Sunday, July 6, 2008
I participated in an alphabet swap on the Cricut Message Board Design Studio Forum. We were to design a new alphabet in upper and lower cases and numbers too. These are the alphabets I created.
These are done using Accent Essentials and Plantin Schoolbook. The letter files contain multiple mats to keep all of the cuts on the top of the mat so if you have an original cricut you can use these if you own the cartridges.
While the designs are welded to the letters for cutting individually, you would need to copy and past and shift the components to create any welded words (I keep hoping for an update that will allow grouping of welded elements so they can be moved as a unit).
If you want only certain letters and do not want to waste time and/or paper, you should open a new page of the file and copy and paste the letter and the flourish so that only the letters you wish to cut are on that mat. If the letters you want happen to fall in the same position on the new mat, you can either open yet another page or carefully shift the two pieces to a new location and make sure that they are touching in the same way as the originals (or you can improve upon my beginning and adapt as you please).
I was going for an elegant, fairy tale look with these. For the upper case I kept the flourishes on the left side and for the numbers I kept the flourishes on the right side but for the lower case the flourishes changed in size and location until I liked the way they looked!
Many variations are possible so feel free to take this as a starting point and adapt to your purposes!
Flourish Alphabet - Upper Case
Flourish Alphabet - lower case