Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What's in a name?

What to do when you only have one or two fonts for your favorite die-cut machine? Alter them!!
When I first started out, I used the Coluzzle system-plastic templates used to handcut your paper using a special swivel blade. A time-consuming process, but it was cheaper than a Sizzix. (**You can use these tips on any title you create, using any method to cut out your titles.)

This first sample is just a simple title that is using the base letter (yellow) and shadowed or matted (white).

2nd example uses the same font as the first one, I just emphasized the bubble theme by first punching a strip of blue CS with the CM bubble punch, then cutting out my letters. I tried to place bubbles near the natural letter openings so you could still read the letter, finally shadowed in white CS.

3rd example-again using the exact same font as the first two. This time, I took a cue from the photos. I wanted the title to look like what I was photographing. I used various colors of CS as the base letter, shadowed in yellow CS. Each letter was then "sprinkled" with the confetti from several small punches.

(Sorry for the rotated pictures, can't figure out why?)
4th example-once again, using the same font--I handcut a drippy icicle shape out of strip of white CS and ran it through my X-sticker maker. Then I layered the sticky white icicle strip on strips of CS (orange, green and pink) and cut out each letter, so that I got some of the colored CS and the wavy white. I wanted it to look snow-tipped on the top.

All simple techniques to alter a font. Using these suggestions, you can use the same font over and over in your scrapbooks and no one will be the wiser.



Salina said...

Love the layouts!!! I need to play more with my fonts.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice~

scrappingranma3 said...

Great job i think you should teach this at a crop. I am sure there is a lot of people who are unaware of this technique...