3.19.2012

Art Deco

I may be a born and bred Utah boy, but in my heart I am a New Yorker. I had the opportunity to live in the city for a summer and quickly fell in love with all of it's art deco architecture. From attending shows at Radio City Music Hall and visiting the iconic Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, I could not get enough of this art style!

With the Art Deco Cricut cartridge, I wanted to share with you everything that I love about this time period: streamlined trains and cars, iconic architecture, dapper men and baby dolls, elegant borders and motifs, and historical typography. For me, creating this cartridge was the bee's knees! And I hope that you will find playing with it is the cat's meow!

 


My favorite feature on this cartridge is the set of Stage Monogram fonts and frames. By combining one letter from the Stage Left, Center Stage and Stage Right Monogram fonts, you can create elegant monograms for gifts, cards, home decor, or even your wedding. Each of the monogram frames are available in 3 sizes, giving you the option of creating 1, 2 or 3 letter monograms.


This traditional 3–letter monogram can be used for both couples' and individual's initials. According to the rules and guidelines for monogramming, if the center letter in the monogram is larger than the rest of the letters, it should be used for the initial of the last name. For example, Curt & Elizabeth Jensen is abbreviated as CJE, and Curt R. Jensen is abbreviated as CJR. I also provided an ampersand in the font to be used for an informal couple's monogram.


By using just the Stage Left and Stage Right Monogram fonts, I created this 2–letter monogram. The traditional approach with this style of monogram is to showcase the last names of a couple. For example Curt R. Jensen and Elizabeth A. Beckstead would be abbreviated as JB. In the photo above, I went with an informal approach and abbreviated our first names: CE. When you are creating a 2-letter monogram for individuals, you would showcase their first and last name (Curt Jensen as CJ) or showcase their hyphenated last name (Elizabeth Beckstead-Jensen as BJ).


You can also create elegant initials and table numbers by using just the Center Stage Monogram font. Traditionally, a single letter monogram is used to showcase the first letter of either a person's first or last name.

The Art Deco cartridge is now available from Cricut.com. Click here to view the digital handbook or the cut book.

11 comments:

Diane Hodrick said...

Grabbed this one as soon as cricut.com put it up. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can check out the entire handbook. I think there will be some pretty amazing projects with this. The font is fabulous.

Sis Patterson said...

I thought this was your work! Love the monogram lesson - love the typeface and all of the images! Definitely will be adding this one to my collection!

L.B. said...

It went on my must have list as soon as I saw the monogram feature..i love the font but that feature is so great

Bunnyfreak said...

I thought this was your designs.

Amy E said...

Great job! I can't wait to get a closer look!

Scrappin with the bug said...

OK I must admit when I saw this cartridge I thought NOPE not wanted nor needed. Well not until you showed me the monograms and how they are set up. I'll have to reconsider and maybe get this. I love the font.

It's actually fun to see who designs the cartridges and when I saw this I thought it was your style.

MulticrafterAmy said...

I think this one is gonna be a hit. At least in my book. Saw it and wanted it as soon as I saw the font (yellow with green stripe sample) Have been wanting a font like that. I know what I will use it for. :)

Pat N. said...

The monograms are super! Great cart, Curt. TFS!--Pat N.

Michele Green said...

Awesome! I probably would never have put two and two together that the fonts ares slanted that way for a reason - duh! LOL :)

Thank you!

Gina piazza said...

Its on my desk , my problem is- there are TOO many awesome images; which one to cut first?!!!!!
Thanks for another awesome cart!

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

When I saw this cartridge, I had to have it! I thought it might be yours after seeing Art Nouveau. It is lovely! And what beautiful fonts!