Free Commercial Use Fonts…YES!

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Fonts are an artwork all their own and their designers create them with much anticipation and dedicated, focused work.  It is a shame to see an artist’s work not given the proper credit…always.  When you download the fonts, you will find files inside of the download that may give you history on the art or limitations of use.  Reading these notes, gives you a bigger picture of the thinking of their creator and also their limitations of use.

Here is a really awesome secret for keeping your fonts in order.  I use NexusFont .  It is a safe and free software download that allows you to type a sentence and then view the many different fonts all on one screen.  This makes it a bit easier to find the right type for your project.  The other wonderful thing about this software is that you can go in and create notes on your fonts so that you can see exactly what the license of use is without re-researching its limitations.  I can also see what type font it is, be it open or true type.   Pretty cool.  There are a few different programs like this but NexusFont is my go-to.

The fonts I am sharing today are 100% Free and Commercial Use is allowed with some limitations depending on the creator.   You can find A LOT of Free For Personal Use and half complete Demo fonts but here are complete collections for use in your art designs with only few limitations of use.  I have to say, this is a HUGE gift and should be respected with gratitude!

Here are the links to get them:
Breamcatcher by Typodermic Fonts
Freebooter Script by Apostrophic Labs
Amable by Manu Sanz Designs
Scriptina by Apostrophic Labs
Diehl Deco by Apostrophic Labs

NOTES:
The Script fonts will need an {Object, Path, Join} if you plan on outlining them.
Breamcatcher  and Diehl Deco are all uppercase.
Amable is upper and lower case.
All of these fonts are True Type.
Respect the artist’s license!
Free is still not without license!

Have a great week,
The Merry Makery!

 

Don’t Open…

…until Christmas!

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What makes me happy?  Graphic Design.  It makes me genuinely happy! It is what I do when I need to focus closely, be creative, and shut out the world for a moment.  I create with this medium often and yet, seldom share it.  I should though, more often.

These took many hours to create; balancing colors and lines, matching fonts, and interlocking pieces.  Studying and then creating some more.  It looks majestically simple yet was quite complex to create.

I created these tags, floating on inspiration, from a very, very vintage piece of Christmas past.  Something about the bubbly wording makes me feel just a little more facetiously festive!  It is tempting the anticipating heart in the sweetest of ways. Telling them to wait…patiently.

WAIT.

Enjoy the moment.

You don’t really know what is in store for you!

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Copyright The Merry Makery Free for personal use!

(Print on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.  Right click to save.  Created to be vibrant but use low color.  This is saved as a CMYK so it will print slightly different than shown here in RGB.  Test the page.  For personal use only.  Copyright Cherie Bergstrom/The Merry Makery.)

 

Be Merry Be Bright Cookies!

light upIf you feel like it, would you consider visiting www.mycookiecontest.com now through December 21, 2015 and casting a vote there?

I was enamored with this idea of popping some battery operated LED lights through cookies to create a glowing vignette!  I hope that this will be inspiration for someone’s wedding centerpiece or holiday party.  Imagine using them to light up a bunch of Rudolph noses or a poinsettia wreath glittering with lights. I would LOVE to see YOUR creations, please share!

My Cookie Recipe is here:
Making Dough!

and the Sugar Sand instructions are here:
Awwww, SuGar SuGar!

 If you have questions, please feel free to drop me a message and I will do my best to help !

To everyone who has stood by me through this, all I can say is THANK YOU!  I am touched and honored by the love and support as I ventured into not only creating this project but putting myself out to the public.

You have made this learning experience joyful.

Awwww SuGaR SuGar!

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Ready to make some sugars that glisten and pop without spending a ton of money on little bottles of joy?  Me too!  The recipe is really simple and this can make a little or a bunch.  You just adjust your amounts accordingly.  No little baggies and no stained fingers to boot because you won’t have a ton of condensed dye in your sugar!

Ready?

1 tsp. water with coloring to 1 Cup of sugar

Yes, that is IT!

I got up early this morning and whipped up a new batch while taking pictures for you.  It proved to take longer to fight through the media and posting than to create the sugar itself.  I have TONS of pictures for you so that you can understand why I veered away from using baggies and kneading and went right to the mixing bowl.

For the project of the Light Up Sugar Cookies, I started with 4 cups of sugar so that I didn’t have to go back and create more later.  I had a lot left over to say the least.

Here I am using two cups of sugar:1b

& two tsps. water in a cup:
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Dip the edge of a knife into some gel food coloring:
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And mix it in with the water:
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The final color will be MUCH lighter than what you see in your cup so don’t be afraid to use plenty of color!

Add your colored water to the sugar:
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Whip it Baby!
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Zoom!

Keep the cup handy to hold your utensils so that you do not get dye everywhere.  It just saves cleaning up an unnecessary mess:
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Turn off the machine and mix with a spatula.
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You will see chunks of uneven coloring.  Pet those into the sugar with the spatula.
Yes, pet…like you would your pup. Lightly spreading the color into the mixture.
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Looking better.  The color is a little dull because of the moisture.  No worries.  It will glisten up when it is dry.

And, whip again:
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The hardest part is over, now you just have to dry the sugar.  Simple right?  Wondering why we spend so much on little jars?  Me too!

Transfer out onto a cookie sheet:
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If you leave it like this, it will dry like this.  So, you are going to have to spend a little time fluffing it.
If yours gets away from you and dries, roll it with a rolling-pin.

Spread it out and then chop it to break up large chunks:

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Create airflow by whisking it around a bit:

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It is starting to dry and you can see the sparkle returning.
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Place into oven at 175 for 5 minutes and stir, then again five minutes and stir.
You are just moving it around a bit to allow the air to dry the water out of the sugar.
At some point it will be a bit…uh…crunchy and that is when you will remove it from the warm oven.
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We are just going to fluff it up by shaking it through a wire sieve:
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The mixture may be a bit moist still so cajole it with your fingers along the edges.
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Toss these last few leftover chunks.
They are hardened on the outside and filled with moisture.
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Repeat the process again to add more air:

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It is done!
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So. So. Pretty!
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Don’t you think?!
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