Quasi-Crafty: Thrifty Calligraphy and Stamping Return Addresses

I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I am not a crafty bride.  I don’t have a stash of markers, hole punches, and tissue paper.  I definitely do not own a glue gun.  Yet, despite these limitations, occasionally I find myself wanting to recreate the gorgeous details of weddings that fill the blog world.  Enter the world of Quasi-Crafty projects.  Somewhat akin to a boxed cake-mix, these projects require little skill yet yield surprisingly close results to the real thing (and at lower cost!).   This weekly post will provide how-to’s to some of my own crafts & highlight those from other real weddings.  

Stamping (Return) Addresses

Let’s say that you love calligraphy. L.O.V.E. it.  The traditional choice is to have someone hand-write your lovely invites.  However, at $1.50/return address, you’re looking at $150+ for 100 invites.  If you add-on return addressing for your R.S.V.P.’s that amount doubles to $300.  Ouch!  

At this point you have a few options: learn to write calligraphy by yourself (the diy kit will run you around $20-30 on Amazon) and hope for the best.  Personally, I don’t recommend it.  My attempts turned out something like this

 A better option?  Enter the personalized, calligraphy stamp!  

Stamp by Calligraphy by Hillary

Stamp by Calligraphy by Hillary

Calligraphy by Hillary on Etsy offers this stamp for a reasonable $40.  We actually opted for the self-inking stamp from Love to Create Stamps for the ultimate in convenience.  A couple of hours of stamping (I recommend while watching Glee…) or so of stamping is all that stands between you and this beautiful result:

Finished Envelope by Calligraphy by Hillary

Finished Envelope by Calligraphy by Hillary

Feeling fancy? Kelle Anne McCarter at Designsgirl creates beautiful works of art.  Each stamp comes complete with a custom door knob and makes a beautiful desk ornament when you’re not using it.  Another fun touch is to stamp in a color other than black – pink, blue, purple, etc. would all be beautiful!

crystal door knob calligraphy stamp

Crystal Door Knob Calligraphy Stamp by DesignsGirl

Designs Girl Calligraphy Stamp in Pink

Designs Girl Calligraphy Stamp in Pink

With a $250+ savings you’ll have enough left over to cover the costs of postage for your invites AND a medium-size bridal bouquet AND your Maid-of-Honor’s Bouquet!  Or you could spend the $260 to cover 4 small-to-medium florist made centerpieces – win!

What would you spend the extra $260 on?

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4 thoughts on “Quasi-Crafty: Thrifty Calligraphy and Stamping Return Addresses

  1. I’d like the record to reflect that I did offer to address the envelopes, and they would have turned out slightly better than the example you used 🙂

    -Love you

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