Using Cricut Pens to Address Envelopes

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Posted on December 10, 2021 by Desiree McClung
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I love Christmas! Since I was a little kid, my holidays were always so magical. My grandmother would hand-make matching Christmas outfits for my siblings and me to wear, we would have hundreds of gifts strewn about the house because they never fit under the tree, and there was enough food to feed the entire neighborhood. We had a big family. In our house, we had 4 adults and 4 kids living under one roof and we had tons of extended family that would visit every Christmas Eve. Family wasn’t the only one to visit. Every year, Santa would visit too. We would hear sleigh bells outside, galloping on the roof, and footprints by the chimney or outside in the snow. Of course, my grandpa or uncles always seemed to miss the action but for the kids, it was a very special memory. I love to instill the same holiday spirit into my family now. We have our own new traditions but many of the ones we practiced when I was a child are still the same. One of my favorite traditions is Christmas cards. We try to make sure that by Thanksgiving, we have our Christmas cards printed out and ready to go. My cards have changed over the years, but the excitement of getting them made, addressed, and sealed with a Holiday stamp has remained the same. It marks the start of the Christmas season for me.  

When I got a Cricut machine for the first time, I was excited to use it for cutting cardstock and vinyl, but one of the features that I love the most is using the Cricut pens to draw and write. If you aren’t familiar with Cricut pens and how to use them, visit Cricut Pens: An Underutilized Friend. I love my own handwriting (and have even made my own font based on it) but there is something truly unique and special about writing an address label in an elegant font. It is the first thing that your card recipient will see when they receive your card.  

Items Needed: 

-Cricut Pens, your choice of color(s) and styles (I used 0.4mm in Armadillo and Sour Apple) 

-Envelopes for Christmas Cards 

-Cricut Joy, Explore, or Maker 

The first thing that you want to do is select the perfect font that you want all of your hand lettering to be written in. You may want the same font for the name as you do for the address, or like me, you may want a very scripted elegant font for the names and a much simpler, easier-to-read font for the address. I wanted a font that looked good as a writing-style font but also had special characters that I could use to make the wording elegant and “Christmassy”. It’s important to recognize that in Cricut design space, you can weed out the fonts that are not writing fonts from other fonts available and that not all fonts can be used as writing fonts. 

cricut christmas pens address envelopes craft DIY

This font “Lissa” only shows the option for Regular and not Writing, therefore this font can not be used for Writing.

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This is an example of the same words and same font Cricut Sans as a Regular (aka a cut font) and a Writing font.

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If you would like to isolate Writing only fonts in Cricut Design Space, you can do that as shown above.

For this project, I decided to use the font Elizabeth for the name lettering and High Jump for the address. Both of these fonts are included with Cricut All Access. I liked the way the two fonts paired together to be beautiful, yet legible. I can’t think of something as disappointing as getting all of your Christmas cards getting delivered back to you because the postmaster couldn’t read the writing, except maybe getting no Christmas cards from other people! 

 cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

Once you select your fonts and have them ready to write out, you want to make sure that you size the image to an appropriate size for your envelopes. Addresses should be slightly centered and to the right, about 3/5 of the way down the envelope, be large enough to read, and have enough room for stamps at the top. On my examples, I did not include a return address since my husband and I have embossed foil address labels that I will affix to the envelopes that I am mailing out. For my cards, which were 5.75” by 4.50”, I made my wording about 3.25”x1.25”.  

One challenging part about using the writing font is to line up your image with where you want it written on your envelope or cardstock. I have a hack for that: gridlines! I like to use the gridlines on the Cricut mat to place where the image should be. For the front of the card, I place my envelope on the mat and pointed out where I would want my lettering for the name and address to start. Looking at the grids, I want the lettering to begin writing on the mat at 5 inches over and 2 inches down (see a red dot on the image of the envelope for placement).  

 cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

Then on Cricut design space, when I was ready to draw, I edited the position of the image on the mat and changed it to begin my writing 5 inches over and 2 inches down on the computer, as shown below. By doing this, the machine will begin drawing the lettering where I would like it to be on my envelope. 

cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

 cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

For the back of this card, since I didn’t have a sticker or anything to add to the back, I thought it would be fun to draw a snowflake, which matched the theme of my Holiday cards. In Cricut design space, I searched for a Christmas image that was a “Draw Only” image and found an intricate snowflake. 

cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes 

Following the same principle as before, I placed my envelope face down on the mat and used the grids as a reference point for where I wanted to place my snowflake. I placed the bottom of my snowflake to be 6 inches over and 3 inches down on the mat. See the red dot for where my reference points were. I then used a green Cricut pen to draw my snowflake on the back of the card. I love the way it came out and adds the perfect touch of pizzazz to the back of the envelope.  

 cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

You can use these concepts to customize your holiday cards this year using the colors and pen styles that suit your needs.  

cricut font diy christmas pens crafts address envelopes

 

 


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