DIY Bookish Valentines Day Cards
Mixing DYI with pop culture is a huge recurring theme on ThatFictionLife, remember the Stele cake pops and Book cakes from Halloween? For Valentines, I designed cards themed around some of my favourite books and tv shows using free fonts from Design Bundles. With Valentines Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming all your loved one’s interests, as a card inspired by the fandom that means the most to them adds the perfect personal touch.
The first card is for all the Witches and Wizards who need a magical card. I adore all potions but the love potion is a huge part of the sixth Harry Potter Book, Half-Blood Prince so it takes centre stage on this design. I Included some extra bottles to truly represent a Potions Master collection along with some iconic magical books, which are essential for brewing potions. I used calligraphy inspired free fonts, Nostalgia and Nafeeza, so that the labels look more ornate. My favourite part of this card is most definitely the heart bubbles rising from the love potion. But don’t forget a love potion can’t create real love, only the infatuation from the drinker!
For the second card, I have chosen a quote from one of my most treasured series’, the Shadowhunter Chronicles. This design is particularly inspired by Magnus and Alec, one of the most iconic couples from Young Adult literature. Aku Cinta Kamu is a quote from City of Lost Souls and it was the first time the characters said I Love You, which is the ideal phrase for a Valentines Day Card. Here I used the Angelina Script font. The background image is from the Mortal Instruments Colouring books, which you can download from Cassandra Clare’s website and is of Alec sitting by a fireplace. I also used some runes as though they were drawn around the text with a stele, namely the Parabatai rune and the Angelic runes as they are the strongest ones for representing friendship and bonds that we have with our partners and friends.
The final design is inspired by the BBC crime drama, Peaky Blinders. Unlike the other two cards, I wanted to create a less romantic card, to fit better with the theme of the show. As spirits are a large part of the storylines I designed a bottle of the iconic Gin that Tommy Shelby is famous for creating using an existing spirit bottle and making a Shelby Company Limited label. For that I again used the fonts for free, Melanesia for the label and Wave Spurs for the rest of the next. I love the Wave Spurs font as it looks very grungy and rough, very reminiscent of the original logo for the show.
Using the free fonts is a great way of being creative and personal while not spending a fortune. Which fandom would you want to create a Valentine’s Day card for? Any couples from pop culture that are a must to base a design on? Comment below!