Monday, December 5, 2011

FREE Xmas graphics! - Make your own cards tutorial

With Christmas fast approaching, I have yet again run out of time to create and sell Christmas cards in my Etsy shop this year. make up for it, I have instead created a whole bunch of Christmas graphics and ornaments available for download. As this puts the onus on you, the reader, to make and print your own cards, I have created a step-by-step tutorial for those of you who have never done this before. It's not so hard, and the kids can contribute also. Grab your FREE graphics above - click on each pic to enlarge, then right click (for PC) or control-click (for Mac) so you can download to your computer. This tutorial is for a completed A6 size card (measuring 5.92 x 4.2 inches or 148x105mm folded).


1. To begin with you will need an A4 sheet of cardstock, preferably white. Ensure it will pass through your printer. Most newsagents sell A4 sheets at 120gsm which is suitable for most printers. One A4 sheet makes two cards.

2. Measure and draw a line halfway across the page, dividing the sheet into 2 equal halves.

3. Using a steel ruler and cutting knife, slice the sheet into 2 pieces. You now have 2 cards.

4. Take one half, position it horizontally, and again, measure and mark the halfway point with a faint pencil line. Using the ruler as a guide, lightly run the knife along the pencil line only to score the paper, but do not slice through it. This is where you will fold the card after printing it.

5. The side with the score mark will be the outside of the card. You can use a clean eraser to rub out the pencil line. Repeat stage 4 with the 2nd half sheet to make 2 blank cards. 

6. For printing, use a graphics program on your computer to create an A5 document with a centre guideline.

7. Insert or place your Christmas graphics to the right hand side of the document only. This will be the front of your card. Keep all elements a good 10mm away from the edges of the document. Design to your heart's content! For this example, I used multiple elements.
8. Load your blank card into your printer tray (with the scored side upwards-this is the side to be printed on). Ensure your print settings are for an A5 document centred horizontally or vertically (depending on your printer). You can always do a trial print using cheap copy paper to check positioning. 

9. Your finished printout should look like the computer document you created.

10. To finish, fold the card along the score mark made earlier, write your own personal message inside, and hey've made your own Christmas card!

All it needs now is a matching envelope. Envelopes can be purchased at most newsagencies or stationery shops in multiple packs.

For more downloadable Christmas elements, visit my Etsy shop section 'Christmas goods'

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone!

All artwork and graphics ©Stella Peterson. Please do not sell or pass off any downloads as your own.