My friend Jason and I wanted to treat our friends for their birthdays with a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant and an evening of us babysitting their kid so they could go to said restaurant. The problem:
Unfortunately, the restaurant was so fancy that they sniffed at the mention of gift certificates.
So we decided to make our own.
My style doesn't lend itself to frequent opportunities to write in script, so I was particularly interested in the lettering. After a bunch of tries, I got some half-decent letterforms that met my standard of cuteness, but the whole land of cursive is obviously one I'm gonna need to spend more time getting my head around. I learned a lot from this exercise, so I think it was a reasonably successful first exploration.