Holiday Calligraphy Exchange | Norfolk Virginia Calligraphy

Christmas Calligraphy Cards | Allocco Design and Crafts

T-Minus 3 days, 1 hour and 35 minutes until Christmas! I love Christmas. I love the music, traditions, magic, love, family, snow, cookies, movies, Jesus, serenity, bustle, lights, pine smell, crisp air, pannetone. The holiday season is so special to me and I’m trying to cherish the few days I have left before 2016. It was a treat to add what will certainly be a Christmas tradition–participating in a holiday calligraphy exchange.

It’s great to get snail mail. But Christmas snail mail?! It’s the best around. I got a Mele Kalikimaka card, a baby Jesus card and other cards from around the world. What a neat way to spread holiday cheer across the globe! For the past two exchanges, I knew early on what I wanted my cards and envelopes to look like. I take Christmas very seriously and it took me a lonnggg time to finally get to the theme of these cards: Whoville and the Grinch.

Christmas Grinch Calligraphy Cards | Allocco Design and Crafts

Christmas Grinch Calligraphy Cards | Allocco Design and Crafts

I had an overzealous idea for these cards. There was going to be green hair. Green grinch hair (aka painted cotton balls). And remember those little pull/push tabs in kids books that revealed something else? My push tab was going to make a Grinch’s heart grow three times in size behind a glittery X-ray screen. Turns out you can’t really dye cotton balls… and the range of motion I needed for my push tabs was too large for my envelopes. Not to mentioned, each one would take for.ever to make and I had to create seven of them! So I scrapped my fuzzy cards and settled for some simple/modern Grinchy cards and kept my message short and sweet…

“May the joy of this Christmas season cause your heart to swell three times in size.”

Custom Calligraphy Christmas Card | Allocco Design and Crafts

Christmas Card Design | Allocco Design and Crafts

While I had to compromise on my cards a bit, my envelopes turned out just the way I wanted them to. Confession. My envelopes were made out of Trader Joe’s Christmas bags. I am Trader Joe’s biggest fan and I use their Christmas bags for crafts and cards every year. This year’s design was fun and nostalgic with a touch of whimsy. I constructed my envelopes and lined them with some fancy red metallic paper from Paper Source (shocker). I wrote the names in Blackletter with a Speedball C-3 nib and the addresses in Copperplate with either a Hunt 101 or Gillott 204 nib, all written in Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White. I broke out a new Hunt 101 for these envelopes, but it was a dud, my ink kept pooling on my upstrokes so I switched to the Gillott. The Hunt 101 went to my nib graveyard and has been replaced with a new functioning Hunt 101.

Christmas Envelopes | Allocco Design and Crafts

Christmas Calligraphy Envelopes | Allocco Design and Crafts

P.S. Addresses have been covered by reindeer and Christmas trees for privacy reasons/exchange policy. But mostly because no one needs a Christmas stalker.

I added some sparkle to the exterior of the envelopes using red glitter embossing powder and my heat embosser. There was glitter everywhere. It ended up in my sheets, on the carpet, on my clothes and on my face. I think it was worth it. Lately I’ve been a five year old who wants everything to be magical and these envelopes fit the bill.

Heat Embossed Calligraphy Envelopes | Allocco Design and Crafts

Speaking of magical things. Can we talk for a second about my new pen holder? Eeeeee I love it so much. I had it custom made by Ashley Bush of and she did an amazzzzzinnnggg job. 100% handmade and painted. I like to think of it as my magic calligraphy wand (8 3/4 inches with a core of dragon heartstring).

Anyway. Merry Christmas, all! Enjoy time with family, friends and cookies. I truly wish you a joyful season, the kind of joy that makes your heart grow!

Christmas Card Exchange | Allocco Design and Crafts

Fahoo fores, dahoo dores, Welcome Christmas, come this way, Fahoo fores, dahoo dores beep bop boop beep.