Whether you live in the US and celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it is always nice to have place cards to go with a nice meal! And gratitude place cards are even better!
Today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to use a few digital scrapbook supplies/graphics to make and print your own cards!
You’ll love how easy it is and the personal touch it will add!
To get started, the base of the kit we will be using is this month’s FREE MINI. If you have already downloaded the mini, then you are ready to get started! If not, click on the link and download.
Now we’re going to create a document size of 4 inches by 3 inches at 300 dpi. You can do this in whatever photo editing software you are using.
Next, we’re going to open the plaid paper from the mini and resize it (image>>image size) and change it to 4 inches by 4 inches. Then copy (command/control a to select and command/control c to copy) and paste it into our first document we created (command/control v).
Now, because we are going to fold this card in half, we need to mark where the fold line will be. To do this, go to View and click on New Guide.
It will pull up a menu and you’ll make sure that Horizontal is clicked and then put in 1.5. (This is set up in inches and because our height is 3 inches, 1.5 will put it right in the center):
With that blue line guide in place, we can now work on decorating the bottom half of the card! This will be the front once it is printed and folded. The measurement of this section is 4 inches by 1.5 inches. We’re going to create a rectangle that is 1125 pixels by 375 pixels.
To create this, activate the rectangle tool on the left tool bar and then click anywhere on your document. This will pull up a menu for you to put the pixel size in. Click okay and move the new rectangle into place.
It doesn’t matter what color it is created in because we are going to cover it with paper.
The next step will be to open the white paper from the mini and resize it to 4 inches by 4 inches. Copy and paste it onto our place card, over the new rectangle layer and clip it. This is done in PSE by clicking Shift+G or Right click on the new layer and choose “Create Clipping Mask” for PS.
It will now look like this:
Great! Now, one of the perks of doing this digitally, is that you can add a shadow to this layer and it will look like you made the layers separate and glued them together.
The next step will be to personalize this part! You can use one of the bold print fonts I shared from the November pairs and any elements you want to decorate with.
Here is how mine turned out:
Once you have it how you want it, merge visible and copy and paste it to a blank 8.5×11 screen.
Then what I like to do is go back to my place card and undo the last few steps so I have all my layers again. I change out the name and merge copy/paste and repeat until I have one for every guest. You should be able to fit 6 cards to a sheet and then you can print on cardstock. Also, before you close out of your place card, be sure to save it as a layered file (either as a PSD or TIFF file) so you can go back in and make changes, should you need to! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to do that and later kicked myself for not having the original file to easily edit! You just never know when an extra guest may get invited!
Next, you simply cut out and fold in half. On the inside because it will be all white, you can handwrite a little message to each guest. Tell them one thing you are thankful for about them.
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