Can you hear those sleigh bells jingle? It’s almost Christmas and my Gnome friends have taken over my blog for their Crafty Party. Five days of Crafty Gnome Projects and 5 BONUS Gnome projects that some blogging friends of mine have posted as well! In fact, at the end of this post, I’m going to feature one of their projects so that you can see how super cute it is! Today’s post is how to make Christmas cards from your Procreate art, but even if you don’t use Procreate you can still print out and use the card designs I have below.
Just Want to Print the Cute Gnome Cards and Don’t Have Procreate?
No judging! 😂 I LOVE Gnomes and would do the same! Feel free to just grab the Gnome Christmas Card designs from my Free Creative Resource Library.
This means, if you’re a subscriber, you can download them to your computer or iPad. Then skip ahead to Step Seven if you want a little instruction on printing from an iPad. Voila! Christmas Gnome Cards you can print at home.
How to Make Christmas Cards from Your Procreate Art
Tools and Materials
- Gnome Printable Christmas Card Designs– file from my Free Creative Resources Library
- Cardstock (8.5″ x 11″ white)
- Envelopes to fit your card size (again I’m using 5″ x 7″ designs)
- A home inkjet printer (I have a Canon Crafter’s Printer)
- iPad with Procreate
- Small paper trimmer or craft knife with a ruler
- Bone folder and ruler (unless your paper trimmer has a scorer too!)
Step One: Decide What Size Card You Want to Make
There are common sizes of cards and envelopes. The most common are the
- A2 ( 4.25″ x 5.5″)
- A6 (4.5″ x 6.25″)
- A7 (5″ x 7″)
- A9 (5.5″ x 8.5″)
For this tutorial, I’m going to be making a 5″x 7″ card. But you can create any size custom canvas you’d like.
Step Two: Create a Custom Canvas in Procreate
To create a custom canvas start in your Gallery and hit the + symbol in the upper right corner.
Change the measurements to “inches” and then change the width to 7″ and the height to 5″. Change the DPI to 300. And I’m keeping my Color Profile set to RGB (the default) because I’m planning to print with my home printer. Change the name of the canvas from Untitled to Greeting Card 5×7. Then Save!
Open up a new canvas in this size.
Step Three: Draw Your Image (or import from another design in your gallery)
Drawing is the fun part! I know lots of people feel like they can’t draw but I can’t tell you how many times I see adults trying digital drawing for the first time and falling in love.
It’s so easy to Undo, you can create in layers, and there’s so much you can do with a design that’s already digital. (hint- I use mine with my Cricut ALL THE TIME.)
For this tutorial, I’m using a gnome card design that I made after last year’s Gnome Week. To create the card design I re-used the Gnomes from my Gnome Christmas Stickers and copied them into a new 5″ x 7″ canvas. Then I added the scenery.
I also played around with the background color on the same canvas by switching the visibility of the layers on and off. The two I decided I liked best were a pink background that’s a little unexpected, and a wood grain background.
Note: If you want to know how to draw in Procreate I go through my process in my post, How to Draw Stickers on Procreate.
Step Four: Duplicate Canvas and Resize
Go back out to the Gallery and swipe left on your image and choose duplicate.
Open up the canvas and in the upper left corner click on the wrench symbol. Choose the Crop and Resize.
Step Five: Move the Design
Open up the Layers Panel and swipe right on all your designs and then click on the Move Tool (arrow) in the top toolbar.
Note: Change the size to 1500 x 2100 ( 5″ x 7″ at 300 dpi ) pixels it may not have kept it size when you resized the canvas.
Step Six: Position Your Design on Your Canvas
You can position your image to print in two different ways.
Option 1) No Margin
Because I know that my image is 5″ 7″ I can just move it into the lower-left corner to print it.
Option 2) With Margin
Option 2 is also a good idea if you are afraid your printer may not print completely straight or doesn’t print borderless. For this option move your layers to the center of your canvas.
Finding the center of your canvas is one of the things Procreate 5x does really well with its snapping feature. As you move your design you’ll see a vertical gold line appear at the center of your canvas.
Step Seven: Export Design as PDF
All done? Let’s go back out to the Gallery and you’ll swipe left to get a Share option. Choose the PDF format. And you’ll be asked if you want to save it as Good/ Better/ Best. This is up to you, and I suggest you play around with what each looks like once you’ve printed them. Save to your files and change the file name if necessary.
Step Eight: Print Your Card
Open up your files and choose the Print option in the display window that pops up. Choose your printer and make sure you have cardstock in your printer. I used a fairly thick cardstock but I also have a rear-feed option on my printer which makes bulkier papers easier to print.
Step Nine: Trim Your Card to Size!
-If you positioned your image in the lower left corner all you have to do is trim it at the 5″ mark on your ruler and then again at the 10″.
-If you’re using the designs I provided which are centered- Cut 3/4″ off the width on each side of the design so your paper is 7″ wide. Trim ” off the bottom of the design and then trim the top to make it 10″.
Note: I gave you a little extra room at the bottom so you’d have a little bit of a bleed in case your printer didn’t print borderless or if it didn’t print straight.
Step Ten: Score and Fold Your Card
Final step! Take your card that is now 10″h. x 7″w. and using a ruler and a bone folder (or a paper cutter with a scorer) create a score line at the center (5″ on the ruler.)
Whoo Hoo! Now You Can Make Cards from Your Procreate Art!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! If you’re Procreate Curious and would like to know more about drawing in Procreate then I have a few tutorials with YouTube videos that you’ll be interested in. A good post to start with is How to Trace Photos to Draw Stickers in Procreate.
MORE FREE GNOME CARDS????
Loving the Gnomes? We can’t stop (won’t stop) all week long!
Here’s one of the sweet Gnome Week collaborations that my crafty friend Lucy Foxworth made. She makes little paper houses on Paper Glitter Glue and created this little Gnome Home Pop-Up Christmas Card! She has a tutorial and the free design available on her blog!
SO CUTE RIGHT? The front of the card…..
… and the inside! Truly, there’s no place like Gnome for the Holidays! (too much pun? 😂)
I really love ALL the crafts that my blogging friends have created this week and I’d love it if you’d check out ALL the projects. I have the links at the bottom of my post, How to Make Gnome Gift Tag Stickers with a Cricut
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