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How to Letter A Valentine’s Day Card — For Beginners!

Valentine’s day is coming! I know, it’s SUCH an over-commercialised day. But I say boo to the nay-sayers. We can make it a great Valentine’s day without buying things that cost an arm and a leg — lettering is here to save the day!

Today, I’m going to be showing you how to letter your valentine’s day card and personalise it. Even if you’re a beginner at lettering, I promise you can do this!

The biggest problem with writing words as a beginner? It’s hard to be consistent. You’ve thick lines and thin lines of varying widths. The space between your letters goes a bit bonkers as well…

It makes lettering some for real feel like an insurmountable task!

But with the date a few short days away, we don’t have time to learn from scratch — and that’s where the Greetings Bundle comes in.

The Greetings Bundle is a new offering I have for you! It’s a set of traceable worksheets that say the same greeting (in this case, Happy Valentine’s Day), in three different styles: Plate for simple and formal — based off Copperplate, Whisk for the happy and bouncy, and High Fashion for a light, minimal look

The Plate lettering style is one of three featured in the Valentine’s Greetings Bundle.

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All you need for a Valentine’s Day card? These worksheets, card, some watercolours (or markers, water and a ziplock bag), and a brush pen!

From Traceable Worksheets to Cards

Start by practicing on the worksheets first. Get used to how the pens work. Practicing on worksheets is all fine and well, but if you’re pretty new to lettering, you probably don’t want to freehand it. Don’t worry, there is a way around that! All you need is some tracing paper and a light pad.

Trace an outline of your card on tracing paper. This is canvas space you have to fit your text in!

Slip your traceable worksheet under a sheet of tracing paper and arrange your text. In the photo up top, I’m using the Whisk style worksheet. It’s all spread out on a worksheet, but with some creative stacking, I can it nicely in an A5 sized card!

I prefer to letter the middle line — Valentine’s, here — on tracing paper, before moving the original worksheet to place the top and bottom lines.

But why tracing paper? Why not just copy directly on card paper with a light pad?

Margin of error, for one! You may not like the first version you come up with. If you letter directly onto your card, you are possibly wasting a lot of card paper before you get it right!

Tracing paper is cheaper and it also makes making edits easier. Simply grab another sheet of tracing paper, put it over the first version, and make your adjustments.

Personalising Your Card

When you get a version you really like, then it’s time to get painting! You can always letter first then paint after, but be sure to use a waterproof brush pen like the Kuretake Zig Brushables in that case!

If not, grab your lightpad, tape down your final version, and put your card over that. Then you can get to painting! There are many different things you can do to personalise your card, but the simplest is a watercolour wash — check out the cleanest way to watercolour wash and 3 slightly messier methods.

Just pick the favourite colours of your giftee and you’re good to go!

You can make it more Valentine-friendly by turning any of the washes into hearts. Just use a heart-shaped piece of plastic for the plastic bag method, or create a water heart on the paper before dropping colour into it and swirling it around!

All the watercolour backgrounds you see here are made with those methods!

Are you ready to do some letter lovin’? Get your Greetings Bundle today! If you get the Bundle with any art digital print or card, use the promo code VDAY25OFF at checkout for a 25% discount!

Happy lettering and Happy Valentine’s Day in advance!

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