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How to Add Embellishments to Your Handmade Projects

Posted on 10th May 2016

When creating handmade cards, cost is a big factor. Between purchasing different patterned paper, stickers, ribbon, dies and other embellishments it can become quite a pricey hobby!

Fonts are an inexpensive addition to anyone's stash as they can be used over and over again and you only have to purchase once, but did you know that fonts are not just something you can use to make sentiments!

With most fonts from Fontbundles.net you not only receive the fonts, they come with glyphs that can be accessed in character maps on a PC and Font Book on Mac.

Today I will be showing you how to use these glyphs to create embellishments for your handmade projects.

Handmade Quote Card

To make the card I created today you will need the following-

Calligraphy Font Bundle

Electronic Die Cutting Machine (Silhouette)

Patterned paper/stickers (Doodlebug Designs- Spring Garden)

Coloured Cardstock

Blank Card - 6x6 inch square

Thin metal dies - (Paper Smooches)

Sequins/gems

Adhesive

Items needed

1- Open up Silhouette studio and select the text style icon. Select the font Monica Script from the Calligraphy Font Bundle 

Open up Silhouette Studio

2- Select Character Maps on your PC (Font Book if you have a Mac). Select your font in the drop down box, click on the group by drop down box and select "Unicode Sub-range". A pop up box will appear. Scroll to the bottom and select "Private use characters" This will access all the glyphs in the font you have selected. Double click on the swirl glyphs you would like to use and then click on "copy".

Open Character Map

3- Click back onto your silhouette software and then click "paste". Your glyphs should appear.

Paste the glyph

4- Ungroup your glyphs.

Ungroup the glyphs

5- Adjust the size to what you would like to fit on your card. If you need them to be opposite for your card, copy and paste then flip. Next use the offset button to make a slightly thinner version of your glyphs.

Adjust the size of the glyphs to fit the card

6- Separate the offset from the original glyph and delete what you do not require.

Separate the offset from the original glyph

7- Move them on the page to fit your cardstock.

Move them to fit your card

8- Select the desired cut settings and cut your file.

Select the desired cut setting in Silhouette Studio





Cutting the swirls

9- Once they have finished cutting separate them from the cutting mat.

Swirls after being cut out

10- Take your blank card and fold. Cut the following pieces of patterned paper 

1 x  4 cm x 14 cm

1 x 3.5 cm x 14 cm

1 x 4 cm x 14 cm

1 x 8 cm x 14 cm

Adhere them all together overlapping each one slightly. the total size together should be approx 14cm x 14 cm. Adhere this to the front of your card.

11- Manually die cut 2 circles and layer them. Adhere to your card with 3D foam tape.

12- Add adhesive to your newly cut glyphs and adhere under the circles.

13- Place the sticker on top of the circles, then add a die cut sentiment.

14- Lastly add sequins and gems to the card.

The final product

Love Swirls Card

Glyph Swirls

The glyphs in a font are a fantastic way to add embellishments to your projects. 

If you have any fonts from Fontbundles.net there is a good chance you have some hidden glyphs you can use to make your next project extra special!!!!

Until next time.....

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