handlettered card: join me love

As I’ve written about before, I really love looking at handlettered art. So far I’ve dabbled with faux calligraphy, but hadn’t made the leap to handlettering cards yet… until now! I think it’s important to try new things, even if they likely won’t turn out amazing right away – it really is the only way to learn.

The biggest revelation to me was the difference a good brush can make. I have literally never owned “good” brushes, I had the same ones I got sometime in elementary school. It just didn’t really occur to me to buy new ones, somehow? However, I wanted to try more detailed designs and needed a smaller brush; and that’s how I stumbled across different brushes from rico design. Now I’m super stoked to try more handlettering!

I wanted to get a pretty camera cutting die – I knew it would be a shape I’d like to use a lot for art journalling as well as cards. The best one I could find in terms of size and realistic looks is this one from Kaisercraft. When buying cutting dies I’m always thinking about how versatile they will be: how likely am I to use a shape often and for how many different occasions? I don’t want to end up with too many very specific dies, to me they would likely start to feel like clutter & overwhelm me. But in this case, it felt like a perfect match! I used different types of shimmering cardstock to cut the shapes; and added the photo cutout for little bit of dimension & interest.

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