Print Giveaway Contest

I haven’t updated this blog in forever, but it still gets regular hits… so I just thought I’d write a quick blog post to let all you passersby know that I’m running a contest via my Instagram and Facebook to win one of my photography prints!

Check out full details over at my other blog: http://www.superflash.ca/blog/contest 

1000followers_giveaway

Free Thanksgiving Printables!

Here in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving weekend!  I’d say Thanksgiving is probably my favourite holiday – not just because it’s my birthday weekend, but also because I think it’s awesome to have a day of the year that’s specifically dedicated to giving thanks.  This year in particular, I’m thankful for a lot of things – my family, first and foremost… my new job that I love, being in Canada… and so very much more!

So, I decided to create a printable for you and your families to share what you’re thankful for!

I'm Thankful For... free printables at Superflash Creative!

 

These printables are configured to print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper – there are two files – one that says “I’m thankful for…” and one that is blank.  You can use the blank one as a place card, or a note, or … well whatever you like.

To get the printable, surf on over to the Superflash Creative Facebook Page – click like, and then click the “free downloads” button in the tool bar – you’ll see all the free printables I’ve offered over time, and if you click back at any time, you’ll be able to see all the new content that’s added as well!

Free Downloads @ Superflash Creative

Favourite Fall Font Combinations

One of my favourite parts of graphic design is bringing fonts and colours together to create a piece of art.  As we’re ushering in a new season shortly, I thought now would be a good time to do a font pairing post, so today, I present to you some of my favourite fall font combinations.

I enjoy pairing thicker, bolder fonts with lighter ones, serif fonts with scripts, and so on.  I think you’ll see a pattern in most of the stuff I design, when it comes to fonts.  When you’re pairing fonts, just try to make sure there is contrast between the two fonts.  If you choose two fonts that are similar to each other, it’ll just look “off” and unpleasant to the eye, even if you can’t pinpoint exactly why.  There are many other rules to consider with typography (like leading, kerning, and so on), but contrast between fonts is definitely a good place to start.

So, without further ado, here’s my favourite font combinations for autumn:

Favourite Fall Font Combos from Superflash Creative

1. A Song For Jennifer  2. From The Woods 3. DK Kwark 4. Frente H1 5. Little Trouble Girl 6. KG Skinny Latte 7. Egrigio Script 8. Bountiful 9. Tall Trees 10. Acoustic Bass 11. Sketchetik 12. FFF Tusj 13. MA Sexy 14. Amatic 15. Bleeding Cowboys 16. Mesquite STD 17. Marcelle Script 18. Homestead 19. Colleged 20. Autumn 21. Rechtman 22. Mayonaise

 

For more fonts, please check out some of my previous font posts:

And of course, my “Font Obsession” board on Pinterest.

Check out the “Connect” page to see the Link Parties I link up to!

Free Printable: Chalkboard Easter Tags

 

 

 

It’s almost Easter and that has me thinking about Easter baskets!  Every good basket needs a tag, so I’ve created these printable chalkboard tags for you to download and share with all the little bunnies in your life! Simply download the high resolution PDF file, print, punch, tie and go!Free Printable Easter Tags from Superflash Creative

 

To download the PDF file, click HERE and hit “save as”.

Supplies needed:

  • printer
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • ribbon or double-sided tape

Instructions:

1. For best results, print on heavy cardstock.  Print and carefully cut along the edges of each tag.

2. Use the tags by either punching through a corner and attaching with ribbon, or attaching to a treat bag with double-sided tape.  Use the tags to embellish Easter baskets, candy jars, treat bags or any other gift you’re giving this Easter – Enjoy!

9 Alternatives to the Lobster Two font

When the font Lobster Two was first released, I went crazy for it.  I loved everything about it – it’s retro, it’s clean & easy to read, and it has a lot of flair.  If you browse around this site, you’ll notice my love for this font too.  Unfortunately, it was released as a free font, and just about half the world decided that they loved it too.  Now, Lobster Two is everywhere.  It’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing this font – dare I say, it’s becoming the new Comic Sans (not even linking to that one, because really, nothing is worse than Comic Sans, and I’m not going to proliferate it).  I think it’s time for me to get away from it – and I’d like you to consider moving on from Lobster Two as well.

Anyway.  Yes.  Lobster Two is a graphically beautiful font.  But it’s overused and it needs a chance to rest.  So today, I present to you 9 font options that are similar to Lobster Two.  Use these for a comparable feel, without being lumped in with the masses still using Lobster Two.  Most of these are free, some are free for commercial use as well.  Which is your favourite?  Are there any other fonts that you think are too overused in design today?  Leave some comments below!

Alternatives to Lobster Two, from Superflash Creative

1. Deftone Stylus 2. Fontleroy Brown 3. Grand Hotel 4. FF Jackie Block 5. Mission Script 6. Pacifico 7. Playball 8. Retroactive* 9. Sofia

* Note: this links to a demo version of this font, which does not include all the characters.  The full font is available by clicking through at the link provided.

 

Looking for more font inspiration?  Check out some of my other font posts below:

And of course, my “Font Obsession” board on Pinterest.

Last Minute Doctor Who Valentine – FREE!

Okay everyone – tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Did you manage to get your hands on the coolest Valentine’s ever?  My printable Doctor Who Valentine’s are still available on Etsy, ** EDIT: now available HERE for 2016 ** but if you want something quick and free, or you want to supplement the Etsy 4-pack, I created one more matching card.

Doctor Who Valentine's Are Cool - freebie printable

You can find it at the Superflash Creative facebook page – all you have to do is “like” the page, and then click the “Free Downloads” tab.  You’ll be able to download the full resolution version of this printable card (with no website tag at the bottom), as well as all of the previously released freebies!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Doctor Who Valentine’s Cards

Okay, so I’m still completely obsessed with Doctor Who – the more I watch, the more I want to be the Doctor’s next companion.  But seeing as how that can’t happen, I’ll just design stuff to feed my obsession.  My latest output?  Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Cards, available now on Etsy Edit: This file is now available HERE for 2016

Doctor Who Valentine's Day Cards by Superflash Creative

I designed them as a one-page printout, with all four cards on one page.  They feature my two favourite aliens – The Dalek’s and the Adipose (both looking unbelievably cute – I think it’s the eyes!), as well as the TARDIS and the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

For a quick Doctor Who freebie Valentine’s Day card, surf on over to the Superflash Creative facebook page, like the page, and click on the Free Downloads button 🙂

I dunno about you, but I’d be pretty stoked to receive one of these!  Anyone out there have suggestions for more themed Valentine’s Day cards? I still have a couple of weeks to get some done.  Leave notes in the comments!