Papercrafting Tutorial: Thanksgiving Place-Cards Using Clip Art
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Both demonstrated how easy it is to use clip art in your papercrafting and/or other projects, whether or not you have a graphics program and/or are adept at using one.
Using clip art is as easy as copying the clip art and pasting it into whatever program you have available, including Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, and even an email or your computer’s notepad.
Today I’ve got a tutorial for your Thanksgiving decor!
We’ll be making place-cards for your Thanksgiving table (but they would also work well as goodie bag toppers).
Let’s get started…
First grab a scrap piece of paper and decide what dimensions you want for your place-cards.
I made mine 4 in x 5 in so that when they were folded in half they would be 4 in x 2.5 in.
First Tutorial: Creating Place-Cards with Photoshop Elements:
Open Photoshop Elements (PSE) and click File…then click New…then click Blank File.
Adjust the file size to the size of the paper you are printing on.
I wanted my paper to be 8.5 in × 11 in so that’s the size I made my file.
Be sure that your resolution is 300 pixels/inch.
Now it’s time to grab your clip art file. Click File…then click Open.
Now, navigate to your clip art file.
Click on the file name and click Open.
I’m using an adorable pilgrim girl and boy from DoverPictura!
We are going to print several place-cards on the 8.5×11 sheet of paper.
But first, we need to make the place-card.
To do that we need to create another blank file.
Click on File…then click on New…then click on Blank File.
Now size your file to the dimensions you need for your place card.
I am using 4 in x 5 in.
Be sure that your resolution is 300 pixels/inch.
Because you will be folding your card in half, you need to keep your image below the half-way point.
To help you know where that is you can add a guide line.
Go to View… click on New Guide.
Place your guide line at the halfway point of your page (in my case, 2.5 in horizontal).
Your guide line will not show up on your printed file – it’s just there as a guide while you work.
Then, drag and drop your first image onto the file.
To make your image smaller, so it fits your layout, drag the corner of the image to re-size it.
Then put the image where you want it on your place-card.
If you’d like to add the place-card names digitally you can do that now by creating a text layer.
I’m going to add the names later.
Right-click on a layer in the Layers Palette and flatten the file by clicking Flatten Image.
Now it’s time to add the place-card to the full size paper.
Double-click on the 8.5 in x 11 in file to bring it into the editing window.
Drag and drop your place-card into the 8.5 in x 11 in paper.
Then arrange the place-card in one of the corners.
I wanted two of the little girl place cards so I duplicated the layer.
Right-click on the layer in the Layers Palette and click Duplicate.
To arrange the place cards so they don’t overlap, you may want to turn on the grid.
Go to View…click on Grid.
Now it’s time to make the little boy place-card.
Bring up the place-card file by double-clicking on it in the Project Bin.
Then, unflatten the image by clicking on Edit…then click Undo Flatten Image.
I wanted the boy image to be about the same size as the girl one.
So, before I deleted the girl I went ahead and added the boy image to the file by dragging and dropping it onto the place-card.
Now you can re-size the boy image by clicking on the corner of the image and dragging it to re-size it.
Make the boy image the same height as the girl image.
Place the boy image where you want it and delete the girl image.
Right-click on one of the layers in the Layer Palette and click Flatten Image.
Double-click on the 8.5 in x 11 in file to bring it back into the editing window.
Then, drag and drop the place-card onto the file.
Place the card and duplicate the layer as we did before.
Once we print it will be difficult to know where to cut.
So, let’s add an outline around each place card.
Click on one of the place cards and click Layer…Layer Style…Style Settings.
Check the Stroke box and change to 1 px.
Then, change the stroke color from black to a light gray and click OK.
Now that you have added a layer style you can copy it to the other layers.
Go to Layer…then to Layer Style…then to Copy Layer Style.
Select one layer at a time and paste the layer style by clicking Layer…then Layer Style…then Paste Layer.
Repeat for each of the layers.
Now you have a light gray border around each of the place cards.
Right-click on one of the layers and click Flatten Image.
Now, print your place-cards by clicking File…then clicking Print.
I chose to print my place-cards on cardstock to make them more stable, but you can use any material you prefer.
Second Tutorial: Creating Place-Cards with Microsoft Word
Open Microsoft Word.
You should see a blank file and a blinking cursor.
Next, go to Table…click on Insert…then click on Table.
At 4 in x 5 in we can fit four (4) place cards on one 8.5 in x 11 in sheet.
Create a table with two (2) columns and two (2) rows.
Make your column width four (4).
Click on your table and then go to Table…then click on Table Properties.
Under Table, click on Center.
Then click Row…and adjust the height to 4.8 in.
The height needs to be just under 5 in to fit on the paper.
Now you have place-cards that are the right size.
But, let’s make the lines a bit lighter.
Under Borders and Shading, change the color to light gray.
Now you can add your image.
Click on Insert…then click on Picture…then click on From File.
Re-size your image by clicking on the Size section of the Formatting Palette.
Change the height to 2 in.
Double-click on the image to open the Format Picture Palette.
Click on Layout and click on In Front of Text.
Drag the clip art image to where you want it to be located on your place-card.
Continue these steps until each section of the table has an image in it.
Now, print your place-cards by clicking on File…then click on Print.
I chose to print my place-cards on cardstock to make them more stable, but again, you can use whichever material you prefer.
Adding Names to Your Place Cards:
Now that we have the place-cards (or bag toppers!) printed, we need to add the names of each guest.
Use letter stamps to “print” the names on your place-cards (I like using the Fiskars Stamp Press for placing the stamps and getting an even impression).
Stamp the names, one at a time, using embossing ink.
Then, pour your embossing powder on your stamped names, again, one at a time.
Next, tap off the excess embossing powder and heat the stamped image with a heat gun.
Once you have all of the names stamped and embossed, cut your place-cards apart, making sure to leave the blank “back” section attached to the front.
Be sure to cut just inside the gray lines so that you can no longer see them.
Now, fold your cards in half.
Then, use a bone folder to create a crisp fold.
To add a bit more shimmer I decided to add some glitter tape to my place-cards.
I wanted my tape to be a bit thinner so I cut it down.
To cut it evenly I decided to use my paper trimmer.
Because the tape is already narrow, I used a bit of washi tape to hold it down while I cut.
Now I have two thin strips of glitter tape to add to the tops of my place-cards.
And now you have fun, adorable place-cards to decorate your Thanksgiving table…or goodie bag toppers for your guests!
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