DIY Flower Table Number Tutorial


This DIY flower table number tutorial will take you step by step through the process of creating these floral cards for your table.

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These were just my small contribution to a big Dallas wedding planned by Colin Cowie of Oprah fame.

Once again, DFW Events, the impeccable party planner, was the local coordinator.

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The bride loved magnolias so they were a featured part of the event.

The wedding colors included both gold and silver paired with this beautiful green.

So I created a special mix of both metallics to hand illustrate the magnolia in back of the numbers, which were done in an off white.

Of course the numbers were brush lettered by hand but I’m going to let you know how you can create these even if you aren’t a lettering artist.

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Your going to use the same process for both the numbers and the flowers.

If you’re a lettering artist, use a flat brush and gouache paint to letter the numbers.  I used a  1/4″ Scepter Gold II brush and a guide ( see in pic below) to help me center the numbers.

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If your not a lettering artist,  find numbers you like from a favorite font.  Size them up on the computer so they will fit nicely in the center of your paper.

Print and trace onto tracing paper.

These cards are 6″ square heavy card stock provided by the client.

If you want double sided cards, I suggest making two separate sides and adhering them with double sided tape so they will be stiffer and stand up better.

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Next use transfer paper ( I used white since I had dark paper) and LIGHTLY outline the numbers onto the card stock using a pencil or stylus, as shown in the pic. (Available at any craft store.)

You can use the guide as seen in one of the pics above for centering.

Fill in numbers with gouache paint ( water based paint found at art stores) acrylic paint or paint pens.

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Now do the same thing for the flower of your choice.  Find a picture of one you like on the internet,  ( There’s lots of sites about flowers that you can use so you don’t end up with copyrighted material.)

Download it, size it on your computer , print it and put it on tracing paper.  Or you might find a picture you like in a gardening magazine or the garden section of the newspaper.

Make sure to line the flower up over the number before inserting the transfer paper in between and LIGHTLY tracing.

Here’s an important note: Transfer paper has a wax like substance to it, so when you trace it onto the card be sure not to trace on top of the numbers.

Otherwise, you’ll end up with lines on the numbers that will not erase.

With a round brush ( You can get an inexpensive one like the Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort 14000 Round at JoAnn fabrics) brush over the traced lines of the flower with whatever color you desire.

Again goache or acrylic paint will work. If you want a finer line, or don’t want to mess with a brush, try a paint pen.

The gold and silver I used was a combination of gold gouache with gold and silver Schmincke brand powders mixed together.

Even if you just create them for the bridal table, it will add a beautiful look to your table!

I’m almost done with the hand lettering part of my new calligraphy font. Excited to get to the next part- digitizing!

Check out my current two calligraphy fonts Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary  here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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My second calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary (a “December Rising Star” and  2012 Best Seller) is also available on myfonts.com.

Wishing you a Tickled Tuesday 🙂

Debi

Boxed Baby Shower Invitation for Twins


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These boxed baby shower invitations were a custom order for a client of the always fabulous DFW Events.

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The two rattles represent the twins  (a boy and a girl) that will be arriving soon:)

The precious rattle invitation is by Stevie Streck Designs. My part was to design, create and address all the boxes.

The rhinestone “B” is for the parents to be’s last name.

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Each box was addressed in hand lettering with a “Once upon a time…” banner to reflect the theme.

Adding a touch of “stickles” gave it just enough sparkle.

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A total of 93 were sent to lucky guests !

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This delicious custom cookie made by “It’s a Mary cake” served as a sweet favor.

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Personalized tags (in my Dom Loves Mary font and Belluccia font borders) let the guests know that a donation was being made “in honor of our guests and our little ones” to the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

What a lovely gesture by the hostess!

UPDATE

I have received many calls and e-mails from people interested in having me create these invitations for them.

This is an extremely labor intensive project.

Since I am focusing more on font design, I’m not taking on large projects like this.

I’d be happy to instruct you on how to make the decorated boxes yourself, if you are so inclined.

The boxes came from Uline. The material can be purchased at any fabric store.

The ribbon and rhinestone letter came from Hobby Lobby.

Please note, I did not create the invitation.  It was ordered by the client from Beeyond Paper

The double rattle invitation pictured above is no longer available.

The single rattle is available. So you could order both blue and pink and put them together in the box.

Hope this helps!

Still have my nose to the light table creating my new calligraphy font.

In the meantime you can check out my current two calligraphy fonts Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary  here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of  MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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My second calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary (a “December Rising Star” and  2012 Best Seller) is also available on myfonts.com.

Wishing you a Mega Monday 🙂

Debi

Calligraphy Fonts by Laura Worthington


I am a HUGE fan of Laura Worthington.  She’s a fabulous human being, as well as a top notch designer of beautiful calligraphy fonts.

As a gifted lettering artist and graphic designer she found her calling when she began designing type.

Her large selection of fonts can be found on Best Sellers lists all over the web and a large number have earned the honor of Rising Star and the Most Popular fonts annual list.

She has also had the honor of being interviewed as one of Myfonts “Creative Characters.” I can only dream:)

Feast your eyes on just a handful of her cursive fonts starting with “Funkydori”.

“Funkydori” was selected as one of the Most Popular fonts of 2012 on Myfonts.com.

I love the overall weight of it and the thick swashes that add plenty of “funk”.  It’s cool without trying to be.

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Gioviale, moves and sways with ease.

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Hummingbird feels like a light garden breeze.

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And Samantha Script feels like a classic script with a touch of whimsy.

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More of her script fonts include Alana and Origins, which was one of her first fonts.

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Any of these would be great choices for invitations depending on the style you want to evoke.

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Newer fonts with a fun feel are Buckley...

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and her latest release, Mandevilla which is currently on sale. Get all three weights for the price of one!

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Oh and she creates great wallpaper patterns too!

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I just can’t get enough of her work.  And there’s so much more to see!

Check out all of her fonts here.

Because of Laura’s encouragement, I felt confident enough to begin the process of creating my own fonts.

I have two so far, Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary and am working on my next one. I LOVE designing my very own alphabets and hope to release several more this year.

I owe her a debt of gratitude for inspiring me to keep moving forward on this exciting journey.

She’s who I wanna be when I grow up:)

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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Wishing you a Titanium Tuesday:)

Debi

Calligraphy on Texas place cards for American Heart Luncheon


I had the pleasure of hand lettering these place cards for a luncheon hosted by  The American Heart Association on Friday, February 1.

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It was to celebrate their “Go Red for Women” campaign.  The keynote speaker was former first lady, Laura Bush.

Also attending were some of Dallas’s loveliest ladies!

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Go Red For Women® celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

Thanks for helping women get healthy!

I’m busy at work designing a new font, but in the meantime, you can check out my current two calligraphy fonts here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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Wishing you a Melodic Monday:)

Debi

DIY Chalkboard Seating Chart


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It all starts with preparation.  For this project, there were actually 3 boards approximately 6′ x 3′.

They were made out of plywood and painted with chalkboard paint. (They were made by another company and delivered to my home studio.)

You can purchase plywood at Loew’s or Home Depot and have them cut them to the size you need.

The chalkboard paint for this project came from Loew’s. It’s made by Valspar.

The first step is measuring the space you have, allowing for room on the sides (these fit into custom made holders) and figuring out the height of the lettering and the spaces in between names as well as the space needed to accommodate two columns if needed.

For these boards, there were 216 names. The size for each name was 1″ and the spaces in between were .5″.

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Next I designed the headers. Here’s a pic of one laid out on my light table. If you are not a lettering artist, you can use a font.  Just size it on your computer, print it out and trace it on the board. You can do the same with flourishes.

My Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary fonts can be used if you want a script font.  Both also have flourishing packages you can purchase separately as well if you want to combine with a font you already have.

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The header is transferred onto the chalkboard with transfer paper in white. This can be purchased at any craft store. You can see in the pic that I created the lines and spaces using painters tape that I cut to be .5″.

This eliminates the need to erase lines as you will also spread the chalk marker paint as you erase.

Note: Try to find .5″ tape, masking or painter’s tape, to save time.  I found it after the fact at Uline.com. I did not find it at any local stores.

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You can then go over the flourish and letters with a chalkboard paint marker.

The one I used was called  “Bistro Chalk Marker”.  It’s made by Marvy and can be found in single colors at Hobby Lobby.

If you make a mistake, be sure to wipe it off right away.  It says that it comes off when you want but that wasn’t my experience.

But if you wait too long and need to paint over to re-do it, be sure to wipe off as much as you can with a wet rag or else it will bleed into the paint.

A note to remember…if you are going to do the list alphabetically you are limited on making any last minute additions or changes.

I would suggest, unless you are totally sure about your guest list, to list by tables.  Even if you have to paint over a name, you have more flexibility.

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Here’s a pic of a small Chalkboard Welcome sign I did for a previous client using my Belluccia font, flourishes and ornaments.

You can also check out more signs from these previous DIY Chalkboard posts here , here and here!

I’m busy at work designing a new font, but in the meantime, you can check out my current two calligraphy fonts here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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My second calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary (a “December Rising Star” and  2012 Best Seller) is also available on myfonts.com.

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!

Debi

Calligraphy and Portrait Illustration for Letterpress Stationary


I created this personalized stationary for a client who was giving it to her sister as a Christmas/Wedding gift.

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She gave me separate pictures of the couple and their three pets.

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What’s not to love about these three cuties:)

I created a black and white drawing of  the couple and each of their “children”, arranged them together then added the hand lettered last name.

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I also created a return address for the envelope.

I handed over the digital file to the very capable hands of letterpress printer, Travis Friedrich of ParkLifePress.com.

He printed in a soft gray on a luxurious 100% cotton paper at 6.25″ by 4.5″ wide.

This was the second project I’ve done with Travis and both were perfection! And his pricing is very reasonable.

I hope the Bowmans were as pleased with the result as the gift giver was!

I’m busy at work designing a new font, but in the meantime, you can check out my current two calligraphy fonts here.

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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Wishing you a Wonderful Wednesday!

Debi

Calligraphy Addressing on Envelopes


I was thrilled to once again do calligraphy addressing of these envelopes for my clients darling photo Christmas cards.

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The photography and card design are by the very talented Angela Weedon of  Angela Weedon Photography.

The lettering is my “whimsy” style.  It has a simple modern feel.  It will be made into a font eventually:)

I love lettering in white on a color.  It just looks so fresh!

By the way, did you know that you can use my calligraphy fonts to address your own envelopes?  That’s one of the reasons I created them.

To give people who love calligraphy, the ability to use it for their own projects.

I’m still getting back into “work mode” after having a lovely holiday with both of my sons at home and lots of fun visits from friends and family.

One big announcement for the new year…I’m finally opening an Etsy Shop!  I will start selling my fonts there.  We’ll see what else evolves.

I have plans to release at least 2 more fonts this year.  Of course you’ll hear all about it as they progress.

In the meantime, here’s the links to my first two calligraphy fonts.  I’m thrilled that they are both still on the Best Seller’s list!

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The Dom Loves Mary font, recognized as a “Rising Star” for December 2012 and currently on the Best Sellers List, is available at myfonts.com.

My first cursive font, Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

Custom Calligraphy on Wine Glasses


These wine glasses with custom calligraphy were given as gifts by my client. Now that the holiday is over, I can finally share pics with you.

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The bottoms were painted in yellow and black.

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The word “believe” ( get it “bee”-lieve:) was hand lettered on the body of the glass.

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Then bees were painted with a flight path of black dots to link to the word. ( Most fun part!)

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And of course one of them was chosen as “queen bee” with a gold crown on her head:)

I hope the ladies liked their gifts!

Enjoy your day!

Debi

Looking for a calligraphy font?

Take a look at mine: Just click on the pics below to be taken to my cursive font page.

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The Dom Loves Mary font, recognized as a “Rising Star” for December 2012 and currently on the Best Sellers List , is available at myfonts.com.

My first cursive font, Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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An intimate New York City Wedding on Style Me Pretty


Happy 2013 to everyone!

I was thrilled to see my client’s wedding featured recently on Style me pretty’s blog.

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My part in this lovely event was addressing the envelopes and hand lettering the place cards in my Belluccia script.

Just a small part.  But such a pleasure to contribute in any way to this cozy, intimate New York City wedding.

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I love the New York themed programs!

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What fun to have guests holding large white balloons walking through the streets of New York!

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“Joy, Hope and Happiness..a perfect wedding banner theme.

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Turquoise blue glass vases with simple flowers added a sweet touch to the tables.

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A decadent five course meal on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel provided a unique and memorable dinner party that reflected their love for food and wine with 50 of their closest family and friends.

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What a great rooftop view!

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Homemade Honey Liqueur in beautiful bottles served as favors.

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So many wonderful details made this wedding everything they wanted it to be.

These beautiful  photographs are by 4Eyes Photography.

Check out more of this lovely wedding here.

Congrats again Jackie and D.D.!

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #32 on the Best Sellers list, is available at: myfonts.com

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

Retro Christmas Card in Calligraphy


Since I know these have now been mailed, I can finally show you a custom retro Christmas card I designed for one of my sweetest clients.

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The client ordered the cards and envelopes with liners online from www.cardsandpockets.com and had them shipped to my studio.  This allowed me to match the colors.  I have to say, the quality of the cards and envelopes was very good for the price.

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The lettering and other design elements were created by hand using a round brush and gouache paint.

It was scanned into the computer and placed in the card designed in Photoshop.

They were printed on white 6″ x 6″ folded cards.

Since they live up north, adding some snow was a must!

Next I’ll be creating cards for a Holiday Card exchange.  Need to get those out by Dec. 12.  Better get back to work!

Have a Tenacious Tuesday!

Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #2 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: myfonts.com

My first cursive font, Belluccia is available at myfonts.com .

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 18 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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