Free Commercial Use Fonts…YES!

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

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.


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.)


Vintage Paper Cupcake Toppers Free to use

Busy…busy…busy!  We are sending out more Christmas treats this week and so I quickly threw together some tags to top our gifts with.  I am all kinds of stuck on Kitschy Vintage Christmas so I used snips from vintage greeting cards to create my frippery!

Kitschy Vintage Paper Cupcake Toppers Free at Merry Makery

Never is the paper complete without a little glitter but I will tell you that these looked great even without it!  Here I am using Martha Stewart’s Blue Topaz and Red Corundum glitter.  Her glitter is very high quality and a little goes a long way with great coverage so about 3 or 4 taps of each color into a small bowl is appropriate for this project.
Kitschy Vintage Paper Cupcake Toppers Free at Merry Makery

I am starting to envision these on other projects already since they are so darned cute!   I would love to feature your crafts made with these tags if you decide to use them too!

BEFORE YOU PRINT:  I have tried this two ways and the only way that print comes out clean is to click on the picture and then save it.  If you save the picture directly from this post, you will get a fuzzy mess!  For personal use only, be nice and please do not resell.

As Promised:

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I have tried this two ways and the only way that print comes out clean is to click on the picture and then save it.  If you save the picture directly from this post, you will get a fuzzy mess!  For personal use only, be nice and do not resell.

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Christmas Blessings to you ALL!

Rustic Stick Stars!

framed-starMy dear friend in Texas has been spending some of her extra time helping me proof read my work and I really wanted to send her a thank you.  Her taste is never frilly or too ornate instead she enjoys a more primitive décor.  So, I have been working on a rustic rag festooning for her.  Since she is in Texas, that means a star should be incorporated into the project.  Enter the making of a stick star or wicker star as others have called them!  They are popping up everywhere, big and small, floating over fireplace mantels and swinging from front patios.  Beauty is in the detailing.

It is the perfect season to make them here in the Rockies.  The leaves have fallen, showing the bare bones of the trees which makes it very easy to spot a perfect branch for this project.  What you want to avoid is a dry stick.  They break easily and are a waste of time.  You are looking for a branch that is thick enough to be sturdy but still has some bend to it.

If you look closely, in the center of my tree, you will spot a small group of branches that have grown straight.  This is just what we are looking for.


Cut five pieces of branch to match in size

Band two sticks together at the top

Add two sticks to either side and band at the bottom


Now, rotate the two outer sticks so that they go behind all of the other sticks.
(I missed a picture here so only one is positioned properly.)
(In fact I am not sure how I even got this shot.)


The last stick is tied across the front, meeting up with the two back sticks.
(It is here that you will be glad your branch has some bend to it.)

Trim your string and work a bit to position your star to your liking.



If you are making larger stars, it might be easier to use rubber bands, then tie your sting over the top, and last cut the rubber bands out.  I use fresh rubber bands and never leave them on because they snap after time.  A quick spray of paint can help you to tie your color palette together and really get your deco on.  I am thinking white on white for front door this year!

Now, I am off to sneak in a burlap bow and some woodland graphics as a final touch on this project.  Wishing you a Merry Making of much!