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Monday, January 23, 2012

Printable Alphabet Crafts | Family Economics

By Cathe

I found a fun alphabet in one of my vintage clip art books to share with you. I really like the twisted and intertwined detail of each letter. Below are two examples from my personal collection, one in black and one in red. Click on the link for the PDF file of the alphabet in black and also in red.

Here are some fun ideas for using large and ornate alphabets:

alphabet•    Print and frame for instant décor

•    Trim out rows of letters, wrap and secure each around straight-side glass vases

•    Trace individual letters onto fabric and embroider

•    Print letters of your choice onto iron-on transfer sheets and embellish a tote bag or T-shirt

•    Print and trim out initials as monograms to add to gift tags, notebooks or boxes

•    Print to ink-jet printable magnetic sheets, trim out individual letters and make unique refrigerator alphabet magnets

•    Use alphabet image as your computer’s wallpaper background

•    Print your own initial(s) to blank greeting card stock to create custom stationary

•    Enlarge one and use as a template for appliquéing a throw pillow

•    Print or copy individual letters with space around them, vintage tintrim into pennants or circles; connect all with string to create a fun name garland.

I printed the red set to cardstock, trimmed out my own initials with scissors and ran the letters through my Xyron Create-A-Sticker. With the sticker backing paper still attached, I covered the letters with a liquid dimensional glaze. Once dry I adhered my dimensional stickers to a vintage tea tin for storing supplies.

What would you create with this vintage alphabet?

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On Saturday, February 13, 2016, jenni wrote

thank you so much...these are fabulous!

On Friday, January 29, 2016, PrettyinPinkInk wrote

One of the prettiest fonts I've seen! Thank you for so graciously sharing your talent!

On Friday, June 5, 2015, " Jan from Brooklyn, New York " wrote

I absolutely love these fonts. Thank you so much for all of your work.

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Phoe from Germany wrote

Thanks for sharing!">

On Monday, May 12, 2014, orshina wrote

hello I love these letters but I need to make them bigger because I d like to cut them out individually pls,but somehow I can not edit a pdf , can you help pls? many thanks orshina

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, toni from essex wrote

love this xxx

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, yc wrote

Just found this, great blog and generous tips as usual. Love it x

On Friday, September 7, 2012, Karen K from Buffalo wrote

Wow...Thank you so much!...I haven't seen this kind of font before & I am so excited to find this..Don't know what I'm going to use it for first!!

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Bonnie from Maryland wrote

Fabulous Alphabet! I plan to use them on sale tags in an antique shop. Thank you so much!

On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, katy wrote

merci beaucoup c'est vraiment gentil

On Monday, February 20, 2012, Jennifer from MS wrote

Love The Alpha Thanks

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Jody in Iowa wrote

These letters are awesome and the ideas for uses are very helpful. Thanks Cathe!

On Sunday, February 5, 2012, Dawn in Alaska wrote

I love Cathe's posts the best on this site. Thanks again for a terrific project!

On Sunday, February 5, 2012, Julia P. from KY wrote

These are great, and your suggestions are wonderful! Love all you do, thank you for sharing your talents with us!

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, Pamela wrote

Cathe, would this puffy stuff serve to add grip to a glass bottle which I use next to my sink? It is much more lovely than the plastic bottle the DW liquid comes in . . . but it’s hard to hold onto with wet hands. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks! Pamela

On Sunday, January 29, 2012, Dragonridermom wrote

These are so much fun. Thank you.

On Friday, January 27, 2012, Cathe Holden wrote

Thank you "helpful"! Yes, I realize the "i" is missing. I find that often with antique typography sets. Many are used for sign-painters and the artist, for the sake of spacing of the alphabet, will omit letters like the "i" knowing that it can be reproduced easily from another letter. Hope it didn't put a snag in your project.

On Friday, January 27, 2012, Neire from São Paulo, Brazil wrote

Just lovely!!!!! I can't wait to use them!!!!! Thanks!!!!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Annie P. wrote

I love how they are dimensional. Beautiful!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Rose from Wisconsin wrote

Thanks for sharing.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, helpful wrote

Missing the letter "I"

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Frankie from California wrote

Wow!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, kate from minneapolis wrote

Thanks Cathe! You are simply THE BEST, and thanks for sharing how you created your initials. I am hosting a Valentien's Day party for some sweet little girls my friend is fostering, I know I can create some delightful things with your ideas. Thanks so much,

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Pamelotta wrote

I love that canister! The font of those letters caught my eye immediately. Good eye! I'm thinking I would personalize something for my daughter's room. There's something about those letters that's feminine and whimsical. Thanks for the link!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Marianne in Arizona wrote

Thanks, Cathe!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, LoretteC from LA wrote

I've been amazed with your work Cathe for awhile now. These are just lovely! Thank you so much for the freebies! These are beautiful!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Dee from Chicago suburbs. wrote

These are gorgeous! I'll be downloading and uploading into my digital scrapbooking software. Love it!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Judean wrote

love the way these look in red--also great with the dimensional glaze! Maybe I'll make a V-day banner to decorate for the big day using this alphabet--thanks!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Heather in Texas wrote

Oh my heck! Oh my heck! Oh my heck! I was just telling one of my friends how I needed a font like this for a sign I want to make with my last name! I have a lovely cabinet door, that is just aching to become a bit of home decor again! I can't wait to put it to work! Thank you for sharing this file Cathe, and thank you to SC Johnson for publishing Cathe's work!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Ducksnort Fiber & Jewelry wrote

I'm going to print them and then emboss them on upcycled soda cans...and probably use them on the pencil case I am going to embroider for my son :)

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, susan w wrote

Cathe, you are so generous with the VAST trove of freebies you offer. What fun you have in acquiring and creating them. I like the idea of creating the dimensional sticker before applying it. Now I've got to go look for things to sticker letters upon. Thank you!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Suze wrote

Thanks Cathe! I love your initials on the tin - I have a tin I will try this on.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe wrote

Thanks, Cathe. I've been looking for a suitable alphabet for a project. This is just what I need.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Sue C wrote

Great alphabet, Cathe! I really like the ideas listed, too - thanks! I may have to print out a few (in RED, of course!) for my "new" studio...

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Dream on the wave wrote

Thank you very much Cathe for these pretty letters. I think I know what I shall do with them, you gave me an idea!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Jennifer wrote

Lovely -- and I appreciate your detailed explanation of how you created your labels on the vintage tin.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Tracy from London wrote

Lovely! Thx for sharing your brilliant collection and fantastic talent!

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, danee wrote

super cute…. as always

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Marilyn in Victoria wrote

Cathy, this is so beautiful! I am a font junkie! My daughter is a Graphic Artist, I wonder why she doesn't send me stuff like this? I will have to tune her up! My little brain will be working overtime with these. Another great protective coating that is easy to use would be Ultra Thick Embossing powder with versafine ink. I actually made some wine tags the other day with thick cardstock, 1 1/2 inch circles with numbers, then embossed with the UTEE. They look amazing, just like the real thing. Originally they were made of metal, I am trying to get my husband motivated to make me some up. going to check out your freebies now, thanks sooooo much for sharing, Marilyn

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Tina wrote

Thanks for sharing your talent. You always have such great ideas.


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