Sunday, 18 April 2010
If you have a shop on Etsy, Dawanda or Folksy (or any of the other similar sites) where you can sell your handmade stuff, you probably have some little cards to advertise your shop. It's nice to put in a little card with orders you're sending out, so your customers can remember you and perhaps pass on your name... or to have at a craft fair that people can pick up and then visit your online shop at a later date. However you may have been put off buying expensive printed ones.
My partner had the great idea of setting up an image which can be printed and then chopped up using a paper cutter (or craft knife and ruler) at home. I'll show you how I created my little cards, which I think are cute and collectable but cost a fraction of the price of similar cards! (mine worked out to be less than 2p for each card)
Obviously, they will be on photo paper (unless you have a decent printer at home, then you can print on anything you like!), but you will have the option of either a glossy or matt surface, and will be one-sided. Although you can always create a back and front and glue them together!
First of all, you need to have Google Picasa installed on your pc. It's free of course!
I'll assume that you've already taken the photos you want to use for your cards, so open Picasa and select them. Now follow the steps in the pictures below.