How to make the best with less!
Fonts that are considered "feminine" are fonts that are
cursive, scripty, calligraphic, and swirly. Fonts that fall into this category:
Masculine fonts and neutral fonts are kind of parallel ideas, but we like to consider SERIF fonts more masculine.
You may see a couple of fonts on this list that also pop up on the neutral list,
but that just means you have a font that works in two places! More for less, right?
Tender - a wide, thin-lined font that has a ton of personality for having such basic lettering. This font comes in a few different sizes, and personally, it is one of my go-to fonts in 2mm for the in between words I want to sneak into a sentiment that doesn't take up much vertical space. The lowercase letters feel smaller than they should, making them a good suggestion for people who do standard width rings. This font looks best with tape and a lot of space if you choose the larger font style.
Some sets you look at and think "WHEN would I use that?" and those are the fonts we like to call "fun".
They have a TON of personality.
They scream a visual message and look best when they are used as ONE or TWO emphasis words mixed in with other font(s) in a full, stamped sentiment.
This list is going to be a long one because we have so much fun making fun fonts! I'm not going to go into a ton of detail on these fonts because they either appeal to you or not (and you know your stamped work and your plans better than I do), but I will briefly mention tape and metal recommendations.
- Y2K Pop Muzik - all metals - no tape looks best. The "alternate" set as different letters to pop in the place of the uppercase letters to give words a different look and feel even when using the same letters. Take a look at the alternate "o"!
Fonts that fall in this category are fonts I like to call "every day" fonts, or "speech fonts".
These are the fonts that you were read as the words in this paragraph:
a standard message with no male/female intonation.
A font that is perfect for everything and anything, every day.
- Rockford - if you were to take Shadows Into Light and give it 25% more personality, you're looking at Rockford. Some of the letters are little oversized to the font, really changing the look and feel of the font and keeping it comfortably neutral. The lowercase of this font in 2.5mm looks amazing as those in between "fun" and "feminine" words on your stamped pieced. Thin lined means all metals.
- Rah Rah Rah - giving off a more casual vibe, Rah has a beachy-feel that works with any neutrally intended phrase or sentiment. Thin lines means all metals, tape or no tape, and a little wider than the Rockford and Shadows fonts.
Our font list is ever growing and this list won't be updated as frequently as I would like as we add new fonts to our website -- but I hope it gives you a starting off point for how to SEE a font, how to CATEGORIZE a font, and how to organize it in your stamping arsenal and workshop.
Leveling up will be seeing phrases and thinking, "that word is a feminine word! I can use that as the emphasis word in this phrase..." or "look at the funny quote! It needs that one word to be 'fun' word -- I know the perfect font to emphasize that word!" That, my Fixationist friends, is when you'll realize you have leveled up as a stamper!
Happy stamping, Fixationists! You've got this!