Hand Lettered Momento for New Baby


I’m excited to share the process of how I created this hand lettered memento for a friend’s new baby. In a former post, I shared my version of this project for my nephew’s wedding.  I promised to show the step by step so here it is.

These instructions are for people who are comfortable with lettering with a brush. This requires hand lettering skills that you may not have.  So another idea is to create it on the computer using different fonts.  Then using a light table and a light colored paper, you can transfer the letters onto the paper and paint them in.

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Step 1: Layout lettering design in pencil on 12″ x 12″ card stock ( available in any color in the scrap booking section at craft stores).  Be sure to measure out all the spaces for all the information you want to include beforehand.  Don’t forget to leave space for a border to allow for framing.

hand lettering, calligraphy, new baby memento, hand made baby giftStep 2: Mix up enough paint to letter the entire project.  I used gouache paint in a light pink on black paper for this project. Gouache is a water based paint available at craft and art stores.

hand lettering, calligraphy, new baby memento, hand made baby giftStep 3: Be sure to work from the top of the paper down to the bottom.  Keep another sheet of paper underneath your hand/arm so you don’t get oil from your skin on the paper.

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Step 4: When you are completely finished, gently and carefully erase all the pencil lines with a “Magic Rub” eraser,  or something similar.  Hold the paper as you erase so it doesn’t crinkle up from too strong of a force.

There you have it.  Please know that this is a very labor intensive project so take your time.

This gift will be on it’s way to Meredith and Josh Budwin.  They are the proud new parents to Baby Sophie who is growing cuter every day !

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011
( She stayed on the Best Seller’s list for 14 months! )
is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.
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My next font, DomLovesMary, will be released in October.
The graphic shows off some of the cool flourishes that will be available. 
The cake topper is drawn from the original one used by Dominic and Mary Sementelli on their wedding day September. 6- 1953. 
(They were my in-laws who the font was created to honor.)
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