Your choice of fonts can make or break your greeting cards or posters.
So, to help you get it right, here are 20 basic, geometric, whimsical, bold, and dingbat fonts that are guaranteed to add flair to your creations.
Simple and readable, a basic font is ideal for clear headlines or body text. You can’t go wrong with the likes of Helvetica and Futura, but here are a few more worth considering.
1. Public Sans
This open source font from the US government is clean, neutral, and familiar. It works almost anywhere, for headers or text.
Metropolis is a modern, minimalist sans-serif font that is a good option when you’re looking for an alternative to Helvetica.
3. Bodoni XT
Whether you’re making inspirational posters, wedding invites, or Christmas cards, Bodoni XT will help bring a touch of class to your designs.
Geometric fonts are simple, yet deliver a more distinctive look than you’ll get from basic fonts. They have rounded shapes, and modern, clean styles.
Equinox is a minimal, sci-fi-inspired geometric font. It makes for a good alternative to Futura, although you need to be aware that it doesn’t contain any lowercase characters.
Another clean and versatile geometric typeface, Gilmer also includes an outline font that will work on a variety of poster designs.
6. Fox and Cat
Fox and Cat is a lovely, light typeface with both upper and lowercase characters. The quirky design is ideal for greeting cards, and the license even allows for commercial use.
This is a minimal yet very distinctive font that will bring a striking look to your posters, greeting cards, or anything else you’re working on.
When you want to inject a sense of fun or whimsy into your designs, something like a handwritten typeface is the go-to option. Here are some that will liven up your birthday cards and other projects.
This calligraphic script font is a popular choice thanks to its OpenType feature support that helps to achieve the authentic handwritten look.
Fabfelt is a handwritten font with a more casual, retro feel. It’s available in OTF and TTF versions, and includes a full range of characters.
10. Janda Happy Day
Janda Happy Day is the definition of a whimsical font. The curly-styled characters are fun, yet it remains highly readable.
To create real impact, choose a bold font. They can be serif or sans-serif, condensed or handwritten. Either way, they pack a punch.
11. League Gothic
Inspired by vintage Gothic typefaces, League Gothic is a classic that works in a whole range of projects. It’s open source, too, so use it however you like.
Chunkfive is indeed chunky; a serif font that makes a real impact. This slab font is best used on posters where you need to get your message across without fuss.
This bold, brush-lettered typeface offers impact without compromising on style. To download Brusher, you have to sign up for a free download link using your email address.
Zenfyrkalt is a hand-drawn bold font with a truly unique style. It combines impact and whimsy and works for fun projects.
Dingbat fonts are an easy way for those of us who don’t have the greatest artistic skill to add some cute drawings to our creations.
A large selection of shapes that are suitable for many projects on a whole range of subjects. The hand drawn style adds a nice touch.
16. Heart Doodles
Heart Doodles has got everything you need to enhance your homemade Valentine’s Day cards, with its selection of heart-based shapes.
There’s a dingbats font for every occasion. To prove the point, here’s a collection of 26 mustache styles, to cover all of your facial hair needs.
Pea Jelene’s Doodles are great for posters and greeting cards, and much more—a cake design, or the menu at a coffee shop, for example.
Featuring over 50 Christmas trees and more, this font collection will add a seasonal touch to your Christmas cards and party posters.
Finally, this baby-themed collection is the perfect accompaniment for baby showers, Congratulations cards, or even T-Shirt designs.
How to Get Even More Free Fonts
Do you want more free fonts for birthday cards, greeting cards, or posters? Take a look at our picks of the best websites for free fonts to see where you can get them.
Also, you can get your designs looking as professional as possible by making sure you always choose the right fonts for your projects. Our guide detailing how to pick the right font pairs will help get you started.
Read the full article: The 20 Best Fonts for Greeting Cards and Posters