After sharing my new stationery kits on Facebook a lady contacted me to ask me if I had a tutorial for how to make the printables in a graphics program; so, I offered to write one up for her. And, me being who I am, I figured I may as well share it with you, too. Who knows? There may be more of you out there wanting to make your own pretty papers :)!
This tutorial will create all of the items that are in my Rococo Roses Romantic Floral Stationery Set , shown here:
I use Corel Paintshop Pro 2018 Ultimate with a customized workspace on a PC with Windows but, I won't be using any commands tools or processes that a Mac or Photoshop and other graphics programs don't have, they may just have different names or be in different places. A search enging or your software's Help feature can help you find them. It's a relatively simple process that only requires basic tools, though; so, you shouldn't have any trouble finding what you need.
I should also say that the first part of this tutorial, creating the templates, is optional. There are quite a few available online that you can either buy or download for free. Chia's Rubberstamp Art has an easy to use 4x6 gift box template that can easily be resized and The Balance has a wide variety of free printable envelope templates. But, since I like creating my own, I will start off by showing you how to, as well.
Please note: I sell all of my printables on the European Website CraftsUPrint; so, everything I make is designed to fit on an A4 sheet of paper, because that it what size most of of my customer's printers are designed to accommodate.
Here we go.
How to Create an A6 Gift Box Template:
File > Open a new A4 raster image (2480x3508px) at 300 ppi
File > Open a new A6 raster image (1238x1763px) at 300 ppi
Whether or not your background is transparent is a matter of personal preference.
Flood Fill the A6 image with any medium toned color (dark and light colors are harder to work with in the following steps).
Copy & Paste the A6 image into the A4 image and close the A6 image without saving.
I will now refer to the A4 image as the "working image."
Duplicate the new layer in your working image (or just paste it twice).
Change the blend mode of the duplicate to Multiply.
- I just double-click on the layer in my layers palette to open the Layer Properties window, then select "Multiply" from the Blend Mode menu.
Since the box top has to be larger than the bottom, I am going to create that first, just to make sure the entire template will fit on my page.
Step 1: Creating the Box Top:
Align the blended layer to the right edge of your working image.
- Click on Objects > Align > Right
- My method is to create a 1/2" guide: Open a new 1/2" wide image a couple of inches in height, Flood Fill black, Copy & Paste into working image, Align > Right, and then zoom in to Move the new duplicate layer to the left most edge of the black.
After you have done this, your image should now look like this:
- Right click on the topmost layer in your layer palette, Merge > Merge Down (you have to merge down in order to maintain the different shades in the blend mode. Any other option will cause the top layer to take on the properties of the bottom layer).
- Object > Align > Left
Merge the left & right aligned layers.
- Merge > Merge Down
Duplicate the merged layer and Rotate it 90 degrees.
- Image > Free Rotate (or Ctrl+R), tick the radial boxes next to Right, 90 and "Rotate single layer around canvas center." Untick "All Layers." Click OK.
Duplicate this centered vertical layer, change the blend mode back to "Normal" (see above for Multiply)
Flood Fill the Normal layer with any color, then move it down one so that it is beneath the layer you centered.
Duplicate the centered vertical layer, again.
Align > Center the horizontal layer that makes up your right and left box flaps.
Create another measuring guide:
Using your Magic Wand Tool, click on one of the medium blue stripes in your image.
Add a New Raster Layer
- Layers > New Raster Layer
Flood Fill black, then Rotate 90 degrees with the same settings as before.
Zoom in and Move the guide up until the bottom edge is lined up with the top edge of your working image.
While still zoomed in, Move the vertical layer up until the bottom of the outer stripe aligns with the top of your guide. Object > Align > Horizontal Center
Rotate your guide 180.
Zoom in and Move the other centered vertical layer down until the top of the outer stripe aligns with the bottom of your guide.
Object > Align > Horizontal Center
Move the Normal Layer to the top.
Delete your guide layers.
Merge > Merge All Visible.
Your image should now look like this:
To create the tabs, activate your Selection Tool and set it to Rectangle.
Add a new Raster layer.