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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.  

YOU CAN DO IT! Video Inspiration for How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

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?

Calligraphy Fans ALERT! How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

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

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering for AWESOME details

See you soon!

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!

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