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Offline emmarose329

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Guidelines for envelopes?
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:05:05 PM »
Hello lovely calligraphers!

I joined Flourish Forum mostly to learn more about calligraphy in anticipation of addressing my save the date and invitation envelopes. One of my stumbling points is now figuring out the scale of the letters- I've purchased a few guideline templates from the Postman's Knock (where I started my calligraphy journey) and have been using a Lettermate but every time I complete a practice A7 envelope, my text seems SO LARGE in comparison to what I've seen here and on Youtube and Instagram!

Does anyone have suggestions or links to existing guideline templates? Any advice is helpful!

Thank you!

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 09:41:34 AM »
Does anyone have suggestions or links to existing guideline templates? Any advice is helpful!

Thank you!
@emmarose329

Sure.
type the word guidelines into the search box at the top right of the page and you will get all sorts of posts that discuss guidelines and links to guideline generators.

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 12:22:29 PM »
I make my own lines/rules with either a rolling ruler (and white/light, easily-erased pencil) or use a laser level from Home Depot Black & Decker has one for $14

Hope that's helpful!

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
I make my own lines/rules with either a rolling ruler (and white/light, easily-erased pencil) or use a laser level from Home Depot Black & Decker has one for $14

Hope that's helpful!
Like this?
http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=3890.msg54210#msg54210

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 04:20:11 AM »
Maybe you like one of these guide sheets for envelopes:

http://anintran.com/guide-sheets

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 06:07:35 AM »
Thankyou for sharing this @Simone Lettering. I surely needed it. :D
Keep writing, Ash
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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 07:51:45 AM »
Glad I could help  :) @ash0kgiri

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 01:56:51 PM »
I would get a piece of paper, then cut it to your envelope size, and experiment.
Try different heights for the address and return address, till you feel comfortable with a particular height.
For me, it is really what the finished product looks like.  I don't really care that what I do may not match what I see on the internet, because everyone has their own opinion.  It has to look good and balanced to ME, or in your case to YOU. 
Example, the standard guidelines may use a 4 or 5mm spacing, but you may find that you like a 4.5mm spacing.  So use a 4.5mm spacing.
And don't be afraid of using different heights, I use one height for the return address and a larger height for the recipients address.
I have also seen several envelopes where the recipients name on the address is taller than the rest of the address, and it looked good.

Tip:  Keep a set of alternate recipients guideline in your pocket
- For people with LONG names, where you have to write smaller than usual to fit their name in the space you have. 
- Or where you may have to put their names on 2 lines.
Gary

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2017, 04:20:44 AM »
Thanks for your tips @garyn  :D
You are so right it is a personal preference!

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2017, 01:11:00 AM »
Simone

The problem that I have is I do not have the experience and only seeing but a small fraction of what you experienced people do and see.
So I tend to be more self limiting simply because I don't know the other options out there.

That is what happens when one has too many hobbies, each fighting for time.   :-\
Gary

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 07:52:55 AM »
Simone

The problem that I have is I do not have the experience and only seeing but a small fraction of what you experienced people do and see.
So I tend to be more self limiting simply because I don't know the other options out there.

That is what happens when one has too many hobbies, each fighting for time.   :-\

Well, I'm not that experienced with writing envelopes either.
Enjoy all your hobbies  :D

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 08:29:46 AM »
@AnasaziWrites  EXACTLY like that!
It's awesome to work with :)

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2017, 06:57:51 PM »
Thank you all so much!

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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 12:25:05 PM »
The Alvin No. 312 12" rolling parallel ruler works well for me.

http://www.alvinco.com/Shop/Products.aspx?IID=16009
« Last Edit: April 27, 2017, 12:28:14 PM by Tasmith »
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Re: Guidelines for envelopes?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2017, 01:02:12 PM »
Perhaps this can be used to 'invisibly' rule your envelopes?

https://www.amazon.com/Noodlers-Bulletproof-Ghost-Invisible-Fountain/dp/B000WJ1MJC
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