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The Crafter’s Box Subscription Review – November 2017

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The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter’s Box is a monthly DIY subscription “for people who love to make, build, shape, design, and create.” Each box includes supplies for one craft as well as access to online instruction by the featured maker of the month. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

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The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Subscription Box: The Crafter’s Box

The Cost: $65 a month + free shipping, or $60 a month with a 3-month subscription. An optional add-on kit is also available; its price varies each month.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: The Crafter’s Box is having its twice-a-year pop-up sale, which means that you can buy this box for $75, without purchasing a subscription. Other past boxes are available too, so if you missed something, now’s your chance to catch up!

The Products: A curated box of craft materials and specialty tools assembled in collaboration with an artist/maker.

Ships to: US (for free), $10 to Canada and $20 everywhere else.

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The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

November’s project is ‘Embellished Brush Pen Lettering’ with calligrapher Shinah of Crooked Calligraphy. The kit includes materials to make hand-lettered cards with gold foil embellishment. I’m not very good at lettering, but it’s something I really enjoy and have practiced a little in the past, so I was happy to see this kit. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

These cards tell a little more about the box and list the contents. The one on the left shows how to use a bone folder to score paper. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

French Paper & Co. 30 5×7 Cards with Envelopes

This paper was a custom order for this box, so I’m not sure of the exact retail value. The cardstock is bright white and had a smooth surface that worked well for lettering. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

It’s nice that they included a plastic bone folder to score the card so that it can be bent cleanly. However, this one had a thick edge that didn’t work well for scoring. (The rounded back of a table knife can also be used in a pinch.) 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Pentel Fude Sign Pen – Retail Value $4.29

This pen is great – it’s got a flexible brush tip but it makes finer lines than most other brush pens. I liked this so much that I’ve already bought another one. The ink is dark enough that you can go back and make corrections without it being obvious. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Tombow N15 Brush Pen – Retail Value $3.19 (found on sale here for $2.36)

This pen is a classic that I’ve received in subscription boxes before, but I’m always happy to get another one. It has a flexible brush tip on one end and a regular pen tip on the other. It creates much wider strokes than the Pentel brush pen. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

This is the gold leaf that’s used for embellishment. It comes in very fine sheets that have a backing, which helps for easier placement. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Speedball Mona Lisa Adhesive Pen – Retail Value $8.00

This pen has a clear adhesive for gold foil. It works a lot like a paint marker – you have to pump the end a few times to get the glue flowing the first time. It worked ok, but I prefer the adhesive that comes in a bottle. However, this was much neater, so I can see why they included the pen version instead. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Loew Cornell Round Brush, Size 3 – Estimated Value $1.46 (buy a set of 3 for $4.37)

This brush was included to help with gold leafing. I didn’t use it much, but it was a thoughtful addition to the box. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Brush Pen Lettering guide + 20 practice sheets

This guide includes an example alphabet that you can trace and 20 practice sheets. You can also download a file to print more practice sheets. The practice sheets are printed on nice smooth paper and were easy to use. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Embellished Brush Pen Lettering Video – Retail Value $25

First of all, this video lasts nearly an hour! Usually videos from The Crafter’s Box last around 20–30 minutes, so this is pretty unusual for them. I appreciated the extra time spent demonstrating the full alphabet. 

However, I was disappointed that the instructions for lefties amounted to a brief mention on the website. In addition to the video, you also get access to a one-hour group chat session with the instructor. Someone asked for tips for lefties, and it was obvious that Shinah had never given this a moment’s thought. Why discriminate against 10% of paying customers? It’s a teacher’s responsibility to address students’ challenges, whether or not she has personally experienced them.

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

It’s been years since I sat down to do practice sheets for lettering, so starting off with simple strokes was a good refresher. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

More practice strokes! I kept having to remind myself how to hold the pen correctly. I certainly have a lot of bad habits from regular writing. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Next, I practiced lowercase letters. I like the alphabet that’s taught in this course; it’s very graceful.

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Capital letters were the most difficult part! I loved H’s and J’s, but P’s and B’s are really hard. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Numbers! These were fun to letter. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Finally, I got to write words. It’s harder than you’d think! 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

The word choices focused on difficult transitions between letters. After hours of practice, I decided to attempt a card and trim it with gold foil.

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Here’s what it looks like when the gold foil is being applied to a line of adhesive. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

When the paper backing is lifted off, it looks like this. I brushed away the delicate extra pieces of gold leaf. 

The Crafter's Box Embellished Brush Pen Lettering November 2017

Here’s the finished result, with a line of gold leaf at the bottom. This card uses the larger brush pen, which felt awkward after writing with the smaller one. I admit I wasn’t feeling very creative after all the practice, but I wanted to actually make a card to show rather than just 20 sheets of practice pages. Well, it’s a start! 

Verdict: It’s hard to come up with a retail value for this box since a lot of the items are custom made for it. This box is also different from earlier boxes because it’s focused much more on the instruction and practice rather than an end product. Obviously, a box of cards is not going to be worth $65, and writing supplies are inexpensive. However, the hour-long video training, instructional booklet and practice sheets have enough value that I think this box is worth the money.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The Crafter’s Box is having its twice-a-year pop-up sale, which means that you can buy this box for $75, without purchasing a subscription. Other past boxes are available too, so if you missed something, now’s your chance to catch up! Otherwise, if you sign up now, you will receive the January box, which has not been announced yet. 

What do you think of November’s The Crafter’s Box? Know any good lettering classes for lefties?

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

2 Comments

  1. This is my favorite sub, and I was psyched to learn calligraphy, but I was also disappointed to see there was no consideration for us lefties. I never finished the watercolors from a couple months ago, so I’m going to try to combine the two for some Christmas gifts.

  2. Seems like a pretty big waste of money to me. Seen other craft boxes that offer pretty much the same amount of materials and cooler projects for half the price…

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