My new friend, Shelly from DIY Mama is here to show us how to make these amazing invitations through using PicMonkey! Check it out…
My sister is having her second baby girl in July!!! We are throwing a baby sprinkle for her (smaller than a shower) and I decided to try my hand at making her invitations. I’ve dabbled in PicMonkey to edit pictures as well as make my Tuesday Truth quotes but hadn’t made an invite. Not that the invite is pro graphic designer material, but it turned out rather well considering I could have paid at least $20 + printing if I would have gotten a PDF on ETSY. The total cost for this project was $18.22 (15 invitations.)
The first step, once you’re in PicMonkey, is to click the ‘Basic Edits’ button on the left menu to size your canvas. Click ‘Crop’ to select your desired size and hit ‘Apply’. There will be yellow arrows in the areas I’m explaining in these steps.
The second step is to choose what type of background you want. You can layer choices as well. For example, you could choose a solid color and layer a textured overlay. In this example, I will be using the blackboard background found in the ‘Themes’ menu under ‘School U’.
The third step is to add text by clicking the ‘Text’ option in the menu. When you click ‘Add Text’ a box appears saying ‘Type your text here’ where you can choose the font, size, color and blend mode. There are tons of free typeface options you can play around with, or become a member to access all fonts.
Once I write out all my text I don’t worry too much about spacing or sizing until I’ve added my graphics, which is step four. There are two different areas in the menu to add graphics. The first is by going to the ‘Themes’ menu and finding a graphic from within a specific theme. The dashes below are from the ‘School U’ theme. Every text box and graphic box will have a small circle at the top which allows you to rotate the image once you see the circle of arrows. One feature I wish PicMonkey had was to allow you to bend text or graphics boxes…maybe they will someday.
The second way to add a graphic is to click on the ‘Overlays’ button in the menu. The graphic I have chosen is under ‘Banners’ which are not only great for invitations but also for making pinnable images for your blog!
The final step, in my invitation, is to color match my graphics. I chose a rose graphic from the ‘Overlays’ menu (under ‘Vintage Blossoms’) to use as my color theme for the invitation. Once you highlight a graphic or text box, by clicking on it, you can choose it’s color one of three ways. You can move your mouse around the color grid until your desired color is found, type in the color code (light grey set of numbers and letters) or use the eye dropper tool to select a color already on the screen. Below, where you see the yellow arrow, is a rectangle that you will click once to use to eye dropper function. Once your mouse turns into the dropper, you can hover over anything on your screen to color match. In the invitation I made, I color matched the green banner and bunting to the leaves on the roses and the pink dashes and bunting to the rose.
The final invitation! This invitation is very ‘loosey goosey’ (I’m not sure I’ve ever used that term) because there are very few people coming and they all already know about the party. If I was making a more formal invitation I would be sure to add more info, such as an exact address, what to bring, the time and where they’re registered.
Do you guys just LOVE PicMonkey or do you use another online editing tool? I think the best way to learn a program is by playing around with it and not being afraid to try every feature. Anyone else ever heard of a sprinkle? 🙂 I’m so excited to have another niece to spoil and do nails with!! <3
I am a craft loving, hot dog eating, flower picking, Disney obsessed, new mommy that lives with her handsome/nerdy husband and attention craving puppy. I am no longer a career woman but a stay at home nester…which leads me to many hours of DiY crafting while the little bean naps. Learn with me from my failures (and a few wins) on organizing, DiY and baby raising!