! You have some really awesome YouTube Videos! Is it possible to send you a handmade card? I'm sure mine won't look as good as yours does, but I do put my heart into them and I have a lot of fun making my home-made cards! Thanks again for sharing!

  38. So just a heads up I personally wrote out my wedding invitations on the brown craft envelopes with white pen and I didn't pay any extra postage and all mine got delivered and I live in California.

  39. Thank you so much for all the postal advice. I have been sending holiday envelopes out that must have needed help going through the machine. I will put extra postage on this year!

  40. Your handwriting is so beautiful, Kristina and you drew it (what seemed to be) so effortlessly. I have two questions: Being that I am left-handed, are there calligraphy pens like that one, that I can buy? And also, is that ink permanent ink? Thank you ahead of time.

  41. I think your mail art is so wonderful. I have started doing mail art myself and I love how it looks. I love that you use additional postage just because you like how it looks. Very cool.

  42. Absolutely inspiring! I'm going to join International Pen Friends and get a pen pal. The organization is celebrating 51 years. I can't wait to make some envelopes and stationary for my new pal because of your inspiring videos. Thank you so much for making these videos and ESPECIALLY for not having music over top of your voice… I can't tell you how many people put music over what they're teaching… it's ridiculous taking time to make an instructional video only to ruin it with music right over the instruction! I can't wait to see all of your videos. Thank you so much for sharing what you do with us! God bless you.

  43. I have been a professional calligrapher since 1983. I do not like this modern calligraphy. I find Copperplate the most beautiful script. Please try it I think you will love it!!!

  44. Thank you for explaining the rules of postage etc., I was wondering about it something fierce! (Yes, I'm commenting on a years old video, I know)

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