Making cards: Christmas cards Hand lettering with transfer foil
It's that time of year again for me to make Christmas cards. Today I'm showing the first series of Christmas cards of 2018 that I made. I made cards with hand lettering and I used transfer foil for the finishing touches. Of course I will also explain how I made them :-).
First I start by explaining how to handletter Christmas cards and give some tips. Of course this could already be the end result :-). Secondly, I will explain how to easily apply transfer film to your card. For an extra special effect.
Hand lettering Christmas cards
- Paper, white
- Fineliner, black
Getting started with making hand-lettered Christmas cards
Step 1: First of all, I always look for inspiration on Pinterest for hand lettering. At my Pinterest about hand lettering you will find some examples.
Step 2: I make the first sketch and layout with pencil. Usually I am not so easily satisfied and an eraser is very useful ;-). I always first create a frame in which I want to place my entire text. I then divide the frame into smaller areas in which I indicate the place for the individual words.
Step 3: Now I'm going to sketch the individual words with a pencil. I make the individual words in different fonts. You will also find many good examples of different letters on Pinterest. What I always like most is that the words fit together a bit like puzzle pieces. So not too much white space between the words. You can also fill white spaces with images like I did with a Christmas branch, Christmas baubles, presents, Christmas candy and a Christmas bird.
Step 4: If it is to your liking, I trace the pencil lines with a black fineliner. Because hand lettering requires a lot of practice, it is often the case that I am not satisfied after tracing and that I start again at step 1 ;-). Allow the fineliner to dry and carefully erase the pencil lines. Then you are done and you can use the images on a Christmas card, but you can of course also continue with transfer foil :-).
Finish Christmas cards with transfer foil
- Thick paper, color as desired
- Laser printer (the foil technique does not work with an inkjet printer)
- Transfer foil suitable for laminating machine (I use Heidi Swapp Reactive Foil, but you can also use transfer foil from AliExpress, it works a little less well)
- Laminating device
- Washi tape
Step 5: After following steps 1 to 4, you have created your own hand-lettered images for your Christmas card. Scan this image at high resolution.
Step 6: Convert the image to black and white and try to make the image as smooth as possible in a computer program of your choice, by removing all incorrect lines and spots.
Step 7: Print your image on a laser printer (the technique does NOT work with an inkjet printer!). Choose thicker paper and a size of your choice. I usually make a cut-out of a card :-), so that one print is also a card. My cards are therefore slightly smaller than an A4, folded slightly smaller than an A5. This means they fit in a C5 envelope.
Step 8: Place the transfer foil on your print, secure one side of the transfer foil with washi tape. Take the side that goes through the laminator first. Run the print with the foil through the laminating machine a few times (for a detailed explanation, see earlier article: The craft tip of 2017: Transfer foil incl. video).
Step 9: Carefully remove the foil and admire the end result :-). You can now easily make as many cards as you want :-). Below are 4 different cards that I made.
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