“Abundant Gratitude” Hand-Lettered Thank You Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
4d ago
This hand-lettered thank you card features plenty of contrast, florals, and a few well-placed pearls. Next time you have both an abundance of gratitude and time, try your hand at this floral hand-lettered thank you card tutorial! It’s not a quick project, but the gorgeous effect is worth the effort. For those who admire this motif but are short on time, a printed card set made from the “abundant gratitude” design is available here. The Abundant Gratitude Thank You Cards + Envelope Set Balancing time is a challenge for anyone, especially when you want to express gratitude with a personal touch ..read more
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How to Write Calligraphy on Agate
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1w ago
If you’re looking for a unique place card or label card concept (or a fun new material to draw doodles on), try agate. Writing calligraphy on agate combines the rustic charm of natural stone with the elegance of hand-lettering, creating eye-catching pieces perfect for events or home decor. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to choose the right agate slices, how to prepare them, and how to decorate them with durable ink strokes. Before We Get Started: 20% Off TPK’s Intermediate Calligraphy Course Today’s tutorial is for calligraphers who are above a beginner level. It involves writing ..read more
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Paper Feathers Tutorial: Bookmark + a Gorgeous Garland
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2w ago
I’m in the thick of writing a book about calligraphy, and I work on intricate projects for it nearly daily. While I’ve been enjoying that project creation, I needed a palette cleanser: something simple and pretty. These versatile paper feathers are just what the doctor ordered. They’re easy to create, endlessly customizable, and useful for a variety of projects. Today, I’ll walk you through two paper feather projects and provide you with a free printable template. Before We Get Started: A Feathered Weekend Treat If you enjoy bird-themed art (and who doesn’t?), then you’re going to love today ..read more
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3 Ways to Use a Crowquill Nib
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by Lindsey Bugbee
3w ago
In the 19th century, the steel crowquill nib made its debut, offering a low-maintenance replacement for the feathers it’s modeled after. These small, cylindrical nibs are perfect for creating ultra-fine lines that are ideal for various applications. Today, I’m showing you three ways to use a crowquill nib: crafting a letter with a personal touch, making wispy sketches, and producing detailed crosshatched art. Before We Get Started: $5 Easter Gift Expires Tonight Last weekend was Easter, and TPK is still celebrating! You can use the code HOP2IT to receive $5 off any Digital Catalog order throu ..read more
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Quick + Stunning Gilded Gift Tags Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
3w ago
Whether you’re a fan of video tutorials or prefer reading through the steps at your own pace, I’ve got you covered with both options. Today’s luxurious gilded gift tags will elevate your gifts and introduce you to the joy and simplicity of working with gold foil. We’ll start with simple supplies like DIY watercolor tags and your choice of ink and nib, sprinkle in some gorgeous gold flakes, and tie it all together with a ribbon or thread. This quick and delightful project is perfect for adding a personal, glamorous touch to any gift! Before We Get Started: Last Day for 15% Off Oblique Pens In t ..read more
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About “George Style” Lettering + a Free Exemplar
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1M ago
You can find this 13-page worksheet set in the TPK Digital Catalog. I was recently asked which TPK hand-lettering style is best for beginners. Without a doubt, it’s the George. With its simple, easy-to-understand letter formations, making George Style lettering allows new hand-letterers to foster a love for the art from the very beginning. This month, TPK is celebrating eight years of George Style lettering with a free uppercase exemplar, a mini tutorial, and plenty of photo inspiration! Angular George Style lettering and flowing Janet Style calligraphy complement each othe ..read more
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Hand-Lettered Gatefold Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1M ago
This sturdy gatefold birthday card features a sash with a reinforced paper monogram. I love coming up with new handmade birthday card concepts, and this stately piece is one of my favorites! The outside features a plain card stock body that is held together by an elegant monogrammed sash. When you open the flaps of the card, hand-lettering ensures that the inside is anything but plain. 1. Gather Your Supplies Before you begin creating this card, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. Scroll down to see my supply list (and feel free to make substitutions to accommodate what you ha ..read more
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Five Fresh Handmade Gift Tag Ideas
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2M ago
Gift tags often play second fiddle to the wrapped gifts they accompany, but the handmade gift tag ideas in today’s tutorial flip the script! These five simple tutorials will help you to give gifts that have a refreshingly creative presentation for birthdays, baby showers, holidays, and beyond. 1. Chalkboard Gift Tag This is a simple, vintage-inspired gift tag that looks particularly good when paired with packages wrapped in kraft paper. Supplies: Black cardstock (affiliate link), scissors, white mechanical pencil, Bleed Proof white ink, your preferred pointed pen nib + holder, and string 1 ..read more
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? Festive and Quick Watercolor Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2M ago
This week presented a conundrum: I didn’t have a lot of time, but I wanted to make a card for someone who is celebrating her birthday this weekend. While efficiency often isn’t my strong suit, I promised myself I’d develop with a (truly) quick watercolor birthday card concept. Today’s card tutorial — which looks like a birthday party in and of itself — showcases what I came up with. It features an untamed paint pattern, rampant greetings, sparkly stars, and festive swirls. Below, you’ll find the simple instructions for making it. 1. Gather Your Supplies You’ll need a tidy set of supplies to w ..read more
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Watercolor Initial DIY Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2M ago
If you were anything like me when you were a kid, then you probably wished for the coolest new toy for your birthday. Cards just came with the gift; they were largely ignored. In adult life, however, we tend to value time more than things. That’s why it’s so gratifying to receive a DIY birthday card: you know that whoever sent it spent a considerable chunk of care and energy crafting the card, thinking of you all the while! In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a pretty watercolor birthday card concept that centers around the recipient’s initial. 1. Gather Your Supplies To ..read more
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