If you are anything like me, I am always scrambling to get Christmas cards done. I typically always wait until the last minute…shocker, I know.
That’s where PicMonkey comes in to save the day.
Want to create a card in 10 minutes? Well, heck yes I do.
PicMonkey gives you a quick and affordable option by designing a card (Christmas, birthday, birth announcment, thank you) yourself, and then printing them on your own. PicMonkey can even give you the option to share something more designed looking on social media if you’re not planning on sending out Christmas cards (I’m a working mom of 3, believe me, I understand).
PicMonkey allows you to do add Christmas borders and graphics, but I’m pretty plain and simple. The cards that always appeal to me are simple word overlays, and lucky for me that’s crazy easy to do here.
You ready? Let’s do this!!!
First, you will need to go to PicMonkey. If you don’t not have a current membership, do not fret! You can actually sign up for a FREE 7 day trial. I use this program constantly.
However, if you are solely wanting a Christmas card, you have the option to cancel within that 7 day window. Put a reminder on your phone…I always miss time windows for things like this unless I have made a reminder to myself.
You have the perfect photo picked out? Now the is the time. Click Edit, and you will be given the option to find the picture from your computer (you can do this from your phone also with fewer editing options…but still score!!!)
You will now see your picture on your screen.
On the left side of the screen are the menu tabs. Within PicMonkey, your options really are limitless.
You can edit a photo’s appearance, add text, add graphics, add a border. On down the list of tabs is a snowflake. Under the snowflake tab, are already populated Christmas text options, or you can even add flurries to your picture if you so choose to do so.
When you open a picture, the default tab will be in the Basic Edits tab. Under this tab, click on Crop.
It will show you the size of the photo you have uploaded. Click on the arrow beside the default size, and change it to the size of Christmas card you will be printing.
This will streamline the size and prevent any of your hard work being incorrect when you go to upload and print your photo. You will be on step ahead…HOLLAR!!!
Since I am choosing to do a simple text layout, all of our work will be done in the Tt (Text) tab. Go ahead and click on the Tt.
This text strip will appear on your screen. Click Add text to get a text box on your screen.
You will now see your picture with a text box displayed in the center, along with a layers box (on the left), and a text box (on the right).
The layers box simply tells you what you have on your screen. Every time you add an additional text box, you will see another layers tab. You will know which one is which by what text appears on the tab.
The text box will allow you to change the color and size of your font, along with other creative options.
Under the Effects tab, you can change how your text appears on your image. For example, if you wanted the text to appear in a circle you could modify that within this tab.
For me, I stayed solely on the default Options tab and changed my font from black to white by sliding the little black dot from the bottom left to the top left. You can move the black dot anywhere within the rectangle to customize the color of text you would like to appear on your card.
Alright, now let’s get to typing. Click your cursor within the text box, and your text box will highlight. Type your message. For me, I choose to do different text boxes for each line of my card since I wanted contrasting text fonts.
PicMonkey has a ton of different fonts that you can choose. You can highlight your writing and click through each of the fonts to see which one you prefer to use.
If you want to use the same fonts I did, they are as follows:
Line 1: Mountains of Christmas
Line 2: Ostrich Sans Inline
Line 3: Playfair
Line 4: Ostrich Sans Inline
Once you have your line of text written and your font for that line chosen, click outside of the text box. This will change your cursor and allow you to move your text where you would like it to be positioned on your photo.
Essentially from here, you are well on your way to finishing your DIY card. You will continue to select Add Text in the Tt tab until you have all lines finished and your text positioned where you would like it for printing.
You are now ready to export your Christmas card image onto your computer.
Change your image name to what you want to call it to locate it on your computer, and then click Export to computer.
From there just choose to save it!
What do you think? Easy peasy, right?! Now you are all set to create every Christmas card for years to come if you should choose to do so!!!
Lastly, let me give you some print recommendations. As a hobbyist photographer, I care about how my prints look when they are printed. I choose to avoid uncalibrated printers (Walmart, Walgreens, Target, etc.).
I print all of the pictures at either Mpix or Nations Photo Lab. They have calibrated printers, much like the photographer who spent their time editing your pictures. This means the colors on a picture will appear the same when you get your prints! These sites are EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE!!! I mean cheaper than Walgreens regular prices!!!
And guess what…they are both having deals RIGHT NOW!!!
It’s your LUCKY DAY!!!
Thanks for joining me for this DIY Tutorial. I would love your feedback! Please comment below!
And, last but certainly not least, a big shout out to Allison from Poetry and Prose Photography for the lovely photo. Go check out her amazing talent!