Starter Set vs. Most Popular
Our most popular font is Margarita (also known as the "Peony Blooms Font Duo by Emily Spadoni"). Margarita is a two part font that was meant to be paired with Peony Blooms to create a unique look with flowy vs emphasis words in a saying or phrase. These two fonts are very different, and juxtapose one another perfectly. As they should! They were meant for one another!
Margarita comes in three sizes: 5mm, 3mm, and 1.5mm -- and it is a unicase font -- meaning that it doesn't have a specific "uppercase" or "lowercase" set to it; it's just ONE case - and all of the letters are the same size/height to one another. Having a unicase font in your stamping arsenal is wonderful because you are only purchasing ONE set of letters (and not two in an upper and lowercase sense) -- and it's universal; the letters all go together perfectly and you don't need to worry about odd sizing or low hanging letters not fitting on a blank.
In addition, Margarita isn't a super feminine/masculine specific font - making it wonderful for any message you want to hammer on your metal. The unique look of Margarita having short/lower left/right sides per letter make it easy to hammer with or without tape, but the look isn't as clean and organized as some may prefer. The thicker lines in Margarita give it personality, but can also be a challenge to fill in color for a new or inexperienced stamper.
It is for all these reasons that Margarita is our "most popular" font, by far. So why isn't it our "recommended starter set" font?
Contrastingly, Shadows Into Light is a crisp, thin-lined, easy to hammer font that lines up smoothly, stamps beautifully with or without tape, and also has no specific gender associated with it. With and/or without tape, Shadows never disappoints -- making it the perfect font for any occasion or message.
Shadows comes in an uppercase and a lowercase font set - but that doesn't mean you need BOTH to start out. Each set looks beautiful on its own or used together. The thin lines fill in color easily and effortlessly, making it a breeze to use and finish pieces with minimal effort. Shadows Into Light comes in two sizes: 2.5mm and 3.5mm which are typical sizes perfect for small to medium size blanks.
This font also looks great when the letters are beside one another or spread apart slightly, as you learn how to maneuver as a stamper and how to feel out stamping.
Ultimately, the choice is yours, future-Fixationist! We are here to help, hammer examples, and answer any burning questions you may have! You cannot go wrong with either font -- so shoot us an email if you need a little more TLC and we'll see what we can do to help!