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Addressing Envelopes with Pointed Pen Calligraphy

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– [Kristina] Hi everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another video at my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m resurrecting that card you can see on screen and I’ll have a link up too in the top corner of this video if you wanna see how that card was made. I’m going to be creating an envelope for this card. I’m going to address it using some calligraphy and I’m also going to do another envelope as well. But I’ll talk about that when we get there. So this envelope is actually a metallic bronze envelope from Simon Says Stamp and I’m going to be using some Dr.

Ph. Martin’s Pen White to address this envelope to my friend Jessica. When you use Penn White ink with a calligraphy pen or a nib or anything like that you do want to dilute it just a little bit. This ink tends to be a little bit on the thicker side so I find that just putting in a couple drops of water like the water I have in this blue bottle here is the perfect amount just to dilute it a little bit. And because I don’t have some special stirrer on hand I just used my Tim Holtz Craft Pick just to stir up that ink with the water until I got it to a consistency that worked.

And I could just use a baby wipe or a paper towel to clean off that craft pick. So like I said before I’m going to do a little bit of calligraphy on this envelope and because I don’t want any of my writing to interfere with where the postage stamps will be I just put a little strip of white Post-it tape that’ll mark off the area. I’m using this pointed pen nib to do the calligraphy today and I’ll have the exact one that I’m using linked down in the video description as well as in the supply section at my blog. And I’m using an oblique pen holder as well and when it’s an oblique pen holder that means it has kind of like that bend where the nib is attached.

And I find that I really prefer using this over a straight-handled pen holder because just the angle of it gets my writing and my hand or whatever out of the way so I can see what I’m doing a little bit more. So I really do prefer to use an oblique pen holder for this and I’m just gonna go ahead and address this envelope to my friend Jessica.

I’ve met Jessica I think once or twice in person and I love her to death. She actually responded to a question over at my Facebook page. I asked a bunch of you if you had any PO Box addresses or mailing addresses or any address that you would feel comfortable sharing online and if you had one to leave it in a comment because I was looking for some addresses to use for videos, for videos and Instagram posts and things like that. I just really wanted to use real addresses for these envelopes because I want to send it off, I want to mail it out and I didn’t wanna use any fake names or addresses anymore. I’ve done that a couple times in the past and it just seems useless because then I just, there’s nothing I can do with that envelope.

It’s not a real address. So a bunch of you responded and thank you guys so much for including all of those different addresses. I was blown away, there were so many. And if you want to include yours you can still go over to my Facebook page and add your address to the list of comments. Basically I’m just going to go through and kind of randomly pick some addresses. They could be US addresses or international, it doesn’t matter. I’m just gonna, when I need an address I’ll go and look at that list and pick something out and then I’ll mail it off. So thank you guys so, so much for including your addresses on that Facebook post. It’s really gonna help me out as I share more of these envelopes in the coming up months and you know years or whatever. So thank you guys so much for that. So I’ve had a couple questions about mailing envelopes like this like that have more of a fancy writing on them.

Will they be delivered to their destination? Will they get there? Does it cost extra postage? Things like that. And some people have said there’s no way that my post office will deliver that. Well, the truth is I would say 99% of post offices or international mail carriers they will deliver addresses like this, or envelopes like this. You just have to make sure that the address is clearly written. If it’s a little bit obscure or it’s hard to read that’s when you might have the envelope returned to you.

And you also need to make sure that you include extra postage. There are a few things that make an envelope non-machinable and non-machinable means that it cannot go through those machines that detect or read like the zip code and the addresses, things like that. Because it’s non-machinable they cost a little bit more to send because an actual person has to look at the zip code and the address and make sure that envelope goes in the right direction. So there are a few things you have to do when they’re non-machinable. And the US Post Office, I can’t speak for like other countries, I just know the US Post Office in particular, the US Post Office they actually have stamps that are specifically for non-machinable envelopes and they consider non-machinable to be anything that’s oddly sized or if it’s square.

Because you think about if it’s square those envelopes they won’t be able to go into the machine because it could turn the wrong direction. So if it’s square, oversized, anything like that. Also some things in particular when it comes to doing calligraphy or mail art if the address is written at an angle and you’ll see that in a minute here. I’m gonna do one at an angle. If the address is written at an angle that makes it non-machinable because it can’t read it. Also if it’s white letters or type on a dark background, for example here, that makes it non-machinable. Also if it’s just not enough contrast between the envelope color and the writing.

So in the second example today I’m using kind of like a medium to pale-blue envelope with white writing. So that contrast wouldn’t be enough to be machinable even if it wasn’t already non-machinable for having white writing. And also at an angle. So there are a few things that make things non-machinable. But just because it’s non-machinable doesn’t mean that it won’t arrive at the destination. As long as you have the correct amount of postage on the envelope it will get there or at least it should. And if it doesn’t it will be returned to you and then you can you know put it into another envelope and just put a regular address on the outside. I’ve done that I think just twice over the years when I’ve sent envelopes like this. I’ve only had that happen twice. And when I looked at the envelope like, yeah okay that was kind of a sketchy one to begin with. So I could kinda see why they wouldn’t be able to read it and they might send it back.

So you just have to be careful. Make sure everything is legible and put enough postage on your envelope. Another reason, before I forget, why you would need extra postage is if you have a particularly thick card or letter inside your envelope. Because if it’s too thick it won’t be able to go through those machines either. So if you have a really thick card, maybe you’ve put an action wobbler on it or you’ve got lots of foam tape or things like that, if it’s a little bit on the thicker side and you’re kinda questioning is this gonna be too thick? Just err on the safe side and put more postage on your envelope and then that will ensure that it gets there. So Ginger is another viewer or subscriber who replied to my Facebook post so she included her address and I’m not sure if she’s a college student or not.

Maybe it kinda looks like it might be a college address so I think that’ll be kinda fun to send that off to someone’s dorm. But anyway, just thought I would include this envelope as well. I did do a third envelope today with an international address but I don’t have it on video. Anyway, so my return address I generally always put those on the back flap because there’s a little bit more room and the post office and mail carriers will look there for a return address.

Just make sure you have the postage stamp on the right side. So I’m going to be using some fun postage stamps on these envelopes. And another question I got in last week’s video was why would you need so much postage? Why would you put so many stamps? Well, like I mentioned earlier because these are non-machinable they do need more postage and also I’d like to use some unused vintage stamps just to add more character and a little more color to the envelopes. So I technically didn’t need this butterfly stamp on both of these envelopes. I put that butterfly stamp on both. I didn’t really need them but I just love how it looked and how it brought a little pop of color to those corners. So those are my two envelopes for today. I’m gonna go ahead and write messages inside and then put them inside the envelopes. And I love how this one turned out. That metallic bronze envelope from Simon Says Stamp is beautiful.

The blue envelope is actually an Audrey Blue Envelope from Simon Says Stamp as well and they both have these little peel-off strips so you can peel off and then stick the flap down. Thanks so much for watching today’s video. I will be back very soon with another card video and thanks for watching. (upbeat contemporary music).

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