Cake Toppers Anyone?

Well, after 2 years of waiting and waiting and waiting... my laser cutter and engraving machine ARRIVED! It's been a long few years of creating and designing products specifically for my new machine. Now the time has arrived... I HAVE CAKE TOPPERS! 

Each special cake topper is cut and/or engraved out of maple wood or clear acrylic which can be painted and sealed depending on customer requests. The last few cake topper designs have been created on my IPAD using my handy dandy apple pen. I have created my own special calligraphy brush stroke that I use make each design. Some creations have been from clients-- hand designed custom crests or calligraphy from other artists. What a wonderful way to collaborate! 

A very popular cake topper idea right now is a custom monogram or letter cut to fit the top of a wedding cake, rehearsal dinner cake, birthday cake or mothers day cake. Funny cake toppers are great for milestone birthdays, bachelorette parties, backyard BBQ's and all kinds of festive affairs. These cake toppers are food safe and can be reused, so grab yours today!

If you have a custom cake topper request, please give me a shout. I love hearing your ideas! To purchase a cake topper please visit my Etsy page:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/ifsoinklined

How to become a calligrapher!

Several times a week I get requests for my level 1 beginner calligraphy workshop here in Virginia. I love the fact that people are so interested in learning how to create beautiful letterforms. It truly is a lost art and has become popular in the wedding and event industry.

If you are interested in becoming a part time or full time calligraphy artist, then there are a few things you must do. First, take my beginners level 1 course! I provide you with ALL of the materials and information to get you started learning calligraphy. I only teach with the materials that I actually use in my daily work. I take the guess work out of learning how to write in copperplate calligraphy. I also provide you with monthly updates and free downloadables to keep you moving in the right direction. You don't have to have beautiful handwriting to learn calligraphy! Remember, it is a skill you are learning.

Secondly, you must PRACTICE! I know, easier said then done, but it's true. Like anything you do in life, you must keep working on the skill and building on it each day to become successful. I suggest practicing every day for 2 weeks at 1 hour at a time. Keep all of you practice sheets and then check back each week to see how far you have come with your writing. It's amazing! 

Last but not least... I offer a level 2 calligraphy workshop at least 2 times a year. It is important that you continue educating yourself, especially if you want to become a part time or full time calligrapher. The workshop appears at first as expensive, but ask anyone who has taken the class. You will find that it is worth the investment! Actually, the class is worth twice as much, given the amount of information you will receive. So what have you got to lose? Bring a friend and join the calligraphy movement!

If you are interested in taking my workshops, CLICK THE PHOTO BELOW.  Currently, there is a level 1 beginners class available for purchase. I look forward to teaching you how to create beautiful pointed pen lettering! 

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New Products are here!

I love weddings! And baby showers! And parties! Over the years, I have worked on thousands of wedding invitations, calligraphy wedding day signs, place card lettering, and envelope addressing ( to name a few ). BUT, now I have decided to start branching out and offering some products. It's amazing the things that can be created with calligraphy and art!

My fist launch is my line of coffee mugs.  You can purchase one today for your sweet mom, grandma, new mom or friend for Mother's Day on Amazon here:

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WC8RTW

If you are looking for something unique give me a shout! Keep checking back on my blog for upcoming laser cutting products such as cake toppers in wood and acrylic, wedding vows cut in wood, house warming gifts and more!

 

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Tis The Wedding Season!

WeddingInvitations and Envelopes-- OH MY!

It's amazing how calligraphy designs come alive when paired with a lovely block font. Designer,  Sue Corral of http://suecorral.com in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia, knows exactly how to make my calligraphy jump off the page. Have you ever thought about a calligraphy invitation? To save money, only have your names and a few key pieces of information added to your wedding invitation suite. As you can see, it allows your names to stand out, while conveying the important information in complimentary font. For an invitation quote, head over to Sue's website and she will get all of your information and paper needs that match your budget. Give me a shout if you have some lettering ideas in mind. I have some amazing products and calligraphy workshops coming this summer, so be sure to check back often! Until then, brides and grooms, happy wedding planning

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