Custom hand lettering by Rachel Snyder

Sunday, January 10

Light Ink For Dark Paper

A common question that I get is about finding ink to address wedding invitations that have black, dark or opaque envelopes. Though 99% of my calligraphy is by 'pen in ink' method, I came across these cool little gel pens that are fun to have and they work well for addressing dark envelopes, dark place cards or other projects where you want to use light color inks.

The Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, a pigmented, water proof ink that doesn't fade quickly from light. The Gelly Roll comes in different colors or if you want raised ink, you can try the Sakura Glaze.

Being completely obsessed with pens, paper, and inks; I tried the Sakutra Gelly Roll pen on a lot of different paper to see how it looked and of course how it wrote. Everything wrote smooth. No clogging, skipping, running or bleeding and it looked good when I was finished.

The ink is a pigmented, water based and has an archival quality. It won't fade away quickly when it's in light.

Let me know how it works for you too!

Thursday, November 12

DIY...Something Fun To Try

Something Fun To Try.....

Get out a pen and paper and pick someone special; a friend, brother, sister, mom, dad, co-worker, or someone you would like to send a THANK YOU.
Write it
Send it

Give it a whirl and make a difference to that person. They will definitely know you had THEM in mind when they receive your note. There is a good chance that you will make their day.

With all the technology and Rush today it will be a nice gesture when they get your note that reflects the real YOU.

You will be adding your style and personality by the Paper you choose....from the color to the texture.

A handwritten note is personal in so many ways

I would love to know how it goes

calligrapher, Rachel Snyder
Elegant Touch Invitations

Sunday, September 27

Country Ambiance

I love this votive candle wrap idea from Martha Stewart. Wrapped with Cornhusks definitely brings a country look and feel to the table. Small keepsakes for your guests, what a neat idea.

NEW Blog

Be sure and visit my NEW Blog, Country Brides. Thoughts and Ideas for a Country Bride's country wedding!

Country Brides Blog by Chic 'N Scratch Calligraphy by Rachel Snyder

Tuesday, July 14

....More Than Just Looking Nice; It Is An Art

Calligraphy is about more than just looking nice, it is an art. When it comes to Invitations thoughts vary: "the importance of an invitation" (
Some think that they are a very significant part of their wedding and understand the tradition of today and yester-year, some DON'T think about the invitation or the importance until there is a rush and they are down to the wire and nerves are rattled while some actually KNOW EVERYTHING but think because the invitation is "small".... but yet a VERY important part of your wedding, that there is nothing to it.

Can you imagine inviting 350-500 Guests without sending an(y) invitation??? Only a handful of Guests' are there only because they heard someone else say that there was going to be a wedding, Like back in the day when they announced it in the streets?

You wanted your wedding to be absolutely gorgeous with cream and white hues; silver and gold accents, roses, crystals, evening gowns, black tie, just everything you wanted and all of your friends and family were not there to share with you and your fiance' this wonderful day that you have been planning.

Your family and friends would be hurt you would be hurt. Your fiance' is hurt, his family and friends are hurt.

Calligraphy is an art that is more than just sitting down and quickly writing out words....each letter is it's own, a lot of concentration will go into the formation of each individual letter to make a unique, one of a kind, totally original work of art. From your Invitations, if your budget allows, throughout the entire Wedding and into the Reception.

Brides' that I have worked with on their wedding (hey, I hope all is well with you gals) they already knew what they wanted, how they wanted it and on top of that were an absolute blast to work with. The reaction is usually very similar....once she gets a look at the finished product she will call me and say they are beautiful! But AFTER the wedding I hear an excitement and appreciation (not for me but for the art) when I am told with an overjoyed voice about the how they felt because of how their guests' felt. A great feeling to be such a hit through something so beautiful and graceful, Calligraphy.

Calligraphy is an art form that speaks more than words but volumes about the Bride, about the Wedding, their Guests' and much more. An authenticity that can not be met from using a computer font. Oh yes they are pretty, neat, stylish....HOWEVER, computer fonts are NOT original like handwritten calligraphy with the imperfections that say everything you wanted your invitations to say and then some.

Calligraphy is a tasteful extra that is understood and appreciated by MOST Brides' (and mom's) who request it.

You Don't Get A Second Chance To Make A First Impression

Monday, June 29

Wedding At The Greenbrier, Follow Up

This is the follow up to The Greenbrier Wedding, what a venue! A day at The Greenbrier is awesome! Tara's wedding turned out Great!

The photographer was Rebecca Devono who did an EXCELLENT job.

This is a picture of the table set up with the cards that I did in Spencerian Script.

I hope you take a minute to see the gorgeous pictures of the wedding.