Free Calligraphy Valentines!


So it’s valentines day and I thought I’d make some free valentines for you!

Just right click on any of the images below and click “Save image as”.

Save to your Desktop so you don’t forget where you put it!

They are made to fit a 5″x7″ card.  So you will need to insert them into your publishing document (Word, Photoshop, Illustrator..etc) and size down to fit onto half of an 8.5″ x 11″.

Then cut out and place on a colored piece of card stock folded in half. Red would be a good choice.

You may want to trim them up smaller so there’s enough of the paper color underneath showing to make a border.

Insert your own personal message inside:)

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This one is for you font lovers out there:)

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This one is simple and sweet.

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And this one is for those girls who like to spice it up on Valentines Day.  You know who you are:)

Again…add your own special words inside.

Show yourself some love today!

Best,

Debi

As always my two calligraphy fonts Belluccia and Dom Loves Mary are available for purchase  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.

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

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

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.

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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.

Personalized Lettering for Baby Nursery


Today I want to share a sweet personalized lettering project I did for a client’s baby nursery.

I know I promised you more chalkboard saying giveaways, and they’ll be coming.

But I have lots of projects I’ve been working on and wanted to fit that in so you can see what else I do besides create and promote my fonts:)

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It’s 11.5″ x 15.5″ and is lettered on 140 lb. Arches paper in pen and gouache paint in two colors of pink.  She even gave me a cute little pink baby sock to match the color:)

You KNOW I haven’t had one of those around my house in a loooong time!

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It’s really lovely to know that as Audrey grows she will have these as reminders of how very much she is loved.

And that is the coolest part of what I do.

Enjoy your Thursday!

Debi

Update on Dom Loves Mary font:  It’s a close race to the top 5 of the Hot New Fonts list! 

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

Making the Hot New Fonts  list is a huge deal for a new font. And I’m grateful to everyone who got Dom Loves Mary to # 10.

But what’s even bigger is making the next list: “The Rising Stars”.

Only the top 5 on the Hot New Fonts list make it to that next step. I was thrilled when my first font, Belluccia, was on it.

So I am doing all I can to spread the word about her sister, Dom Loves Mary to  get her on it as well.  (You know how it is with siblings.  They always want what the other one has:)

So I know it’s the start of holiday madness ( note to self: DO NOT release a new font just before the holidays!)

But if you care to help me here’s how you can do it:

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!

More free printables will be coming up!

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.

Watercolor Technique Workshop with Barbara Close


I’m always looking for ways to improve my lettering and design skills.  So when my local Dallas calligraphy guild, Kaligrafos, brought in Barbara Close for a Watercolor technique workshop, I signed up immediately!

Barbara is a fabulous teacher who introduced a variety of watercolor techniques that work well for lettering projects.  I was so ready for some fun after putting in so much work completing my Dom Loves Mary font.

Here are the results from my weekend of playing with Barbara!

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“Layer by Layer”

I was so inspired by the weekend activities that I even came up with original sayings!

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“Life is a Container”

Each of the pieces involves several techniques using a combination of watercolor, embossing, stenciling and collage. The sayings were brush lettered in gouache paint.  They were inspired by the works in progress and actually added after the each piece had been completed.

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Thanks for an inspiring, fun weekend Barbara!

My new Dom Loves Mary font is quickly climbing up the Hot New Fonts list!  My goal is to help it rise to the top 5 so it will hopefully move on to the Rising Stars list.

Please help spread the word by sharing the link :http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/correspondence-ink/dom-loves-mary/  on facebook, twitter or with anyone who might want to take a peek!

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The Dom Loves Mary font is now  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 flourished ornaments.

Our ACCOUTREMENTS PACKAGE containing 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.

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.

DIY Decorated Halloween Pumpkins


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Here’s my latest batch of decorated Halloween pumpkins!  If you remember the pic from a previous post showing personalized pumpkins, these were created for the same family.

It’s also the same client that I created the Halloween birthday invitations for using the mummy cookies in black  coffins.

Which is why I thought the spider web theme would work well.

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Here’s the DIY Instructions and supplies: You’ll need regular acrylic paint for the background and gloss acrylic paint for the lettering, and gloss yellow green paint for the spider and bat eyes, a pencil, a few different sized brushes and transfer paper.

( If you want to create this style of lettering, you’ll need a 1/2″ flat brush.)

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1. Copy and Save the image of the lettering style above and follow the arrows to create the strokes needed to make the letters.

If you are not comfortable trying to do the lettering yourself, you can trace the letters above. Or use a font to create the names in Microsoft Word.  Here’s a link to some free fonts that would work well: Ghoulish, Nightmare, Rocky would all be good choices.

(To download, click on the apple icon for a Mac and the Windows Icon for PC.  If you don’t know how to add a font to your PC- just Google the question.)

2. Once you’ve created the names either by tracing or printing from your computer, make sure they will easily fit on to the pumpkin of your choice.

3. Using a pencil, draw the background design around the are where the name will go. Make sure the name will fit inside the area. I used bats and spider webs for my backgrounds.

4. Using regular acrylic paint, fill in the background area  with a large brush.

5. Once the paint dries, tape the piece of paper with the name on it onto the pumpkin.  Using transfer paper, which can be purchased at any craft store, trace the letters onto the pumpkin.

6. Paint the letters with gloss acrylic paint using an appropriate size brush. Add spiders, webbing, and eyes as needed.

That’s it!

Enjoy this beautiful fall day!

Debi

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This is a sample of my soon to be released fon “DomLovesMary” in use with special flourishes and “Add on” word.

The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!

It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page.

I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog soon.  Subscribe to my blog to get the details.

In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

Hand Lettering on Mirrors


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The theme was “You are our sunshine”.  So, while my photos are not the best, the words to the song are what was inscribed on these 6′ x 3′ surfaces.

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I used a water based yellow gouache paint, per the hotel’s instructions to use something that could be easily removed.  Good advice:)

It worked very well on the smooth glass surface.  And complimented the yellow and gray theme of the party decor.

The client was thrilled with the results and promises to send professional pics.  I’ll be sure to share.

The countdown is getting closer for the release of my new font.  We’re looking at next week.  Yeah!!!

I hope it’s as well received as my Belluccia font was!

Until then, I’m wishing you more sunshine and less gray skies:)

All the Best!

Debi

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This is a sample of my soon to be released fon “DomLovesMary” in use with special flourishes and “Add on” word.

The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!

It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page.

I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog soon.  Subscribe to my blog to get the details.

In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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