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Friday, April 24, 2020

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Template

Use your own hand lettering and doodles to create custom postcards to send to loved ones!

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

I don't know about you, but I love receiving mail from friends. "Snail mail" doesn't happen too often anymore, so we are bringing it back with some Hand Lettered Postcards! During this time of staying at home, I think it’s the perfect time to send notes to connect with our friends and family. Plus, it's a fun way to teach kids to not only write letters, but how to write an address and place a stamp.


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Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

My good friend, Amy Latta, just released her newest book, Express Yourself Hand Lettering Workbook for Kids! It's such a fun book for kids (and kids at heart) who are new to hand lettering and doodling. Amy’s clear instructions introduce lettering techniques that kids ages 10 and up can pick up quickly, and they’ll be inspired to draw for hours, which is perfect for making a bunch of adorable postcards!

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

To get started, print out the postcard template printable on a thicker cardstock. If you plan on mailing the postcards, be sure that the paper thickness is around an 80 lb cardstock. There are two postcards on a page, complete with address lines. Cut them both out carefully using a paper trimmer.


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*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

Use some scrap paper and take your time to practice writing and drawing. When you come up with a saying you like, and/or a drawing to go with it, draw it out in pencil. Try not to get discouraged if they aren't perfect! My best tip is to remember that hand lettering takes practice, and to have fun with it.

Because we are so new to lettering, my daughter and I were a little nervous to draw right on the postcards at first. We came up with a little "cheat". Draw rectangles the same size as the postcards, and draw your design to those. It's okay if it's messy and imperfect. Tape the finished design to the Cricut Brightpad.

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

Now, place your cardstock postcard on top of the design and tape it down so it doesn't shift while you're tracing. Use Brilliant Brush Markers add color to your design and to help you get those thick and thin stroke lines in your lettering.

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

Carefully remove the postcard from the Brightpad and add any other doodle elements to your postcard! Have fun and get creative!

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

Turn the postcard over to write your message and address, and place a stamp for mailing. These postcards are a different, but fun way of talking to family and friends that we can't see very often anymore.

Plus, it's actually a clever way to get kids writing! Kids will learn to compose a letter, and how to write out an address. For reluctant writers, it's less overwhelming to write a few sentences instead of filling up an entire page. Plus they might get a postcard in return, which is great motivation for writing!

Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Postcard Template

Wouldn't you love receiving these colorful postcards in the mail? We are going to make up a whole bunch to send to all of our family and friends that we've been missing. I hope we inspired you to make some hand lettered postcards yourself, and as always, I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram and Facebook, and leave a comment or photo on my project pin!

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Hand Lettered Postcards with Free Printable Template

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