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Watermelon greeting card – You're one in a melon – and what is an ASCII code crafty tip

I haven't figured out what this card is for yet. It could work for a thank you, a birthday, congrats . . . you name it! Alors, multi-purpose – my favorite kind of card.

The Watermelon Slice digi is a freebie from Whimsie Doodles and the papers are freebies, too, Fruit Salad courtesy of Papercraft Essentials magazine.

A little wooden watermelon slice serves as embellishment (I knew I'd use these some day!). The sentiment is created with the gorgeous free Channel font (I used the Slanted 2 type).

*Crafty Tip* Want to know how to get that pretty swirl shown on the end of melon? Before you download a font, check to see if there is a character table that looks something like this one (from the Channel font link above), shown on the download site:

If the character table has some extra elements you'd like to use later – like that très belle swirl on the end of Melon or the è I just typed – you will need a code from this table. To have these codes readily available bookmark or print out the table.

See the first swirl circled in blue? Extra elements – like this swirl – require that you use an ASCII code (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) to use that character/element. You'll probably have to magnify this image to see it, but there's a light grey ASCII code in the upper left corner. To get that swirl at the end of your word – after you've downloaded and installed your font – choose this font, then type your word, then hold down the ALT key and simultaneously type 0123 on the numeric keypad. Voila! There's your swirl.

Just a bit more on ASCII codes – I have an ASCII code table printed out and laying right by my computer; I use it all the time. I type on a Suisse keyboard, but it is set to English in my computer. Since I often write in French, I need certain accents that require an ASCII code for me to use with the English setting (back to that è again). Or I use things like the Euro sign (€ = ALT 0128) or the British Sterling sign (£ = ALT 156) . . . or here's a good one for artists, the copyright sign (© = ALT 0169). Click HERE to see a complete table of ASCII codes.

*Note – this tip applies to Windows users, I do not know if it is the same for Mac users.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft cardstock, Papercraft Essentials Fruit Salad digital paper
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles free Watermelon Slice
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle and jumbo fishtail banner stax
Embellishments – watermelon slice, pearls
Font – Channel Slanted 2 font

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #351 – I'm Hungry!, Aud Sentiments #160 – Anything Goes + a sentiment, Digital Delights #11 – Anything Goes, DL Arts #184 – Summer Foods, and Star Stampz Challenge – Summer Treats.


  1. Wonderful card! Perfect papers and that watermelon slice embelli is very cool. Thanks for the ASCII tip too!

  2. Love that card with that sentiment! I got really excited about your tutorial on the ASCII codes! I promptly went and downloaded that free font and tried out the swoop! Holaaaaa! Thank you so much for the walk thru and links - you will be seeing sentiments with a swoop on my cards soon!

  3. Fun Fruit card. I love the way you colored the image and all of the bright matting. Great sentiment. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Summer Food Challenge.Katie-DTMember

  4. Beautiful card, love your colouring and the free digi papers. Also very appreciative of the info on that wonderful swirl.

  5. Bright and fresh Summer card!!! Love the cheerful paper and elegant slant on the sentiment. Thanks for the info.

  6. Who doesn't love watermelon in the summer! Love the bright and bold colors you used on your adorable card! It screams SUMMER!! Thanks for joining us at DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY SUMMER FOOD CHALLENGE!

  7. Yummy yummy just add salt. I love salt on my watermelon and I love this card. The image is awesome, the papers are perfect. I think this card would work for a lot of occasions. If you go to a picnic /bbq it would be a great Thank you card. I love when images fit so many things. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments.
    Billie A
    Aud Sentiments
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  8. Lovely rich colours thank you for joining in with us at digital delights and good luck

  9. Such a super card! And how wonderful that you were able to create it with so many freebies! Bravo! The little wooden slice is the perfect way to finish things off too!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  10. Such a great summer card. Great choice of papers and design. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments. We are currently having a DT call and would love for you to join our team. Please check out the challenge blog for directions on how to apply.
    Julie t

  11. Belle carte, très fraîche pour cette été! Et merci beaucoup pour l'astuce avec la police sur word, j'avoue que ne l'utilise autant que je devrais!


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