I love to use the pen tool accessory with my Black Cat Cougar. Because my favorite pen is a ball point rather than a marker, the resulting lettering often has a gap between the outlines of the letters. Every once in a while, I find a font that works really well with the pen, so I decided to examine my entire font collection to see if I could pin down some good "pen fonts". Fortunately, at this point I am not overwhelmed with fonts, so it only took a few sessions to hone in on some possibilities.
I don't have a font manager, but my cutting software, Make-the-Cut has a really good feature that lets you temporarily add fonts without actually installing them on your hard drive. After identifying the fonts and copying them to a separate folder, I used MTC to create a page of fonts. For this experiment, I chose to write the name of the font in that font, and sized each one to 1/2 inch. I was surprised at the variety of scale within that guideline.
Last night, while working on piecing together a fun file from my friend Retta over on the Black Cat Forum, I set up my Cougar to "write" my font sample. It chugged away for quite some time before the 181,000+ nodes of the project overwhelmed MTC and it quit. No problem, I just cut and pasted the ones that didn't "print" onto a different project page and printed them separately. Of the 57 possibilities, 11 worked really well. Here is a "snip" of those fonts:
(Little Days Alt is so similar to Little Days that I did not count it separately). I'm quite pleased with the variety of fonts that will work. I think that there are some other possibilites amongst the ones I tested that would work at a smaller size. I will be experimenting with those soon.
As far as I know, all of the fonts listed above are free, most of them came to me via the "Fontpack" Yahoo group. I can't share them, but you should be able to "google" them.
Have a terrific Wednesday!