Faux Calligraphy Thank You Card

Lisa Funk | June 27, 2017

Try this easy hand lettering for beginners design by Lisa Funk and Addi Robison. Whether you're a hand lettering newbie or professional artist, this is sure to help you get started with confidence.

Lisa Funk Hand Lettering


Let’s Get Started

Faux (French for fake and sounds so much cooler) Calligraphy is where we essentially do a hack to make our handwriting look like calligraphy without using a fancy calligraphy dip pen. We will take you through 4 steps to create a beautiful hand lettered thank you card that will be sure to make someone’s day. For this project you will need a nice piece of smooth cardstock and 3 pens - The Copic Multiliner Brush Medium Pen, the Copic Multiliner 0.8 Pen and the Copic Multiliner 0.5 Pen. Feel free to copy my exact design or create your own cursive “Thank You” and then use the principles to make it look like calligraphy. Are you ready?

STEP 1 - Write "Thank You" in Cursive 

Write “Thank you” in cursive using the Copic Multiliner brush medium pen. You can print out this lettering design if you’d like to copy it exactly or you can copy it roughly and come up with your own version. The great thing about hand lettering is when you come up with your own perfectly imperfect design. Try some different sketches and then pick your favorite to write onto your cardstock.

Lisa Funk Hand Lettering

STEP 2 - Draw Thinner Lines to Mark Where to Thicken

In order to fake everyone out and make our handwriting look like calligraphy, we next take the Copic Multiliner 0.8 and following the curve of the letters, draw next to the downstrokes. This means anytime your hand is literally making a downward motion as you write, you want to make that section thicker. The upstrokes are where your hand is moving in an upward motion and those strokes will be thin. Note: cross-strokes to the side are also thin!

If you wanted to, you could leave these sections “empty” as you see here. I have done this at times and it is a cool option to have. You could also color it in with a different color.

Lisa Funk Hand Lettering Downstroke Lines

Step 3: Color in the Thickened Sections

Use the Copic Multiliner 0.8 pen to color in the downstroke sections that you outlined in section 2. When you do this, it really gives it a calligraphy look where people may think you’ve actually use a dip or brush calligraphy pen.

Lisa Funk Hand Lettering Thickened Downstrokes

Step 4: Draw Shadow Lines

To add more interest to your lettering, use the Copic Multiliner 0.5 to add shadows to the left of all of your letter shapes. This is just a nice touch to add at the end that gives more dimension and variety to your lettering design.
Lisa Funk Hand Lettering Shadows


Step 5: Write a Heartfelt Note

Write a heartfelt note inside and deliver to someone, thanking them for being an awesome human. You will probably make their day!


We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on creating a hand lettered Thank You card. Keep practicing and having fun with different handlettering tutorials in the Copic Inspire Section


Topics: Papercrafting, Illustration, Copic

Lisa Funk
Lisa Funk on June 27, 2017

We are Lisa Funk and Addi Robison of Hand Lettered Design. We love to teach people how to create beautiful hand lettering that also has meaning. Whether it's hand lettering, chalk art, faux calligraphy or brush pens, we have you covered.