Hello Friend,

As I write this, we are preparing for a snow storm. I am really not excited at all. I’d rather think about Spring and things that are green.

New in the shop – Botanical Clipart!

Have you ever wondered what to do with clip art? Maybe you are already a pro, but if not, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it. You can use a free program to make your own invitations, tags, or prints.  I made this sample “Save the Date” card in PicMonkey. Knowing your way around a few simple tools can give you your own lovely designs.

This is a sample of what you can make with my clilpart set

INTRODUCTION TO PICMONKEY

This is a free, easy-to-use-tool to design your own cards, tags, and stationary. This is what the HOME page looks like. (Below)

Click on “Edit” and import your desired pattern to use as a background.

You will see your pattern in the center. On the left-hand side of the screen, click “crop” and choose the size that you want to make your document. I chose 5 x 7. Click on “apply.”

 

Green – This is where we work with overlays – click on the butterfly.

Red – You can pull in your own overlays or use PicMonkey’s overlays. PicMonkey provides many for free but you can purchase a yearly plan and have use of more overlays and fonts. I will be pulling in my overlays. You will need to use PNG files which are transparent. You will be able to lay them over each other to create your invitation.

LET’S SET UP AN AREA TO PLACE YOUR INFORMATION

I want to make a white background so that people can read the invitation more easily. (There is a lot going on here, but take it one color at a time. It is very simple.)

Green – Choose “Geometric.”

Red – Place your cursor on the white outline, hold left click down and drag your rectangle to the desired shape. Center the rectangle. You will need to flip your rectangle on its side)

Blue – Let’s make it white. Click on the little down arrow (number 2) and choose white.

Phew! You made it!

TIME TO ADD YOUR WORDING AND MAKE IT A REAL INVITE (OR WHATEVER)

The fonts are found at the “Tt.” You can use PicMonkey’s fonts, or yours. Use 2 – 3 fonts, ideally two. Play around with colors and styles that you like.

ADD SOME CLIPART TO FINISH YOUR WORK!

Click on the butterfly (Overlay tool) on the left side of your screen.

Choose “Add Your Own.”

Click  “Computer.”

Now choose one of your clipart elements and click “Open.”

Size and place where you like. Play around with sizes and layouts.

When you are happy – navigate to the top toolbar and click “Save.” Voila!

 

That seems like a lot of information at once. But once you finish one project, the rest comes easier and it is worth the “learning curve.”

If you are not a visual learner and would like to print a copy of the instructions without photos – DOWNLOAD THIS

I hope that you will give DIY design a try!

All The Best,

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink, Botanical Clipart, Green Leaves

carletti1522@comcast.net

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