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How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering | VIDEO

Brush marker lettering is EVERYwhere these days isn’t it?  On billboards, TV ads, in magazine, on business cards, in bullet journals… And what’s even better?  It’s fun and easy lettering for everyone to learn!  Including you!

Take a peek at my short video to see my brush marker lettering in action then watch me make this simple thank you card.

Let Me Show You EASY PEASEY How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Every week, I pick one product to showcase.  Then I get to play with it all week to show you how you can use it in different ways.  It can be stamps, paper, embellishment or a cool tool. 

And I’m super excited to share this week’s feature. Stampin’ Write Markers.  My FAVOURITIST tool from Stampin’ Up!  Ones I use EVERY day.

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

No kidding, it’s a pretty rare crafting day when I don’t reach for at least ONE of my Many Marvelous Stampin’ Write markers.  I love to letter with colours coordinating exactly with my cards and gift projects.

Like with the Melon Mambo, Powder Pink and Basic Black in these quick thank you cards.  

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And YOU can learn how too!

Take my Lowercase Brush Lettering for Papercrafters online class!

All it takes is one Stampin’ Write Marker and about an hour of your time to pick up the basics with my detailed videos.

Get out your supplies so you can play along!

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering
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How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Did you watch it?

Pretty quick isn’t it? And very DO-ABLE! With just a bit of practice you can also be designing cards, journals, gifts and scrapbook pages with your own brush marker lettering.

Here are the measurements so you can make the card in the video.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11, scored at 5 1/2″
  • How Sweet It Is DSP – strip 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • ribbon – about 10″ long to make a bow (about 6″ for a strip along the bottom)

Here’s another version with baker’s twine along the bottom and two narrower strips. Which one appeals to you more?

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Shading TIPS

  • Don’t worry about getting your shading EXACTLY the same. These are hand lettered and original pieces of art.
  • Choose to shade either to the left OR to the right of your letters. Switching back and forth on the same word will lose the effect.
  • For a more neutral shading, try using a light gray or taupe. Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate are great choices.
  • Opt for contrasting colours for a different feel. Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo would be fabulous together for a cheerful birthday greeting.

Shading is just one way you can fancy up your lettering. This was another cool way I happened up completely by accident!

Here are my top design tips when you use your own letters as the focal point of your card.

Jo’s Design Tips for Brush Lettering Cards

  • choose only one word to emphasize with your brush letters
  • if necessary, very lightly pencil in a line so your letters are straight. But really the charm of this lettering is its playfulness so straight isn’t necessary at all!😜
  • any other words look wonderful written in your own handwriting in the same colour or a contrasting one TIP: use the handy built-in bullet tip of your Stampin’ Write marker
  • let your lettering take centre stage – keep embellishment simple with rhinestones, ribbon and paper

VIDEO: How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

This one features my second level lettering style with connectors between letters. But look how a fun polka dot background and some glittery ribbon adds pizzazz!

New VIDEO: How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Are you ready to give this lettering a try? Start NOW with my fun online class. A quick click will get you started!

Lowercase Brush Letters for Papercrafters

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you found a bit of ink-spiration to jump-start your creativity. Be sure to check back often. Besides this post on how to shade brush marker lettering, I’ve got all kinds of ideas to keep your paper crafting fresh and fun!

Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers | Facebook Live Replay

I’m excited to share my Facebook Live replay to show you why I think Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush pens for beginner letterers. And I’ve got a fun project to show how to make your own cute & quick gift bags.

In case you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, I come live to you usually every Wednesday at 4:30 MST on my Design with Jo business page. I also have fun and exclusive PopUp lives on my Design with Jo VIPeeps group. Everyone is welcome to join in!

So what are we making today?

Why I Think These Are the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Isn’t it cute? And it takes only MINUTES to make once you’ve taken my brush marker lettering class. Plus I’ve got a fun little twist on these letters you won’t want to miss in my video.

Do YOU want to learn how to brush letter like this too? A couple simple clicks and let’s get you going!

Maybe you want to see me letter first? Take a peek.

Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers

So why do I think the Stampin’ Writes are the best brush markers for beginner letterers?

  • Better control – the brush tip is not so flexible – and not too firm – so you get to be the master of it sooner
  • Brush size – the length of the brush tip is shorter than some other markers so you can control the thicknesses of your strokes
  • Dual tips – the fine tip end can tidy up any straggly ends and add polish to your letters
  • Colour choice – Stampin’ Write markers are available in every Stampin’ Up colour to seamless match your paper crafted projects

Look how glossy and cool these letters are on this bag.

Why Are Stampin Write Markers the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Get the Goods

Here’s everything I used for Sophia’s fun bag. You probably have these items at home. If not, a simple click is all it takes to get you to my 24-7 online store to add them to your stash of supplies.

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Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers
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Time to Pick!

Which is your favourite project I made today? This cute mini gable box?

Have Fun with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

The bag for Judy from the video?

Facebook Live Replay: Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Or Brady’s party bag?

Quick & Easy Bags with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Leave me a comment and let me know. I love to hear from you and make special effort to reply to every one of you.

Ok, let’s get you started with your own brush marker lettering. Give me an hour and you’ll be well on your way!

Make a Cool Bag with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

If you haven’t already taken a peek at the video, scroll back up and spend a few minutes. Once you see how quickly you can decorate a gift bag with your own lettering, think of all the possibilities! Birthdays, Christmas, graduations…just about any celebration.

I do truly believe Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush markers for beginner letterers – give them a shot today with my online class!

Make a Simple Holiday Card with Brush Marker Lettering

Make a simple holiday card with brush marker lettering and a Stampin’ Write marker.  Take my Basic Brush Lettering for Papercrafters online class and you CAN dress up your holiday greetings in your own style.

Then colour it up and add some fun glitz and glamour with the Making Christmas Bright stamps and your stamp pad refills.

Let’s see it.

Create Bright Lightbulbs and Make a Simple Holiday Card

Isn’t that new Poppy Parade red to die for?  With a little more orange than Real Red and brighter than Cherry Cobbler, it’s a red I HAD to add into my collection.

Plus what’s not to like about perfectly matched brush marker letters and cardstock?  And shiny, dimensional lightbulbs?

Let’s take a closer peek before I tell you how to achieve those glitzy bulbs.

Make a Simple Holiday Card to WOW This Year

Brush marker lettering is fun and easy to learn.  With just a bit of practice you’ll be able to WOW your family and friends with your hand lettered Christmas cards.

YES, you can learn this in time for Christmas with my online class, Lowercase Brush Marker Lettering for Papercrafters.  What’s all you need?

  • A Stampin’ Write marker in the colour of your choice
  • Some graph paper (or why not use our Grid Paper?)
  • A pencil and a ruler
  • a few hours of time

That’s it!  Oh, and my five step-by-step videos and full colour pdfs and guide sheets.  I’ve got you fully covered so you won’t miss a thing.

Get them here or by clicking the button below.

Make a Simple Holiday Card


Here’s a simple trick to make your own version of these fun lightbulbs.

  1. Gloss them up by mixing together a drop of your ink refill colour and a drop of your Fine Tip glue.  I used four colours: Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight and Garden Green for mine.  (See all my directions here.)
  2. Brush your mixture on with a clean Aqua Painter.
  3. Immediately rinse your Aqua Painter with clear water and set aside to dry.
  4. Let your bulbs dry.  (And when you think they’re dry, wait LONGER!)

You’ll have vibrant colour with a high gloss shine just like mine.

Make a Simple Holiday Card to WOW Them This Year

What are a few other details of this simple design?

  • Use your own handwriting and a Journaling pen for the “merry and” portion of the greeting.
  • Letter the “bright” first, then the “merry and” above it.  Don’t worry about trying to keep it centred.
  • Lastly stamp the lightbulb string in Memento ink and let dry. (Or give it a shot with your heat tool.)
  • Change up the Swirls & Curls embossed cardstock by showing the “debossed” side out.
  • Add interest by having the focal point the entire width of the card.

So what are you waiting for?  Grab my class, get out your Stampin’ Write markers and start lettering to beat the band.

Here are all the supplies I used on this card.

Make a Simple Holiday Card with Your Own Brush Marker Lettering

If you love this type of lettering, take a peek at my other Christmas design.

And look how cute your kids or grandkids’ names could be hand lettered for their rooms.

There are no limits to the uses you’ll find your brush marker lettering.  Home decor, journals, scrapbooking…  Or you might just use it to make a simple holiday card that will be sure to impress everyone who receives it!

Lettering Your Kids Lunch Bags for School

What a great idea – lettering your kids lunch bags for school! And it’s so quick and easy once you take my online Basic Brush Lettering class.  

Yikes!  It’s back to school season right around the corner.  Did you look forward to the school bell ringing after summer? Or did your mom need to bundle you on the bus, kicking and screaming on the first day?  

I was the jump-up-and-down-excited-can-hardly-wait kinda kid (bet you guessed that!). And I would have adored getting a fancy bag like this along with my PB&J sandwich.

fun up lunch hour with lettering your kids lunch bags for school


Now, you might not want to do this EVERY single day of the school year.  But how special will your little tyke feel when they pull a bag like this out of their backpack?

how much fun is it lettering your kids lunch bags for school

With an inexpensive, non-intimidating lunch bag, what a fantastic way to get some lettering practice in.  And BON-us.  It’s fully recyclable if you really screw up your brush marker lettering.  But about the only way that can happen is if you misspell your child’s name. 

(You may titter a bit, but believe me, it can happen!)  Picture yourself concentrating, tongue stuck out the side of your mouth and your hand clenched around that marker.  You’ll probably even misspell your OWN name.  (You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve lettered “Happy Birtday” on a card or gift bag! 😜)

But relax!  Chalk it all up as a great opportunity to have fun.  And I’ll bet your kids will be auctioning off their butterscotch puddings to give their besties a glance at how cool their bag is! 


So how do you go about lettering your kids lunch bags for school?

  1. Grab a Stampin’ Write marker in your colour of choice along with some paper (grid is awesome), a pencil and ruler
  2. Download my short online brush marker lettering class with pdf’s and videos
  3. Set aside an hour or two so you can watch and play along with me
  4. Get down to your dollar store and grab yourself some plain brown lunch bags

Just click the button to get started.

how much fun is it lettering your kids lunch bags for school

Want some ideas for lettering your kids lunch bags for school?

  • Repeat her name a few times like I did with Emma’s bag.
  • Change your colours of Stampin’ Write markers on the same bag.
  • Glue on some coordinating patterned paper.
  • Brush letter some of the bag and use your own handwriting for other notes like on this Christmas card.
  • Add a rubber stamped image and colour it in with your Stampin’ Writes.
  • Tack on some embellishments like glittery rhinestones, pretty pearls, button brads or glitter dots.
  • Add more colour inside your strokes like you see here.
  • Change the colour for every letter of your child’s name just like this.

Really the sky’s the limit.  Set aside a half an hour in your craft space.  Get out your Stampin’ Write markers and you’ll have lunch bags galore to spark up the back-to-school season. 

Need a few of your own back-to-school supplies to help you get started?  I’ve got everything here for you I used.

Lettering Your Kids Lunch Bags for School

2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

2016-2018 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

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make them feel special with lettering your kids lunch bags for school

Everyone LOVES to see their name lettered – on just about anything!  So why not make it practical as well as a way to send a kiss to your little ones during the lunch hour?

Take my online class at your own pace.  All it takes is a couple hours.  Then you’ll be well on your way to lettering your kids lunch bags for school – and maybe even all their friends’ lunches too!

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