Doodley Fonts

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Nannette-200First I want to wish a very happy birthday from me to both Digital Scrapper and Linda Sattgast!

Speaking of birthdays, I decided to make a fun birthday card for my little granddaughter, inspired by a magazine cover. I wanted to keep my fonts somewhat clean and simple to go along with the magazine theme, but I wanted the title to pop a bit and bring out the playful nature of the card.

I put on my thinking cap and decided that if I doodled a bit inside of a font, I could get the look I was going for. It looks a bit like it was colored in by a four-year-old because I used my mouse to draw the doodles, but I just figured that was a plus since this is a card for a four-year-old!

I would love to share with you how I did it. Let’s go.


Step One: Type the Text

  • Open a nearly finished scrapbook page (File > Open).
  • In the Layers panel, activate the layer on which you want the text to appear.
  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Font Picker and choose an outlined font.

Note: I used Agent Orange, which is available for free on the Internet.

  • Choose a Size and Color for your font.
  • On the scrapbook page, click once and type the text.
  • Click on the checkmark to commit the changes.


Note:  The size of my card is 5 X 7 inches. My font size is 46 pt, and the color of my font is white. For a 12 X 12 inch layout, I would use a size of 72 pt for my font.

Step Two: Make a Selection

  • Get the Magic Wand tool.
  • In the Tool Options, click on the Add to Selection icon, set the Tolerance to 30, and check Contiguous.
  • On the document, click inside the letters to select the area in which you want to doodle. You will have to click on each letter one at a time.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.


Step Three: Doodle in the Font

  • Get the Brush tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Preset Picker, open the drop-down menu, and choose Dry Media Brushes. (Photoshop: Open the fly-out menu, choose Dry Media Brushes, and click OK.)
  • Choose the Wax Pencil brush.
  • Set the Size to around 7 px for a card or 9 px for a layout.

Note: You can adjust the brush size to what seems right for you. You can also try some of the other brushes in this set. They each give a different fun look.

  • Choose a color that goes with your layout.
  • In the Layers panel, make sure the new blank layer is active.
  • On the scrapbook page, click and drag to doodle inside the text.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.


Here are a few other fonts that would work well with this technique: DK Kwark , Action Jackson, Denne Freakshow, Pointy, Threed, DK Nanuk, and Gizems Sketch.

Here is my finished card. You should have seen the big smile on my granddaughter’s face when she opened it. She was so surprised to see herself on a birthday card.


Digi Scrap Tutorial: “Doodley Fonts” by Nannette Dalton
Card: Happy Birthday Sam by Nannette Dalton
Kit: Celebrate by Julie Billingsley; September 2013 Premier Kit
Fonts: Agent Orange, Century Gothic, Barrcode font, Bebas, Arial

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

21 Responses

  1. Sharronn
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    Love this idea – thank you!

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      I am glad you like it, you’re welcome.

  2. Kasuku
    | Reply

    This is absolutely lovely!!!!! Thanks for sharing you talent with us.

    • Nannette Dalton
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      Thank you Kasuku and you are so welcome!

  3. Mary Darling
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    What a great tutorial. I used watercolor brushes on mine and then doodled.

  4. Jenifer J (rfeewjlj)
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    OMG! First – this card is ADORABLE!!!!!!! 🙂 I am so in love w/ that and that pic you used of your granddaughter is so stinkin’ cute! 🙂 I may have to lift this idea someday – love how it looks just like a magazine cover!! Thanks for the fun, tut!

    • Nannette Dalton
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      Jen, you make me smile! Feel free to scrplift I would be honored!

  5. Elizabeth
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    So cute – will do this often. The font suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      I am really glad that you can use this. We will try and keep them coming.

  6. Jim
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    Are the alternative fonts, you spoke of, free and if so where may I find them (website).

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      Yes Jim, they are all free fonts. I suggest that you copy and paste the name in your browser’s search bar if you would like to download them.

      • Jim
        | Reply

        Thanks, I found them and downloaded them.

  7. Patsy
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    Thanks for the idea, I had seen this before but hadn’t saved the instructions. So I made sure I did this time. Your card is awesome also and by the way your new picture of yourself is nice too. You always look so bright and cheery!! lol

    • Nannette Dalton
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      Thank you very much Patsy. Glad you liked it.

  8. lois john
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    Love this idea and plan to try it for my granddaughter’s next birthday! Thsnks do much for sharing your talents with us.

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      What a sweet thing to say Lois. You are very welcome.

  9. Linda
    | Reply

    That is a darling card, and what a photo of your granddaughter! She is SO cute!

    And thank you for your birthday wishes. 🙂

    • Nannette Dalton
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      You are so welcome…. sounds like you had a good one!

  10. Sandy Boeshart
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    I have been having computer issues, now resolved, but when I went to print out the PDF on this tutorial this morning, It doesn’t show up any more. I always like to print these out – easy to follow the steps that way. Is there any way I can get the PDF? Thanks!

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      The PDF download is working for me, so try it again. Be sure to right click on the link and choose the Save option for your browser. If you continue to have trouble, let me know.

  11. Tammy Graf
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    What an adorable card! I really like this tutorial because it gives me so many options. Thanks.

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