Friday, February 24, 2012

Cute Typography

Typography is an area of design that can be rather hit or miss for people. I  struggled with it for a long time. I just needed to find my niche with it. Go figure it would be cute! I noticed there aren’t a lot of typographic stamps or images that appeal to me. This was one reason for me to start making my own cards from scratch.

I created the text using my favorite crafting tool, Adobe Illustrator! An unconventional favorite crafting tool but I use it for many of my cards. I started with one of my favorite type faces, Century Gothic. I then used some other favorites like the color pink and polka dots! After printing my card I colored the pink area with a metallic gel pen to make it sparkle and shine. I placed black rhinestones above the letters, and inside too. Im not usually a monochromatic designer but I do like chosing a bright color and making it pop using black and white. (Monochromatic is one hue which means black and white doesnt count, thats achromatic)

I absolutely love this card so I had to enter it in some challenges!
The Paper Shelter- Add a Sentiment
Paper Creations Ink- Show Us Your Style Using Your Favorit Technique
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog- Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps- Monochromatic
Digital Tuesday- Make it Sparkle
Always Crafting- Anything Goes
Paper Makeup Stamps- Word Art
Lexi's Creations- Monochromatic
Nettie G's Digital Gems- Your Showcase
The Pink Elephant- Print It

I also made some other typographic cards while I was at it!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

To My Loving Valentine

I know its a little late to still be talking about Valentine's Day but I wanted to share with you my favorite project of all. This is the Valentine I gave to my Valentine this year!

Embarrassing fun fact but I made his card about a month early! I got inspired and had to go for it. My Valentine and I have a special and dorky relationship. The little monsters are just perfect for us (I’m the yellow polka dotted one, go figure).

I rendered these little monster versions of us mostly in marker and gave the one a big googlie eye. Originally I mounted it all on a dark blue card because I liked the colors together. After about a week I changed it because red is more Valentine's Day after all. Good thing I started early!

I spent Valentine's morning making homemade chocolates while my Valentine was in class. These handmade chocolates needed a handmade box. I arranged tiny hearts and the word LOVE and embossed them with the Cuttlebug. He is also a graphic designer and a boy so fluffy lovie dovie was out of the question. Nice and fairly simple white on white placed on the same dark red as the card. I was so proud to give this to him. He is truly great and deserved a gift made with love!