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

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DIY Chalkboard Seating Chart


DIY Chalkboard Seating Chart, Chalkboard Signs, DIY Chalkboard Signs, DIY Seating Chart, Seating Chart, Wedding Signs, signs for weddingsChalkboard seating charts are very popular right now.  So I thought I’d share some I just completed and explain the process for those who’d like to DIY it.

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

Belluccia Cursive Font used in Jill Meyer’s Art


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I was thrilled to see my Belluccia cursive font used in this artwork on the website of artist Jill Meyer.

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Who knew fish could be this gorgeous?!

Jilll is a nationally recognized artist. Products with her licensed designs, across a wide variety of categories, have long been featured for sale worldwide.

Thanks, Jill, for using my calligraphy font, Belluccia, in such a beautiful way!

Have a Mighty Monday!

Debi

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.

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DIY Advent Calendar Tree for kids


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Today I am sharing this darling Advent Calendar Tree with you.

The idea came from the lovely Mindy Rives, mom of two beautiful little girls.  Instead of the traditional candy treat, each day is filled with a fun Christmas activity for your kids/family to participate in.

Here’s what Mindy did to create this tree for about $15.00 minus the tree:

1. She ordered the number printables off of Etsy (they were like $3.50)…printed, cut and glued them on miniature treat bags/envelopes from Michaels.

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2. She bought mini clothes pins from Michael’s, tied bows around each one with red ribbon, filled each envelope with a Christmas activity and hung them on their smaller kitchen tree.

3. She came up with a list of activities that worked with her schedule. ( Mindy works 2 days a week. She is one of the lovely gals I get to work with at DFW Events🙂

She kindly gave me her list to share with you in a PDF file. Just click on  Advent Activities .

4. She purchased supplies in advance for any craft projects. ( Michael’s is another great source for this.)

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So far, her daughter has thoroughly enjoyed each day’s special activity.

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I think this is a wonderful way to teach children about the spirit of Christmas:)

Thanks for sharing Mindy!

If you want to read more about Mindy’s advent tree check out her blog Peanut Butter & Pop tarts!

Have a wonder-filled  Wednesday!

Debi

Here’s a graphic of Dom Loves Mary used on a wine bottle.  The font is now #2 on the Hot New Fonts list!

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Dom Loves Mary is available for purchase at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

We put together specially priced packages to help you save money including:

The PRO VERSION complete with ALL THREE SCRIPT FONTS  and a combined total of over 100 ornamental flourishes.

Our ACCOUTREMENTS PACKAGE contains both sets of FLOURISHES for letter customization as well as our ADD-ON WORDS .

Want to have it ALL? The DOM LOVES MARY TOTAL DESIGN package is for you. It contains ALL THREE SCRIPT FONTS, the TEXT FONT,  and ALL OF THE ornamental and customizing FLOURISHES and the ADD ON WORDS.

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

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Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 17 months was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and one of the Top Fonts for 2012 on CTDesigns blog.

How to: Dom Loves Mary font ADD ONS and Flourishes tutorial


I’ve created another tutorial:)

In this “How to” I cover the use of some of the Dom Loves Mary font ADD ON’s  and ORNAMENTAL FLOURISHES to spice up your design.

Before I get to it, I wanted to send a shout out of thanks to Lettering Time blog for featuring my new cursive font, Dom Loves Mary.

It’s always lovely to see a posting about my work.  But to see it on a blog from Spain was really cool!  Muchas Gracias!

Today’s tutorial will feature an invitation design by Nessa Sander of Cardgirl Invitations.

In this fun invitation, she incorporated some of the words from my Dom Loves Mary ADD ON package ( “and”, “RSVP”).

She also added an ornamental flourish from the Dom Loves Mary Stylistic version of the font and used the same version for the words “dress to kill”.

I specifically created the ADD ON’s (66  commonly used words for invitations and stationery products) for use with, not only my calligraphy fonts, but with fonts you already own.

So I was excited to see that Nessa had done just that in this invitation.

Now on with the show and tell.

(I tried to share more details for beginners so feel free to fast forward through those parts:)

Thanks to everyone for the great feedback on the last one.

It’s helping me improve!

Please share your thoughts on this one as well.

Best,

Debi

Here’s a graphic of Dom Loves Mary used on specialty soap packaging.

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Dom Loves Mary  is now  available for purchase at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry . It’s currently #10 on the Hot New Fonts list! Thanks for your help spreading the word:)

I’m sponsoring a give away of a set of  wedding signs using the  Dom Loves Mary font on Brenda’s blog  through November 19.

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

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 Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 16 months was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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