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Old 02-12-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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I've been reading through a lot of older threads about printing your own sentiments on the computer, because I don't have many sentiment stamps. I'm just curious, for those of you that do this, what are your favourite fonts to use? And do you always print in black, or is there a way to match your font colour to your paper?

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I nearly always print sentiments in black - but then I nearly always stamp my sentiments in black, too. Most word processing programs will have a button on the toolbar so you can change the color of what you want to print.

I think I use black because then I don't have another decision to make, i.e. what color, etc. And also because I have younger grandchildren who play on my computer sometimes, and PRINT in color.

So my black printer ink is always more reliable and likely to work.

About fonts - I tend to take the easy way out there, too. Do you see a trend here? I have quite a few interesting fonts that came already loaded on my computer, and I have gone to free font sites and downloaded a few others.

I have a cute handwriting font that a popular pro scrapbooker made that was free that I use quite a bit, and I have a fancy scrolled calligraphy script font that I use a lot.

When I hear about folks that say they "love" fonts and have collected thousands of them on their computer, it makes my head hurt.

Again, this is just me. I don't want to be overwhelmed with choices. It takes me long enough to make up my mind as it is, lol. When I see a commercial for some new music gadget and they say it will hold 500 songs - that makes my head hurt, too. How could you possibly decide what to listen to if you had to choose from 500??
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I used to print a lot of my sentiments and had several different fonts to choose from (just search for "free fonts" and you'll find oodles. One word of caution: the more fonts you have installed, the slower your computer becomes. I often printed my sentiments out on clear label paper (the full sheet clear labels). Once applied to your project, the label paper is almost invisible. I don't do this as much now, because my stamp stash has grown quite a bit. But I would recommend checking out some of the free font sites and choosing the ones you like. The "Fabulous Fifties" font is one of my favorites; I just posted a card yesterday using this font, because I didn't have a stamp for the sentiment I wanted to use. I formatted the sentiment in Word, used purple because that matched my card, and added slight shading to the sides of the text box; here's the link to my card: Sand in My Shoes by uncbballfan - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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I always print my sentiments out with my printer. I also know that downloading tons of fonts will slow down the computer drastically so....I keep them in a separate folder on my computer called "My Fonts". I use the font manager and I love, love it.

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LOL at Bugga - yep, I can't understand having all that many fonts but sometimes I download ones that will go with the theme of my card. I have a patchwork one that I use a bit, a jungle leafy one that works with certain themes, and I just downloaded Moonstar for an outer-space card. But the novelty fonts have limited use, mostly I have a half-dozen tried and trusted reliables. Samurai for an Asian feel, I use that quite a bit.
I do sometimes match the colour as closely as I can to the card, but mostly stick to black.
If I'm planning to cut with a label or tag die, I'll print in draft first to check the sizing.

There's a great tutorial here on making fancier sentiments yourself: Custom Fit your Sentiments into your Die Cuts!
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I have a fair few fonts on my computer but tend to stick to a few regulars, though I do usually go through them all before making my decision, easy to do in Word 2010. If I'm doing an 'elegant' card I very often print in a shade of grey as it looks more sophisticated than plain old black. A lot of commercial cards print their inside sentiments in grey.
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I nearly always print sentiments in black - but then I nearly always stamp my sentiments in black, too. Most word processing programs will have a button on the toolbar so you can change the color of what you want to print.

I think I use black because then I don't have another decision to make, i.e. what color, etc. And also because I have younger grandchildren who play on my computer sometimes, and PRINT in color.

So my black printer ink is always more reliable and likely to work.

About fonts - I tend to take the easy way out there, too. Do you see a trend here? I have quite a few interesting fonts that came already loaded on my computer, and I have gone to free font sites and downloaded a few others.

I have a cute handwriting font that a popular pro scrapbooker made that was free that I use quite a bit, and I have a fancy scrolled calligraphy script font that I use a lot.

When I hear about folks that say they "love" fonts and have collected thousands of them on their computer, it makes my head hurt.

Again, this is just me. I don't want to be overwhelmed with choices. It takes me long enough to make up my mind as it is, lol. When I see a commercial for some new music gadget and they say it will hold 500 songs - that makes my head hurt, too. How could you possibly decide what to listen to if you had to choose from 500??
Bugga that is when you use the shuffle and just hit play and let it decide for you. Because you loaded all the songs on there so its not like there is any you don't like but if you're not in the mood just hit next. LOL

Now back to printing, sorry can't help you I don't print, just stamp.
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Bugga that is when you use the shuffle and just hit play and let it decide for you. Because you loaded all the songs on there so its not like there is any you don't like but if you're not in the mood just hit next. LOL

Now back to printing, sorry can't help you I don't print, just stamp.
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I have plenty of stamps to stamp on my cards. But if I want to put a verse on the inside of my card, lately I've been using fonts that are already loaded in Word. I use black ink and print on regular copier paper then attach to the inside of my card.

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I often print my own sentiments for both the front and inside of my card. I have literally thousands of fonts. I bought a CD from Walmart years and years ago with 10,000 fonts for about $5 (in a clearance bin). I try to match the font to the feel of the card. Sometimes I try to match the colour - which is easier in my graphics program than in Word. I also have a huge collection of dingbat fonts that I use as digital stamps. Lots of fun!
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Here is a thread for SU color values to help with matching printing to cardstock - at least SU cardstock.

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Here is a thread for SU color values to help with matching printing to cardstock - at least SU cardstock.

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I wish there was something like this for other brands!
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I print lots of my sentiments using the fonts in my computer. I usually print in black but will use color on cute or fun cards especially for children - or green for St. Patrick's Day, a pastel color to match an Easter card, brown or orange for Thanksgiving, and bright orange, green or purple for Halloween. I print them out first on printer paper to see if the size, color, etc. is right and then print them out on card stock and add to my card. I also keep a computer file for favorite sentiments for holidays, birthdays, etc.
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I print lots of my sentiments using the fonts in my computer. I usually print in black but will use color on cute or fun cards especially for children - or green for St. Patrick's Day, a pastel color to match an Easter card, brown or orange for Thanksgiving, and bright orange, green or purple for Halloween. I print them out first on printer paper to see if the size, color, etc. is right and then print them out on card stock and add to my card. I also keep a computer file for favorite sentiments for holidays, birthdays, etc.
Ditto, allows me to size the sentiment to fit where I need it. The only thing I can't do when printing a sentiment is heat embossing it.
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I get my fonts from DaFont.com and have to say that "Jenna Sue" is the one I use most often. Another one I like is "Nymphs Handwriting". Some that I like for one word, like one large word like Hello or something, is "Riesling" or "New Garden" . There are also Dingbats that, if you have time to scroll through them, there are some fun ones out there...I have printed them out and used them instead of a stamp once or twice There are also fonts that are almost exactly the same as famous fonts...like "Will and Grace" and "Loki Cola"
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I know some printers use pigment inks. Has anyone tried if these inks can be heat embossed?
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I get my fonts from DaFont.com and have to say that "Jenna Sue" is the one I use most often. Another one I like is "Nymphs Handwriting". Some that I like for one word, like one large word like Hello or something, is "Riesling" or "New Garden" . There are also Dingbats that, if you have time to scroll through them, there are some fun ones out there...I have printed them out and used them instead of a stamp once or twice There are also fonts that are almost exactly the same as famous fonts...like "Will and Grace" and "Loki Cola"
Thanks for sharing the names of the fonts you use most often. I don't have many installed on my computer, and I really liked the ones you named.

When I go to the free font sites, I have trouble deciding because they have so many. You helped me with your excellent choices. Thank you.
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I know some printers use pigment inks. Has anyone tried if these inks can be heat embossed?
I haven't had much luck with either of the dye or pigment inks in my printer for embossing - even if I get it on there as its coming out of the printer. What I found I have to do is spray my paper with a very thin coat of fixative before running it through. The fixative is really stinky, so I have to decide whether its something I really want to do because I have to do it outside. I don't emboss very often when its -20C here.
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I haven't had much luck with either of the dye or pigment inks in my printer for embossing - even if I get it on there as its coming out of the printer. What I found I have to do is spray my paper with a very thin coat of fixative before running it through. The fixative is really stinky, so I have to decide whether its something I really want to do because I have to do it outside. I don't emboss very often when its -20C here.
I have had some luck ink jet embossing with Paris No Bleed paper, and settings on my computer which allow me to increase ink volume. But you have to be standing right there with the EP and hit it right after it comes out. It helps if it is small, like a sentiment, so it does not take too long to print. And don't forget to use and embossing buddy before you put the page in the printer.
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I have generally found that if printing onto vellum then the ink stays wet long enough to heat emboss.
Fonts I particularly like are:
VIVALDI- lovely for Wedding/Baptism/Anniversary cards.
CANDY CANE,great for Christmas, or kids.
MINSTER, Numbers 1 to 6, which are a nice Olde English type script, but easily readable,
SCRIPTINA LIGHT, another nice fancy font,
BRADLEY HAND, a handwriting style font,
OLD SCRIPT REGULAR, fancy,
for dingbats:
PLAYING CARDS REGULAR- exactly what it says,
DAMASK DINGS 1, flourishes,
BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTS 3, flourishes,
NYMPHETTE REGULAR, gorgeous flourishes.
most came from Dafont, or Urbanfonts.
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Thanks for all the great font recommendations. I also get a bit overwhelmed by dafont and it is easier to look for something that someone recommends. For just some basic fonts that are already in word/powerpoint for those who don't want to down;ad, I like Noteworthy and Handwriting Dakota for simple casual fonts, Curlz for a fun bit more ornate.
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I change fonts often depending on the card. Some are more formal, like sympathy. Some are playful like a child's card.
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