Greeting Cards


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Greeting cards are a great way for you to get interested in calligraphy.  There are so many simple projects you can do and writing greeting cards is a great start.  Greeting cards come in so many guises, for example; Christmas cards or Thanksgiving cards, Birthday cards, Wedding cards, Good Luck cards, Halloween cards, cards for Invitations, Get well cards, the list is endless!

There is always a great reason to get the calligraphy pen out.  You can even write beautiful calligraphy with a simple writing pen or pencil!

When buying greeting cards from a shop, remember to choose card that does not cause the ink to bleed, smudge or dry too slowly.  Try to avoid cheap cards that bend or warp with time. To start you off, draw very faint guidelines with a sharpened hard nibbed pen and ruler.  Don’t press the pencil nib too hard into the surface of the card, as this will leave imprints and cause the ink to pool into the crevices and this will affect your work.

A Simple Horizontal layout for writing on a greeting card.  The left and right margins are the same.  The top and bottom are equal too.  Your writing starts after the printed message.

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When buying greeting cards from a shop, remember to choose card that does not cause the ink to bleed, smudge or dry too slowly.  Try to avoid cheap cards that bend or warp with time. To start you off, draw very faint guidelines with a sharpened hard nibbed pen and ruler.  Don’t press the pencil nib too hard into the surface of the card, as this will leave imprints and cause the ink to pool into the crevices and this will affect your work. 

General Layout For Greeting Cards 

Draw a very faint margin where you would like your writing to start.  Remember to use a set square to ensure the guidelines are drawn perfectly horizontally and vertically to the edge of the card, which should be at 45 degrees from each other.

Writing Your Message

Cards are normally a vertical shape so leave a space between the printed message and where you would like your message to start.  The top margin and bottom margins should be about the same widths, with left and right margins slightly wider, but equal.

You may want to stagger some of the written lines for effect and you can get away with this with written calligraphy messages, but ensure the writing is about central from left to right, as this gives a nice balanced appearance.

Cards That Cause Ink To Run Or Bleed

You can cut out a simple rectangle shape from paper or colored card that is agreeable to calligraphy ink, and simply stick the paper with thin glue onto the greeting card where you would like to write your message.  Put another piece of paper on top and then smooth out the lumps and bumps and leave the greeting card to dry.  The paper is then ready for you to write on.  You can use different colored paper or card for effect.

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What Style Shall I Use For Writing Cards

Use a simple style of calligraphy at first, such as the Foundation Hand or Cursive Calligraphy style to start you off.  Use a calligraphy nib that is not too wide.  You can buy good quality calligraphy pens from any Art and Craft shop and they do not cost very much.  Use black or dark blue ink for your greeting scripts.  You can also experiment with swirls and patterns to set off you work, or some simple pictures or themes to make your artwork look effective.



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