PicMonkey Tutorial – DIY Printable Greeting Card

by Destri on June 18, 2012

Diy Greeting Cards Tutorial

Happy Monday friends! I finally have a PicMonkey tutorial for you today. By far one of the most popular tutorials here on TMH is How To Make Your Own Printables, Blog Banners, And Buttons. I just needed to update it with the PicMonkey platform. One thing I noticed with the last tutorial was the issue of it not being specific enough. A lot of people had problems with printing the right size and getting good quality images. So I am going to break it down in a series. Today we will start with how to make your own greeting cards, but you can also use this concept to make your own printable subway art.  I will let you know where to change it for that. Let’s get started!

How To Make Your Own Printable Greeting Cards

I made this with the intention of using it with 8.5 x 11 inch card stock – but you can adjust the size at the time of cropping to make any size you want. So if you buy some blank greeting cards, just adjust the crop in the same manner I show here – just choose the size you need.

Starting out on the home page of PicMonkey, click on create a collage.

The screen will pop up with a blank default collage. You can change it by clicking on the collage icon the arrow indicates. For the purpose we are using it for you can just leave the collage shape as it is.

You can leave it white if you want a white background, or click on the color icon and select a color from the color chart.  Then click save at the top, save somewhere you will easily find it.

Now click on the upload box, and upload the canvas you just saved and created.

Now we’re going to crop it down to size.  Again, for the purpose of this tutorial I am cropping it to fit a standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper folded in half.  You can make it any size you need by selecting from the drop down menu.  Just click on crop

then click on the drop down that says “no fixed proportions” and select 5 x 7.  Then click apply.

If you are making printable subway art, select 8 x 10, that way you can print at your local photo place and frame.

Now here comes the fun part. You can simply click on the P in the side options, add the text you want and save – but I am going to show you how to have fun with the stickers too. I clicked on the P and started with the word “dad”.  You can type in the word or sentence, click add, and then click on the different fonts to get just the one you want.

Adjust the size and position by clicking on the text. Drag on the sides to adjust size, and click on the rotate wheel attached to the sides to change it’s position.  You can do the same with the stickers.

Next click on the stickers icon in the side options. There are all sorts of options, and I am sure the Picmonkey team will be adding more all the time. Just look through them and play around.  At the top you will see an add your own button – you can use this to add an image from your computer.  This tutorial on how to add a watermark talks about this feature (which rocks) in detail.

I chose a star to start with, then picked the color I wanted it to be. Note that in the box my fade bar is down to 56%  – I find it easier to get the color I want by adjusting the fade.  Once I have the shape the size and color I like, I right click and then click on duplicate overlay. This will duplicate a second star the same size and color. You can do this as many times as you need – perfect when you are making a repeat shape.

I went and added some more text, and then some arrow stickers.

Here’s a tip I love – To easily make different words and stickers the same color – click on the little color window indicated by the red arrow. This will make a little dropper appear – take it and click on the color you want.  So in this case, I wanted the ampersand the same color as the star, so I just took the dropper over to the star and clicked on it.  I did this on all the items I wanted the same color.

To make a row of dots, instead of using a round sticker – just use the text and periods. Add as many as you want and then adjust the size and color. This also works to make lines (like stitches) using the dash.

You can also use multiple stickers to create one. For instance, I wanted a ribbon label for my card.  I picked an arrow sticker that had the ribbon tails…

Then right clicked to duplicate.

Then rotated it and placed over the end of the arrow to make the ribbon. FYI – when you are wanting to have text over a sticker, you have to create the sticker first, and then the text.

Now you can go back and adjust spacing and sizes if you need to.  I adjusted mine some even after this screen shot.  When you have it just the way you want, click on the merge icon indicated by the red arrow, and then click on save.

Once you have it saved pull up the image in an editor like word or google docs and print with no scaling. You can preview the layout before printing and make sure that the image is positioned in landscape (the 11 inch sides being top and bottom).

How To Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Then just cut it out, fold an 8.5 x 11 inch paper in half and center the cut out image on top then glue or tape in place. Then trim any access. I cut about an inch from the top of the paper.

That’s it!  Now you can make a personalized message instead of rifling through fifty in the card isle :).

I think this would also be a great project for older kids, they could make a set of greeting cards as gifts too – all sorts of possibilities.

Hope everyone has a great start to their week, and thanks for reading.

Destri

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