Hand Lettering Practice #4

I’ve been working on my holiday cards this week—figuring out which designs from last year I’m keeping, and coming up with some new offerings too. I’m pondering making this sketch into a postcard printed on heavy brown kraft card stock. I think someone might like to send Christmas postcards rather than traditional folded cards with envelopes. What do you think?

What is figgy pudding anyway, has anyone seen or tried it?

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  1. Erica

    I LOVE this idea!! I would absolutely love to send out some Christmas postcards this year and these would definitely find their way into my shopping cart.

    As for figgy pudding, I am decidedly not a fan. I also dislike fig though and the last time I ate one it was of the boiled variety and not the most appetizing texture.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Grace! This weekly lettering practice I’ve been doing has made all the difference. I honestly think it’s all about doing it over and over again until you get the knack for it. I seem to have more success drawing in pencil first so I can erase and get the basic layout how I want it before inking it in.

  2. Trece Wyman

    I love figgy pudding. The recipe I use includes both dried figs and dates. They are mixed with sugar and other stuff, and they baked, so there a sugary crust on top and spoonable filling underneath. We top it with stiff whipped cream. YUM!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That actually sounds delicious. I think I’ll make some this year and give it a try!

  3. Sydney

    I think of figgy pudding the same way I think of fruit cake – something you hear about all the time and is a nice idea, but also something that you would never want to try.

  4. Bekah

    This is a great idea Amanda! Postcards are less fussy but equally as fun to send and receive…I think I actually prefer getting them in my mailbox over cards! Can’t wait to look for the finished product and buy some cute Christmas stamps to go with them. :)

  5. Katie T.

    I would love to send a Christmas postcard! I think something new and creative for the holidays is always welcome! Maybe we could order them in bulk amounts to replace Christmas cards?

  6. Beth


    I love this idea. I’m actually sending holiday postcards this year rather than cards with envelopes. There’s something sweet and a bit old-fashioned (in the good way) about postcards. Plus, you save on postage! I, too, am a graphic designer and illustrator. I love what you’ve done with your type choices and I’m such a sucker for brown kraft paper!


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