Debi Sementelli just released a bold version of her beautiful Belluccia Pro font! She sent me over a copy and I was immediately inspired to create this soft, watercolor image for my desktop in February! This design is now available for free as a desktop and iphone wallpaper over on the Whimseybox blog!
I also added print yourself Valentine’s Day cards to the Etsy shop, including this design!
A VERY SPECIAL DEAL FOR CIERA DESIGN READERS!
All of you lucky ducks get 40% off of Belluccia Pro Boldwith discount code “cieradesign” through March 15!
Good luck!! Have any questions, feel free to contact me. If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. I received a copy of Belluccia Pro Bold c/o Correspondence Ink. All opinions are my own.
Before I start sharing some new favorite fonts this year, I though it would be fun to show y’all the most popular fonts of 2013 (according to MyFonts). I have already featured a few of them here over the past year as some of my personal favorites. Did you have a favorite font in 2013?
I have had a pretty major sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. My family tells a funny story about me trying to lunge out of the shopping cart as a baby whenever my mom went past the candy aisle! Needless to say, I have to try pretty hard to resist all of the candy my kids bring home from trick-or-treating. These fun little surprise cookies with candy nestled inside are a great way to use up all of those delicious little mini candy bars from Halloween. Make a batch and give them to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Surprise!
To go with these Candy Bar Surprise Cookies, I chose a cute Halloween font, Sketch Bones. There aren’t too many occasions that call for really cartoony fonts, but if you can’t write out a message with cartoon bones at Halloween, when can you?!
about 30 mini chocolate candy bars, unwrapped (Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, etc.)
Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir to combine. Use an ice cream scoop to shape the dough into balls. Take a dough ball in one hand, and flatten it slightly. Place a mini candy bar in the middle of the cookie dough, and carefully fold the dough up and over the candy bar, completely enclosing it in dough. Reshape as needed. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough balls and candy bars, placing 12 cookies per baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just beginning to turn golden on the edges. Remove from oven, cool on sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
I shared one of Debi Sementelli‘s fonts, Dom Loves Mary, a few months back and she just released another beauty called Cantoni! I just love using her fonts, they are so much fun! And once again, Debi is offering a huge discount to Ciera Design readers! Cantoni is 40% off with code “cieradesigns” so go grab it while this offer lasts!
The Cantoni font family is a hand lettered font with a variety of standard and alternate characters that play together well and has a total of 1265 glyphs, wow! Lots of additional features are also included, like roman numerals, fractions, ordinals, ornate and old style numbers, greek symbols, a set of flourishes, ornaments and DIY wedding words and images.
Named after my large Italian family, the unique variety of letters based on my own fluid upright style of brush lettering, reminds me of every family I know. There are creative and conservative siblings, crazy in a good way cousins, affable aunts and corny joke telling uncles who somehow come together and form one cohesive unit.
In the same way, using the Open Type features to insert a “wild t”, begin a name with a “flashy f” or end a word with a “rambling r”, the font comes to life. The party starts. The fun begins. And soon they’re all laughing and dancing up and down the baseline. Like a family gathering to celebrate a special occasion, there is a palpable sense of joy expressed through the letters and images, not unlike the sharing of good food, memorable stories and lots of laughter. - Debi Sementelli
With summer winding down, we’re trying to squeeze every last ounce of sunshine and warm weather out of each day. Ice cream sure helps, and what’s even better is ice cream that tastes homemade but doesn’t take forever to make. This tart and tasty lemony treat is so refreshing and so simple, you’ll find yourself wanting to make it again and again for as long as ice cream weather lingers.
The month’s Font Feast recipe was inspired by Melany Lane, a sweet and simple script font that looks hand-drawn.
1/2-gallon carton of good vanilla ice cream, softened slightly 8 fl oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
In a large bowl, combine softened ice cream with thawed lemonade concentrate, stirring gently until mixture is well-combined. Cover with plastic wrap, putting the plastic right on the surface of the ice cream, and freeze until hard.
I love a good, bold script, don’t you?! Jam jars; Warhol’s “Tomato Soup”; chalk lettering and baseball. Those were the triggers to make this soft chancery cursive turned into a script font. Brand by Maximiliano Sproviero is thought mainly for packaging but can be used in magazines and invitations also. Pro styles are loaded with the most complete sets of alternates, ligatures and ornaments; while Std styles are smaller versions of the font, with no decorative alternates. This awesome font is super affordable and is an extra 10% off right now! And as always there are a bunch of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.
Love this font! Naïve is a handwritten serif font designed by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin from the french foundry La Goupil Paris. The three weights of this new parisian typography can be enhanced with three weights of two alternates fancy glyphs for each letter, the “Fantaisies”, to improve your designs and bring a more poetic and unusual feeling. They also designed an inline bicolor version of this typeface, Naive Inline. Annnnd, this beautiful font is 50% off right now! There are also lots of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.
Happy Friday! I have a new favorite font for you guys! Looking at this font just makes me happy. It makes me feel like a fun summer is approaching and I just want to go eat snoballs, ride a ferris wheel and lay out on the beach!
Mikado is a friendly, casual type family designed by Hannes von Döhren. It is intended to be used everywhere where a pleasant feeling should be conveyed. It has the openness and regularity needed for agreeable reading, and a lively and informal appearance that makes it shine in large headlines, slogans and logos. Mikado has a positive, kind of “out-of-the-box-appearance” in big sizes, but because of its straight architecture the fonts are also very legible in smaller sizes and longer texts – in print or on screen.
Mikado is equipped for complex, professional typography with alternate letters, ligatures, arrows, fractions and an extended character set to support Central and Eastern European as well as Western European Languages. Love Potion and Brandon Grotesqu, two of Hannes von Döhren‘s other fonts have shown up on this blog before as favorites!
As I have mentioned in the past, I love fonts that have layering options and I’m back today with a new one for you! Trend is a font made of layers with both a sans and a slab serif option and lots of different styles including inline, shadows and dingbats! Loving this font, hope y’all do too!
While love is in the air, I want to share the cutest little hand drawn serif font family, Love Potion. Three fonts (regular, bold and ornaments) that include extravagant ligatures, swash letters, catchwords, arrows, borders and other little specials. Seriously adorable, right?
Zander and I are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight. With Mardi Gras on Tuesday we just couldn’t handle it yesterday. Did you do anything special yesterday?