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I want to cross out (strike out) words or letters in fun ways for poster-sized text for children.

ulem and cancel produce rather formal/sterile-looking cancellations, as do tikz-based combinations of diagonal or wavy lines.

Are there any existing packages that can produce something like these 'sexy' (?) strikeouts, and accurately place them over non-monospaced fonts?

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Here is my MWE, and its formal result: enter image description here

\documentclass[oneside,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[a4paper, margin=0.4in,landscape] {geometry}
\usepackage{fontspec,ulem}
\setmainfont{Gill Sans}[Scale=14,BoldFont={Gill Sans SemiBold}]
\pagestyle{empty}
\renewcommand{\ULthickness}{10pt}%   
\newcommand{\poster}[1]{
\vspace*{\fill}
\hspace*{\fill}#1\hspace*{\fill}
\vspace*{\fill}}
\begin{document}
\poster{merr\sout{y}ily}
\end{document}
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Just overlaying an image with a transparent background

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\documentclass[oneside,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[a4paper, margin=0.4in,landscape] {geometry}
\usepackage{lmodern,graphicx}

\def\xout#1{\sbox0{#1}\usebox0%
\raisebox{-\dp0}{\llap{\includegraphics[totalheight=\dimexpr\ht0+\dp0,width=\wd0]{crosstr.png}}}}

\pagestyle{empty}

\newcommand{\poster}[1]{%
\vspace*{\fill}
\hspace*{\fill}#1\hspace*{\fill}
\vspace*{\fill}}
\begin{document}\fontsize{2cm}{2.1cm}\sffamily
\poster{merr\xout{y}ily}
\end{document}
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