There's nothing quite as snazzy or dramatic as receiving a black envelope in the mail. They are mysterious, slick, and memorable. In this post, you'll learn how to create your own DIY envelopes, plus how to letter black envelopes with ease. It's a ton easier than you think!

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  1. I love that <3 So sad that in Germany they charge extra for "special creations" or the letter even goes back to sender… Yet I always try to decorate the envelope at least a bit – away from the address areas – it is just too tempting and makes everyone happy (but the post 😛 ) 😀

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Wow, I didn’t know that Dani! A decorative envelope really is more fun.

  2. Hey Shelby, great post! Are there any tricks to using the oblique nib and pen? Do you need to hold it a special way, etc? Thanks for any tips you can share!

    1. Thanks, Else! I’ve been meaning to get a post together to cover the basics of nib calligraphy, but here’s the essential trick: pull the nib toward and push down a bit, and only let it glide when you’re pushing away. Never try to apply pressure when you are doing an upstroke or pushing it away! The nib won’t like it and the result won’t look nice. Just pull toward you. Try doing some basic loops and swirls to get the motion down! I hope that helps 🙂

  3. Shelby… I Love being a part of Little Coffee Fox! Love all of your ideas… tips… and posts you send. In this post, addressing on a black envelope, besides what you show here… Do you have a favorite pen or marker that writes well on black? I would just love to find a good white pen/marker…

    Thanks in advance for your input!


    1. That’s such a sweet thing to say, Susan, thank you 😀 ! Besides the Bleedproof white ink, I only have one other suggestion – but I’m not a huge fan of this pen. The Sakura Gelly Roll white pen would do the trick (that’s an affiliate link btw). The reason I’m not singing this pen’s praises is because it gunks up on me all the time. Of course, that could just be my individual pen. Plus the line is pretty small, and I prefer thicker lines. Who knows, maybe you’ll love it! That’s the only other white pen I can say I’ve used, so hopefully that helps!

      1. Shelby, Thank you for getting back to me. I will try the Bleed proof white ink… it and the pen are all new to me, but I love a challenge, so I’ll give it a try. (Instead of falling back on a the white gelly roll pen)

        I love all of your e-mails, ideas, web page and just everything! Keep up the good work!

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