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

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

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

My first cursive font, Belluccia 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.

Table Numbers and Place Cards in Calligraphy fonts


I was creating some samples for a potential client and thought I’d share these Table Numbers and Place Cards in my calligraphy fonts.

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In the pic above I used my cursive font, Dom Loves Mary Stylistic version.  The flourish on the capital T was created using a flourish from the Dom Loves Mary Flourishes Two set.

I used Dom Loves Mary text font for  “TABLE 12” on the place card.

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And in this pic, I’ve used my Belluccia font and Borders.

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Here’s an example using Hand lettering.  Using a Calligraphy font gives you the beautiful look of hand lettering at a fraction of the cost.

That’s why I created them!

With either Belluccia or Dom Loves Mary, you can easily design all of your event signage and print off your own computer.

Have a Wicked Weekend!

Debi

Here’s where you can check them out:

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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.

Calligraphy Seating Chart


I recently had the pleasure of creating a Calligraphy Seating Chart for a wedding.

I always love to see the process of something coming together.  So I thought I’d share mine with you.

Calligraphy Seating Chart, Calligraphy, Wedding Seating Chart, Wedding Signs, Calligraphy font, Cursive font, Script fontFirst it starts with a pencil layout.  This type of project requires a great deal of layout as it is 22″ x 28″ and has 4 rows of 20-22 names.

Calligraphy Seating Chart, Calligraphy, Wedding Seating Chart, Wedding Signs, Calligraphy font, Cursive font, Script fontSo here’s my layout sheet.  I’ve also played with the bride and groom’s names at the top.  Although I ended up changing the design a little.

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Now it’s time to start using pen and ink to fill in the names and header. Here is a pic showing one column of names done and part of the second. I’m working closely from the typed list, blocking the names below the one I’m working on to avoid mistakes in spelling.

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Since the names were listed alphabetically, the way the names broke up left a larger space at the bottom of the third column.  This is the perfect opportunity to add a little illustration to the piece.

Because I laid everything out in advance, I was prepared for this and had created a design that fit nicely.

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Here is the finished piece mounted on foam core.  It was then placed in a 22″ x 28″ frame for presentation at the wedding.

If you have any other questions about how this was done, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Have a Mega Monday!

Debi

Here’s a graphic of Dom Loves Mary used on a wine bottle.  The font is now #3 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 and fontbros.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.

Free Printable Chalkboard Wedding Sign: Hay! We’re Hitched


One more printable chalkboard wedding sign for you.  This one was suggested by a bride and I just couldn’t resist making it.

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Corny but cute:)  Don’t you think?

If you want to enlarge this sign to fit on the back of a car or truck (or wherever) FedEx Kinko’s can enlarge it to the desired size.

They can also laminate it and/or back it with foam core to stabilize it.

Check out previous Free Printable Chalkboard signs here , here  and here.

Hope it’s a Wonderful Wednesday!

Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #5 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

Check out samples of it in action on my Calligraphy Fonts page.

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance !

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.

Wedding Program and Placecards on Wedding Chicks blog


It’s always fun to spot my cursive font Belluccia used in a beautiful way.

This wedding program and place card design were seen recently on the Wedding Chicks blog. They were both designed by Julie Goette of TenFourPaper.

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I fell in love with the colors and venue of this wedding in St. Louis.

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The blush pink and white flowers looked so light and beautiful.

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For the tables, the bride and groom named each one for a special neighborhood or landmark in St. Louis and New York.

Then each person at the table had a different smaller picture as a keepsake.  Cool idea!

To see more pics of this lovely wedding, click here.

All the photos are beautifully done by Clary Photo.

About my Calligraphy fonts:

The Dom Loves Mary font,  comprised of two totally different lettering styles that compliment each other, is now #7 on the Hot New Fonts list. It’s available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

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Check out samples of it in action on my Calligraphy Fonts page.

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance !

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.

Free Printable Chalkboard Sign: Just Married


Today’s Free Printable Chalkboard sign is….drum roll please:) “Just Married” created with my newest calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary.

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If you want to enlarge this sign to fit on the back of a car or truck (or wherever) FedEx Kinko’s can enlarge it to the desired size.

They can also laminate it and/or back it with foam core to stabilize it.

Or if you’re feeling crafty, have an enlarged print made and cut out the letters to make a stencil.

Be sure to leave some pieces of paper connected to each other in totally enclosed areas so it doesn’t create a space where you don’t want it to be. For instance, in the big loop of the “M”.

Purchase an aerosol can of Marking Chalk (normally used for sports fields) from Ace Hardware or Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Or colored Spray Chalk at a place online like Toolup.com.

Use the sign as a stencil to temporarily place the saying on the concrete or grass at a location where guests can see it!

I haven’t tried this yet but have seen it done online. I’ll try to find and post tomorrow.

Send me a pic to post if you do!

If you have a saying you’d like to see on a Chalkboard sign, leave a comment !

I’m in the sign making mode so you might just get your wish:)

Check out previous Free Printable Chalkboard signs here and here.

Hope it’s a Marvelous Monday!

Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #10 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

Check out samples of it in action on my Calligraphy Fonts page.

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance !

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.

Free Wedding Chalkboard Photo Booth Sign


Today I’m sharing another Free Wedding Chalkboard sign printable that I promised last week. This sign was created with my new cursive font, Dom Loves Mary.

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You can print this on white or light colored 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.  Put it in a frame or mount on foam core and you are good to go!

I love all the fun props that are being used in wedding photo booths.

Funky Sunglasses, mustaches, boas, hats…they all make it fun for your guests and look great in the pics later!

Is there a saying you’d like to see me make as a free printable?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

I’m in the mood to keep ’em coming:)

Have a great start to your week!
Debi

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The Dom Loves Mary font, #10 on the Hot New Fonts list, is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

Help me move it up the list!

Share this link on twitter or facebook : Dom Loves Mary calligraphy font

Or e-mail the link to friends who love fonts!

Go to my Pinterest page and re-pin items from my Dom Loves Mary font board: Dom Loves Mary font on Pinterest

Or you can always purchase it here: Dom Loves Mary font on Myfonts.com.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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.

FREE Printable Chalkboard Wedding Signs with Dom Loves Mary Calligraphy font


Today’s Free Printable Chalkboard Wedding Signs were inspired by a combination of my last post featuring a Chalkboard sign by Ciera Design.  And the giveaway contest I had on Brenda’s Wedding Blog.

The winner was chosen Nov. 12. She will receive artwork created with my Dom Loves Mary font including : 15 Table numbers, A Bride and Groom ( or Mr. and Mrs. sign), a set of 15 Table Number signs and 4 additional signs of the winner’s choice. (Ex: Sweets, Photo Booth, Thank you, Just Married, etc…)

Brenda asked the participants what they would want on their additional signs.  There were so many great responses, I decided to create the top 4 choices as FREE PRINTABLES  that you can download and print on 11″ x 8.5″ card stock.

Do me one favor,…if you like them, please  (with chocolate sprinkles on top) PIN them or share on TWITTERr or FACEBOOK:)

I put my Lettering Art Studio copyright mark to protect my work on the internet.  But you can easily cut out the black sign and adhere it to another piece of white or colored card stock when you are using it for your wedding.

I am having so much fun creating these, I’m going to post more tomorrow!

Enjoy!

Debi

Did you know the Dom Loves Mary Text looks really cool all on it’s own?  Here it’s used to tell a “Once upon a time” love story.

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Dom Loves Mary  is now #10 on the Hot New Fonts list  (thanks!!) and is available at: Correspondence Ink Type foundry .

We put together specially priced packages to help you save money so check it out and see which one will work for you.

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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