Hand Lettering Projects For Valentine’s Day!*

Hand Lettering Projects For Valentine’s Day!*

The following hand lettering products were very kindly gifted to me by Manuscript Pen Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To learn more, please read the full Disclosure Policy.

As I have recently taken up hand lettering and calligraphy, it was always my intention to make something for Neal this Valentine’s Day. I’m a sucker for a homemade gift at any time of year, but especially on Valentine’s Day. I love making them and I love receiving them. The hopeless romantic in me just can’t help it.

Then when Small Man Media sent me some products from Manuscript Pen Company, it was confirmed. Time to work some hand lettering magic!

Equipment

I received a Manuscript calligraphy set for Christmas, and bought two of their handwriting pens at the beginning of January. So, when a bunch of their hand lettering and calligraphy goodies turned up, I was thrilled. Plus, I’d been eyeing several of them up in a couple of shops shortly after Christmas but Neal – ever the voice of reason – told me I didn’t need more any time soon. Guess I got the last laugh!

Manuscript Hand Lettering Calligraphy Products

The items I received were: 2 Callicreative White MarkersCallicreative Switch Tip Deluxe Hand Lettering SetBeginner’s Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set10 Callicreative Duotips and 6 Callicreative Metallic Markers.

Product Testing

Before I started any projects, I wanted to have a little play around with my treats first. This usually helps to inspire some ideas about how I can use them, and try out the colours.

Beginner’s Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set

Manuscript Beginner's Calligraphy Set

Love written with fountain pen

The first item I decided to test was the Beginner’s Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set. As I already have something similar and I was excited to try the other products, I didn’t use this for very long. Though, I must admit, writing with a fountain pen is so satisfying!

It includes the pen, 3 nibs and 2 ink refills. There are clear instructions provided on how to set up your pen for use, too. As well as that, there is a leaflet about Manuscript’s nib service. Manuscript will exchange the nibs their pens to suit left-handed users (where possible). I think this is a lovely service to offer, especially as I’m left-handed myself! They also allow you to order more nibs if you need them.

Callicreative Switch Tip Deluxe Hand Lettering Set

Next, I was very keen to test the Callicreative Switch Tip Deluxe Hand Lettering Set. This includes another fountain pen with 3 ink refills. Then there was another pen with interchangeable tips – 1 fine-liner tip, 2 brush tips and 2 italic markers.

As I didn’t want to use any ink unnecessarily, I skipped the fountain pen. However, I did notice the grip and found that very comfortable in my hand. Hand lettering projects sometimes take me hours (especially as I’m still very new!) so features like that make a big difference to comfort.

Manuscript Deluxe Switch Tip Set - Fountain Pen

Now, the switch tip pen is something I absolutely love the idea of! I have so many different pens for my hand lettering, so having one instrument where I can switch them around is just a genius idea. Though the colours in this set are limited, it is possible to buy refills. This is a great way to get started, which is obviously the intention.

Manuscript Deluxe Switch Tip Set - Tips

This comes with step-by-step instructions for switching tips, which was a relief. It’s a wonderfully easy and straightforward process! The refills each come with small lids so they won’t dry out when they’re not in use.

Manuscript Deluxe Switch Tip Set - Instructions

Manuscript Switch Tip - Italic Marker Tip

Callicreative Duotips

Next, I couldn’t resist the lure of the gorgeous, bright colours of the Callicreative Duotips any longer! I did some swatch tests in my bullet journal. Both the italic tips and fine-liner tips produced lovely, vibrant colours. Each end has a symbol to show when it’s the italic or fine-liner, which comes in very useful! I have a set of markers from another company which doesn’t have this and I’m forever taking the lid off at the wrong end.

This is definitely a product that doesn’t need to be exclusive to calligraphy and hand lettering. If you’re an avid bullet journal user, they’d be perfect for that as well! Even if you regularly colour in as a way to relax, you’d get plenty of use from them.

Manuscript Callicreative Duotips

Callicreative Metallic Markers

It seemed logical to try the Callicreative Metallic Markers next. Again, I loved the colours, but didn’t feel like doodling in my bullet journal would do them justice. I’ll need to pick up some more coloured card and play with these properly, as I think they’ll produce some beautiful pieces!

Manuscript Callicreative Italic Markers

Obviously, I didn’t test the white markers at this point, as it wouldn’t have shown up. Instead, I paused for a cup of tea and started thinking of some things I wanted to create.

Valentine's Day Planning

Project One – Valentine’s Day Card

I decided I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day card and a couple of “love tokens” (which I’ve now hidden around the flat for Neal to discover.) I believe these are straightforward and would be easy to replicate.

Hand Lettering Valentine's Day Card

To make the card, I folded a piece of plain white A4 card in half. I then remembered I had some red card in a drawer so I rummaged around, dug it out and stuck it on the front. This meant I could then use the white markers to write my message.

I decided to go for a simple “Happy Valentine’s Day”, combining a script font and a block font for contrast. The white markers were smooth and enjoyable to use, but I did have to go over it a few times to get it to stand out on the red card. From experience, I know this is a common issue when it comes to white pens, so it didn’t put me off at all.

I contemplated using a fine-liner to add some extra detailing, but I was scared I’d ruin it. If I was making another one, though, I’d try adding little hearts on “Valentine’s”.

Project Two – Valentine’s Day Tokens

I used a guillotine to cut some card into smaller rectangles. There was four but one of them went very wrong, so I ended up with 3.

Valentine's Day - Favourite written with brush tip pen

To create the first one, I used the switch tip pen. I wrote “you are my” with the fine-liner and “favourite” with the brush tip. I’m not very experienced with brush pens. They are something I need A LOT more practice with. That said, I did find the brush tip to be a nice, controllable size. Some brush tips are large which makes brush lettering quite difficult.

Valentine's Day - Thank You Token

The second one turned out to be my favourite. I used the fountain pen from the beginner’s set to write the black text. Then the gold metallic marker for the rest. I finished it with a heart, using the red duo tip.

I think the gold marker looks absolutely gorgeous! It stands out and shimmers much more than I expected.

Valentine's Day - I love you

The third one was created using the duo tips, and was just a simple “I love you.” I used the fine-liner end of the black pen to write “I” and “you” then the italic marker end of the red pen to write “love”. Sadly, I messed up the spacing so it’s a little squished, but never mind!

Valentine's Day Tokens

If you’re single, you could make affirmation cards instead. Write little pick-me-ups on the cards to give you a boost!

Project Three – Couple Sign

Though I’d only doodled out designs for two projects, I was having so much fun that I decided to make a third.

I quickly sketched a design of our names on paper.

Couple names sketch

Once I was happy with that, I went over it with fine-liner. Again, I used the duo tip, because it was already handy!

Manuscript Callicreative Duotip black fine-liner

I added colour using the italic ends of the duotips. Of course, I decided I was going my name in yellow and let’s just have a second to appreciate this BEAUTIFUL colour:

Manuscript Callicreative Duotip yellow

The italic tip meant I could do thick strokes for the bulk of the colouring. Then the thinner edges of the tip were handy for colouring near the edges. I still managed to go over the lines, though.

Manuscript Callicreative Duotip - Both ends

I coloured Neal’s name in blue, added some red hearts and finished it with some swirls with the silver metallic marker. The end result was really pretty!

Hand Lettered couples sign

From previous experiences and this one, I can say Manuscript have some fantastic products available. If you’re looking to try hand lettering/calligraphy – either for a simple homemade gift or a long term hobby – they’re a great place to start. Many thanks to them for sending me these items to try. I can’t wait to use them more in the future!

Hand Lettering Projects For Valentine's Day

Hand Lettering Gifts For Valentine's Day
Hand Lettering Gifts For Valentine's Day
Get Creative This Valentine's Day

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If yes, what are your plans this year? Will you be making any gifts? I’d love to know in the comments!

20 Comments

  1. 11th February 2019 / 11:07 am

    These projects look great! Your hand lettering skills are amazing! I don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day, as I’m going to be single, but hopefully I’ll partake in some treat-yo’self self care instead. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th February 2019 / 11:12 am

      Thank you so much! Treating yourself is always a good move, especially because you know you’ll like whatever you get 😉

  2. 11th February 2019 / 11:22 am

    Wow, what an absolutely fantastic bundle of gorgeous pens! This is the stationery lovers dream come true and so perfect for your gorgeous calligraphy, Ruth! Your projects are wonderful, there is something so relaxing about looking at hand lettering and beautiful fonts 🙂 You have such a talent for it! The white lettering on the red background is so eye catching and looks stunning, I can imagine this being on a Valentines Day card. The little cards are super adorable, such a sweet idea! I think need to get myself a pack of Callicreative Duotips – those colours are AWESOME! I would be forever colouring things in, ha ha! Thanks for sharing lovely, brilliant post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:21 am

      Awww, thank you so much, Bexa! I thought you would be a fan of the Duotips, especially with all the different creative things you do! xx

  3. 11th February 2019 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve been admiring your calligraphy for a while now and with good reason. What a wonderful collection of pens to get and what a thoughtful touch to be able to swap the nibs for right and left-handed people. I’ve never tried calligraphy myself, I’ve always thought it looks too complicated and I’d mess it up but I love your designs, especially the tokens, that’s such a special touch. I hope Neal finds them all – and note to Neal: you can never have too much of anything you love! This is so lovely, Ruth, thank you for sharing – and kudos for matching your nail polish to your blog theme too!! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:22 am

      Thank you, Lisa, and thank you for noticing my nails 😉 I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how quickly I’ve picked up calligraphy, especially as I’m left-handed! Also, I completely agree with you on not having too much of something you love! That’s what I try to tell Neal all the time!

  4. 11th February 2019 / 3:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a generous bunch of gifts! I brought the beginner pens, so I have two now. You can never have enough pens that’s for sure. I like thank you for being the best boyfriend print you have made it is so cute! I hope you and Neal have a lovely Valentines Day xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:22 am

      Thank you so much, Lauren! 🙂

  5. 11th February 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Fab handmade projects Ruth!
    And as a fellow leftie, it’s awesome to see a review from someone left handed, as you never know if you’ll run into any issues with smudging or whatever!
    Definitely going to be adding these to a wishlist in the future I think, as I LOVE the colours!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:24 am

      Thank you, Kay! Yay for being left-handed, even if it does come with its own challenges 😉

  6. 11th February 2019 / 6:43 pm

    Calligraphy is definitely something I’d like to attempt one day! My cousin is so so talented at this, and she’s something of a beginner herself. What you received for Christmas, she’d love as well. Seriously thinking that when I get engaged and need to plan a wedding one day, I’m gonna hire her to make all my invitations & table cards & such :’) This is a lovely idea for a Valentine’s gift, and you’re so good at this–these are lovely designs xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:25 am

      Aww, that’s amazing! I joked with Neal the other day that if I keep practicing, by the time we get engaged, I can do all of those things myself haha! Thank you for your lovely comment, Macey!

  7. 12th February 2019 / 7:52 am

    These are so cute, well done! When you’re doing calligraphy do you copy an existing alphabet or are you able to freehand? I’m still struggling.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th February 2019 / 10:25 am

      Thank you! I do a mix of both. The items in this were done freehand, but I have a few books that I use when I need to.

  8. 12th February 2019 / 10:48 am

    I’ve always loved the idea of hand lettering but there is no way I would have the patience to sit & perfect it without getting completely frustrated! I now just live vicariously through your hand lettering, & these projects are all so cute. I love the combinations of fonts & colours, the gold is so absolutely gorgeous that I just want to write everything I do in that colour from now on. Lovely work, & what a lovely package (oo-er) to receive.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

  9. ruthinrevolt
    Author
    13th February 2019 / 10:27 am

    Thank you, lovely! I didn’t think I’d have the patience for it, either, which is why it’s taken me until now to try it. But I’m so glad I have. The gold is definitely one of my favourites!

  10. 13th February 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Ahhh I love all of these things you made Ruth! Also, those are a lot of pens haha! The gold marker is absolutely gorgeous and looks so rich on paper. My favorite one is “Thank you for being the best boyfriend”!! You are doing so amazingly well with your lettering lovely, how long ago did you start again?! <3
    Thank you for sharing!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:46 am

      Awww, thank you, sweetheart! I started at the end of December/beginning of January, so I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far!

  11. 13th February 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Wow, congrats on getting calligraphy PR hehe!

    I’ve had a calligraphy phase myself and I have to confess I’m amazed at how good, creative and patient you are.

    The white marker looks amazing. This is going to sound totally beauty bloggerish, but it seems really pigmented!

    I’m going to drop this IG link because Ruth is too humble to do it herself, but if you are reading this comment and are interested in cute graphics and calligraphy, please check out this IG account: https://www.instagram.com/sunflowerscription/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      15th February 2019 / 9:48 am

      Ah, Kate, just what would I do without you? 😉 Thank you very much!

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