Cool text tricks for your Valentines Day projects

January 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm 16 comments

There are some great online tools to take your custom text and “heart-ify” it. For starters, the following 3 sites make word clouds in the shape of a heart:
Tagxedo

Image Chef

Neoformix

Festisite flows text into a spiral heart

Scrapcoloring lets you type in short text and then fill it with a heart pattern you can also customize. You can also generate high resolution background paper in various heart patterns.

Says-It generates circular text and a heart border.

And the software you already may have also has some cool text tricks for you to try. If you want to flow paragraph text into a heart shape, for instance, it is quick and easy to do in Inkscape. My one minute video is here. (Instructions for doing this in MSWord, PowerPoint, etc. are here, but I had little success with them.)

You can also flow text around the outline of a heart using Text>Put Text on Path in Inkscape or in SureCutsALot with the steps shown in this text on path video. Studio with the steps shown in this videoMake the Cut also has this capability.

And one more, custom candy hearts, classic, if too low rez to be very useful

ACME Heartmaker

Have fun and Happy Valentines Day!

1/14 update: This post was made before my Silhouette days, but I want to add this link for the Silh crowd.

How to shape a word into a heart in Silhouette Studio 

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PapaSue  |  January 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

    CLEVER and very helpful.

    TFS

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  • 2. Sharon H  |  January 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for all these awesome tips! There’s a ton that I don’t know about SCAL2 that I need to learn, so am happy to find your instructions!

    Reply
  • 3. Rebecca  |  January 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Kay, that you so much for all of the invaluable information you provide. Greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  • 4. Trisha  |  January 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you so much! I just got MTC, but haven’t played with it much yet.

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  • 5. Cath  |  January 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Do you have an email address I can send a question to? I have a project I’ve been working on for some time and I’m stuck and need some advice from your video using shapes for words.
    Thanks so much.

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  • 6. Deborah  |  January 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    TFS!

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  • 7. Amy M (Aimitup)  |  January 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for sharing – did the image chef one and love it – going to do all the kids from my son’s class in a heart and cut them out for their treat bags.

    Reply
  • 8. Laura  |  January 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    As always, Kay – so informative and inspiring. I’m off to do some valentining.

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  • 9. Kim  |  February 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! I used the ImageChef to create a Valentine for my husband. http://therobbsbloggingalong.blogspot.com/2011/02/quick-and-easy-masculine-valentine.html

    Thank you for giving me an easy way to make a masculine card!

    Reply
  • 10. CuteEverything  |  May 7, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Hi~ I saw your video on Youtube on this topic and I was having a little trouble with it. I made my text and shape, converted the shape to a path and then did it as you said but nothing happened. I’m certain I did something wrong, but I tried to follow the steps and I’m unsure what I missed? Is the text supposed to be a path, also? Any ideas? Sorry to bother you.

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    • 11. Kay  |  May 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

      CE, You need one path and one text object and both have to be selected before you choose flow into frame from the menu. That should work.

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  • 12. CuteEverything  |  May 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Kay, Thank you very much for your response! It was very helpful and something I should have realized on my own. I always like to try to do path commands with multiple objects, and, of course, it never works! I had copied and pasted my text repeatedly and grouped it, which, of course, were multiple objects. Thank you for helping me to see the error of my ways. It worked perfectly when I followed your instructions. Thank you for taking the time to address my concern. I appreciate it.

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  • 13. David M.  |  May 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This is great stuff, thanks for the ideas!

    Reply
  • 14. Linda Vanorio  |  June 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Hey, I must be doing something wrong in Inkscape. I created a star>made object to path> and put the verse Twinkle Twinkle Little Star inside>made my adjustments to get it like I want the placement>Grouped the words with the star, then Exported a picture PNG, then saved as an Inkscape SVG. When I opened the SVG file in Sil Studio DE 2.718 all I have is the star not the words. If I open the SVG file in my browser IE 9 it is just the star no words. What am I missing???? Am new to Inkscape, but I like what I can do so far!!!

    Linda Vanorio

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    • 15. Kay  |  June 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Linda,
      I am not exactly sure why what you are doing is not working, but here is what I would try instead. When you have your words placed in your star, select the text and do object to path on that, too. Don’t group anything, and then save as Inkscape SVG.

      Reply
  • 16. Angela  |  November 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Just spent a happy hour making word text shapes. Thank you so much for this post. I haven’t had much success in PSE

    Reply

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