Since World Card Making Day is the official kick-off of the Christmas card-making season, you might be thinking of ways to make the process streamlined and efficient. There’s something about attacking a task with a plan that makes sense!
We love to share with you the joys of using the ready-made sentiments that we include in every magazine issue as well as in many of our special issues. We even have a Pinterest board that houses an easily accessible array of these go-to downloads. And they are free as FREE can be! Here are a few fun posts that will give you some great ideas of how to use our free downloads: here, here, and here.
But WHAT if you created your own? It’s really quite fun. You can choose everything—from the font to the color to the size. With all of options available online, you can create custom sentiments all by yourself, and then print them in multiples to use for your Christmas cards. Got a favorite Christmas Bible verse? Use it. Want to personalize your cards with your family’s name? Piece of cake.
When Cool Tools for Paper Crafters hit newsstands, I whipped up this blog post with some tips of how to do this sort of thing yourself. It’s something I’ve been doing for some time. I actually enjoy fiddling around with fonts. I can do it while watching a baseball game (Go, Tigers!) or my favorite television shows.
We have a great array of creative and whimsical fonts available at the Scrap & Paper Shop! Just take a peek, and you’re sure to be smitten with what you find there. I took some time to create a few of my custom sentiments not too long ago using some of the fonts I found there. Let’s take a look!
When creating your own sentiments, it’s important to choose fonts that fit together. These two fonts (CK Letter Home and CK Chunky) are fun & cute. I loved that with CK Chunky I could customize the word Christmas by coloring it in.
Another important design element is to choose fonts that complement each other. On the card below, the straight and simple sans serif font I used for many (CK Roxy) allows the emphasis to be on the word thanks (CK Elizabeth). Creating a whole sentiment using CK Elizabeth would be a little much, but using script fonts for emphasis is a good plan. Notice also that I chose brown as the sentiment color so that I could create a shabby card that echoes the soft sophistication of the sentiment.
Another fun element of creating your own sentiments? Using dingbat fonts, of course! Dingbat fonts are cute little pictures that you get by typing the letters on your keyboard. Take a LOOK at this cute dingbat font – CK Modern Girl.
Add one linear font (CK Cosmopolitan) to one flourish-y font (CK Little Women) and layer in a cute dingbat font (CK Modern Girl), and you can see that the possibilities are endless! I loved the opportunity to paper piece the dress. And remember, the dingbat fonts could stand on their own, too.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out the fonts at the Scrap & Paper Shop and get started creating your very own sentiments. In the meantime, I’m offering my sentiment for you to use as you choose. Just copy and paste the sentiment below or right click and save onto your own computer.
P.S. Check out the Moxie Fab World blog to see more on World Card Making Day!