Free Designs from Dingbats & New Silhouette Retreats

I am so excited to share with you that we have new Silhouette Retreats scheduled — So many of you have asked for Retreats in different parts of the country!  I’m sure you can understand how much goes into locating a venue & planning for these.  So, after some research,  I’ve discovered a treasure of a retreat center in Ohio!   So, we have a Silhouette & Spa retreat scheduled for May in Ohio;   And we have a new Getting to Know Your Silhouette scheduled for June in Richmond – -as well as the Silhouette 2.0 in Atlanta in April!    Check out all the details for all of our upcoming events right here.

Now…..  on to Dingbats!

Damask Dingbats

Damask Dingbats

So, when you first read the title of this blog post, you might wonder — “hmmm, I know some dingbats — but they never give me free designs!”    While one definition of dingbat is  “A weird thing, person or situation, a person considered stupid or foolish,”  that’s not the type of dingbat I’m talking about!   

In the typography world, a “dingbat” is defined as “A set of fonts showing pictures instead of letters.  Dingbat fonts are digital type where each character is a small graphic or icon — picture fonts.”  

Since the Silhouette Studio software will recognize any true type font that is installed on your computer — any dingbat font that you install & open in Silhouette Studio will come in as a cut file!  All ready to go — nothing else to do!

One of these such fonts is “Damask Dingbats 1” that I downloaded free from dafont.com    If you aren’t sure about how to download and install fonts — I have a little YouTube video that can help!

Each font also has a “Font Map” that shows you which keyboard character gives you which design.  That map looks like this:

Font Map

 

You can save this Font Map onto your computer, if you’d like to use it as a reference — but there are other ways to view your fonts.  If you own a PC — there is a free Font Manager that you can download for your fonts, called Nexus Font Manager.  Again, another video to show you a little about using this program.

If you own a Mac, you can do basically the same thing in your Font Book Application.  Simply open the Font Book App, and from the upper toolbar, select Preview and Repertoire from the drop down menu.

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Now, you simply treat these like a font & open any dingbat that you’d like & use it like any other cut file!

If you would like, you can simply type in the alphabet on your screen, with the Damask Dingbat selected — and preview it like this!  I typed in the Upper Case & colored it in red — then the lower case in black!  You could even save it as a reference in your library, if you think this is a font you’ll be using a lot!

Damask Dings in Studio

Damask Dings in Studio

Here’s an example of a few things that I created with this free font!  (The “Love” in the circle was from Samantha Upright Pro.)

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So, I hope this post has inspired you to get creative with Dingbat Fonts!!  There are lots out there with all types of themes!  Go for it, and I’d love it if you’d post what you’ve done on my Facebook page!   https://www.facebook.com/TerriJohnsonCreates

And I hope that you will be able to join us at one of our awesome retreats!    Hugs, Terri

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Comments

  1. Terri,

    Thanks for the info on how to view the fonts on my computer. I have a Mac and I never learned. It makes it really hard when creating since I have downloaded tons of fonts for my Silhouette. And I love these dingbats. I am adding them. Found you through the Sil Challenge group. I”m in Acworth.